SMTA International Conference and Exhibition

Special Events

The opportunity to gain new skills and update your technical knowledge is around every corner at SMTA International. From the exhibition area to the conference, you are sure to find valuable information that will prepare you to succeed in today's highly competitive market.

Many events below are free and some require fees and advance registration.

Women's Leadership Program - free to all attendees
Presentations and Speed Mentoring Monday, September 23 @ 1:30pm-5:00pm
Connection Reception Monday, September 23 @ 5:00pm-6:00pm

Keynote Session and SMTA Annual Meeting - free to all attendees Tuesday, September 24 @ 8am

After Hours Events
Trivia Night Tuesday, September 24 @ 6pm
Fun Run Wednesday, September 25 @ 7am

Free Activities on the Show Floor
Jump Start - Free 101 Courses Tuesday, September 24
John Deere - Autonomous Lawn Mower Feature Tuesday, September 24
Wednesday, September 25
Poster Session Tuesday, September 24 @ 12pm
Exhibitor Awards Wednesday, September 25 @ 2:30pm
Meetings to Greetings Reception Wednesday, September 25 @ 3:00pm

Activities for Students and Young Professionals
Job Fair/Speed Networking Wednesday, September 25 @ 10am-11:30am
Soft Skills Sessions Wednesday, September 25 @ 1:30pm-3pm

Golf Tournament
Maple Meadows Golf Course
Thursday, September 26 @ 8:30am


Keynote Session and SMTA Annual Meeting

Keynote Speaker To Be Announced Soon

Tuesday, September 24 | 8:00am - 10:00am | Room 28

FREE to All Attendees!

Congratulations to the 2018 SMTA International Conference Award Winners

Rich Freiberger Best of Conference Presentation
The Role of Nickel in Solder Alloys - Part 2. The Effect of Ni on The Integrity of The Interfacial Intermetallic in Sn-Based Solder Joints to Copper Substrates
Kazuhiro Nogita, The University of Queensland

Best of Proceedings Paper
1st Place: Alloy Composition and Thermal Fatigue of High Reliability Pb-Free Solder Alloys
*Richard Coyle, Ph. D., Nokia Bell Labs

2nd Place: Dissolution Rate of Specific Elements in SAC305 Solder
*David Hillman, Collins Aerospace

3rd Place: The Influence of Printed Circuit Board Thickness on the Thermal Fatigue of Quad Flat No-Lead Packages
*Richard Coyle, Ph.D., Nokia Bell Labs

Best Student Paper
Assessment of 2nd Level Interconnect Quality in Flip Chip Ball Grid Array (FCBGA) Package Using Laser Ultrasonic Inspection Technique
Vishnu Reddy, Georgia Tech


Women's Leadership Program

Monday, September 23, 1:30 - 5:00pm | Room 49

All are welcome to attend!

We extend an invitation to everyone at SMTA International to attend the Women's Leadership Program to promote women in engineering fields. Show your support for diversity in engineering fields by attending this session.

SMTAI Women's Leadership Connection

Women's Leadership Connection Reception

Monday, September 23, 5:00pm - 6:00pm | Room 49

Join your colleagues after the Women's Leadership Program at our annual Connection Reception with wine and appetizers from 5:00pm - 6:00pm.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsor!

Kyzen Corporation


John Deere Autonomous Lawn Mower Feature

John Deere Autonomous Lawn Mower

Tuesday, September 24 and Wednesday, September 25 | Show Floor

See a fully autonomous lawn mower in action right on the show floor.


Jump Start - 101 Technical Sessions

Students and Young Professionals Program

Tuesday, September 24 | 10:30am-4:15pm | Show Floor Theater

Come meet industry experts and brush up on your technical knowledge. A great primer for students, young professionals, and engineers new to the industry. Each session will include a 45-minute presentation on the basics of the process and troubleshooting it.

Presentations include:

  • Printing - Chrys Shea, Shea Engineering Services
  • Placement - Tom Foley, ASM Assembly Systems
  • Reflow - Fred Dimock, BTU International
  • Inspection - Ray Whittier, CSMTPE, BAE Systems
  • X-Ray - John Travis, Nordson Test and Inspection
  • Cleaning - Mike Bixenman, DBA, KYZEN Corporation


    Trivia Night

    Tuesday, September 24 | Five Rose's Pub

    Trivia Join your colleagues and test your knowledge with SMTA at our Trivia Night on Tuesday, September 24th from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, hosted by Trivia Mafia! Walk on over to the Five Roses Pub and see if you can "Use Your Noodle, Not Your Google!"

