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The SMTA is pleased to announce its election results for the Global Board of Directors for the term beginning October 4, 2021. Jason Keeping, Celestica, Inc.; Adam Klett, L3Harris Technologies; Cheryl Tulkoff, National Instruments Corporation; and Kirk Van Dreel, Plexus Corp., have been newly elected to the Board of Directors.
Those remaining on the SMTA Global Board of Directors include: President, Martin Anselm, Ph.D., Rochester Institute of Technology; VP Communications, Mike Konrad, Aqueous Technologies; VP Expositions, Sal Sparacino, ZESTRON Americas; VP Technical Programs, Julie Silk, Keysight Technologies; VP Membership, Robert Boguski, Datest Corporation; Strategic Development Committee members include William Capen, Honeywell FM&T; Ivan Roman, ROCKA Solutions; and Gregory Vance, Rockwell Automation.
The SMTA will bid a fond farewell to departing Treasurer, Robert Kinyanjui, Ph.D., John Deere Electronic Solutions, Inc.; VP Technical Programs, Richard Coyle, Ph.D., Nokia Bell Labs; Strategic Development Committee Chair Bill Cardoso, Ph.D., Creative Electron, Inc.; and committee member, Tim Jensen, Indium Corporation. As their time on the Board draws to a close, the SMTA expresses its sincerest gratitude for their continued service and dedication to the association and industry.
Gaurab Majumdar, IPC
For the first time, IPC APEX EXPO will host an “India Pavilion,” showcasing 16 Indian companies promoting India’s electronics manufacturing capabilities. The initiative was undertaken by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, and implemented by the Indian government agency, Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council (ESC) India.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
The message can’t be emphasized enough: Producing IC substrates overseas weakens America’s position and national security. In this frank discussion with Will Marsh, president of PCBAA, he talks about his efforts to educate government policymakers on the dire need to consider the entire microelectronics ecosystem. There’s power in numbers, Will says, and he sees the association’s efforts making a difference.
Art Wall, NextFlex
The recent approval of the CHIPS Act has reignited the U.S. semiconductor industry and shone a spotlight on the intricacies involved in chip manufacturing. As new technological innovations—such as 5G, IoT, AI, automotive and high-performance computing—come to market, they’re pushing chip manufacturing and integration capabilities. They demand more performance which leads to added complexity in an already extremely complicated process. All this requires a fundamental shift in the way that semiconductors are manufactured and integrated.