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28th 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
  • Telecom, network controllers, line cards
  • Transportation and automotive
  • University

Critical dates:

  • Competition open: May 18, 2020
  • Competition close: July 31, 2020
  • Winners announced: December 10, 2020

Update: The winners of the 28th annual competition have been announced! Watch the 28th PCB Technology Leadership Award Winners webinar to learn more about the award-winning designs.

Additional information about the contest can be found on the FAQ page. If you have additional questions, send us an email.


2020 Judges

Scott Clear
Susy Webb
Senior PCB Designer — Fairfield Nodal
Debbi Vandeven
Pete Waddell
President of UP Media and publisher of Printed Circuit Design & Fab/Circuits Assembly Magazine
Happy Holden
Happy Holden
Gentex Corporation (retired)
Sarah Moffat
Steve Herbstman
PCB Design Consultant and Owner — SHLC
Merlee Jayme
Rick Hartley
Principal Engineer — RHartley Enterprises
Gary Ferrari
Gary Ferrari
Technical Support Director — FTG Circuits
Michael Creeden
Michael R. Creeden
Technical Director Design Education, CID+ — Insulectro
Stephen Chavez
Stephen Chavez
Staff Engineer and Global Technical Lead, CID+ — Collins Aerospace
Dr. Rajan Bedi
Dr. Rajan Bedi
CEO and Founder — Spacechips