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During the 2016 Annual Meeting at SMTA International, the SMTA announced that Kate Reeve, a graduate student at Purdue University, has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Charles Hutchins Educational Grant. The SMTA Grant Committee selected her project entitled "Heterogeneous Nucleation of ß-Tin in Lead-Free, Tin-Based Solder Alloys."
Reeve expects to graduate from Purdue University with her Ph.D. in May of 2018, after which she plans to pursue a career in academics, conducting research and teaching within topics of materials science. Reeve graduated from Iowa State University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in Materials Engineering and dual minors in Nuclear Engineering and Economics.
The Charles Hutchins Educational Grant, co-sponsored by the SMTA and Circuits Assembly magazine, was established in memory of past SMTA president, educator, mentor, and industry colleague, Dr. Charles Hutchins. The $5000 grant has been presented annually since 1998 to a full time graduate-level student pursuing a degree and working on thesis research in electronics assembly, electronics packaging, or a related field.
The award was presented at the SMTA Annual Meeting during the SMTA International Conference in Rosemont, Illinois, September 25–29. The 2017 grant will be presented at SMTAI in Rosemont, Illinois, September 17–21, 2017.
The SMTA membership 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.