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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The SMTA announced Rich Brooks, Senior Engineering Manager at Jabil Circuit, Inc., will keynote the Additive Electronics Conference on October 24, 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose in San Jose, California.

Brooks will present “Miniaturization – Driving the Advances in PCB Technology and Assembly” in which he will discuss one of the main trends in the electronics industry to push the limits of capabilities and driving the implementation of new technologies. Some of the products that are driving miniaturization include: Wearables, Health Sensing, 3D Printing, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality. The presentation will review these various technology processes and how they impact the electronics manufacturing industry.

Rich Brooks has degrees in both Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and he has been in the Electronics industry for 30 years. His first role was with the Advanced Manufacturing Technology group at Motorola where he spent 14 years. After Motorola, he joined the Indium Corporation of America as the Global Technical Manager. In recent years, Rich held a Senior Engineering Manager position at GE Oil & Gas Design Engineering and now for the past 3 years, he has been with the Jabil Design Organization. At Jabil, he manages a team of SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) with various areas of technical knowledge. Rich Brooks' area of expertise is in PCB and soldering materials technology.

The Additive Electronics Conference examines the manufacturing and design processes enabling line width and space from .003" to 5 microns as well as other new advanced technologies intended to meet the ever-increasing challenges of smaller, lighter and more powerful electronic devices.

Registration is open and sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available. For full details and to register, visit www.smta.org/additive/ or contact Jaclyn Sarandrea: +1-952-920-7682 or jaclyn@smta.org. The SMTA membership is an international network of professionals who build skills, share practical experience and develop solutions in electronic assembly technologies, including microsystems, emerging technologies, and related business operations.

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