Epec Establishes Richard "Al" Wright Memorial Scholarship
[May 4, 2020: New Bedford, MA] Epec Engineered Technologies officially announced today their establishment of the Richard "Al" Wright Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship program will be awarded annually to two local high school STEM students.
Ed McMahon, CEO of Epec commented: "Al was an integral part of the success of our PCB business and our company for almost 20 years, and we needed to do something to keep his legacy alive. What better way than having a scholarship in his honor that can be used to help with the education of a young, future engineer."
Al was in the PCB industry for more than 35 years, and 18 of those years were at Epec up until he passed away in December 2019. As field application engineer, he handled a wide range of responsibilities, including reviewing PCB designs for manufacturability during the quoting and design stage, interacting with off-site manufacturing facilities to solve technical issues during production, and programming CNC machines for in-house projects, reworks, and modifications. Al’s technical expertise was essential to Epec’s engineering department and provided valuable insight when working with customers.
Prior to working at Epec, Al spent 20 years with CPC Incorporated, a medium-sized PCB manufacturer, learning hands-on about PCB processing before moving into front end engineering. Al brought a wealth of impressive expertise to Epec and worked with more than 50,000 different PCB designs from his start in 1981 through 2019. He worked with Epec’s team to get all designs right ahead of time so that products were correct the first time. Most recently, Al was instrumental in helping Epec establish its heavy/extreme copper PCB business along with being the company’s resident PCB expert.
The Richard "Al" Wright Memorial Scholarship is available to students at both the Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School, located in New Bedford Mass., and Diman Regional Vocational Tech High School located in Fall River Mass.
About Epec Engineered Technologies
Epec is one of the fastest growing high technology electronics companies in North America, designing and manufacturing high reliability products including printed circuit boards, custom battery packs, user interfaces, RF products, cable assemblies, and flexible heaters for OEMs around the world.