May/June’s volunteer spotlight is Brent Beamer. Brent is chairman of Packaging Standards Development Work Group and of Wrist Strap Standards Development Work Group. He is a member of STDCOM and Work Surfaces and Footwear Standards Development Work Groups. He has served as chair of the Nominations Committee, Director of the ESD Association Board and a Marketing Committee member.
Educational and professional background
For over a decade, Brent Beamer has worked in the field of static control product development for SCC and previously with Baxter International. As Technical Director for SCC’s ESD Products Division, he has responsibility for ESD product development, quality assurance, and SCC’s laboratories. Brent has authored articles, papers, and tutorials about ESD for industry publications, the EOS/ESD Symposium, and the British Electrostatic Control Association. His degree in electronics is from Indiana State University. He holds patents in both electronics and packaging.
Brent was recognized for his work with the ESD Association with the 2003 Joel P. Weidendorf Memorial Award.
In 2006, Brent received the Distinguished Committee Service Award from the IPC for his contributions to the development of IPC/JEDEC J-STD-033B, Handling, Packing, Shipping and Use of Moisture/Reflow Sensitive Surface Mount Devices.
Personal information, interests, and hobbies
Brent and his wife Carolyn live in Cary, North Carolina. Cary, dubbed the “Containment Area for Relocated Yankees” by native North Carolinians, is a family oriented suburb of the Research Triangle Park (RTP) between Raleigh and Durham. Carolyn is the warranty service administrator for Honeywell Roofing. “We are stereotypical DINKS” (dual income – no kids) says Brent. “We both work too much, talk a lot about toys, and our dog Murphy thinks she’s a person. “ Brent and Carolyn spend a lot of sunny weekends driving in their convertible. “The destination, whether it’s a restaurant, friends, or the beach, is less important than just escaping for awhile”, says Carolyn. Brent and Carolyn also enjoy cooking. Brent prepares the main course and Carolyn is a master at desserts. If reading can be a hobby, then Brent is a charter member as he is usually reading two books, three newspapers and trade periodicals at the same time. Carolyn has picked up the reading habit and is working on a way to read and crochet at the same time. Brent has lived in many parts of America, with time in Mississippi, Indiana, Chicago, Los Angeles, and North Carolina. He says “It seems like I take the best part of each place with me. Especially California, that’s were I met Carolyn.”
Benefits of being an ESDA volunteer
According to Brent, “I joined the ESD Association in 1988. It was a very different group from ASTM and EIA. The core group of people in ESDA are volunteers. They gave personal time and promoted their employer’s support of the organization. Their commitment not only made the ESDA successful, it made the ESDA a group worth joining, and supporting. Personally, the ESDA allowed me to manage a disparate group of people in a climate unstructured by business rules. Learning to use diplomacy as a tool to bridge disagreement has become a valuable asset.
Professionally, working with the ESDA has provided a forum where many ideas have been woven into common standards for the world to use. This network of industry professionals has facilitated business through contacts, problem solving and professional recognition. The ESDA provides an agreed upon place to present and discuss new materials and methods, and new challenges.”