Three Long-Time IPC Volunteers Receive IPC President’s Award


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In recognition of their significant contributions of time, talent and ongoing leadership in IPC and the electronics industry, long-time IPC volunteers Bhawnesh Mathur, consultant; Mark Wolfe, John Deere Electronic Solutions; and Udo Welzel, Robert Bosch GmbH, were presented with an IPC President’s Award at IPC APEX EXPO 2019.

Bhawnesh Mathur is an experienced executive with OEM, distribution and EMS experience. He has been head of supply chain at IBM’s Server Group, Arrow Electronics and Sanmina. He currently consults with an EMS company and is an advisor/investor to several start-ups. He works with the UCSD Rady School of Business in industry outreach and building a supply chain curriculum, and also serves as the Chair of Colorado’s largest non-profit helping local entrepreneurs.

Mathur has been one of IPC’s strongest supporters for more than a decade. He and his companies have supported standards development, IPC APEX EXPO and IPC IMPACT Washington, D.C. and have hosted more than a dozen members of Congress at their facilities.

Mathur has been an active and contributing IPC Board Member, chair of the Government Relations Committee, and a member of the EMS Committee. He has provided leadership from the Board-level to individual IPC members who have expressed interest in learning more about IPC.

A recipient of the IPC Rising Star Award in 2017, Udo Welzel, Ph.D., leads a team in the department of engineering assembly and interconnect technology at Robert Bosch, and is responsible for assembly and interconnect technology integration for high-performance logic automotive electronic control units.

Welzel is deeply involved in standardization activities for IPC and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). For IPC, he serves as co-chair of the 5-21M Cold Joining Press Fit Task Group and 7-31BV IPC-A-610 Automotive Addendum Task Group and serves on an additional 18 IPC technical committees; at IEC he is the chair of Technical Committee TC91 for electronics assembly technology.

Mark Wolfe currently leads electronics supply chain activities for John Deere Electronic Solutions, formerly known as Phoenix International. Wolfe has been involved with IPC and the EMS Executive Council for nearly 30 years, he served on the IPC Board of Directors and is currently chairman of the EMS Steering Committee.

In addition, he has been directly involved in the development and launch of key EMS related IPC programs: program manager certification and EMS industry contracting.

“IPC and the entire electronics industry are fortunate to have Mark, Bhawnesh and Udo volunteer their time and expertise,” said John Mitchell, IPC president and CEO. “Their work has enriched both the industry and IPC and we are thankful to all three of them for their dedication to the electronics industry and hard work supporting IPC’s global standards development activities and advocacy efforts.”

About IPC

IPC is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 5,000 member-company sites which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, electronics assembly and test. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $2 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; Brussels, Belgium; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore and New Delhi, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou and Beijing, China.

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