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Plans underway for 2006 activities

MINNEAPOLIS, MN... The Opening Session and Annual Meeting during SMTA International (September 24-28 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Chicago, IL) will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 26 and 27, respectively.

The Opening Session, which is free to all attendees, will focus on Solving RoHS Related Problems for Small to Medium Enterprises, led by Jim Dills of The GoodBye Chain Group, and “What’s Next for Emerging Technologies?” led by Ken Gilleo of ET-Trends LLC.

Also during the SMTAI Opening Session, the 2005 Conference Award Winners will be recognized, including Best of Conference Presentation, Shatil Haque, LUMILEDS Lighting; Best Proceedings Paper, Julia Zhao, Analogic Corporation; and Best International Paper, Lars Boettcher, Fraunhofer Institute (Germany)

The SMTA Annual Meeting on Wednesday will feature Jan Vardaman, president and founder of TechSearch International, Inc. The topic of her presentation is What’s Driving Trends in IC Packaging for the Future?, which will address the most pressing consumer demands and business challenges surrounding IC Packaging, and how the requirements of more functionality in smaller IC Packaging will drive the industry in the coming years.

Vardaman, an established voice in the IC industry, is a columnist with Circuits Assembly Magazine, and the author of numerous publications on emerging trends in semiconductor packaging and assembly. She served on the NSF-sponsored World Technology Evaluation Center (WTEC) study team involved in investigating electronics manufacturing in Asia and on the U.S. mission to study manufacturing in China. She is a member of IEEE’s CPMT society and SEMI. She served for two terms on the IEEE CPMT Board of Governors. She received her M.A. in Economics from the University of Texas.

Also during the Annual Meeting, the SMTA will present its Association Awards and the Charles Hutchins Educational Grant. The SMTA Awards are given out annually to members who have given their time, energy, and expertise to ensure the success of both the SMTA and the industry. The Hutchins Grant, in memory of industry colleague Charles Hutchins, is a $5000 award that is given annually to a graduate-level student pursuing a degree and working on thesis research in electronics packaging or related field.

The cost for the SMTA Annual Meeting is $30 for members of the association and $35 for non-members.

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The SMTA membership is a network of professionals who build skills, share practical experience and develop solutions in electronic assembly technologies and related business operations.


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