Student Membership Benefits and Student Chapters

University of Maryland students write SMTA in eight languages!
  for a Student Membership for $5.00USD!

The mission of SMTA Student Chapters is to create learning opportunities for networks of post secondary students to develop professional skills and the knowledge necessary to work in electronic assembly technologies and related business operations.

Nine students attended the 2012 SMTA International Conference and Electronics Exhibition in Orlando, Florida to present technical papers or posters, and serve as Course Monitors for half day tutorials. Students receive a special reduced price on conference registration. The student participants took full advantage of their opportunities to learn from industry professionals in technical sessions and tutorials, and to network with exhibitors on the show floor that could be their future employers! A presentation at an internationally respected conference is a valuable addition to a student resume.

WELCOME to the new Student Chapter at the University of South Florida in Tampa
Federico Diamante, Robert Donatto, and Anand Kumar Santhanakrishna, students from the new chapter, attended the 2012 SMTA International Conference and Electronics Exhibition in Orlando to present their projects in the Poster Session. Their advisor is Assistant Professor Arash Takshi, who also attended the conference with his students. A special thank you to Jabil Inc. for their assistance and financial support to initiate this student chapter.

Current Student Chapters:

  • Auburn University Student Chapter in Auburn, Alabama
  • Binghamton University Student Chapter in Binghamton, New York
  • Georgia Institute of Technology Student Chapter in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Northern Ohio Student Chapter in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Oregon State University Student Chapter in Corvallis, Oregon
  • University of Maryland Student Chapter in College Park, Maryland
  • University of South Florida Student Chapter in Tampa, Florida
  • University of Texas at Arlington Student Chapter in Arlington, Texas
  • University of Toronto Student Chapter in Toronto, Ontario Canada
  • University of Waterloo Student Chapter in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

  • How to Start A Student Chapter at Your School

    New Student Chapters may be established at any post secondary school with programs that support surface mount technology, microelectronics, electronics packaging, assembly, or related industries.

    Student Chapter Documents

  • Starting a New Chapter
  • Student Chapter Application
  • Student Chapter Bylaws
  • Student Chapter Overview (PPT)
  • SC Annual Report Form
  • SC Annual Financial Report Form

  • Contact Karen Frericks
    Director of Chapter Relations or call 952-920-7682 with any questions.
    It’s easy to start an SMTA Student Chapter on your campus:

    1. Submit a Student Chapter Application Form.

    2. Find a faculty advisor (must be SMTA member).

    3. Recruit a minimum of 5 students (must be SMTA members) for a Formation Committee.

    4. Hold three meetings a year (ex: facility tour, technical speaker, a joint event with a local SMTA Chapter).

    5. Submit an Annual Report & Financial Form by June 30 to receive a $100USD activity grant.

    A Student Membership is just $5.00USD

    TOP 10 Reasons for Students to Get Connected to SMTA!

    #10 Connect to respected industry experts in your area of interest and benefit from their "real world" experience and career guidance. Students can participate in SMTA's e-mentoring program through our partnership with MentorNet. Just fill out a brief profile describing your preferences; MentorNet matches you online and guides your one-on-one relationship over 8 months via email. Check out the MentorNet resume database for students to post or to search for internships. A mentor is a great resource to review your applications and resumes and to practice your interviewing skills! Many MentorNet sponsors are also corporate members of SMTA.

    #9 Start or get connected to a SMTA Student Chapter. Check out the student benefits!

    #8 Apply for the annual $5000 Hutchins Educational Grant. Graduate-level students can review the eligibility criteria and application posted in February.

    #7 Search thousands of technical papers in the SMTA online Knowledge Base by key word or subject area to assist your research [FREE downloads for members; $10 each for non-members].

    #6 Post your resume on SMTA Job Center [FREE for members] or use the Job Center to check on job postings.

    #5 Serve as a student Course Monitor at SMTA International and audit the course for free! (Regular non-member price is $300/half day and $450/full day.)

    #4 Submit an abstract or technical paper for review, and if accepted by the Committee, get published in the "Journal of Surface Mount Technology" (published quarterly).

    #3 Receive special reduced student prices for SMTA sponsored local and national conferences, workshops and events. SMTA International Conference- pay just $25 [regular non-member price $575 / $350]

    #2 Browse the "Students Only" section on

    #1 Apply for a Student Membership for $5.00. It's the BEST deal at the SMTA!

    How to Get Published

    Journal of Surface Mount Technology

    The SMTA publishes a highly-esteemed technical journal on a quarterly basis. There is a continuing demand for quality technical papers to be considered by the SMTA Journal Committee.

    Conferences and Proceedings

    Submit an abstract for consideration by the Technical Committee and if accepted, present your paper at one of the educational events held throughout the year. Technical papers are published in the Conference Proceedings CD and are available online in the SMTA Knowledge Base.

    Contact Ryan Flaherty Director of Communications or call 952-920-7682 to submit an abstract or technical paper.