2014 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 Friday, June 27, 2014

Nominations are open for the Annual SMTA Members of Distinction Awards

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: JoAnn Stromberg, SMTA Administrator


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Previous SMTA Award Recipients

2014 SMTA Awards Program Brochure (PDF)


During the 2013 Annual Meeting at SMTA International, the association honored members who have shown exceptional service to the association and the industry.

SMTA Founder's Award Winner at SMTAIThe FOUNDER'S AWARD honoring members who have made exceptional contributions to the industry as well as support and service to the SMTA, was presented to Chuck Richardson, iNEMI. (right). We would be remiss if we did not consider one of SMTA’s first volunteer leaders for this award. Chuck has served us for over two decades... never hesitating to be there to support SMTA from those very early tumultuous years on our Board of Directors right up until 2013 where he is co-chairing one of our major conferences.

The MEMBER OF TECHNICAL DISTINCTION AWARD recognizes individuals who have made significant and continuing contributions to the SMTA. This year the Awards Committee selected Mike Bixenman, Kyzen Corporation SMTA Technical Distinction Award Winner at SMTAIand Pradeep Lall, Ph.D., Auburn University, as the recipients of this prestigious award.

Although Mike is an excellent speaker (always getting the highest ratings and in 2012 he won the “best presentation” award at SMTAI), he has a unique quality of always, always, always being there to support the SMTA with any event. We have been so impressed with his organizational skills in pulling together our cleaning conference. He is enthusiastic and at the same time very laid back about any recognition. He cares about our industry and our members and the knowledge that he can impart to them. SMTA Technical Distinction Award Winner at SMTAI

Dr. Lall’s experience in both industry and academics brings a unique and pragmatic perspective to the assessment of complex technical issues that are of interest to the SMTA membership. Pradeep willingly shares that perspective with the SMTA membership through highly rated presentations and publications. As an educator, he has also introduced many students to the SMTA through co-authoring of papers and participation at SMTA events.

The EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP AWARD honors SMTA members who stand out as strong leaders in the Association. The 2013 recipient of this award is Don Mayse, Schlumberger (HECE) (left)

SMTA Leadership Award Winner at SMTAI

Don's technical contributions to the industry he has worked in for the last few decades and his support for the SMTA organization, both at local and national level, are only exceeded by his personal sense of integrity, honesty and devotion to any task he takes on. Don is supportive of any project his chapter takes on and goes out of his way to help them accomplish their assigned tasks. He is always makes himself available to Corporate Sponsors and local members for any technical assistance they need.

SMTA International Leadership Award Winner at SMTAI

The EXCELLENCE IN INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARDis presented to members who have provided outstanding support and leadership to the SMTA’s international members, chapters, or educational programs. The 2013 recipient of this award is Soren Norlyng, MICRONSULT.

Soren Norlyng has been a member of the SMTA since 1998. During that time he has been a key player with our Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium. He has recruited numerous speakers for us, chaired sessions, served on the Pan Pac Technical Committee for the past seven years and for the last four has served as the Technical Co-Chair of the event.

SMTA+ Corporate Partnership Award Winner The SMTA+ CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP AWARD was presented to STI Electronics, Inc. STI Electronics, Inc. joined the SMTA as a Corporate Member in 1985 and has been continuously active in their commitment to SMTA.

As a corporate SMTA member, STI Electronics has shown support for the association supporting David Raby as a Board member and SMTA President. STI Electronics provides outstanding support of their local chapter with chapter officers, meeting rooms, and hosting of meetings, by exhibiting at many local Expos as well as events such as SMTA International. They encourage employees to become members and attend meetings. STI Electronics is most deserving of this honor.

The CHAPTER OF THE YEAR AWARD recognizes an SMTA chapter that has shown exemplary commitment to our 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 2013 Chapter of the Year Award to the Oregon 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 (tie) - LA/Orange County Chapter and Upper Midwest Chapter
3rd Place Runner-up - Atlanta Chapter
International - Penang Chapter

Outstanding Achievement Awards

  • Top Chapter Officer Participation: Ohio Valley Chapter
  • Top Chapter Membership - New Individual Members: Space Coast Chapter
  • Top Chapter Membership - New Corporate & Global Members: Dallas Chapter
  • Top Chapter Membership - Retaining Members: Michigan Chapter
  • Top Chapter Student Support: Atlanta Chapter
  • Outstanding Development (Most Improved) Domestic: Western Pennsylvania Chapter
  • Outstanding Development (Most Improved) International: Guadalajara Chapter

    We extend our special thanks to the leadership teams of ALL SMTA CHAPTERS for their commitment to SMTA and their local industry communities.