Happy New Year; Now Back to Work


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Welcome back! It’s January again, and it’s a brisk 10 degrees here in Atlanta. It’s so cold here that socialites have abandoned the veranda and taken their mint juleps into the parlor.

Yes, it’s time to get back into work mode. We ended the year on a good note, with unemployment down and almost 3 million jobs created in the first 11 months of 2015—the most for any similar period since 1999. There are still too many people working part-time who would like a full-time job, but the trend looks positive.

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During the week of February 22–26, it’s off to San Diego for IPC APEX EXPO and the Design Forum. (And three cheers for IPC moving APEX back to “America’s Finest City.” It’s hard to have a bad day in San Diego.) Appropriately, the Design Forum kicks off the week, with a keynote by Carl Schattke, a PCB design engineer with Tesla Motors. How many PCBs can you find in a Tesla?

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