LED A.R.T. Symposium Program Announced

CALCE and SMTA are pleased to announce the program for the LED Assembly, Reliability & Testing Symposium held at the Archie K. Davis Conference Center in Research Triangle Park, NC from November 28 - November 30, 2017. 

The technical program on November 28 and 29 features presentations on topics including LED Applications, Packaging, Failure Mechanisms, LED Solder Joint Reliability, and Board Processing with LEDs. Plus there is a keynote presentation by Ralph Tuttle from Cree.


Three workshops are offered Thursday, November 30. Ning-Cheng Lee, Ph.D., Indium Corporation, will instruct an all-day course on DFX for Advanced Soldering Technology. Martine Simard-Normandin, Ph.D., MuAnalysis Inc., will instruct a half-day course on Shining a Light on LED Technology: Construction, Reliability, Qualification, Failure Mode. Diganta Das, Ph.D., CALCE, University of Maryland, will instruct a half-day course on Failure Mechanisms and Qualification Tests for LEDs. 

The early registration deadline is November 7, 2017.  For more information or to register visit: 

Contact Jenny Ng at 952-920-7682 or with questions.

SMART Group to Become SMTA Europe

Minneapolis, Minn. - SMTA and SMART Group announce plans for SMART Group to become SMTA Europe effective January 1, 2018. SMTA Europe will continue to host meetings in the UK, but will also support manufacturing regions in mainland Europe with additional educational programs and technical resources. 

Members of both organizations will benefit with expanded opportunities to connect across the globe as well as mutual access to thousands of technical papers and online content. 

This announcement comes months after the successful Contamination, Cleaning and Coating Conference co-organized by SMTA and SMART Group in Amsterdam. Plans are already underway for a 2018 conference in Amsterdam addressing Electronics in Harsh Environments. 

"In this fast changing environment, industry associations can struggle to remain relevant and this will ensure that our growth continues,” said Keith Bryant, Chairman of SMART Group. “SMTA is a global organization with a huge reach. Together we will offer our members unrivalled events and support, increasing their knowledge, helping those overcome problems and become more successful.” 

“The SMART Group mission and values perfectly align with that of SMTA.” said Tanya Martin, Executive Director for SMTA. ”The SMART Group has built a solid foundation and we look forward to welcoming their members into our family. This is an exciting time for SMTA as we strive to expand our international presence and bring education and connections to electronics professionals around the world.”

If you would like to apply to join the SMTA Europe Technical Committee and help organize great events, please contact Tanya Martin,

Electronics in Harsh Environments Conference Announced

Amsterdam, Netherlands – SMTA and SMART Group are excited to announce plans to co-organize the Electronics in Harsh Environments Conference. The event will be held April 24-26, 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The conference will focus on building reliable electronics used in power electronics and harsh environments. 

Thermal, power and signal integrity requirements can present challenges when on devices that operate within harsh environments. Component integration, paired with a growing complexity of the package architectures, larger form factors and higher interconnection densities increase the risk of in-field failures. Over powering or over heating of a device can have serious consequences including internal package failure, down-stream device errors and second level interconnect solder joint failures. Soldering residues are more problematic, and if not understood, can result in both intermittent and complete device failure. 

This conference will focus on the challenges and best practices for building reliable electronic devices that will perform to design standards when used in harsh environments. The content will be focused on building reliable high density assemblies, power electronics, electric hybrids, product assembly challenges, cleaning, coating, process control, and monitoring and tracking production hardware. Challenging areas such as high temperature soldering, solder material advances, and new standards will be presented. 

The Call for Participation will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Visit the website for more information: 

Contact Tanya Martin,, with questions or comments.

SMTA Welcomes New Board Members

Minneapolis, MN - The SMTA is pleased to announce its election results for the Board of Directors for the term beginning during SMTA International (September 17 - 21, 2017). Bill Capen, DRS Technologies, and Greg Vance, Rockwell Automation, were elected to the Strategic Planning Committee. Debbie Carboni, KYZEN Corporation, was re-elected as VP Expos. 

Those remaining on the SMTA Board of Directors include: President, Jeff Kennedy, Celestica, Inc.; Treasurer, Robert Kinyanjui, Ph.D., John Deere Electronic Solutions, Inc.; Secretary, Richard Henrick, Sanmina Corporation; VP Communications, Sal Sparacino, ZESTRON Americas; VP Membership, Eileen Hibbler, TEK Products; Strategic Development Committee members include chairperson Matt Kelly, P.Eng., MBA, IBM Corporation; Martin Anselm, Ph.D., Rochester Institute of Technology; Richard Coyle, Ph.D., Nokia; and Tim Jensen, Indium Corporation. 

The SMTA will bid a fond farewell to departing VP Tech Programs, Raiyomand Aspandiar, Ph.D., Intel Corporation, and Strategic Development Board Member, Scott Priore, Cisco Systems, Inc. They are congratulated for a job well done and given thanks for the years of dedication to the SMTA. 

The official transition will occur at the next SMTA Board of Directors meeting scheduled for September 17, 2017 at SMTA International in Rosemont, Illinois. 

For more information on the SMTA Board of Directors election results, contact SMTA Executive Director Tanya Martin: or 952-920-7682.

SMTA Welcomes New Strategic Engagement Manager

The SMTA recently named Matt Bourgeois to the position of Strategic Engagement Manager. The newly-created position fulfills a need for increased engagement among corporate members, smaller manufacturers, young professionals, and students.

Matt BourgeoisWith input and guidance from SMTA members and the Board of Directors, the vision for this new role is to strengthen the electronics industry by fostering collaboration among individuals and corporations. This vision will ultimately strive to match potential employers with like-minded young people. Matt will facilitate, educate, and serve as a dedicated resource supporting this initiative.

Matt Bourgeois joins SMTA with experience in project management and finance in the electrical industry, as well as business ownership in the electronics sector. Matt earned an MBA from St. Mary’s University and holds two undergraduate degrees from the University of North Dakota. He also speaks Spanish fluently. Matt is certain to be an asset for the association and the industry.

Matt welcomes ideas, questions, or comments regarding internships, education, mentoring, or student chapters. Matt Bourgeois can be reached at or 952-920-7682.

SMTA Headquarters
6600 City West Parkway, Suite 300
Eden Prairie, MN 55344 USA

Phone 952.920.7682
Fax 952.926.1819