SMTA International 2011 Best Papers Announced

Feb 07, 2012

The SMTA is pleased to announce the Best Papers from SMTA International 2011.  As speakers at SMTA International, individuals make contributions to the industry by sharing their research and findings.  To reward exceptional achievement, $1,000 awards and plaques are given for the Best of Conference Presentation, Best of Proceedings Paper, and the Best International Paper.

The winner from SMTA International 2011 for Best of Conference is Chrys Shea, Shea Engineering Services, for her presentation entitled "Using Solder Paste Inspection to Improve Print Yields."

David Hillman, Rockwell Collins, won the Best of Proceedings category for the paper "The Last Will and Testament of the BGA Void."

Matt Kelly, P.Eng, MBA, IBM Corporation, won the Best International Paper category for the paper entitled "Lead-Free Vapor Phase Assembly Compatible Materials For a High Performance SMT Daughter Card Connector."

The authors will formally be presented their awards at the Opening Ceremony during SMTA International on October 15, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  For information on participating in the 2012 SMTA International Conference, visit the Call for Papers page at, or contact SMTA administrator JoAnn Stromberg at 952-920-7682 or  Abstracts can be uploaded directly on-line and will be accepted through March 12, 2012.

The papers are available in the conference proceedings available in the SMTA Bookstore at and also in the proceedings section of the SMTA Knowledge Base at

For more information on SMTA International please contact SMTA administrator JoAnn Stromberg: or 952-920-7682 or visit

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

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