Electrical engineers can attend many conferences to obtain information that can help them as they advance in their careers. As a young engineer, I attended WESCON, NEPCON, ATECON, DAC, IPC, and the PCB Design Conference. I went to many very good seminars and heard many short papers. Most of these conferences are gone, and those that remain have devolved to where their educational value for advanced topics is limited or nonexistent.
One of the things I resolved to do, if I ever gained enough expertise, was to participate in these conferences as a trainer. I wanted to gave back like those who preceded me had done. I did it at some of these conferences, but then I saw them go away, leaving us with no good place for such training.
Luckily for us, DesignCon has managed to become the forum for these papers and short training sessions. As a result, I recommend the conference to students in my training classes. They always thank me for pointing them to the show.
One thing still missing is extended training classes in some of the fundamentals of high-speed design for beginning engineers and those who are continuing on in their careers. One of my goals is to foster the addition of such classes, as well as to assist in continuing the tradition of finding new papers that help engineers advance their skills.
If you have any suggestions for topics to help kick off the series, let me know in the comment section below. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.