Suzanne Deffree
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From the Moon to Mars: Space Exploration’s Rich Past and Uncertain Future
Suzanne Deffree  
6/10/2016   Post a comment
A Space Shuttle veteran and International Space Station mission commander speaks with Design News about the past achievements of and future viability of US space exploration, why man hasn’t walked on Mars yet, and the role of commercial spaceflight.
Apple Intros Macs with “1984” Ad, January 22, 1984
Suzanne Deffree  
1/22/2016   Post a comment
On this day in tech history, Apple premiered its “1984” commercial to a mass audience introducing Macintosh computers.
Hot Technologies: Looking Ahead to 2016
Suzanne Deffree  
12/3/2015   Post a comment
EDN, EBN, and EE Times editors explore some of the hot technologies in 2016 that will shape next year’s technology trends and beyond.
Last Week to Register for DoT 2014 With Special Pricing
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6/29/2015   Post a comment
Advance rates for Designers of Things expire Friday, Sept. 12. Register this week to save up to $150 on your VIP, Tech, or Demo Pass.
NASA's Curiosity Rover Proves Engineering Truisms
Suzanne Deffree  
5/8/2015   Post a comment
Describing the design and mission of Curiosity Rover, NASA's Luke Dubord reminded embedded systems developers that real engineering is hard facts, big dreams, and teamwork.
Medical Maker Aims Implant at Congenital Scoliosis
Suzanne Deffree  
4/20/2015   Post a comment
Here's an example of engineering to improve lives and one inspiring young maker.
Mothers of Innovation: 12 Women Engineers and Scientists to Know
Suzanne Deffree  
3/30/2015   (6) comments
Here are 12 women engineers and scientists who many likely will not know but should for their significant contributions to engineering, science, technology and mathematics.
10 Must Haves for Effective Tech Standards
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1/30/2015   Post a comment
Synopsys' Karen Bartleson discusses the sometimes unwelcome standards process and how engineers are can benefit from participation in it.
Meet a Mentor, Be a Mentor in 5 Minutes
Suzanne Deffree  
1/7/2015   (10) comments
Engineers see someone in need of a helping hand and step in, just like they would if a design needed help.
10 STEM Holiday Gifts for Kids
Suzanne Deffree  
12/19/2014   (10) comments
Give the gift of geek this holiday season to the children in your life with these science, technology, engineering, and math goodies for kids.
Design as a Craft, Not a Commodity
Suzanne Deffree  
9/25/2014   (17) comments
Gadi Amit, founder and principal designer of NewDealDesign, discusses his views on the changing world of design as electronics enter the age of wearables and the Internet of Things, as well as his personal perspective in working on the FitBit, the Lytro Camera, and Google's new modular and 3D printed Ara phone.
Designing for Wearables: Tremendous Opportunity But Not Without Challenges
Suzanne Deffree  
9/23/2014   (1) comment
The wearables space is wide open and exploding with opportunity, but that does not come without design and sourcing issues -- issues some believe could be alleviated in part by the strength of the maker community and an open-source approach to this segment.
Sustaining a Green, Global Business
Suzanne Deffree  
6/6/2014   (7) comments
John Beimfohr, Avnet's senior director of integration operations, shares his expertise on what it takes to be an environmentally conscious organization and the green, financial, and social benefits of doing so.
Shift Happens: Thoughts on Industry Change
Suzanne Deffree  
1/15/2014   (14) comments
Margins, ship and debit, counterfeiting, and executive changeover should be considered as we all plan for a successful 2014.
Readers’ Choice 2013: Apple Lessons, Chinese Counterfeiting, 4D Printing
Suzanne Deffree  
12/31/2013   (25) comments
EBN showcases its most-read 15 pieces of content as we review 2013.
3D Printing Expands Beyond Makers
Suzanne Deffree  
12/13/2013   (3) comments
Open-source designers have a love affair with 3D printers. That's going to translate to 3D printing going mainstream next year.
Amazon Wants Every Friday to be Black Friday
Suzanne Deffree  
11/27/2013   (18) comments
In leveraging delivery and logistics practices, Amazon.com hopes to make every Friday a Black Friday this holiday season.
Tight Inventory Management Pays Off
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11/25/2013   Post a comment
OEMs are expected to close 2013 with strong revenue growth, thanks in part to tight management of inventory levels.
Expanding What It Means to Be a Supply Chain Leader
Suzanne Deffree  
11/13/2013   (14) comments
What do companies like Amazon.com, Costco, and Kraft have in common with Avnet? According to Gartner, these companies are among the world's supply chain leaders.
Top 10 Strategic Tech Trends for 2014
Suzanne Deffree  
10/28/2013   (20) comments
From mobile device integration to 3D printing to smart machines and more, Gartner lays out its top 10 strategic technology trends for 2014, where savvy members of the electronics supply chain will see opportunities.
Are Makers & Kits Key to Tomorrow’s Success?
Suzanne Deffree  
9/19/2013   (11) comments
With makers and kits growing in popularity, they open up new opportunities for design-chain savvy distributors and suppliers.
Who’s Driving the Design Chain?
Suzanne Deffree  
8/28/2013   (23) comments
Just as the term “distribution” is evolving, so is the design chain. Happily, that move is for the better.
Is Apple Losing Its Smartphone & Tablet Shine?
Suzanne Deffree  
8/1/2013   (53) comments
If you've been keeping up with recent smartphone and tablet market research, you might be wondering if Apple's charm over consumers has been broken.
Planning for a $30 Trillion Emerging Markets Opportunity
Suzanne Deffree  
7/25/2013   (17) comments
The best plan of attack for emerging market success is supply chain management that never settles on a plan.
Americas Enjoy Chip Sales, Employment Gains
Suzanne Deffree  
7/8/2013   (31) comments
With SIA data showing notable growth and employment on the rise, the Americas region had more than one reason to celebrate this past weekend.
‘Distribution’ Is an Understatement
Suzanne Deffree  
7/1/2013   (15) comments
Many of us call what we do or participate in “distribution.” However, describing this business, and all its services and partnerships, as distribution is too simplistic.

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EBN Dialogue / LIVE CHAT
EBN Dialogue enables you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Open to the entire EBN community of electronics supply chain experts, these conversations see ideas shared, comments made, and questions asked and answered in real time. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats. Stay tuned and join in!
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Live Chat 01/15: CPOs Re-Shape Their Business Roles
Increasingly chief procurement officers (CPOs) are re-shaping their organizational role to focus on creating results far beyond cost controls. A new IBM survey explores how.
Live Chat 11/12: Examining the Cyberthreat to Supply Chains
The number of cyberattacks is on the rise and hackers are targeting the supply chain. Drew Smith, founder and CEO of InfoArmor, will be on hand to discuss the reality of today's threat landscape and what to do about it.