SMTA International Technical Committee Announces Best Presentation & Paper Awards

Minneapolis, MN – The SMTA is pleased to announce the Best Papers from SMTA International 2019.  As speakers at SMTA International, individuals make contributions to the industry by sharing their research and findings.  For these exceptional achievements, a cash award and plaque are given to primary authors of all winning papers. 

Chris Gourlay, Imperial College London won the Best of Proceedings category for the paper "Phase Formation and Solid Solubility in High Reliability Pb-Free Solders Containing Bi, Sb, In." 

Richard Coyle, Ph.D., Nokia Bell Labs, came in second for the paper “Vacuum Reflow Processing of Ball Grid Array Packages to Reduce Solder Joint Voiding and Improve Attachment Reliability.” 

Yoshinori Ejiri, Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd. took third place for the paper “Wire Bonding Reliability of Electroless Ni/Pd/Au Plating Influence of Electroless Pd Deposition Reaction.” 

The winner from SMTA International 2019 for the Rich Freiberger Best of Conference Award, as selected by the conference attendees, is Michael Konrad, Aqueous Technologies, for the presentation entitled "IPC's New Cleanliness Testing Standard is Now Active. What's New? What Stays the Same?" The award is based on the conference attendees' rating of each speaker at the technical session. 

Best Student Presentation was awarded to Faramarz Hadian, Binghamton University, for the paper “Study Electromigration in SnBiAg / SAC(305) Mixed Solder Alloy.” 

The authors will formally be presented their awards during SMTA International on September 27-October 1, 2020 in Rosemont, Illinois.  For information on participating in the 2020 SMTA International Conference, visit the Call for Papers page at  Abstracts can be uploaded directly on-line and are still being accepted. 

The papers are available in the conference proceedings available in the SMTA Bookstore at The individual articles are available for SMTA members to download from the knowledge base.

For more information contact Tanya Martin: or +1-952-920-7682 or visit

SMTA Interim President Announced

The SMTA announced that Gregory Vance, Rockwell Automation, will serve as interim president through the current term ending in September 2020. The decision, made by the board of directors, comes after the resignation by current president, Jeff Kennedy, due to a conflict of interest outlined in the association bylaws which forbids two concurrent offices held by employees of the same company. 

Jeff Kennedy recently accepted a position beginning March 16, 2020 with ZESTRON Americas, which employs another current board member, vice president of communications, Sal Sparacino. As such, Mr. Kennedy resigned as president effective March 3, 2020. Recently elected board member Robert Boguski, Datest, was voted by the board to assume duties as vice president of membership that was vacated by Mr. Vance as he takes on the interim president role. Mr. Boguski will also assume duties as chair of the Chapter Leadership Committee.
"I would like to thank the Board of Directors and the SMTA membership for all the ongoing support and well wishes. It has been an honor to serve the association over the past 10 years and I will remain an active member of the Technical Committee, SMTAI Committee, and continue to support the organization going forward! I have high confidence that Greg will get the same level of support from the membership as I had during my tenure as he takes on the interim president duties."
“I would like to personally thank Jeff Kennedy for his 10 years of service on the SMTA Board of Directors and President. Your dedication and insights have helped the SMTA grow in terms of educational programs, conferences, and Knowledge Base content,” said Greg Vance, Interim President. “On behalf of the SMTA Board of Directors, we wish you success in your new role.”
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