We are excited to announce the 2020 Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials will be a virtual event!

Technical Symposium and Expo: August 4 - 5, 2020
Professional Development Courses: August 6, 2020

This symposium will provide a forum to cover all aspects of changes in the electronic parts supply chain on how an organization performs part selection and management through whole life cycle of the parts. Going beyond anecdotes and examples of counterfeit components, this symposium focuses on the solutions that are available and are under development by all sectors of the industry.

View the Technical Program!

Who Should Attend?
This symposium is a valuable resource for quality and reliability managers, supply chain managers, brand protection specialists, inspectors, marketing and procurement policy makers, contracts and legal management, security specialists and government agencies.


Virtual Symposium FAQ

Q: When will I have access to the virtual presentations?

A: The technical program will be separated into to half-day events. (8:00am-1:00pm). Presentations will be live in the software at the times indicated in the technical program on Tuesday, August 4 & Wednesday, August 5. All presentations will be pre-recorded and speakers will log during the time of the presentation for a live Q&A session.


Q: How will the Professional Development Courses be conducted?

A: All (3) courses will be instructed live on August 6th. Each course will last approximately 4 hours and will include time for live Q&A between attendees and instructors.


Q: When will session presentations be available for download?

A: Speaker’s presentations we have received permission to share will be available for download once the symposium concludes. The recording of the speaker presentation will not available for download.

Photos from the 2019 Symposium

About SMTA

A non-profit international association of companies and individuals (totaling 4,000) involved in all aspects of advanced electronics assembly, surface mount and related technologies.

The association is dedicated to the advancement of the electronics industry through member education and interaction. Local chapters are based in the United States Canada, Mexico, Brazil, India, Israel, Malaysia, Taiwan, and China.

Educational programs, symposia, and seminars are held throughout the year in various locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China and Malaysia. The SMTA produces SMTA International, a major annual conference and exhibition currently held in Rosemont, IL (Late September - Early October).


The Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE) is recognized as a founder and driving force behind the development and implementation of physics-of-failure (PoF) approaches to reliability, as well as a world leader in accelerated testing, electronic parts selection and management, and supply-chain management. CALCE is at the forefront of international standards development for critical electronic systems, having chaired the development of several reliability and part selection standards. CALCE is staffed by over 100 faculty, staff, and students.