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During the 2017 Annual Meeting at SMTA International, the SMTA announced that Stephanie Choquette, a graduate student at Iowa State University, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Charles Hutchins Educational Grant. The SMTA Grant Committee selected her project entitled "Liquid-Phase Diffusion Bonding and the Development of a Cu-Ni/Sn Composite Solder Paste for High Temperature Lead-Free Electrical Connections."
Stephanie expects to graduate from Iowa State University with her Ph.D. in May of 2018. She received her bachelor's degree in Materials Engineering from Iowa State University in 2014.
The Charles Hutchins Educational Grant was established in memory of past SMTA president, educator, mentor, and industry colleague, Dr. Charles Hutchins. The $5,000 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 17–21. The 2018 grant will be presented at SMTAI in Rosemont, Illinois, October 14–18, 2018.
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