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2023 Charles Hutchins Educational Grant Winner AnnouncedSeptember 19, 2023 | SMTA
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SMTA is honored to announce Qais Qasaimeh, a graduate student at Auburn University, has been selected as the winner of the 2023 Charles Hutchins Educational Grant.
The SMTA Grant Committee selected Qasaimeh’s project entitled "Data Analysis Application in Evaluating the Reliability of Electronic Assemblies." He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Auburn University. His research interests include the evaluation of lead-free solder data in assessment of solder performance and reliability, as well as the adoption of machine learning with physics-informed models in the electronics manufacturing field. Qais obtained his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering in 2016 from Jordan University of Science and Technology, and Master's degrees in 2019 from Moscow Engineering Physics Institute and in 2022 from Auburn University.
The Charles Hutchins Educational Grant was established in memory of past SMTA president, educator, mentor, and industry colleague, Dr. Charles Hutchins. The $8000 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 will be presented in person at the 2023 SMTA International Conference, October 9 - 12, 2023 in Minneapolis, MN, USA.
Real Time with... productronica 2023: BTU's Bob Bouchard Discusses Latest Reflow Soldering Technology12/05/2023 | Real Time with...productronica
In this interview, Pete Starkey meets with Bob Bouchard from BTU. With its ability to handle high volume, BTU's Aurora reflow soldering system helps reduce downtime, saves energy, has improved accessibility, and more.
Mark Goodwin announces that Ventec is now in the equipment business, as it were, now offering equipment under representation as well as equipment Ventec is now building. The equipment line matches up well with Ventec’s core. Some equipment includes: Legend/solder paste, via fill, press plates, and more. These new offerings just demonstrate how Ventec continues to be a value-add supplier.
John Fix discusses principal challenges in North America and Europe. Environmental concerns are very high visibility in Europe. Fix provides details on melamine mitigation in Taiyo America’s products, as well as other environmentally tricky chemicals and wasteful packaging.
Global semiconductor revenue is projected to grow 16.8% in 2024 to total $624 billion, according to the latest forecast from Gartner, Inc. In 2023, the market is forecast to decline 10.9% and reach $534 billion.
Aidan Salvi, chief transformation officer, updates Nolan Johnson on the modernization activity under way at Amitron. Aidan shares that Amitron has added 62 different pieces of new equipment on their production floor, and shares details on what that means for Amitron’s production capabilities, data management, and progress toward a Factory 5.0 future.