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2019 Huntsville Chapter SMTA EXPO

Great EXPO!!

Thanks everyone for attending!!
Thanks to ALL our exhibitors!!
Thanks to ALL our speakers!
Thanks to our door prize, break, and lunch Sponsors!

We couldn't have pulled it off with out you your support!

It is especially awesome as 2019 also marks the 50th Anniversary of the 'First Man on the Moon' that Huntsville was so instrumental in this achievement!!

Huntsville Expo & Tech Forum
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Location: Stone Event Center/ Campus 805
2620 Clinton Avenue
Huntsville, AL 35805

Vaughan Carlson at 9 a.m.

The entire electronics industry is ever-changing, and test engineering is no exception.  Whereas In-Circuit Test and Functional Test dominated the industry in the 80s and 90s, what we see today is the use of Automatic Optical Inspection (“AOI”) and Automatic X-Ray Inspection (“AXI”) coupled with perhaps Flying Probe Test, Cluster Tests, Boundary-Scan Test, and occasionally automated Functional Test.  It’s obvious that no one test approach is a perfect solution for all applications.
This Tutorial will provide the information about implementing testing in the most effective way for each individual PC Board.


Vaughan began his career in the Test Engineering industry over 40 years ago after graduating from Mississippi State University in the 1970s with a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering. He continued his education, receiving a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1982.


In addition to working for General Dynamics on the F-16 Fighting Falcon, Vaughan has worked for the Sanmina-SCI (Huntsville division) and Panasonic. Vaughan is currently employed at FedEx Logistics in Collierville, TN.

Dr. Bill Cardoso at 10:30 a.m.  Keynote 
Speaks on Identifying Defects on BTC Assemblies with X-ray Analysis

The use of x-ray inspection in the electronics industry has gained wide adoption in the past 20 years, driven mainly by the development and use of bottom terminated components (BTC). The use of ball grid arrays (BGA), for example, allowed the development of standards and guidelines that dictate the maximum void size in each ball. In consequence, x-ray machine manufacturers developed solutions that address these requirements to become an integral part of the quality assurance function of modern electronic manufacturers.

Bill started his first company at 17 in Brazil, selling it a few years later to work for US Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab). At Fermilab Bill led research in nuclear physics to build the equipment that discovered the Higgs Boson (and the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics). After 10 years at Fermilab, Bill was ready to get back to the entrepreneurial life.  He moved from Chicago to sunny San Diego to start Creative Electron in his garage in 2008. Creative Electron is 10 years old now, and after the acquisition of FocalSpot in 2016, it became the largest US manufacturer of x-ray systems to the electronics industry. Creative Electron’s fast growth has been driven by its artificial intelligence expertise combined by a core competency in x-ray inspection. At Creative Electron, Bill leads the team of engineers and scientists who combine AI and x-rays to deliver the most intelligent x-ray machines in the market.

Bill received his Associate’s degree in Electronics 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.  He is a recipient of the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and sits on the technical committees of SMTA International, SMTA Counterfeit Conference, and SMTA LED Conference, Components for Military and Space Electronics Conference, SPIE Photonics, and the IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium. He is a senior IEEE member. Bill is on the board of the SMTA, MiraCosta College, and Illinois Institute of Technology. Bill has written two books and over 150 technical publications. On their spare time, Bill’s family is putting together a 42,000-piece jigsaw puzzle.

Dr. Lisa Watson-Morgan 1 p.m.

Dr. Lisa Watson-Morgan will assume the position of Deputy Director of the Engineering Directorate. She began her NASA career as a cooperative education student. Upon her graduation in May 1991, she was assigned to the Mission Operations Laboratory as a data management controller for the ATLAS-3 Spacelab mission. She became a team leader for the Operations Utilization Team in February 1995 and Manager of the Ground Systems Operations Branch in December 2014. In November 2009, she accepted a 1-year detail assignment as Acting Assistant Manager of the Science and Mission Systems (SMS) Office and became SMS Acting Chief Engineer in November 2010.

 In August 2011, Dr. Watson-Morgan began her tenure in the Senior Level position of Chief Engineer, Flight Programs and Partnerships Office. She accepted another detail assignment in January 2013 as Associate Technical Director for the Engineering Directorate. She was appointed to the SES in December 2013 as Manager of the Chief Engineer’s Office at Marshall. In November 2015, she was named Director of the Spacecraft and Vehicle Systems Department. She has served in her current role as Associate Director for Operations in the Engineering Directorate since June 2018.

Charitable's donations can make a difference

Earlier this year, the SMTA Huntsville chapter made a $200 contribution to the Arab High School robotics team. The robotics team is in Houston, TX this week competing in FIRST Championship, a space-themed robotics world wide competition. To learn more about this STEM program, visit
This could not be possible without our chapter members staying active or joining.

Our Chapter Leaders

President : Sherry Stepp  (KYZEN Corporation)

Vice President : Caleb Traynor  (Sanmina Corporation)

Secretary : Donna S. Bennett  (Syncro Corp)

Treasurer : Tina Kather  (Tintronics Industries)

VP of Membership (Appointed) : Jon M. Roberts  (SCI, Technology, Inc.)

Technical Committee (Appointed) : Trevor Bowers  (ADTRAN, Inc.)

Technical Committee (Appointed) : David Raby  (STI Electronics, Inc.)

Technical Committee (Appointed) : Mark McMeen  (STI Electronics, Inc.)

Technical Committee (Appointed) : Mike Bixenman DBA, MBA  (KYZEN Corporation)

Communications/Newsletter Editor (Appointed) : Ken Lawrence  (Abaco Systems)

Board Liaison : William Capen (Honeywell FM&T)

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Global Members of our Chapter

KYZEN Corporation

Global Participating Members of our Chapter


KYZEN Corporation

Corporate Members of our Chapter

AGI Corporation

ITM Consulting

KYZEN Corporation


Sanmina Corporation

STI Electronics, Inc.

Syncro Corp

Teledyne Advanced Electronic Solutions


SMTA Global Members

Amazon Celestica, Inc. Collins Aerospace Creation Technologies Inc. Henkel Electronic Materials LLC HISCO, Inc. IDENTCO INVENTEC Performance Chemicals ITW EAE Keysight Technologies KYZEN Corporation L3HARRIS Lenovo System Technology Company Limited, Shenzhen, PRC MacDermid Alpha Electronic Solutions Metallic Resources, Inc. Micro Systems Technologies Management AG NEO Technology Solutions Nokia Bell Labs Plexus Corp. Samtec Specialty Coating Systems, Inc. VEXOS ZESTRON Americas

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