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Cooling Electronics: Solving Military Thermal-Management Challenges

Start Date:5/25/2021

Start Time:11:00 AM EDT

Duration:60 minutes


The performance and capability of modern vehicle electronics (vetronics); radar; electronic warfare; avionics; and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) systems are enabled by commercial processors and FPGAs – all of which generate lots of heat. These systems must also survive in extreme battlefield conditions, unlike systems in a commercial server farm, where environments are regulated and there is plenty of space to house the systems. To battle the heat generated in less-than-ideal conditions, military cooling strategies range from liquid-cooled and air-cooled to conduction-cooled and air-flow-through designs.

This webcast featuring thermal-management experts covers the various cooling methods and the challenges faced while implementing them, especially in ever-smaller form factors.

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Chad Hutchinson

Director, Engineering

Crystal Group

Chad Hutchinson leads the project management, design, prototype construction, qualification and testing of ruggedized commercial-off-the-shelf electronics and custom electrical/electronic components at Crystal Group. Prior to Crystal Group, Chad spent 19 years in the commercial and military nuclear industries as a reactor operator, maintenance technician, system engineer and design manager. This included serving as an engineering supervisor at Duane Arnold Energy Center as well as lead electrical systems engineer and project manager at NAVSEA-08K/Naval Reactors while on active duty in the U.S. Navy. In August 2018, he retired as a Commander after 26 years of service. Chad holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University, a Master of Engineering Management from Old Dominion University and a Master of Nuclear Engineering from the Bettis Reactor Engineering School (U.S. Navy). He is also a licensed Professional Engineer in Iowa and Virginia.

Justin Moll

Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Pixus Technologies

Justin Moll is Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Pixus Technologies. He has been a sales & marketing management consultant and senior-level manager for embedded computing companies for over 20 years. Justin has acted as the Chair of various VITA and PICMG committees and as the Vice President of Marketing for PICMG. His degree is in Business Administration from UC Riverside.

Steve Gudknecht

Marketing and Communications Manager

LCR Embedded Systems, Inc.

Steve has over 15 years of experience in the marketing, selling and product development of advanced packaging and integrated solutions for the embedded computing industry, focusing on mission critical solutions for defense applications. Steve started his career as an applications engineer for the semiconductor assembly equipment industry.

Sebastien Buzit

Engineering Manager

nVent Schroff

Sebastien is the Engineering Manager at nVent Schroff for the Calmark Birtcher product lines. He has 10+ years of experience in board retention, wedge-loks, and conduction cooling technology. He has overseen the development of many innovative PCB retainer and extractor projects to meet customers’ needs, increased Swap requirements, and various challenging requirements.

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