2018 SMTA Members of Distinction Awards

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 May 30

SMTA Members of Distinction Awards contact: Tanya Martin, SMTA Executive Director

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2018 SMTA Awards Program Brochure (PDF)


During the 2017 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 Frances Stewart, UP Media Group. SMTA and the electronics industry have benefited immensely from Frances's ardent support and leadership over the years. Her 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 SMTAI

This year the Awards Committee selected Paul Vianco, Ph.D., Sandia National Laboratories as the recipient of this prestigious award. Paul's commitment to quality and sound technical information exchange is unparalleled, evidenced by his participation in more than 29 SMTA events, including paper presentations, course instruction, or serving as a panelist and chairing/co-chairing sessions. Paul has also been a reviewer for the Journal of SMT for many years.

The EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP AWARD honors SMTA members who stand out as strong leaders in the Association. The 2017 recipient of this award is Luis Sastoque, Team Manufacturing.

SMTA Leadership Award Winner at SMTAI

Luis has been 100% dedicated to the success of the SMTA. There are few leaders who have served their chapter as an officer for so many years. Much of the Carolinas Chapter's success can be credited to Luis's hard work. SMTA has always been able to depend on him to get the job done.

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. The 2017 recipient of this award is Bev Christian, Ph.D., HDPUG.

SMTA International Leadership Award Winner at SMTAI

Over the years Bev has accomplished much in the SMTA organization. He has been an integral part of the success of the ICSR (now ICEET) conference which draws attendees from well beyond Toronto, further demonstrating our international reach. Much of this success can be credited to Bev's hard work.

The SMTA+ CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP AWARD was presented to Plexus Corporation.

SMTA+ Corporate Partnership Award Winner

As a Global Member of SMTA, Plexus 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. Plexus is most deserving of this honor.

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