||Bannockburn, IL — Attendees of IPC APEX EXPO® 2014 in Las Vegas, will get a look inside the science of NASCAR racing during a keynote presentation by physicist, researcher and author Diandra Leslie-Pelecky, Ph.D., Thursday, March 27, 2014. The IPC APEX EXPO conference and exhibition will run March 25-27, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas.
Based on her book of the same title, Leslie-Pelecky's presentation, "The Physics of NASCAR", will explore the science and feats of engineering behind NASCAR. Drawing on her extensive access to NASCAR race shops, drivers, crew chiefs, engine builders and pit crews, Leslie-Pelecky will trace the lifecycle of a racecar — from development at the shop to competition on the track.
In addition to her NASCAR expertise, Leslie-Pelecky is a nationally recognized researcher in magnetic nanomaterials, focusing on their application in medical diagnosis and treatment processes. She is also known for her advocacy and work in science education for K-12 schools, future science teachers and the general public.
Leslie-Pelecky has undergraduate degrees in physics and philosophy, and a doctorate in condensed matter physics. She is currently a professor of physics at West Virginia University.
Standards development meetings, professional development courses and other show activities will take place March 23-27.
The third annual IPC APEX EXPO Hand Soldering Competition will be held on March 25-26 on the exhibit floor. This year's challenge will be to build a functional electronics assembly in a 30-minute time period with a chance to compete in the IPC World Championship on March 27. Soldering technicians who can "bring it" are encouraged to sign up for one of a limited number of competition slots.
IPC Master Instructors will judge assemblies on soldering in accordance with IPC-A-610E, overall electrical functionality of assembly and the speed upon which the assembly was produced.
Cash prizes of $500, $250 and $100 will be awarded to the top three finalists at the close of the competition on March 26. In addition to receiving the cash award, the winner will move on to the IPC World Championship to face off with winners from IPC hand soldering competitions from around the world, including the United States, Asia and Europe. The winner of the IPC Hand Soldering World Championship will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize.
IPC APEX EXPO Hand Soldering Competition entries will be accepted until January 31, 2014. To submit an entry: http://www.IPCAPEXEXPO.org/soldering.
The hand soldering competitions will be held on the show floor. A free exhibits-only registration to IPC APEX EXPO provides free access to the exhibition, which features more than 400 of the industry's top suppliers; keynote sessions; technical BUZZ sessions; industry poster presentations, a show floor reception and several networking events.
Contact: IPC 877-472-4724 or 847-597-2860 (outside U.S. & Canada) Web: http://www.ipc.org or http://www.IPCMidwestShow.org