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

Conference Highlights - free to all attendees
Low Temperature Solder (LTS) Forum Monday, September 23 @ 8am-5pm
LTS Luncheon Keynote: Tadashi Kosuga, Lenovo Monday, September 23 @ 12pm
SMTA Annual Meeting Tuesday, September 24 @ 8am
Keynote: Adam Steltzner, NASA JPL Tuesday, September 24 @ 9am
Keynote: W. Michael Hawes, Lockheed Martin Space Wednesday, September 25 @ 10am

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

Free Activities on the Show Floor
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
Jump Start - Free 101 Courses Tuesday, September 24
Job Fair/Speed Networking Wednesday, September 25 @ 11am-12pm
Career Management - Soft Skills Sessions Wednesday, September 25 @ 12pm-3pm

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


SMTA Annual Meeting

Tuesday, September 24 | 8:00am - 9:00am | Room 21/22

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


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.


Women's Leadership Program

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

FREE to attend!

Chair: Priyanka Dobriyal, Ph.D., Intel Corporation

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.

Technical Sessions

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Chair: *Priyanka Dobriyal Ph.D., Intel Corporation
Co-Chair: *Jason Keeping, P. Eng., Celestica, Inc.

>>Exciting Times in Packaging
Simanti Lahiri, Intel Corporation

>>Planning for the Future
*Brian Toleno, Ph.D., Microsoft

>>Women Enabling Technologies
Jennifer Bly, Intel Corporation

Speed Mentoring

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Chair: *Marie Cole, IBM Corporation
Co-Chair: Michelle Ogihara, Seika Machinery, Inc

Seeking University Graduate Talent and Collaborators for Industrial Research
Hosted by: *Martin Anselm, Ph.D., Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

Introverts vs Extroverts
Hosted by: Jennifer Bly, Intel Corporation

Technical vs Management Path
Hosted by: *Srinivas Chada, Ph.D., Stryker

Work Life Balance in a “Just in Time World"
Hosted by: *Debbie Carboni, KYZEN Corporation

How Do You Inspire New Comers Industry, Their Retention and Their Strive to Achieve Higher Success
Hosted by: Simanti Lahiri, Intel Corporation

Accelerating Your Career Path
Hosted by: *Chrys Shea, Shea Engineering Services

Planning for the Future, People and Technology
Hosted by: *Brian Toleno, Ph.D., Microsoft Corporation

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


Low Temperature Solder (LTS) – Evolving Performance, Growing Opportunities

Monday, September 23

You are cordially invited to attend a complimentary full-day symposium dedicated to the advancing development of low temperature solders for use in certain segments of the electronics industry. Progress in the engineering of tin-bismuth based solder materials has created significant opportunities for lower temperature SMT processing of products in the client, server, and consumer electronics segments.

Presentation topics include:

  • Low Temperature Solder - Vision and Considerations
  • Sn-Bi based solder paste supply volume readiness
  • Component supply base LTS compatibility
  • Case studies of manufacturers that are making the conversion to LTS.
  • Pre-registration required! Event attendance is limited to 100 people, so early registration is encouraged and can be completed when you register to attend SMTA International.

    This event will be a unique opportunity to engage with a wide array of industry members that are actively expanding their in-depth process knowledge and implementing tin-bismuth based low temperature solders.

    If your business has been considering adoption of LTS for your motherboard assembly or if your product offerings may benefit from these conversions, this will be an excellent opportunity to engage with industry experts and other interested parties.

    Tadashi Kosuga, Lenovo

    Monday Keynote: Low Temperature Solder - Progress and Future Opportunities

    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.


    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. An engineer from John Deere will be on site to answer any and all questions.

    The TANGO robotic mower from John Deere offers an intuitive user interface, coupled with advanced magnetic sensing and safety features such as lift sensing and capacitive touch sensing and bump sensing to provide users with a convenient, reliable and easy way to mow their lawn at any time of day, regardless of the weather. By leveraging a boundary wire, the TANGO mows in a random pattern and detects obstacles with 3 axis accelerometer, motor current sensing and complex software algorithm to quietly cut lawns. Users can program their unit for the specific challenges of their yard, including complex layouts with trees and shrubs, and gradients of up to 35%. A powerful Li-Lon battery keeps the TANGO mowing for up to 1 hour (depending upon conditions), and when it does need to recharge, the unit navigates back to its docking station through magnetic sensing.

    The TANGO is only available for sale in select European markets, but you can see the unit in action on the show floor and speak to John Deere experts about this technology.


    Young Professionals Programming

    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. Six award-winning industry leaders will teach basics and troubleshooting of SMT processes.

