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74 SMT007 MAGAZINE I SEPTEMBER 2023 The Surface Mount Technolog y Associ- ation's annual Conference and Exposition (SMTAI) takes place Oct. 9–12 in Minneapo- lis, Minnesota. Co-located with the Minneapo- lis Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) trade show, SMTAI is the Midwest's largest electronics manufacturing show and technical conference. e technical program is curated by the SMTAI Technical Committee. Now that the A Closer Look at SMTAI's Technical Program conference's technical program has been final- ized, I invited two members of the Technical Committee to provide information and insight on the specific conference presentations taking place in Minneapolis. First, let's discuss the conference from a 30,000-foot perspective. How many presen- tations make up the technical conference? Raiyo Aspandiar: ere are 94 presentations. The Knowledge Base by Mike Konrad, SMTA Figure 1: APT: Advanced Packaging; HPR: High Performance and Reliability; IRR: Interconnect Research and Reliability; LTS: Low Temperature Solder; MFX: Manufacturing Excellence; MAT: Materials for Electronics; MD: Medical & Defense Symposium; INS: Test and Inspection; WLP: Women's Leadership Program.

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