SMTA Gets Lei’d

A call for papers has gone out for the annual SMTA Pan Pac Symposium. If you’ve never been, this is supposedly one of the best international technical conferences around.

I say “supposedly” because, well, I never have been. With two kids under three in the house, it’s hard to convince my wife (who also works) of how critical it is that I spend a week in Hawaii, and without her. But I have read through the proceedings of the past three years and heard many comments from happy attendees.

The 2007 conference will be held on Maui on Jan. 30 – Feb. 1.

Abstracts are due July 17; click here for more details.

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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association ( He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow