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27th Annual Technology Leadership Awards

Welcome to the most prestigious design contest in PCB—the Technology Leadership Awards by Mentor, a Siemens Business! Started in 1988, this program is the longest running competition of its kind in the EDA industry. It recognizes engineers and CAD designers who use Mentor’s innovative technology to address today’s complex PCB systems design challenges and produce industry-leading products.

This year, entrants will be able to submit their design accomplishments in any of seven categories representing a wide variety of industries:

  • Computers, blade and servers, memory systems
  • Consumer electronics and handheld
  • Industrial control, instrumentation, security and medical
  • Military and aerospace
  • Semiconductor packaging
  • Telecom, network controllers, line cards
  • Transportation and automotive

Take this chance to be recognized within your team, your company, and by the global electronics design industry. Winners will be named for each category, plus a “Best Overall Design” recipient. Winning design teams in each category will be awarded Ring Video Doorbells, or a donation of equal value to a charity of their choice. The overall winner will receive Ring Video Doorbell Pros. Winners will receive up to three prizes, per entry/team.

How much information do you need to provide? Here's a sample entry form.

Ready to submit your 2017 entries? Click here. And here are some tips for properly completing your entry. 


Apr 17
Entry submission opens
June 30
Entry submission closes
Oct 16
Winners Announced

2017 Judges

Michael Creeden
Michael R. Creeden
CEO and founder - San Diego PCB, Inc.
Gary Ferrari
Gary Ferrari
Technical Support Director - FTG Circuits
Merlee Jayme
Rick Hartley
Principal Engineer - RHartley Enterprises
Sarah Moffat
Steve Herbstman
PCB design consultant and owner - SHLC
Happy Holden
Happy Holden
Gentex Corporation (retired)
Steve Vranakis
Andy Kowalewski
Senior Interconnect Designer - Metamelko LP
Debbi Vandeven
Pete Waddell
President of UP Media and publisher of Printed Circuit Design & Fab/Circuits Assembly Magazine
Scott Clear
Susy Webb
Senior PCB Designer - Fairfield Nodal