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Boulder City Classroom
BC Lab
Boulder City Classroom Setup for Six People
Boulder City Lab Where We Do Experiments/Demos

Lab Techniques, Robust Design, and Troubleshooting
Web based virtual presentation, four half days!

August 24-27, 2020
Design, troubleshooting, and tools are presented that are not taught by others with supporting case histories!

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Why attend now?

  1. The fee is $595 (about $35/hour) with discounts available for early registration (two weeks before, $495) and groups.
  2. This is a small fraction of the on-site class cost and there are no travel expenses making this class a very cost
    effective way
    to see my methods and techniques to solve your circuit and system problems.
  3. The class is four half days of presentation leaving time each day open for you to please the boss.
  4. There will be slides, live experiments (some VERY dramatic), videos, more to provide a great experience.

The combination of the material presented and the passionate presentation will likely make for the best technical short course/seminar you have ever taken! Didn't think a technical presentation can be passionate? This one is. The result is this short course/seminar will likely be the most informative, practical, and FUN seminar you can attend. Some of the information you will learn is not covered anywhere else in the engineering world but will help you hone your engineering skills.

Why attend this class?

  • Unique content from my research that is not found elsewhere for quick debugging of designs to get them functioning and to market quickly.
  • Easy to understand intuitive and graphical approaches avoid complex math.
  • Lots of demonstrations on live circuits to illustrate principles
  • Plenty of time for questions and spur-of-the-moment new experiments to try.
  • Personalized presentation tailored to the attendees interests, not a canned presentation
  • Complimentary evening of consulting on a one-to-one basis including work on your product if desired.
  • Much of the content is derived from my courses at the University of Oxford. New content added regularly


The seminar includes many design and troubleshooting techniques from my research that have saved my clients millions of dollars and are only available at this seminar. No other event, symposia, seminar, or webinar covers these privately developed techniques.


New topics and features with more added monthly:
  1. A signifiant improvement to my pulsed injection method of finding design flaws quickly will also be presented at this seminar.
  2. A new troubleshooting technique that can predict failure risk due to product degradation in the field over time! There is nothing like this anywhere in the industry and is a new development. This applies to both equipment, PCB, and integrated circuit design.
  3. Measurement techniques for the design lab to find design flaws quickly.
  4. An "ESD" test that can find design problems missed by conventional ESD testing and yet cause low probability, but critical field problems.
  5. Expanded section on switching power supply and class D amplifier noise
  6. A new form of ESD/EFT generated by system power supplies (how your system can take itself out)
  7. Analyzing systems as a collection of resonant, tuned circuits for robust design and troubleshooting
  8. Effects of radio frequency signals on analog circuits
  9. EMC test lab errors that can spoil your day (much more common than you would think)
  10. Simple antenna theory for troubleshooting EMC problems (leading to using your index finger as a useful troubleshooting tool)
Seminar Outline: click here
This seminar, and its demonstrations, are the product of a lifetime of experimentation and electronic design, 60+ years of electrical engineering (starting at age 12). Major concepts discussed in the seminar are illustrated with experiments on live circuits that were developed over years and are quite unique, enabling a deeper understanding of engineering concepts than seminars usually do. Many new topics and experiments have been added over the last few months that engineers and technicians will find very useful in producing, testing, or debugging new and existing designs of ALL types. No other seminar illustrates principles of design with experiments like this seminar does! Using the techniques presented in this seminar, design problems can be found and fixed in a few days, not weeks or months that are typical in the industry, not to mention being able to avoid the problems in the first place.

Seminar Testimonials
Here is one of many testimonials:
"Your seminar still rates as one of the most educational experiences of my life. It was awesome." KC Armstrong
Click here for more!


In addition, the seminar fee includes (for the same price that other seminars in the field cost for just the seminar and lunch):
  1. A PDF electronic color copy of the notes.
  2. And, a complimentary consulting session on one of the afternoons after the seminar on a first come, first served basis.

Cancellation Policy: Please read before booking this seminar. Since there are only six seats for a great experience I cannot offer refunds, But there are options:
  1. If you need to cancel, I can accomodate you in a future seminar, space permitting, at no additional cost. Since I hold these seminars every six to 8 weeks, you should be able to attend reasonably soon after the missed seminar. This is more than most instructors offer.
  2. If you miss one of the days, we can use Friday morning as a make-up session.
  3. If an emergency results in many people not being able to make it to the seminar, You can either attend a future event or I will reschedule the seminar as soon as possible after the original one. You can either attend this replacement seminar or come to a future one, no additional charge.

This seminar combines features from my University of Oxford classes for three days of practical information. Seminar Outline

Click here to send an email for registration details.

The Boulder City, NV seminar above is a very special event. To see testimonials, click here

Contact me if you are interesting in having a semi-private "seminar-on-demand" for your company in Boulder City or on-site at your company location. The material can be custom tailored to your interests from topics you see on this website for groups of 2 to 8 on short notice. Click here to send an email requesting details. I can also arrange a session in Boulder City to troubleshoot your design on my test bench for small products.



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