    Topics and presenters include:

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

    Co-Chairs: Jennifer Fijalkowski: University of Rhode Island, Mohamed El Amine Belhadi: Auburn University, Allison T. Osmanson: University of Texas at Arlington

    Each session includes 30 minutes of instruction and 15 minutes of Q and A, so bring your questions or problems to these industry experts for free advice.

    This is a GREAT OPPORTUNITY to expand your SMT process knowledge and meet the industry’s top experts in person. Don’t forget, the JUMP START program is FREE with EXPO Registration!

    Chrys Shea
    Chrys Shea
    Shea Engineering
    Tom Foley
    Tom Foley
    ASM Assembly Systems
    Fred Dimock
    Fred Dimock
    BTU International
    Ray Whittier
    Ray Whittier, CSMTPE
    BAE Systems
    John Travis
    John Travis
    Nordson Test
    and Inspection
    Mike Bixenman
    Mike Bixenman, DBA
    KYZEN Corporation

    Thank you to our sponsors:
    Central Texas (Austin) SMTA Chapter     Dallas SMTA Chapter     Indium Corporation     Michigan Chapter     Wisconsin SMTA Chapter


    Trivia Mafia Social

    Tuesday, September 24 | Five Roses 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!

    Thank you to our sponsor:
    Go to Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America on-line


    Job Fair/Speed Networking

    Students and Young Professionals Program

    Wednesday, September 25 | 11am-12pm
    Registration opens at 10:30am

    3 of 10 spots still available for student registration!
    Meet with 10 of our TOP companies to advance your industry career.
    This event is free to students.

    Students: Please email Tamara at to register for this opportunity!

    Companies: To register your company for this event, complete the online sponsorship registration here and select "Student Job Fair- Speed Networking"!

    Thank you to our sponsors:
    Creative Electron     Indium Corporation     Koki Solder

    Special thanks to Jim Springer, John Deere Electronic Solutions, Inc. and Jason Keeping, Celestica, for their personal donations.


    Career Management – The "How" and the "What"

    Jim Springer

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

    Wednesday, September 25 | 12pm | Show Floor Theater

    The technical skills of an engineer are only half the skills required for today's global market place. The "how" becomes increasingly important as you interact with people from different cultures and with different personalities. Perceptions of how you go about doing your work will be as important as the skills used to solve problems.

    Jim is passionate about helping the next generation find career success. He brings a unique perspective and over 20 years of managerial experience with major manufacturing companies like John Deere and Phoenix International. Some of his career highlights include installing the first automated SMT line in the Kansas City area, obtaining a patent for an innovative heatsink attachment to a PCB, and starting the MSA-Lab.

    Students and Young Professionals Program

    Soft Skills Sessions

    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!

    >>Workplace Communication
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    Bill Cardoso, Ph.D., Creative Electron, Inc.

    >>Managing Difficult Personalities
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Greg Vance, Rockwell Automation

    >>Uniqueness: Setting Yourself Apart
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
    Michael Ford, Aegis Software

    Bill Cardoso
    Bill Cardoso, Ph.D.
    Creative Electron, Inc.
    Greg Vance
    Greg Vance
    Rockwell Automation
    Michael Ford
    Michael Ford
    Aegis Software

    Thank you to our sponsors:
    Capital (DC) SMTA Chapter     Dallas SMTA Chapter     Indium Corporation

    Students and Young Professionals Program


    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 1:30pm-3:00pm for a private Student and Young Professional event.

    Thank you to our sponsors:
    Atlanta SMTA Chapter SMTA Ohio Valley Chapter Silicon Valley SMTA Chapter Space Coast SMTA Chapter

    Special thanks to David Hillman, Collins Aerospace, for his personal donation.


    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)

    Alec Young, SMTA

    2019 Golf Sponsors

    ACL, Inc. Arc-Tronics ASM Assembly Systems Assembly Resources Aven Tools Condair SMTA Empire Chapter Fancourt Industries HISCO Identco Kester Kyzen Corporation LPMS USA Mid America Taping and Reeling Metcal 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.



    No Moisture Please

    Moisture Sensitive Devices (MSD) Council Meeting

    Tuesday, September 24 | 2pm-3pm

    The Council meets in person at SMTA International to discuss the latest standards and initiatives related to MSD.


    Industry Standards for Moisture Sensitivity Packages

  • J-STD 033C
  • J-STD-020D.1
  • J-STD-075
  • Package Handling/Baking/Packaging Guidelines

    PWB Handling/ Baking/Packaging Guidelines

  • Updates – IPC 1601 Standard
  • Controls at PWB/Assembly Site

    Summary / Q&A

    Sensitive to Moisture? You're Not Alone, Join the MSD Council!

    If you are interested in joining the Council, please contact co-chairs Michelle Ogihara and Mumtaz Bora, and

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