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SMTAI to Have "Green" IBM Keynoter
Minneapolis, MN — The SMTA Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony at SMTAI, August 20, 2008, will feature IBM Vice President, Dr. Sharon Nunes as the keynote speaker. This year's SMTAI Conference and Show is being held August 17-21 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort and Convention Center, Orlando, FL. Dr. Nunes is currently Vice President of Big Green Innovations at IBM Systems & Technology Group (STG).

Big Green Innovations is a new program at IBM that was commissioned by the chairman at the end of 2006. Its mission is to use information technology to address critical environmental problems around the world. Big Green Innovations is focused on water management, carbon management and alternative energy (photovoltaics). In this presentation, Dr. Nunes will discuss IBM's approach to this new topic, and highlight ways that the company is helping to tackle some of these important issues.

Dr. Nunes received her Ph.D. in Materials Science in 1983 from the University of Connecticut. She has held numerous academic advisory board positions, and is currently a member of the Look College Engineering Advisory Council at Texas A&M University, a member of the College of Engineering Advisory Committee at the University of Connecticut, and a member of the Board of Directors for the University of Connecticut Foundation. Sharon was a National Academy of Engineering "Frontiers of Engineering" fellow in 2000 and has been a member of the National Academy of Engineering "Engineer of 2020" advisory board. In 2006 Sharon was inducted into the University of Connecticut Academy of Engineering for distinguished engineers.

Co-located with SMTAI, the AIMS Harsh Environment Electronics Workshop will address the concerns related to harsh environment electronics and the challenges within the electronics community, with an added emphasis on military and space. It is intended to bring together the needs of "end-users" with the capabilities of the research community and the industrial supply base.

Keynote speaker will be Edward J. (Ed) Zoiss, director of Research and Development for Harris' Government Communications Systems and the Defense Communications and Electronics organizations. He is responsible for development and maintenance of the division's technology strategy and provides oversight of technology-related, customer-funded studies. Before joining Harris, Mr. Zoiss was a project engineer for SAIC and prior to that was a mechanical engineer with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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