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2020 Stromberg Student Leader Scholarship Recipient Announced

Oct 10, 2020

SMTA is pleased to announce, Sabrina M. Rosa-Ortiz, University of South Florida, has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Joann Stromberg Student Leadership Scholarship.

The SMTA Awards Committee selected Sabrina for her committed leadership in the SMTA. Sabrina is a Ph.D. candidate from the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of South Florida (USF). As part of her research, she was able to develop a patent named “Electrochemical Three-Dimensional Printing and Soldering” in which she studied the hydrogen evolution assisted electroplating as a reliable source to obtain a rapid and lateral copper deposition. She is currently the SMTA USF Student Chapter president for the University of South Florida and is also responsible for bringing back the SMTA USF Student Chapter to the university.

The $3000 JoAnn Stromberg Student Leadership Scholarship, given in honor of the nearly 30 years of service dedicated by former Executive Administrator, JoAnn Stromberg, was established following her retirement in 2015. The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage students to take on more leadership opportunities and strengthen the connection between students and the electronics industry.

The Stromberg Scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time student pursuing a degree in electronics and actively involved in the SMTA. The scholarship is intended for the purchase of technical books and research materials, for participation in conferences related to electronics assembly and packaging, and for living expenses if necessary.

The award will be presented in person at the 2021 SMTA Annual Meeting during the live SMTA International Conference.

The nomination period will be available early next year for 2021 candidates. Consider making a donation to the scholarship by visiting https://www.smta.org/scholarship/.

Please contact Tamara Shephard, tamara@smta.org or 952-920-7682, with questions.


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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