Level of Education of Students Involved


Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Dan White




Electrical Engineering

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 4-27-2023


Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design allows for the creation of the modern-day electronic systems. Open-source PCB design software allows people to easily access, modify, share, and collaborate on electronic projects. This project created several designs demonstrating various PCB design techniques for a keyboard interface, a transmission line test card, and a 2.4 GHz antenna.

KiCad EDA is a cross-platform and open-source electronics design automation suite and was used for creating the boards in this project. Open-source software has few restrictions and no licensing costs, other commercial PCB design packages include Altium Designer.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Hannah Nelson attends Valparaiso University as a presidential scholar, where she is pursuing an electrical engineering degree with a mathematics minor. She serves as the president of the IPC Student Chapter at Valparaiso and served as the IPC Board of Directors Student Director during 2022. Hannah writes a column, The New Chapter, for I-Connect007, an electronics news company, where she inspires students to pursue careers in the electronics industry.