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Best Papers from SMTA International Announced

Feb 05, 2021

The SMTA is pleased to announce the Best Papers from SMTA International 2020.  The winners were selected by members of the conference technical committee. For these exceptional achievements, a cash award and plaque are given to primary authors of all winning papers.

Richard Coyle, Ph.D., Nokia Bell Labs, won the Best of Proceedings category for the paper"Enhancing Thermal Fatigue Reliability of Pb-Free Solder Alloys with Additions of Bismuth and Antimony." Co-authors include Charmaine Johnson, Dave Hillman, and Tim Pearson, Collins Aerospace; Michael Osterman, CALCE; Joe Smetana, Nokia; Keith Howell, Nihon Superior Co., Ltd.; Hongwen Zhang and Ji Geng, Indium Corp.; Julie Silk, Keysight Technologies; Derek Daily, Senju Comtek Corp.; Babak Arfaei, SUNY-Binghamton; Ranjit Pandher, Alpha Technologies; Andre Delhaise, Celestica; Stuart Longgood, Delphi Technologies; Andre Kleyner, Aptiv.

The following papers received honorable mention:

Andrew Mawer, NXP Semiconductors, for the paper "Miniaturized Stacked Die QFN for Tire Pressure Monitoring System Applications."Co-authors include Mollie Benson, Dwight Daniels, A R Nazmus Sakib, and Vishrudh Sriramprasad, NXP Semiconductors N.V.

Jennifer Bennet, P.E., IBM Corporation, for the paper "CBGA and CCGA Field Reliability Predictions Confirmed."Co-authors include Jim Bielick and Marie Cole, IBM Corporation.

Karen Tellefsen, Ph.D., MacDermid Alpha Electronics Solutions, for the paper "Advanced SIR Testing for Trapped Solder Paste Flux Residue."Co-authors include Aurkie Ray, Anna Lifton and Paul Salerno, MacDermid Alpha Electronics Solutions.

Keith Sweatman, Ph.D., Nihon Superior Company, Ltd., for the paper "Behaviour and Strengthening Effects of Sb in a Low-Bi Sn-Cu Solder Alloy."Co-authors include Tetsuro Nishimura, Nihon Superior Co., Ltd.; Sergey A. Belyakov and Christopher M. Gourlay, Imperial College London.

The authors will receive their awards during a ceremony at SMTA International2021.  The SMTA International Conference and Exhibition (SMTAI) 2021 will be held November 1-4, 2021 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, MN, USA. Details on participating in the 2021 SMTA International Conference are posted on the event website:

https://smta.org/mpage/smtai-cfa2021

Abstracts of allpapers can be browsed directly in the online Knowledge Base.Featuring thousands of full-length technical articles, the SMTA Knowledge Base is searchable to all visitors, but free PDF downloads are available only to SMTA members. Non-members can easily join SMTA for real-time access to the Knowledge Base.

For more information contact Ryan Flaherty: ryan@smta.org or +1-952-920-7682.


SMTA is an international network of professionals who build skills, share practical experience and develop solutions in Electronics Manufacturing (EM), including microsystems, emerging technologies, and related business operations.

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