We often hear words and phrases that naturally go together: Salt and pepper, touch and go, trace and space. When it comes to the work of IPC member Carol Handwerker, however, the collocations are much more nuanced, deeper, and have greater significance. You’re more likely to think of phrases such as standards and technology, lead-free and solder, or advanced packaging and heterogeneous integration. These are just some examples of Carol’s lifelong work in materials engineering, involvement with governing bodies, and a forward-thinking approach to electronics manufacturing that has spanned more than three decades.
If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu. That’s one of the reasons, in his State of the Union address, President Biden's praise for an emerging manufacturing renaissance was so welcome. He said, “If we invent it here, we should also make it in America.” He sounded a lot like a microelectronics CEO.