I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Nolan’s ‘Top Fives’ for 2021


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We’ve been curating our editors’ picks for about 18 months now, give or take, and readers sure have taken to them. In our Daily Newsletter, the Friday Editor’s Choice feature is often one of the most-read news items for that week.

As a result, we thought it would be fun at year-end to take a different approach. This week, I’m posting the top five most-read Editor’s Choice features compiled by my co-editor Nolan Johnson. Seems like a fitting way to look back over the year, doesn’t it? So much has happened this past year that I had a hard time believing it once I started looking back.

Nolan and I certainly enjoy bringing these curated “must-read” articles to you. It’s gratifying to see that you, dear reader, like reading them, too. Have a happy new year! 

I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Five Must-Reads for the Week 
Published January 22 

This week’s news gave off every indicator that we’ve started a new calendar year. The news channels were busy with changes in leadership—both corporate and governmental—and changes in ownership. Changes in representation, too. Honestly, it was hard to sort out the news to just five top items. Be that as it may, here are five things we think you ought to read, even if you read nothing else about the electronics manufacturing industry this week: tradeshow coverage, strategic acquisitions, market discussion, and governmental advocacy. 

I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Five Must-Reads for the Week
Published January 8

It’s a new year, and time for new resolutions and new beginnings. “New year, new you” certainly is reflected in this past week’s news. We saw several announcements regarding mergers, acquisitions, and organizational changes, plus some government legislation to help kick off the new year. Based on viewing activity, readers were keen to keep up on the changes under way.  

I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Five Must-Reads for the Week
Published February 19

Nolan was following the landing procedures for NASA’s Perseverance Mars as he finished his top five list for the week. The successful landing of the lander seems a nice highlight for this week. Our global aerospace programs, both national and private enterprise, make these missions seem almost, almost routine. They are, as we all know, anything but routine. No surprise, then, that aerospace-related news percolated to the top of mind for our readers this week.  

I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Five Must-Reads for the Week
Published May 14 

There was, increasingly, a sense of returning to “normal” daily life where Nolan lives. Of the state’s population, 35% had been immunized against coronavirus at the time this list was publishes. Lockdowns were lifted, schools were partially reopened, and even some offices were staffing back up. But how did that affect the electronics industry. Click on the link to see what topped the news in mid-May. 

I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Five Must-Reads for the Week 
Published April 16 

During spring, Mars seemed to be right where it was at. That was reflected in our news coverage. There were the Mars rovers—three generations of them still rolling, now—and a drone helicopter winding up for a maiden flight any day now. But that’s not all. There was SpaceX’s StarShip, rapid prototyping its way into a manned flight to Mars. And NASA’s whole “return to the Moon” project was simply a shakedown for the U.S. government contractors’ Mars flight hardware, too.

 

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