Indium Corporation, Libra Industries and STI Electronics Pledge Support for Stromberg Scholarship

SMTA is delighted to announce the JoAnn Stromberg Leadership Scholarship recently received a five-year commitment of support from Indium Corporation, Libra Industries, and STI Electronics. Rod Howell, CEO of Libra Industries, moved the scholarship even further, pledging an additional five-year commitment.  Donations made over the next five years will enable funding for 10 recipients. 

“I am privileged to have worked with JoAnn for over 20 years,” said Greg Evans, CEO of Indium Corporation and a past President of SMTA. “I can think of no better way to honor her years of service with the SMTA than with this scholarship that supports and promotes this organization that she has worked so hard to build.” 

“STI Electronics is thrilled with the opportunity to support this scholarship for multiple reasons,” said David Raby, President & CEO of STI Electronics and a former SMTA President. “It provides education money to a well deserving person at a time that our industry is looking for good new people. It furthers the mission of the SMTA by helping provide education and also industry access to the recipient. And it also honors JoAnn Stromberg who, prior to her work as the SMTA’s Executive Director through the association’s most formative years, was a teacher and always passionate about the value of education.”

The initial support that sustained the fund for the first three years came primarily from several association chapters whose leadership teams had conceived and helped develop the scholarship in 2016. 

The $3000 JoAnn Stromberg Student Leadership Scholarship, honoring former Executive Administrator, JoAnn Stromberg, for her nearly 30 years of service, was established following her retirement in 2015. The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage students to take on more leadership opportunities and strengthen the connection between students and the electronics industry. The scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time student pursuing a degree in electronics and actively involved in the SMTA. The nomination period will be available early next year for 2020 candidates. 

“We are extremely grateful for the continuous generosity displayed by these organizations,” remarked SMTA Membership Engagement Manager, Tamara Shephard. 

If you would like to join Indium Corporation, Libra Industries, and STI Electronics in their commitment to education and leadership, additional donations can be made to the Stromberg Scholarship by visiting Please contact Tamara Shephard, or +1-952-920-7682, with questions.

SMTA International 2019 Concludes Successfully

Minneapolis, MN – The 2019 SMTA International Conference and Exhibition, which took place September 22 – 26, 2019 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, brought together over 1300 electronics manufacturing professionals including engineers, technologists, executives, and academics as well as over 160 exhibiting companies to share knowledge and solutions. 

The technical conference continued the tradition of being the strongest in the electronics assembly industry. Over 120 research papers were presented on topics including Advanced Packaging Technology, Material Applications like Solder and Adhesives, Harsh Environment Applications, Inspection Technologies, Lead-Free Soldering Technology, Manufacturing Excellence, Substrates/PCB Technology, and Technical Innovations. 

The Women’s Leadership Program hosted speakers from Intel and Microsoft on Monday afternoon. A Speed Mentoring session followed and the program concluded with a Connection Reception including wine and appetizers for all attendees. 

On Tuesday morning, attendees were treated to a keynote presentation by Adam Steltzner, Ph.D., NASA. Adam shared how he led the team that invented the ingenious "sky crane" landing system that so spectacularly landed the Mars rover, Curiosity, in 2012. The presentation was very well-received by the audience for its inspiring story of challenges overcome and lessons learned. 

Lockheed Martin Space’s Vice President for Human Space Exploration and Orion Program Manager, W. Michael Hawes, DSc, was the featured keynote on Wednesday morning. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Orion's development and technology innovations that empower this next generation spacecraft to take astronauts to explore farther than humankind has ever ventured. 

Several events geared towards young professionals took place on Tuesday and Wednesday including the Jump Start 101 Technical Sessions, Career Development and Soft Skills Sessions, and the Job Fair/Speed Networking which were generally at capacity throughout each day. 

Over 160 exhibiting companies filled the 100,000 sq. ft. exhibit hall bringing more equipment and new products than past years. 

Next year the SMTA International Conference and Exhibition will be held September 27 - October 1, 2020 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.


For more information on SMTA International please contact Tanya Martin: or +1-952-920-7682 or visit

Jabil's Brooks to Keynote Additive Electronics Conference

The SMTA announced Rich Brooks, Senior Engineering Manager at Jabil Circuit, Inc., will keynote the Additive Electronics Conference on October 24, 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose in San Jose, California. 

Mr. Brooks will present “Miniaturization – Driving the Advances in PCB Technology and Assembly” in which he will discuss one of the main trends in the electronics industry to push the limits of capabilities and driving the implementation of new technologies. Some of the products that are driving miniaturization include: Wearables, Health Sensing, 3D Printing, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality. The presentation will review these various technology processes and how they impact the electronics manufacturing industry. 

Rich Brooks has degrees in both Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and he has been in the Electronics industry for 30 years. His first role was with the Advanced Manufacturing Technology group at Motorola where he spent 14 years. After Motorola, he joined the Indium Corporation of America as the Global Technical Manager. In recent years, Rich held a Senior Engineering Manager position at GE Oil & Gas Design Engineering and now for the past 3 years, he has been with the Jabil Design Organization. At Jabil, he manages a team of SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) with various areas of technical knowledge. Rich Brooks' area of expertise is in PCB and soldering materials technology. 

The Additive Electronics Conference examines the manufacturing and design processes enabling line width and space from .003" to 5 microns as well as other new advanced technologies intended to meet the ever-increasing challenges of smaller, lighter and more powerful electronic devices. 

Registration is open and sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available. For full details and to register, visit or contact Jaclyn Sarandrea: +1-952-920-7682 or

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