    Trivia Mafia players know that a fun night out at the bar means putting the screens away and arguing with your friends about which Tex-Mex food's name means "thingamajig" in English (chimichanga) or which MTV show was called "Macaroni Rascals" in Japan (Jersey Shore). All while competing with other know-it-alls for trivia glory.


    The cost is $25 per person in advance ($30 at the door.) Order your tickets directly online here or when you register for the conference.
    All tickets include appetizers, one FREE drink, and a great time!
    Seating is limited so get your tickets today!


    Job Fair/Speed Networking

    Students and Young Professionals Program

    Wednesday, September 25 | 10am-11:30am

    10 available spots for student registration! Meet with 10 of our TOP companies to advance your industry career. This event is free to students. Please email Tamara at to register for this opportunity!


    Featured Speaker: Jim Springer; Vice President Quality, John Deere Electronic Solutions, Inc.

    Students and Young Professionals Program

    Wednesday, September 25 | 12pm | Show Floor Theater

    Come meet a long-time industry expert to discuss career and industry related soft-skills.


    Soft Skills Sessions

    Students and Young Professionals Program

    Wednesday, September 25 | 1:30pm-3pm | Members-Only Lounge

    For Students and Young Professionals only! Meet with three industry leaders inside our exclusive Members-Only Lounge to discuss your burning questions on career management, networking, communication, and leadership! Refreshments provided!


    Members-Only Lounge

    Open September 24th & 25th

    Located on the show floor, available to Members only. Coffee, water, and light refreshments provided. As a thank you to our members: Schedule meetings, charge your phone, or just relax in this lounge! Lounge will be closed September 25th between 1:30-3 for a private Student and Young Professional event.


    Runners at SMTA International

    SMTA Fun Run

    Get your run in.

    You don't have to skip your run just because you are travelling. Join us for a 5 mile run on Wednesday, September 25th at 7:00 a.m. We will be meeting in the Doubletree lobby. You can register for the run when registering for SMTA International.

    Fun Run Route Map


    Exhibitor Awards Ceremony

    Wednesday, September 25 | 2:30pm - 3:00pm | Exhibit Hall Theater

    Come help us recognize the companies who have supported the local SMTA events by bringing equipment, technology and knowledge to your engineers and operators across the globe. These companies' commitment and participation at the local level is what the SMTA is about.

    Exhibitor Awards Ceremony


    Meetings to Greetings Reception

    Wednesday, September 25 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm | Exhibit Hall Main Aisle

    All attendees are invited to enjoy complimentary beer, wine, and appetizers for the last hour of the show on Wednesday. Take advantage of this final opportunity to network with exhibitors and other attendees. Celebrate with us on Wednesday, September 25 at 3:00 p.m. on the main aisle of the show floor.

    Meetings to Greetings Reception


    SMTAI Golf Tournament

    SMTAI Golf Tournament

    Thursday, September 26th, 2019
    Maple Meadows Golf Club

    272 Addison Rd
    Wood Dale, IL 60191 - map

    8:30 am Shotgun Start
    50+ Players
    Best Ball Scramble
    Prizes for Performance
    Hot Buffet Lunch

    Maple Meadows Golf Club is a championship course featuring a modern combination of links and prairie design. Conveniently located just 10 miles from the Convention Center!

    $85.00 per player, $340 per foursome team
    Price Includes:

  • Round of Golf (18 Holes)
  • Golf Cart per 2 Golfers
  • Drink Tickets
  • Hot Buffet Lunch
  • Chance to Win Performance Prizes (i.e. longest drive, closest to pin, 1st-3rd place foursomes)

  • Registration to play will open this summer!

    Alec Young, SMTA

    View all SMTA International and Golf Tournament Sponsorships

    2019 Golf Sponsors

    ACL, Inc. ASM Assembly Systems Aven Tools Fancourt Industries HISCO Identco Kester Kyzen Corporation LPMS USA Mid America Taping and Reeling NCAB Seika Machinery, Inc. SMTA Space Coast Chapter Transtec ViTrox

    Maple Meadows has an exclusive license to sell alcohol. Local law doesn’t permit you to bring your own bottle. If you bring your own alcohol, you will receive a fine of up to $500 and will be removed from the golf course without a refund.


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