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Capitol Technical University and SMTA Capital Chapter Team, March 23rd @ 12 noon (11:30 lunch with equipment demos and campus tour to follow)

Friday, March 23, 2018
Location: Capital Technical University

iPhone X - Steve Jobs’ iPhone
Dr. Bill Cardoso, Creative Electron
It’s been 10 years since Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone to the world. Much has happened since then. Over this past decade, the iPhone became a reference design, and the object of desire of a legion of fans who wait anxiously for every launch of the Cupertino company. Undoubtedly, the most advanced iPhone in the market today, the iPhone X is a technology marvel. The double stacked boards, dual battery, and a face recognition sensor bring the iPhone X to a whole different level.
In this presentation, we’ll explore these technological advances by a live teardown of the iPhone X. The teardown will be followed by a detailed coverage of the technical details of critical parts of the device. This live teardown will be accompanied by x-ray and CT images of the iPhone X, so the audience will get unprecedented insights on what makes this iPhone tick. More importantly, we will explore the assembly process utilized to put the iPhone X together. This presentation is targeted at a wide technical audience looking for a better understanding on how advance consumer electronics are designed and assembled.
About the speaker:
Dr. Bill Cardoso, CEO
Creative Electron, Inc.
Bill started his first company at seventeen in Brazil, selling it a few years later to work for the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab).  Bill started Creative Electron in his garage after ten years with Fermilab. Creative Electron is now the largest US manufacturer of x-ray systems to the electronics industry. At Creative Electron, Bill leads the team of engineers who designs and manufactures x-ray systems that are shipped worldwide.
Bill received his Associate’s Degree at 13 and went on to achieve a BS, MS, and PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Bill also has his MBA from University of Chicago.  Bill sits on the technical committees of SMTAI, SMTA Counterfeit Conference, and SMTA LED Conference, Components for Military and Space Electronics Conference, SPIE Photonics, and the IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium. Bill has written two books and over 150 technical publications.

Questions? Contact:
Bert Horner
(410) 205-7300

Phil Zarrow to Present SMTA Capital Chapter Tutorial Program

February 23, 2018 - The SMTA Capital Chapter is pleased to announce that it will host a Chapter Tutorial Program on March 15 with Phil Zarrow of ITM consulting presenting “Understanding and Implementing Best Practices in Electronic Assembly Processes”. To RSVP, please click on the following link: 

Topics will cover best practices for the following processes: assembly, solder paste printing, pick and place, reflow soldering, wave soldering, selective soldering, and cleaning vs No-Clean considerations. The event will conclude with a Q&A session with the presenter.

This course drives awareness and solutions to the adverse impact that non-optimal assembly practices and processes have on the product quality and financial success of electronic assembly businesses. A comprehensive perspective on problem issues is developed for the most currently critical electronic assembly process, materials (both existing and emerging), equipment, procedures, and methods. Most importantly, practical solutions are presented. Key issues that consistently result in assembly problems and low yields are identified and resolved. This seminar is intended for anyone involved in directing, developing, managing and/or executing assembly line operations including managers, line supervisors and line engineers involved in manufacturing, design and quality engineering.

Best Western Plus Hotel & Suites
1251 W Montgomery Ave
Rockville, MD 20850

Please join us for this learning and networking event. The registration fees are $200 for members, $295 for non-members, $50 for student chapter members, and $70 for student-non chapter members.  A one-year Individual or Student SMTA Membership is included in the $295 or $70 non-member prices.  Registration deadline is March 1st.

2017 SMTA Capital Expo – Another Great Success

 August 28, 2017 – On behalf of the SMTA Capital Chapter officers, we wanted to thank everyone who participated in yet another successful SMTA event.  We especially wanted to thank our speakers, Shannan O’Shaughnessy, Gerry Partida, and Phil Zarrow for their knowledgeable and insightful presentations.

For more information on future SMTA Capital Chapter events, please visit

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Chapter Calendar of Events

Date / Time Event Location Contact/Email
May 15, 2018
What’s New in IPC J-STD-001G and IPC-A-610G? EIT Leesburg, VA  
August 23, 2018
Capital Expo & Tech Forum Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Lab Hannah Funk
(952) 920-7682 

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Our Chapter Leaders

President : Bert Horner  (The Test Connection, Inc.)
Phone : 410-205-7300

Vice President : Brian A. Costanzo  (DRS Signal Solutions)
Phone : 301-944-8535

Secretary/Treasurer : Fernando Rueda  (KYZEN Corporation)
Phone : 615-983-4603

VP of Technical Programs : Karen Walters Ebner  (Raytheon Systems Company)
Phone : 443-558-5332

VP of Membership (Appointed) : Tom O'Connor  
Phone : 410-730-3385

Acting VP of Communications : Jessica Molloy  (ZESTRON Americas)
Phone : 703-393-9880

Events Chair (Appointed) : Katie Higgs  (NTS)
Phone : 410-229-4371

Board Liaison : Sal Sparacino (ZESTRON Americas)
Phone Contact : 703-393-9880

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Global Members of our Chapter

ZESTRON Americas

Global Participating Members of our Chapter

Harris Corporation

KYZEN Corporation

ZESTRON Americas

Corporate Members of our Chapter

Annapolis Micro Systems, Inc.

Apex Factory Automation


Colonial Circuits Inc.

Cornet Technology

Department of Defense




Practical Technologies, Inc.

Simplimatic Automation

The Test Connection, Inc.

Zentech Manufacturing, Inc.

ZESTRON Americas

Professional Members of our Chapter

LSI Controls, Inc.

SMTA Global Members

Amazon Celestica Inc. Cisco Systems, Inc. Creation Technologies Inc. FCA Group Harris Corporation Henkel Electronic Materials LLC HISCO, Inc. IDENTCO ITW EAE Keysight Technologies KYZEN Sdn. Bhd. Metallic Resources, Inc. Micro Systems Technologies Management AG NCAB Group USA NEO Technology Solutions Nokia Plexus Corp. Samtec Microelectronics SMAC Specialty Coating Systems VEXOS ZESTRON Americas

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