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The Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) 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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Recognize a Member of Distinction

Nomination Deadline is Tuesday, June 30

Submit your nomination for the 2015 SMTA Members of Distinction Awards. These awards, presented during SMTA International, honor members who have shown exceptional service to the association and the industry. The Nomination Deadline is Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

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SMTA Announces Retirement of JoAnn Stromberg After 29 Years As Executive Administrator

JoAnn StrombergThe SMTA announced today that JoAnn Stromberg, the association's Executive Administrator for the past 29 years, has announced plans to retire at the end of December 2015.

SMTA President, Bill Barthel (Plexus) comments, "I know I speak not only for our current Board of Directors, but for all past Directors as well when I say we cannot underestimate the many contributions made by JoAnn Stromberg to both the SMTA and our industry. She has been tireless in her dedication to growing the SMTA membership, forming new chapters, and keeping the Board focused on the mission of the association. She has been our rudder in both calm and stormy water. A former teacher, JoAnn has developed, along with our technical committees, some of the strongest technical conference programs in our industry. The change and growth she has fostered for the Association and influence she has had on the overall industry is impossible to fully capture in this press release." In 2012, ventureoutsource.com named JoAnn one of the EMS industry’s most influential people.

Barthel further commented, "JoAnn's warm, caring, and outgoing personality has allowed her to make friends with thousands of our industry colleagues. Many in our industry consider the SMTA a "family" as a result of JoAnn's ability to be so inclusive and welcoming to all members and volunteers. The SMTA culture is unique in the industry in a large part due to JoAnn's personal interest and support for everyone she worked with in and outside the Association. We have been so fortunate to have such a strong and caring person lead our efforts for nearly three decades. The SMTA Board of Directors wishes JoAnn a long, happy, healthy retirement."

A celebration and recognition of JoAnn's service will be held on Tuesday evening, September 29th in Rosemont, Illinois, in conjunction with SMTA International. More information can be found at www.smta.org/celebration/joann/. Registration will be available in June when SMTA International registration opens.

The Board has worked with JoAnn over the past year to ensure a smooth transition and is pleased to announce Tanya Martin, SMTA Director of Operations, will assume the role of Executive Administrator on January 1, 2016. JoAnn has been working closely with Tanya over the past year to ensure that she is informed and knowledgeable on all SMTA programs and activities.

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Papers from Pan Pacific Symposium Now Available in Knowledge Base

60 technical papers from the conference proceedings of the Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium are now available in the SMTA Knowledge Base for individual download. Members can download articles at no cost. Non-members pay just $10 per article.

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Video Tutorials on Electronics Assembly Process Basics

Free for members!

free electronics assembly process tutorials Cisco Systems, Inc. was gracious enough to provide some training videos outlining the basic process steps used in electronics assembly including printing, paneling, placement, reflow, wave, and depanelization. These short tutorials are a great introduction for students and anyone who is new to the industry. Active SMTA members can view them for free!

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Find Your Dream Job or Hire a New Employee in the SMTA Career Center

The SMTA Career Center can help engineers, operators, managers, technicians and executives find a job or fill a position in the electronics assembly industry. Go to the Job Listings page for a complete listing. Members post on-line for free!

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5 Ways to Increase Your Technical Knowledge

The phrase "Knowledge is Power" certainly rings true for engineers and businesses. In our fast-paced world of information overload, it is critical to have the right information to make knowledgeable decisions and stay competitive. Here are five ways to get trusted information you can confidently use to make the right decisions in your work.

1. Search from thousands of published technical articles in the SMTA Knowledge Base

2. Attend our free quarterly webinars

3. Network with local professionals and hear quality technical presentations at your local chapter meeting

4. Browse the Book Store for new titles relevant to your work

5. Find contact information in our Member Directory of industry experts who can answer your questions in one conversation

Best of all, you can do each of these at no charge or at deeply discounted rates with an active SMTA Membership.

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