GET TO KNOW AURORA CIRCUITS

CUSTOM PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD MANUFACTURERS

ESTABLISHED 1938

INNOVATION AND QUALITY Since 1938

HISTORICAL TIMELINE

1938

FOUNDED as Kalmus Associates, company began work as a graphic arts business

1950

Company expanded into printed circuits and was a primary supplier to Zenith Electronic and Motorola

1996

BUILT A 38,000 SQ FT FACILITY in Aurora, Illinois which is still in operation today

2004

Global partnerships for Insulated Metal Substrates; Expansion to Polymer Thick Film Resistor Printed Circuit Boards; Developed  proprietary processes to produce heavy copper circuit boards 

2003

Acquired NATIONAL PRECISION CIRCUITS

High-volume production of INSULATED METAL SUBSTRATES

2001

AURORA CIRCUITS became the company name with an ownership change

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2005

High-volume production of POLYMER THICK FILM AND HEAVY COPPER

2006

Acquired ITW Chrono-matic Division
Achieved ISO9001:2001 Certification

2019

Advanced, SELECTIVE DIELECTRIC REMOVAL processing

2010

MULTI-LAYER, HEAVY COPPER CIRCUIT BOARDS in full production

2017

ITAR Registered

MEET OUR TEAM

Dr. Christopher Kalmus

Dr. Christopher Kalmus

Chief Executive Officer / President

Chris is a results-driven president with over 30 years of experience growing technology and manufacturing companies whose missions focus on quality enhancement and improvement. He develops programs with positive impact on acquisition, revenue and retention through aggressive demand generation programs, research and development, and heightened awareness of trends in manufacturing.

Sheetal Patel

Sheetal Patel

Chief Operating Officer

Sheetal is a results-driven member of senior leadership team with over 20 years of experience growing technology and manufacturing companies. She develops and implements integrated programs and initiatives in conjunction with the President to have positive impact on acquisition, revenue, and retention through aggressive demand generation programs, research and development.

Brian Zirlin

Brian Zirlin

Director of Sales & Business Development

Brian Zirlin has worked within the technology sector since 2011, assisting clients with numerous best practices, bridging the solution/need gap, and creating longstanding relationships based on service levels and commitment to client success. Brian is leading the sales, marketing and sales enablement efforts at Aurora Circuits.

Claudia Santiago

Claudia Santiago

Director of Production Control

Claudia Santiago was born in Trujillo, a Northern coastal city of Peru and Immigrated to the United States shortly after graduating High School. She holds a AS in Computer Science. Claudia joined the Aurora Circuits team in 2008 as a Customer Service Representative and has since been promoted to Production Control Manager.

Kirsten "KJ" McCann

Kirsten "KJ" McCann

Director of Marketing , Customer Relations, and Purchasing

Kirsten, known to many people as KJ, joined the Aurora Circuits team in March of 2020. Kirsten holds a BA in Market Research from Elmhurst College and has spent over 5 years in the Ad Agency world. KJ has joined our team to help develop several departments. She works across departments helping to develop marketing, inside sales, purchasing procedures, and human resources.

Thad Bartosz

Thad Bartosz

Sales & Business Development

Thad Bartosz is a well-skilled industry veteran with broad product knowledge from single-sided to multilayer product using standard and specialized materials and processes. In his tenure at Aurora, he has worked to provide customers with a cost competitive solution to their required printed circuit specifications.

 

John Holmquest

John Holmquest

Director of Engineering

John Holmquest has worked at Aurora Circuits over 17 years and been involved with circuit board fabrication engineering and quality systems for over 40 years. He believes in knowing the customer’s expectations as well as the requirements in order to provide the best quality for a delivered product.

Mike Szydlowski

Mike Szydlowski

Quality Assurance Manager

Mike Szydlowski has worked at Aurora Circuits for 8 years and has worked in Quality Management for over 30 years. Mike believes that teamwork and process control are key to satisfying customer’s demands on a consistent basis.

Alex Scott

Alex Scott

Quality Assurance Specialist

Alex Scott joined the Quality Assurance department at Aurora Circuits in 2021. He holds a BS in Multimedia Communications from Olivet Nazarene University, and has an eye for detail. Alex believes that good communication and teamwork are essential to being able to positively contribute to Aurora Circuits. Alex is a highly motivated, detail-oriented quality control specialist with experience in issue detection.  

Hyder Zaidi

Hyder Zaidi

CAD-CAM Engineer

Hyder Zaidi has worked at Aurora Circuits for more than 18 years and been involved with PCB fabrication engineering, NC Programming, and CAD-CAM for over 25 years. He holds a Masters Degree in Economics. He believes in teamwork, Accountability, pride, respect and integrity – do it right the first time.
Keerti Bhupathi

Keerti Bhupathi

Junior Engineer

Keerti-Chand Bhupathi joined our engineering team at Aurora Circuits in September of 2020 and is contributing to our PCB manufacturing process. She holds a Master’s in Electrical and Electronics Engineering where she worked on image processing and lane detection.

Edward Mehall

Edward Mehall

Junior Engineer

Eddie holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Grand Valley State University and worked in the circuit board assembly industry before joining Aurora Circuits.
He has 2 years of experience working in the manufacturing setting and enjoys that it offers new challenges daily.

Javier Diaz

Javier Diaz

Industrial Engineer

Javier Diaz was born in Cali, Colombia and immigrated to the United States in 2018. He holds a BA in Industrial Engineering. Javier is a Result-oriented, committed, and practical production specialist with nine years of experience in project and product management, employee management, financial planning, and budget management. Expertise includes client relations, process improvement, and market research and analysis.

Rita Brink

Rita Brink

Accounts Payable

Rita joined the Aurora Circuits team in February of 2012. She graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Accounting. With 20+ years of experience, her knowledge of data entry, customer service, and accounting is like no other. Backed by a passion for mathematics, she is the face of Aurora Circuits for many of our customers, vendors, and employees. 

One of Our PCB Design Success Stories

FEATURED STORY

Shine On, You Crazy LED Bulb

A board of unusual shape, made for a heat-dissipating LED bulb

LED bulbs need a heat-sink to dissipate thermal energy, which means that LEDs are usually positioned to shine in one direction. But what if you want a light bulb that shines out instead of just up for a more convincing bulb replacement?

This bulb was designed with PCBs in a blade- or fin-style to allow the mounted LEDs to shine out for a well-rounded effect.  The PCB-LED mechanism was encased in a bulb that was filled with oil to keep the heat moving to the surface of the bulb, where it could dissipate. 

The fins, bulbs, and liquid together managed heat distribution and electrical efficiency while keeping the light shining in all directions.  The design made for an illuminating LED bulb that could step in for its older incandescent cousins and keep the lights on for many years to come.

If you're looking for interesting ways to give LEDs a brighter future, let's talk.