In this episode, we will talk about the importance of engaging and exposing the PCB Design students to today’s real-world industry demands. Our guest Sid Deliwala is the Director of Lab Programs in the Electrical and Systems Engineering Department at the University of Pennsylvania. Sid will share with us how he makes Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) fun and meaningful for our future innovators.

Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics

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Show Highlights:

  • Sid talks about his background and his advocacy for hands-on training 
  • Tinker and play – learn the fundamentals, try new things and take risks
  • Making the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) major meaningful
    • Everything in the circuit world, in the hardware world, is also very data-driven
    • End to end experience for students, holistic understanding of Software, hardware, and PCB design
    • Preparing students to work in a multidisciplinary engineering environment
  • If the cloud, the analog world, and all the digital circuitry that's needed to make things work rolled into one, it'll certainly be a very, very exciting time for all the future innovations
  • You don't have to be an expert on everything, but you should at least have been exposed to everything in engineering
  • Sid talks about the Penn Electric Racing – every year they participate in FSAE annual competition
  • The problem with offshore PCB manufacturing – students have to wait for at least 3-weeks to receive their PCB for their project
  • Importance of DFM and the difference it will make for students if they get the chance to visit the manufacturing company
  • The supply chain and semiconductors shortage is real, the students experience current industry problems first-hand
  • Sid expresses his sentiments toward a completely optimized system, it has some disadvantages

Links and Resources:

Sid Deliwala’s Director Profile, University of Pennsylvania
Podcast with Eric Bogatin: Pathological Design Features
Read Altium’s Newsletter: Staying on Top of the Supply Chain with Altium

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