Charles Hutchins Educational Grant

Application Deadline is April 24, 2020

The SMTA is accepting applications for the 2020 Charles Hutchins Educational Grant. This $8,000 grant, given in memory of Charles Hutchins, past president of the SMTA, educator, mentor, and distinguished industry colleague, was established in 1998 to encourage graduate students to pursue careers in the electronics industry, by developing closer ties between student research and the needs of the electronics industry.

The Hutchins grant, co-sponsored by SMTA and Circuits Assembly magazine, has been awarded annually since 1998 to a graduate-level student pursuing a degree and working on thesis research in electronic assembly, electronics packaging, or a related field. The grant 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. $105,000 has been awarded to grant recipients since 1998.


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2019 Grant Winner Announced

The 2019 recipient,Ben Stewart, a graduate student at the Georgia Institute of Technology, has been selected by the SMTA Grant Committee for his project entitled "Biaxial Inflation Test for Electromechanical Reliability Characterization and Optimization of Stretchable Body-Worn Bioinformatic Device."

Ben expects to graduate in May 2021 with his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico in 2017. The same year, Ben co-founded a start-up company in Albuquerque, New Mexico which specialized in the production of copper nano-inks as a cheaper alternative to silver nano-inks for inkjet printed electronics. While at UNM, Ben also worked as a student intern at Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, specializing in product definition and purchased product value streams for mechanical and electrical components.

Ben's ultimate goal is to leverage his technical and business background to create a start-up company specializing in the development of next-generation stretchable electronic devices for human health monitoring. He hopes his contribution to the proactive healthcare technology industry will make a positive impact in the lives of people all over the world. He desires to create a workplace for thousands of employees, and to create a leading company within the packaged electronics industry.

Ben plans to attend business school at Georgia Tech to work towards a Masters in Business Administration concurrently with his PhD, which he posits will lay the foundation in achieving his goals.

The award was presented at the SMTA Annual Meeting during the SMTA International Conference in Rosemont, IL, September 22 - 26, 2019.

The 2020 grant will be presented at SMTA-I in Rosemont, IL, September 27 - October 1, 2020.


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