Hutchins Grant Receives Generous Donation
Recent SMTA International Best of Conference Award Winner, Bob Willis, bobwillisonline.com, pledged a significant portion of his winnings to the Charles Hutchins Educational Grant upon receiving notification of his award. Bob is a long-time SMTA member and instructor.
The Hutchins grant, co-sponsored by SMTA and Circuits Assembly magazine, has been awarded annually since 1998 to a graduate-level student pursuing a degree and working on thesis research in electronic assembly, electronics packaging, or a related field. This $5000 grant, given in memory of Charles Hutchins, past president of the SMTA, educator, mentor, and distinguished industry colleague, was established in 1998 to encourage graduate students to pursue careers in the electronics industry, by developing closer ties between student research and the needs of the electronics industry.
SMTA International 2015 Best Papers Announced
The SMTA is pleased to announce the Best Papers from SMTA International 2015. As speakers at SMTA International, individuals make contributions to the industry by sharing their research and findings. To reward exceptional achievement, $1,000 awards and plaques are given for the Best of Conference Presentation, Best of Proceedings Paper, and the Best International Paper.
The winner from SMTA International 2015 for the Rich Freiberger Best of Conference Award, as selected by the conference attendees, is Bob Willis, bobwillisonline.com, for his presentation entitled "Assembly Process and Product Failures-Causes and Cures." The award is based on the conference attendees' rating of each speaker at the technical session. Bob donated half of his prize to the Charles Hutchins Educational Grant.
Paul Vianco, Ph.D. from Sandia National Labs won the Best of Proceedings category for the paper "Establishing a Ti-Cu-Pt-Au Thin Film on Low Temperature Co-Fired Ceramic (LTCC) Technology for High-Temperature Electronics." Co-authors include J. Rejent, M. Grazier, A. Kilgo, B. McKenzie and A. Allen, Sandia National Laboratories; E. Guerrero and W. Price, Honeywell Inc.
Matt Kelly, P. Eng., MBA, IBM Corporation, won the Best International Paper category for his paper entitled "Via-In-Pad Plated Over (VIPPO) Design Considerations for Enterprise Server and Storage Hardware." Co-authors include Mark Jeanson, Timothy Younger, Jim Bielick, Theron Lewis, and Mitch Ferrill, IBM Corporation. This award and the Best of Proceedings are selected by the SMTA International Technical Committee.
A new award category, Best Student Presentation, was awarded to Cong Zhao, Auburn University, for his paper “Long Term Aging Effects on the Reliability of Lead Free Solder Joints in Ball Grid Array Packages with Various Pitch Sizes and Ball Alignments.” Co-authors include Chaobo Shen, Zhou Hai, Jiawei Zhang, M. J. Bozack, and J. L. Evans, Center for Advanced Vehicle and Extreme Environment Electronics (CAVE3), Auburn University.
The authors will formally be presented their awards at the Opening Ceremony during SMTA International on September 27, 2016 in Rosemont, Illinois. For information on participating in the 2016 SMTA International Conference, visit the Call for Papers page at http://smta.org/smtai/call_for_papers.cfm. Abstracts can be uploaded directly on-line and will be accepted through February 29, 2016.
The papers are available in the conference proceedings available in the SMTA Bookstore at http://www.smta.org/store/book_store.cfm.
For more information on SMTA International please contact SMTA Administrator Tanya Martin: firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-920-7682 or visit http://www.smta.org/smtai/.
SMTA Announces New Executive Administrator
The SMTA is pleased to announce that Tanya Martin, SMTA Director of Operations, will assume the role of Executive Administrator on January 1, 2016. Current Executive Administrator, JoAnn Stromberg, retires on December 31, 2015 after 29 years with the Association. JoAnn has worked closely with Tanya over the past 18 months to ensure that she is informed and knowledgeable on all SMTA programs and activities for a smooth transition.
Tanya Martin joined the SMTA staff in 2014. She has over twenty years in the electronics industry working in sales and project management for OEM and EMS companies, a manufacturers’ representative firm, as well as purchasing for a global component distributor. Tanya also brings event planning experience from local fundraising events to professional networking receptions and corporate events.
Regarding her succession, Tanya stated, “Over the past 18 months, I have had the privilege of working alongside JoAnn Stromberg to prepare and train for a smooth transition. I am highly confident in our ability to continue to be an extremely inclusive organization that delivers strong educational programing as well as provide local support through our Chapters and numerous Committees. I am honored to assume this leadership role in January and look forward to the opportunity to continue shaping the great legacy of SMTA.”
SMTA President Bill Barthel remarked, “I and the Board of Directors are very pleased to see Tanya assume this important leadership position within the SMTA. Few organizations have the luxury of such a prolonged and planned transition and through it all Tanya has consistently met or exceeded expectations. Please join us in welcoming her and supporting her in this critical role.”
Tanya can be reached by phone at 952-920-7682 and by email at email@example.com.