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.

IPC Fall Standards Development Committee Meetings Saturday, October 13 -
Friday, October 19

Women's Leadership Program - free to all attendees
Presentations and Panel Monday, October 15 @ 1:30pm-5:00pm
Connection Reception Monday, October 15 @ 5:00pm-6:00pm

Keynote Session and SMTA Annual Meeting - free to all attendees Tuesday, October 16 @ 8am

After Hours Events
Livin' La Vida SMTA Tuesday, October 16 @ 6pm
Fun Run Wednesday, October 17 @ 7am
Students and Young Professionals Night Out Wednesday, October 17 @ 6pm

Free Activities on the Show Floor
Poster Session Tuesday, October 16 @ 12pm
Metallographic Photo Contest Tuesday, October 16
Wednesday, October 17
Beer Tasting and Expo Reception Wednesday, October 17 @ 3:00pm



Keynote Session and SMTA Annual Meeting

The World's Most Advanced Fighter Jet Helmet - from Development and Production to the Fight

Helmet Mounted Display System for the F-35 Fighter Jet

Tuesday, October 16 | 8:00am - 10:00am | Room 21/22

FREE to All Attendees!

Don't miss this dual keynote presentation from Rockwell Collins and Lockheed Martin to discuss the design, development, and the pilot's perspective, of the revolutionary Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS) for the F-35 Fighter Jet.

The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th Generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information displayed to the pilot through the Helmet Mounted Display (HMD), network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor, continuing its 100-year history of aircraft research and design with the Lightning II. Rockwell Collins – ESA Vision Systems is the supplier of the HMD, the industry leader in development of helmet mounted display technology for the last 33 years. According to standard industry accepted economic forecasting, the F-35 is responsible for more than 125,000 direct and indirect jobs, making it the single largest job generator in the Department of Defense program budget. The Lockheed Martin F-35 program teams with more than 1,400 domestic suppliers in 46 states and Puerto Rico to produce thousands of components from highly sophisticated radar sensors to the aircraft's mid fuselage. This exciting presentation will provide an overview of the development of the F-35 HMD, and how pilots use the unparalleled capabilities that the HMD provides.

Ron Heberlein

Ron Heberlein is a Pr. Program Manager at Rockwell Collins. He has led the design and development of military Helmet Mounted Display products since 2016, and started his work on the F-35 Helmet Mounted display program in 2012 as the lead mechanical engineer. Ron has been involved with electronics design and opto-mechanical design since 2003 and has worked on Head-Up Displays, Enhanced Vision Sensors, and Helmet Mounted Displays for Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Gulfstream, Embraer, and Bombardier. Ron has a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and holds patents in Heads-Up Display Alignment and Sensor Based Navigation Correction.

Scott Shark McLaren

Scott "Shark" McLaren is a F-35 experimental test pilot for developmental test and production. F-35 flights; integrate engineering design through development and test planning for risk reduction, maneuver development, system improvements, and flight test execution. Currently flying F-35 as a Lockheed Martin test pilot at Edwards AFB and Fort Worth. His recognitions include: being a member of Society of Experimental Test Pilots, member of the Order of Daedalians, and 2008 AIAA AFIT Graduate Student Award for Research Excellence. Mr. McLaren's research titled, Velocity Estimate Following Air Data System Failure, was published in 2008.

Congratulations to the 2017 SMTA International Conference Award Winners

Rich Freiberger Best of Conference Presentation
Solder Paste Qualification Testing for EMS Production
Chrys Shea, Shea Engineering Services

Best of Proceedings Paper
1st Place: Effect of Thermal Treatment on the Microstructure, Properties, and Reliability of Lead-Free Bismuth Containing Solder Alloys
Andre Delhaise, Celestica, Inc.

2nd Place: Moisture Effects in Common Solderable RF Connector Dielectrics Part II: Characterization of Damage Threshold Moisture Level for Moisture Sensitive Polymers
Jeff Jennings, Harris Corporation

3rd Place: Investigation of the Influence of Voids on the Reliability of Solder Joints by the Finite Element Method
Christian Schwarzer, Heraeus Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG

Best Student Paper
Effect of Cl2, NO2, RH and Temperature on Ag and Cu Corrosion in a Mixed Flowing Gas Chamber
Bo Yuan, Lam Research


Women's Leadership Program

Monday, October 15, 1:30 - 5:00pm | Room 44

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, October 15, 5:00pm - 6:00pm | Room 44

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


Livin' La Vida SMTA

Livin La vida SMTA

Tuesday, October 16, 6:00pm | Adobe Gila's Rosemont

No time for siesta, it's time to fiesta at SMTAI!


Get ready to party on Tuesday, October 16 as we enjoy great music, tasty tacos, sizzling fajitas, chips and salsa and beverages! Grab some amigos and props to take some pictures in our photo booth!


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 fiesta tickets include access to our amazing buffet and a drink ticket.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors!
Capital (DC) SMTA Chapter Kulicke & Soffa Kyzen Corporation Nordson ASYMTEK SMTA Ohio Valley Chapter SMTA Penang Chapter STI Electronics Upper Midwest SMTA Chapter ZESTRON Americas


Metallographic Photo Contest

Tuesday, October 16 and Wednesday, October 17
Photos on display near entrance to exhibit hall

SMTA Metallographic Photo Contest
As an engineer you use photographs to visualize your research, but getting high quality images of such small subjects is really as much an art as it is a science. Now you can get recognized for your metallographic photography skills! View the collection of interesting and high quality metallographic photos submitted for the SMTA Photo Contest. Photos are displayed near the entrance of the exhibit hall.

The photos will be organized into three categories:
(1) Interesting solder microstructures
(2) Interesting component structures
(3) Novelty: "Hey, that looks like a ...."

A panel of judges determined the winners for each category.


No Moisture Please

Moisture Sensitive Devices (MSD) Council Meeting

Tuesday, October 16 | 2:00pm

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


    Students and Young Professionals Night Out

    Wednesday, October 17 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm

    Students and Young Professionals Night Out Bowling

    This event is geared toward ages 40 and under.

    Ready for some fun? This special event offers a great networking opportunity mixed with an evening of entertainment! Dust off your bowling shoes and head to Kings Bowling & Entertainment for a chance to connect with fellow students and other young professionals in the industry. Food, beverage, bowling and shoe rental is provided. Please select this option on your registration form.

    Kings Rosemont
    5505 Park Place
    Rosemont, IL 60018


    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, October 17th 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

    Thank you to our sponsor!


    Beer Tasting and Expo Reception

    Wednesday, October 17 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm | Exhibit Hall Courtyard

    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. Celebrate with us on Wednesday, October 17 at 3:00 p.m. and sample beverages from our SMTA chapter regions.

    Thank you to our sponsors!
    Anda     ASM     Connecticut Chapter     E-Tronix     SMTA Ohio Valley Chapter     Silicon Valley SMTA Chapter    Wisconsin SMTA Chapter  


    IPC Fall Standards Development Committee Meetings

    IPC Fall Committee Standards Development Meetings

    October 13 - 19, 2018

    Contribute to the industry standards and guidelines that your company, customers and suppliers rely on by participating in the IPC Standards Development Committee Meetings.

    The full schedule for IPC committee meetings is on the IPC website.
    Registration is required.

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