SMTA Welcomes New Strategic Engagement Manager

The SMTA recently named Matt Bourgeois to the position of Strategic Engagement Manager. The newly-created position fulfills a need for increased engagement among corporate members, smaller manufacturers, young professionals, and students.

With input and guidance from SMTA members and the Board of Directors, the vision for this new role is to strengthen the electronics industry by fostering collaboration among individuals and corporations. This vision will ultimately strive to match potential employers with like-minded young people. Matt will facilitate, educate, and serve as a dedicated resource supporting this initiative.

Matt Bourgeois joins SMTA with experience in project management and finance in the electrical industry, as well as business ownership in the electronics sector. Matt earned an MBA from St. Mary’s University and holds two undergraduate degrees from the University of North Dakota. He also speaks Spanish fluently. Matt is certain to be an asset for the association and the industry.

Matt welcomes ideas, questions, or comments regarding internships, education, mentoring, or student chapters. Matt Bourgeois can be reached at or 952-920-7682.

IBM and Siemens Experts to Keynote Contamination, Cleaning and Coating Conference

Amsterdam, Netherlands – SMTA and SMART Group announce experts from IBM Corporation and Siemens AG will keynote the Contamination, Cleaning and Coating Conference. The conference is scheduled May 22-24, 2017 at the Radisson Blu Airport Hotel in Amsterdam.

On Tuesday, May 23, Prabjit Singh, Ph.D., IBM Corporation, will provide his keynote presentation on the “Occurrence and Prevention of Electronic Hardware Failures due to Gaseous and Particulate Contamination in Data Centers.” He will offer a history of electronic corrosion and survey/occurrence of corrosion in data centers worldwide. The presentation will delve into Mixed Flow Gas (MFG) and Flowers of Sulphur (FOS) testing of hardware for corrosion propensity, recent advances in FOS testing for creep corrosion, effect of humidity on creep corrosion, effect of temperature and humidity on copper and silver corrosion, as well as conformal coatings and their testing. Dr. Singh is a Senior Technical Staff Member in the Materials and Processes Department in IBM Corporation with 38 years of experience in the metallurgical engineering aspects of mainframe computer power, packaging, cooling and reliability.

Ruediger Knofe, Siemens AG, will keynote Wednesday, May 24 with his presentation titled “Cleaning of Electronics: Analysing Cleaning Results and Potential Damage Risks When Cleaning Process is Not Optimal.” The talk will highlight key objectives for cleaning of electronics including processes, cleaning agents, influencing factors, evaluation, and potential damage risks. Mr. Knofe currently works as a senior key expert engineer at Siemens AG, responsible for different material qualifications, reliability failure analyses and also cleaning processes for electronics.

This two and a half day technical event focuses on the most important and timely issues on contamination, cleaning and conformal coating in the manufacture of electronics. Conference sessions will include Residues Trapped under Component Terminations, How Problematic are Contaminants Left on Printed Circuit Assemblies, Process Control and Cleaning Material Innovations and Conformal Coating Materials and Processes.

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