SMTA International Conference and Exhibition

Keynote Presentations

The Right Kind of Crazy: A True Story of Teamwork, Leadership and High Stakes Innovation
Adam Steltzner, NASA

Tuesday, September 24 | 9:00am - 10:00am | Room 21/22

FREE to All Attendees!

With a rich and varied background, Adam Steltzner had many of the needed skills to lead the landing team for the Curiosity rover. That said, his team would struggle for almost a decade with design challenges and set backs. How did he keep the team focused and on task? What makes a team gel and enables truly innovative thinking? How do team dynamics drive that process forward or inhibit it? And how can organizational culture create an environment for sustained performance? The challenges he and the team faced and the lessons learned from those struggles can help audiences understand how to better lead their high performing teams, manage innovation and drive towards excellence.

Adam Steltzner

A history-making Ph.D. rocket scientist, Adam Steltzner is recognized as one of NASA's leading – and most unique – innovators. For nearly a decade, Adam led and inspired the breakthrough team that invented the ingenious "sky crane" landing system that so spectacularly landed the Mars rover, Curiosity on the Martian surface 300,000,000 miles from Earth in 2012. Next, Adam will lead NASA's Mars 2020 Project that will gather core samples of Mars for scientific discovery.

To the Moon! Orion's Next Giant Leap into Deep Space
W. Michael Hawes, DSc, Lockheed Martin Space

Wednesday, September 25 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am | Room 21/22

FREE to All Attendees!

W. Michael Hawes, DSc, Lockheed Martin Space

NASA's Artemis program has a bold charter to land American astronauts, including the first woman and the next man, on the Moon by 2024. To achieve this feat, the Orion spacecraft has been designed, developed and tested by Lockheed Martin to gear up for our nation's next giant leap into deep space. Dr. Mike Hawes, Lockheed Martin Vice President for Human Space Exploration and Orion Program Manager, will provide 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.

W. Michael Hawes, DSc, is the Vice President Human Space Exploration and Orion Program Manager for Lockheed Martin Space. Dr. Hawes joined Lockheed Martin in July 2011 after concluding a 33-year career with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and was selected to head up Lockheed Martin’s Orion Program Office in 2014.

Monday Luncheon Keynote: Low Temperature Solder - Progress and Future Opportunities

Monday, September 23 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

FREE to All Attendees, registration is required!

Tadashi Kosuga, Lenovo

Tadashi Kosuga
Distinguished Engineer & Director of Commercial Subsystem Development, Commercial Product Solution Development

Tadashi Kosuga has been leading the technology development team in Lenovo as an industry expert in the fields of ECAT, PCB (Printed Circuit Board), Packaging, SJR(Solder Joint Reliability) and component quality/reliability since joined IBM/Lenovo in 1987. During his 31+ years career, he has developed various technical solutions for industry level critical problems such as industry wide BGA (Ball Grid Array) solder crack problem in late 1990s, PCB/Components warpage and High-Density PCB/Substrate reliability issues in the 2000s. Tadashi has been committed to ensure that he and his team establish proper technical resolution as first in industry to subsystem challenges.

Today, Lenovo LTS (Low Temperature Solder) has been one of the major corporate sustainability projects that has contributed to increased product quality/reliability due to a 70 degrees C reduction in heat stress and energy cost savings as lower oven temperatures require less environmental cooling. These efficiencies drive up to 35% reduction in CO2 emissions. By the end of 2018, Lenovo estimated an annual reduction of nearly 2500 metric tons of CO2. Under Tadashi’s leadership, Lenovo is now expanding the number of manufacturing lines using this process and driving LTS to be become industry standard. Read about the full process here.

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