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The need for education in the performance analysis of electrical package and interconnect is strong in both industrial and academic research environments. While both the industrial and academic environments share much of the same basic theory in this subject, there are two distinct paths for the resulting applications of this knowledge. The industry requirements are detailed, practical skills that can be used immediately, while the education provided by the academic institutions is more focused on basic theory and research skill development. This paper offers a contrast of these approaches, with a more in-depth description of how Cisco systems has developed their own detailed training curriculum in signal integrity engineering.