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SMTA International 2012 Best Papers Announced
The SMTA is pleased to announce the Best Papers from SMTA International 2012. As speakers at SMTA International, individuals make contributions to the industry by sharing their research and findings. To reward exceptional achievement, $1,000 awards and plaques are given for the Best of Conference Presentation, Best of Proceedings Paper, and the Best International Paper.

The winner from SMTA International 2012 for the Rich Freiberger Best of Conference Award is Mike Bixenman, Kyzen Corporation, for his presentation entitled "High Speed Cleaning in a Reduced Manufacturing Footprint."

Paul Vianco, Ph.D., Sandia National Laboratories, won the Best of Proceedings category for the paper "Ag-Au-Ge Alloys for High Temperature Geothermal and Oil Well Electronics Applications."

Lars Boettcher, Fraunhofer IZM, won the Best International Paper category for the paper entitled "Development of Embedded Power Electronics Modules for Automotive Applications."

The authors will formally be presented their awards at the Opening Ceremony during SMTA International on October 15, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. For information on participating in the 2013 SMTA International Conference, visit the Call for Papers page at,  or contact SMTA administrator JoAnn Stromberg at 952-920-7682 or Abstracts can be uploaded directly on-line and will be accepted through February 28, 2013.

The papers are available in the conference proceedings available in the SMTA Bookstore at and will be available in the proceedings section of the SMTA Knowledge Base by February at

For more information on SMTA International please contact SMTA administrator JoAnn Stromberg: or 952-920-7682 or visit


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