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I was born in Hawaii (on Oahu) and spent the first 17 years of my life there.  I then moved to Lodi, California where I graduated from high school.  From Lodi, I went to the Napa Valley for 2+ years at Pacific Union College.  I then transferred to Cal Poly in Southern California to continue work on my EE degree.  I spent the next Bunch years of my life in Southern California and have lived in all over the region.  Out of college, I formed Microtek Laboratories, an independent electronics and materials test facility. In 2003, I opened a second facility in China where I spend most of my time now. I also serve as President of IRTS, manufacturer of the HATS™ tester and hold a patent for the tester. I have served as the IPC's (the largest electronics industry organization) TAEC Chairman, Rigid PCB & HDI General Committee chairman and have been involved in more than 50 IPC committees during my career. I was inducted into the IPC Hall of Fame (a lifetime achievement award). In 2012, I joined the IPC Board of Directors. I have served on several international (IEC) committees and chaired the committee on electronics test methods. I have worked with UL developing safety standards for the Electronics industry and Microtek Labs is considered a UL worldwide Client Agent. I have taught many educational classes and have authored numerous articles, technical papers & magazine columns about testing and the electronics industry.  I am the author of the “Acceptability & Quality of Fabricated Boards” section (Chapter 51) of Coombs 6th edition book “The Printed Circuits Handbook” (The accepted Bible of the industry), which has now been translated into Russian.  CLICK HERE to listen to an audio column I currently do for Iconnect007.  In my early years I worked as a Pineapple Packer, Fireman, Lifeguard, Tow Truck Driver, Construction Worker, Gardener, Grave Digger, Vehicle Maintenance/Bodywork Technician, Burger “Technician”, Math & Physics Tutor, Gas Station Attendant and various positions in a PCB manufacturing facility.  In 2007, I was awarded Honorary Citizenship of Changzhou, China for my contributions to the growth of the city.  I have travelled extensively and consider traveling one of my favorite things to do (although the airline ride there is seldom pleasant).

Robert (Bob) Neves

Chairman/CTO of Microtek Changzhou Labs,
President of IRTS, Chairman of Greater Asia Pacific

Nikon D300s, Tamron 10-24 Lens, Sigma 18-250 Lens, Tamron 200-500 Lens, Canon XH-A1, Canon HV10, Wet & Rugged Underwater Video Housing, GoPro HD3 with Underwater Housing

Ice Hockey

Relaxing on the Boat, Diving, HAM Radio (NV3S), Motorcycle Riding, Video Production, Computers (MAC & PC), Travel

By a pool or ocean (really big pool) in a tropical setting

Tenacity is the foundation of success. Nothing in the world can take the place of tenacity. Talent will not.  Nothing is more common that un-successful people with talent. Genius will not. Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.  Education will not. The world is full of educated derelicts. Tenacity is the common thread that binds all successful people. - Bob Neves

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