SMTA Additive Electronics TechXchange Kicks Off Today

I-Connect007 Editorial Team | 10-15-2020

The SMTA Additive Electronics TechXchange kicks off today at 8:00 a.m. PDT. This first-ever virtual event is open to SMTA members and non-members alike. SMTA members can attend this session for free, and it’s $150 for non-members.

The organizers of the SMTA Additive Electronics TechXchange are Tara Dunn, president of Omni PCB (and an I-Connect007 columnist), and Lenora Clark, director of autonomous driving and safety for ESI Automotive.

Here is the speaker list for the SMTA Additive Electronics TechXchange:

Prismark_Jeff_Doubrava (1).jpgKeynote Speaker: Jeff Doubrava, Managing Partner, Prismark Partners LLC

“Outlook for Advanced Printed Circuit Board Fabrication: Applications, Technologies, and Production”

Before joining Prismark, Jeff spent 20 years with Shipley/Rohm and Haas, most recently as the global business director for the printed wiring board materials business. Jeff holds a B.A. in chemistry from the University of Rochester and an M.B.A. from Babson College. He holds several U.S. patents for his development of enabling electronic materials.

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Pradeep Lall, Ph.D., Auburn University 

“Process Development for Additive Printing of Multilayer Flexible Substrates With Z-Axis Interconnects”
Pradeep Lall is the MacFarlane Endowed Distinguished Professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the NSF-CAVE3 Electronics Research Center at Auburn University. He holds Joint Courtesy Appointments in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Finance. He is a member of the technical-council, academic co-lead of the asset-monitoring TWG, and past-member of the governing council of NextFlex Manufacturing Institute.

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Jonathan Viventi, Ph.D., Duke University

“Flexible Electronics for Neural Interfaces”

Jonathan Viventi is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University. Dr. Viventi earned his Ph.D. in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.Eng. and B.S.E. degrees in electrical engineering from Princeton University. Dr. Viventi's research applies innovations in flexible electronics, low-power analog circuits, and machine learning to create new technology for interfacing with the brain at a much finer scale and with broader coverage than previously possible.

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Juan Landeros, Intel Corporation

“Design Drivers for Advancements in PCB Fabrication Technologies”

Juan Landeros is a principal engineer in the technology development group at Intel. He has worked on substrate and PCB design rule development across multiple technology generations and diverse set of platform definitions. Juan currently leads the PCB design rule roadmap. Juan is a graduate of San Jose State University with a degree in materials engineering.

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Kourtney Wright, Ph.D., Lockheed Martin

Dr. Kourtney Wright is a senior research scientist at the Advanced Technology Center within Lockheed Martin Space. She leads projects to further develop and expand the applications for LM’s CuantumFuse copper pastes and inks.

Dr. Wright received her Ph.D. in chemistry from Rice University in 2017, where she studied organometallic chemistry.

Judy_Dickson_300.jpgJudy Dickson, Ph.D., Northrop Grumman

“Advanced PWBs: A Collaboration Between Design, Operations, and the Supply Chain”

Judy Dickson joined Northrop Grumman in August 2017 as part of the Future Technical Leaders (FTL) program. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Central Florida in 2012. She then went on to receive M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in materials science and engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she was a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellow. Before Northrop Grumman, she worked with Siemens and Universal Alloy Corporation.

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Steve Vetter, NSWC Crane

“Very High-Density Interconnect Process Development”

Steve Vetter has worked in the electronics interconnect industry throughout most of his 35-year professional career. A graduate of Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology, Vetter has held quality, manufacturing, and design engineering and management positions for small independent PCB manufacturers and assemblers as well as captive facilities for large defense contractors. Currently an electronics engineer for the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Indiana, Vetter provides technical support for the PCB executive agent assignment and serves as the technology development charter area lead.

To view the entire technical program, click here.

For full details and to register, visit smta.org/additive.