The annual Women’s Leadership Program at SMTA International encourages diversity and inclusiveness in engineering.

Presentation Session
Chair: Priyanka Dobriyal, Intel Corp.
Co-Chair: Jason Keeping, P. Eng., Celestica

Speaker 1: Exciting Times in Packaging

  • Time: 1:30-2:00 pm
  • Dr. Simanti Lahiri
  • Engineering Manager, Intel Corp.

Simanti Lahiri is a senior staff engineer and an engineering manager for the Assembly Technology Division at Intel. She is responsible for developing and transferring the high-volume manufacturing capability for Intel’s high-performance computing segment in the VF.

She began her Intel career as a process engineer at Intel’s Portland Technology Development in Hillsboro, OR, after graduating with a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of California, Davis. Her work spanned from working on interconnects for Intel’s 22nm to enabling an etch process for DRAM embedded in interconnect.

Currently, she manages a team responsible for deploying a test technology roadmap that meets the product’s technical requirements and quality and affordability goals.

In addition, she is pursuing her MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Her urge to pursue an MBA remained as she took more leadership roles. She wanted to couple her technical expertise with executive management abilities and to gain perspective on finance, while being empowered to create an effective solution.

Simanti lives in Phoenix. In her personal life she loves to spend time with her family and two young children. Her philosophy is obstacles should not deter from the objectives one has envisioned or laid down. It may take longer or require a different route, but one should always embark on the journey. We should never lose sight of the audacity of hope.

Speaker 2: Planning for the Future

  • Time: 2:00-2:30 pm
  • Dr. Brian J. Toleno
  • Principal Material Scientist, Microsoft

Brian J. Toleno, Ph.D. is currently the director of new technology at Microsoft, working on mixed reality devices in Mountain View, CA. In this role Brian leads a team evaluating and selecting materials and new technologies for use in next-generation devices. Prior to this role, Brian was the director of global product management for Henkel Electronic Materials in Irvine, CA, where he managed the underfill and encapsulant business. Brian obtained a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Penn State University and a B.S. in chemistry from Ursinus College. Brian is an active member of and is also a frequent speaker and contributor to SMTA. Brian has written courses on underfill materials, Pb-free soldering, and failure analysis, and two chapters for electronic engineering handbooks on adhesives and materials.

Speaker 3: Women Enabling Technologies

  • Time: 2:30-3:00 pm
  • Dr. Jennifer Bly, Intel Corp.
  • Technical Program Office Lead and Chief of Staff Hardware Engineering Team, Intel

Jennifer (Jen) Bly currently works as the technical program office lead and chief of staff for a hardware engineering team at Intel in Hillsboro, OR. During her 21-year career at Intel, she has developed a broad range of skills in technical leadership, engineering and technical program management in a variety of organizations and programs, ranging from microprocessor and chipset product and manufacturing development and improvement, to drone supply chain engineering, and next-generation cellular and connectivity. In addition to her technical roles, Jen is a strong advocate, regular mentor and coach for the career and leadership development of women, both inside and outside of Intel. She has held leadership roles in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) for over a decade and leads STEM activities through SWE and in the community to build confidence and excitement in our next generation of women entering these fields. Jen holds a bachelor’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master’s and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University, all in materials science and engineering. She is honored to participate in the SMTAI Conference to support women in engineering.

Break: 3:00-3:30 pm

Speed Mentoring with Table Topics: 3:30-5:00 pm
Chair: Marie Cole, IBM Corp.
Co-Chair: Michelle Ogihara, Seika Machinery

Table Topics:
1. Accelerating Your Career Path
Hosted by Chrys Shea, Shea Engineering Services
2. Introverts vs. Extroverts
Hosted by Jennifer Bly, Intel Corp.
3. How do you inspire newcomers in the industry, their retention, and their strive to achieve higher success?
Hosted by Simanti Lahiri, Intel Corp.
4. Seeking University Collaborators for Industrial Research
Hosted by Dr. Martin K. Anselm, Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology
5. Technical vs. Management Path
Hosted by Srinivas Chada, Stryker
6. Work Life Balance in a “Just in Time World”
Hosted by: Debbie Carboni, Kyzen Corp.

Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm.

Figure 1. Table Topic Hosts: Chrys Shea, Jennifer Bly, Simanti Lahiri, Martin K. Anselm and Srinivas Chada


Figure 2. Women Leadership Program Organizers: Priyanka Dobriyal, Jason Keeping, Marie Cole, Michelle Ogihara, Tanya Martin and Karlie Severinson

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