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50 I-CONNECT007 I REAL TIME WITH... IPC APEX EXPO 2020 SHOW & TELL MAGAZINE The IPC APEX EXPO 2020 best technical conference papers in the domestic and interna- tional categories were evaluated and selected by the IPC APEX EXPO Technical Program Committee and judged on their technical con- tent, originality, test procedures, and data used to deduce conclusions; the quality of illustra- tions; the clarity and professionalism of writ- ing; as well as the value to the industry. Taking top honors in the domestic paper category, the winning paper was "Reliable Nickel-Free Surface Finish Solution for High- Frequency HDI PCB Applications" by Kunal Shah, Ph.D., LiloTree. Dr. Shah presented his paper on February 5. Honorable mention went to "Comparative Corrosion: Engineered Aqueous Cleaner vs. pH Neutral, Round 1" by David Lober, Kyzen Cor- poration. His co-author was Mike Bixenman, DBA, Kyzen Corporation. They presented their paper on February 6. The winning paper in the international paper category was "High-Density PCB Tech- nology Assessment for Space Applications" by Maarten Cauwe, Ph.D., IMEC-Cmst. Dr. Cauwe's co-authors were Erwin Bosman, ACB NV; Alexia Coulon, Thales Alenia Space; Stan Heltzel, European Space Agency; Chin- may Nawghane, IMEC; Marnix Van De Slyeke, ACB NV; Bart Vandevelde, IMEC; and Joachim Verhegge, ACB. This paper was presented on February 4. Honorable mention went to "Optimization of PCB SI Coupon Design That Minimizes Dis- continuity Through Via-In-Pad Plated Over (VIPPO) Technique" by Juhee Lee, ISU Petasys. His co-authors were Kyeongsoo Kim, Kyung- soo Lee, and Namdong Lee, ISU Petasys. This paper was presented on February 6. The paper authors received their awards dur- ing the opening keynote on February 4, 2020. S&T Best Technical Papers and Honorable Mentions Dr. Kunal Shah, LiloTree, accepting the Best Technical Paper Award.

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