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2016 SMTA Members of Distinction Awards

SMTA Founder's Award Winner at SMTAI

SMTA has recognized exceptional individual and corporate members for their immeasurable contributions to the Association since 1994. Please join us in showing our appreciation for SMTA members dedicated to preserving the traditions of the association and maintaining high standards of professionalism in the industry. We invite you to take a few minutes to nominate individual or corporate members for one of the prestigious SMTA awards below which will be presented at the SMTA International Conference in Rosemont, Illinois.

The Nomination Deadline is June 30

The nomination form will be open in early 2017.

SMTA+ Corporate Award
Presented to an SMTA corporate member company that has shown exceptional support of the SMTA. This award is based on the multitude of ways that a company has contributed to the SMTA. Examples include: attending and participating in technical conferences and events, supporting chapter or national leaders, encouraging and supporting individual members, etc. This award is not based on a company's product or a service.

Member of Technical Distinction Award
Presented to a member who has made outstanding and continuing contributions to the SMTA over a period of at least three years. Minimum criteria for this award includes serving on a technical committee, presenting technical papers or conducting a course(s) at local, regional or national conferences.

Founder's Award
Presented to a member who has made exceptional contributions to the industry, and provided ongoing support and service to the SMTA. The recipient must be an SMTA member for a minimum of three years prior to the award.
Excellence in Leadership Award
Presented to a member who has shown exceptional dedication to the SMTA, serving as a leader at the national, international, and/or chapter level. The individual's involvement has enhanced the association, expanded programs, or made a significant impact to achieve the SMTA mission. The recipient must be an SMTA member for a minimum of three years prior to the award.

International Leadership Award
Presented to a member who has provided outstanding support and leadership to the SMTA's international members, chapters, or educational programs. This person's efforts have resulted in the further development and maturation of the SMTA network, chapters, and programs outside of the USA. The recipient must be a member for a minimum of two years prior to the award.

SMTA Members of Distinction Awards contact: Tanya Martin, SMTA Administrator


View previous SMTA Award Recipients

2016 SMTA Awards Program Brochure (PDF)


During the 2016 Annual Meeting at SMTA International, the association honored members who have shown exceptional service to the association and the industry.

The FOUNDER'S AWARD SMTA Founder's Award Winner at SMTAI honoring members who have made exceptional contributions to the industry as well as support and service to the SMTA, was presented by several past SMTA presidents to Gary Tanel, McDonald Technologies (center). SMTA and the electronics industry have benefited immensely from Gary's ardent support and leadership over the years. His contributions of leadership as a chapter officer, committee member, and as a past member of the Board of Directors have truly set the standard for SMTA.

The MEMBER OF TECHNICAL DISTINCTION AWARD recognizes individuals who have made significant and continuing technical contributions to the SMTA. SMTA Technical Distinction Award Winner at SMTAIThis year the Awards Committee selected Viswam Puligandla, Ph.D., Nokia (Retired) as the recipient of this prestigious award. He has been a key contributor to the advancement of packaging technologies for more than 25 years including three books, 125 papers, nine patents, and work on several technical committees including training and journal review.

The EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP AWARD honors SMTA members who stand out as strong leaders in the Association. SMTA Leadership Award Winner at SMTAIThe 2016 recipient of this award is Bob Baker.

Bob has been 100% dedicated to the success of the SMTA. Much of the Austin CTEA Chapter's success can be credited to Bob's hard work. SMTA has always been able to depend on him to get the job done. Bob is a great role model for future leaders... an active member and volunteer for over 30 years!

The EXCELLENCE IN INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARD is presented to members who have provided outstanding support and leadership to the SMTA's international members, chapters, or educational programs. SMTA International Leadership Award Winner at SMTAI The 2016 recipient of this award is Jason Keeping, Celestica.

Jason has been dedicated to the success of the SMTA and the Toronto chapter for several years. While serving as the VP of Technical Programs, as well as Chapter President, it has been apparent that we can always depend on Jason to get the job done! He is an integral part of the Students and Young Professionals Committee and supports several student chapters in Canada. Jason also chairs the ICSR Conference.

SMTA+ Corporate Partnership Award Winner The SMTA+ CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP AWARD was presented to Nordson Corporation.

As a corporate SMTA member, Nordson has shown support at every level of the association from supporting chapter and board leadership positions to technical contributions for our conferences, committees, and most importantly their willingness to share technical knowledge with others in our industry. They embody our mission by encouraging employees to become members, attend meetings, and share their knowledge. Nordson is most deserving of this honor.

The CHAPTER OF THE YEAR AWARD recognizes an SMTA chapter that has shown exemplary commitment to our active objective... "Sharing the Knowledge". SMTA Chapter Award Winner at SMTAIThe overall rating of each chapter is measured in the following areas: membership growth, regular meeting scheduling, timely reporting and communication, creative and informative technical programming, special projects, contributions and volunteer service on SMTA committees.

We present our 2016 Chapter of the Year Award to the Atlanta SMTA Chapter. We are proud of the chapter's success and for their outstanding leadership team. Congratulations and thank you for "sharing the knowledge" with colleagues in our industry.

2nd Place Runner-up - Oregon Chapter
3rd Place Runner-up - Dallas Chapter
International - Penang Chapter

Outstanding Achievement Awards

  • Outstanding Development (Most Improved): Puget Sound Chapter
  • Top Chapter Membership - New Individual Members: Michigan Chapter
  • Top Chapter Membership - New Corporate & Global Members: Mexico (Guadalajara) Chapter
  • Top Chapter Membership - Retaining Members: Intermountain Chapter
  • We extend our special thanks to the leadership teams of ALL SMTA CHAPTERS for their commitment to SMTA and their local industry communities.