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Many people would agree that the students of today will be the engineers of tomorrow, and the Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) is committed to nurturing that connection between academia and industry.
There are now two funds established to acknowledge and reward the research and leadership efforts of our student members. The Stromberg Scholarship recognizes undergraduate student leadership in the association. The Hutchins Grant is awarded for technical research, typically at the graduate level. Both funds are currently accepting financial donations as well as applications from students.
To learn more about the Stromberg Scholarship, which supports undergraduate leadership, click here.
To learn more about the Hutchins Grant, which supports graduate-level technical research, click here.
Duane Benson, Screaming Circuits
Sometimes, you can't have reference designators on your board. Perhaps it's because it's too densely populated and there isn't room. Or maybe, for aesthetic reasons, you've chosen to leave them off. Here's how you can address that issue.
Reza Ghaffarian, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Electroless nickel/electroless palladium/immersion gold (ENEPIG) surface finish for PCBs has now become a key surface finish that is used for both tin-lead and lead-free solder assemblies. This article presents the reliability of LGA component packages with 1156 pads assembled with tin-lead solder onto PCBs with an ENEPIG finish and then subjected to thermal cycling and then isothermal aging.
Patty Goldman, I-Connect007
Eileen Hibbler of TEK Products, who currently sits on the Board of Directors of SMTA and is the VP of Membership, talks about educating the people in the industry; the importance of the local shows; SMTA's university chapters and their initiatives; and how SMTA is reaching out to millennials.