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Special Events

Forge influential relationships with top professionals and solution providers across various industries. Throughout SMTA International, you'll have access to networking functions, one on each day of the event, as well as numerous other opportunities to engage with thousands of participants.

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Monday, October 9

Medical & Defense Symposium Keynote

Women's Leadership Program


Tuesday, October 10

SMTA International Keynote Presentation


Passport Program


SMT Processes Certification Course

Shamrock & Shenanigans

Wednesday, October 11

Panel Discussion: Translating the Technology

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Key Speaker

Call AAA – Acceleration, Autonomy and AI/ML - for Next Generation Electronics Materials

Medical & Defense Symposium Keynote

Monday, October 9 | 12:30pm-1:15pm | Room 200AB

FREE to all attendees

In this keynote, Dr. Elliott Fowler will present a high-level overview of efforts at Sandia National Labs (and partners), across a diverse materials landscape, to accelerate, automate and leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning to revolutionize the way that materials with critical properties and performance are discovered and engineered.

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Join us this year as we soar, explore, and discover our very own Superhero

Women's Leadership Program

Monday, October 9 | 1:30pm - 6:00pm | Room 205CD

FREE to all attendees

We can find heroes all around us but we will challenge you to look inside yourself and to not only identify your superpower but give you some tools to help define your personal brand. So pick up your cape at the cleaners in time for the SMTA’s Women’s Leadership Conference at SMTA International.


Digitization: Making Data Useful and Actionable To Remain Competitive

Keynote Presentation

Tuesday, October 10 | 9:00am - 10:00am | Room 200AB

FREE to all attendees

Join us for an enlightening keynote presentation by Ryan Gamble, CEO and Founder of Intraratio Corporation, and the original architect of their Manufacturing Execution System (MES) and IoT/Yield Data Management System (YMS) solutions. In an era where data is hailed as the new currency, the ability to harness and leverage it effectively can make or break an organization's competitiveness


Meet Manufacturing Technology Experts on the Expo Floor

Passport Program

Tuesday, October 10 - Wednesday, October 11 | Exhibition Floor

Calling all Young Professionals and those new to the industry! Join us at SMTA International during our interactive in-expo networking event, Passport to the World of SMT!


Be recognized as an SMTA Certified Process Engineer

SMT Processes Certification Course

Tuesday, October 10 - Thursday, October 12 | Room: 200G

SMTA Members: $1,220 | Non-Members: $1,385

Technologies change at the speed of light, and competition and expectations are forever increasing. This comprehensive program will provide the course, study materials and examination allowing you to be recognized as an SMTA Certified Process.

  • Enhance your stature in our industry

  • Increase marketing value for your company

  • Obtain proof of your knowledge and experience

Hosted by the SMTA Upper Midwest Chapter

Shamrock & Shenanigans:
A SMTA Celebration

Tuesday, October 10 | 6:30pm - 10:00pm | Finnegans Pub

FREE to SMTA Members | Non-Members: $20.00  

Get ready for a night of Irish charm and good company at Finnegan's Irish Pub! Join us for a lively social gathering filled with great food, drinks, and music.

Let's raise a glass and make memories together at Finnegan's!


This event is made possible by the Upper Midwest Chapter and our generous sponsors,  ZESTRON Corporation and Production Automation Corp (PAC)!


  • Brewery Tour - optional, 45 minutes, limited to 50 registrants

    • Tour Times: 7:00pm and 8:15pm

  • Games, DJ, and raffle prizes

  • Drink ticket(s)

    • Food and additional beverages available for purchase 

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Illuminating Insights from Diverse Minds

Panel Discussion

Translating the Technology

Wednesday, October 11 | 10:30am - 12:00pm | Membership Booth

FREE to all attendees!

This session will provide an overview of PCB Design, PCB fabrication and PCB assembly with a panel discussion focused on the impact strong communication throughout the full process can have on project success. Humorous faux pas, lessons learned and success stories will be shared as this expert panel fields questions and imparts wisdom. Following the panel discussion, we will break into interest groups to chat with experts on topics ranging from PCB design, fab and assembly, to PCB and PCBA purchasing best practices, to how robotics is revolutionizing manufacturing. While not a technical deep dive into a specific technology segment, participants will leave with an understanding of the manufacturing processes and learn the importance of communication in today’s electronics manufacturing environment.

Dave Neville, Infinity Robotics

Breakout Table Hosts
Kristin Hanson, Red Wing Shoe Company
Jessica Molloy, ZESTRON Corporation
Marissa Oskarsen, Omni PCB

Adam Hook, Harvard Bioscience
Max Seeley, Advanced Specialist Electronics Hardware Research, 3M
Anaya Vardya, American Standard Circuits

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