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Mel Parrish Elected to Chair IPC’s Top Standards Development Leadership Committee

Apr 23, 2010

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announces the election of Mel Parrish, FSO and director of training materials, STI Electronics Inc., to chair the IPC Technical Activities Executive Committee (TAEC) for a two-year term. Elected to the position by the chairs and co-chairs of all IPC standards groups, Parrish took over the helm of IPC’s top standards development oversight committee from Leo Lambert of EPTAC Corporation, during the TAEC meeting at IPC APEX EXPO™ 2010, on April 6 in Las Vegas.

“I’m greatly honored to be selected to serve as the TAEC Chair and I certainly have some very large shoes to fill with those that have served in the past,” said Parrish. “Our standards and industry forums fill a more significant role today than ever, especially with the globalization of our industry. Looking forward, I would encourage every effort to continue our progress as a cooperative forum for our diverse industry segments for the common good of the industry. I’m certain there will be challenges that we can overcome together. It’s all about the people that contribute for the benefit of the industry.”

No stranger to IPC volunteer work, Parrish has been active in IPC technical committees for more than 23 years. He chairs the IPC Product Assurance General Committee, responsible for oversight of documents such as IPC-A-600, IPC-A-620 and IPC-A-610. Parrish has been a member of the TAEC and Committee Chairman Council (CCC) for more than 10 years, and has been a past recipient of the IPC President’s Award in recognition of his leadership and technical contributions.

After retiring from his work as an electronics curriculum designer for the Air Force, Parrish continued to work with standards development and training as president of Manufacturing Technology Training Center (MTTC) and worked with the Navy at China Lake during the generation of WS-6536 through MIL-STD-2000. In addition to his IPC Master Instructor status for IPC-A-610, IPC-A-620, J-STD-001, Parrish has previous DoD certifications for WS-6536, DoD-STD-2000 and MIL-STD-2000.

Complementing his expertise in electronics manufacturing, Parrish has more than 30 years of experience in workforce development, skills standards, curriculum design and development, and management for electronic technology and production disciplines.

One of Parrish’s first tasks will be to lead the TAEC through the process of establishing commonality among IPC standards regarding class designations. According to Dave Torp, IPC vice president of standards and technology, the recent TAEC meeting at IPC APEX EXPO produced, “lively discussion about defining classifications for different electronic applications, including aerospace, automotive and military. Mel will head up the Blue Ribbon Committee to develop consistent definitions for use in the next generation of IPC standards.”

For more information about the IPC Technical Activities Executive Committee and other IPC committees, visit or contact Dave Torp, at

About IPC

IPC ( is a global trade association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 2,700 member companies 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 $1.7 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Arlington, Va.; Garden Grove, Calif.; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; and Shanghai and Shenzhen, China.

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