SMTA is pleased to announce Catherine Wong, Foothill College, has been selected as the recipient of the 2023 JoAnn Stromberg Student Leader Scholarship.

The SMTA Awards Committee selected Catherine for her committed leadership in the SMTA. Catherine is currently enrolled in the Engineering program at Foothill College. She is a member of the SMTA Silicon Valley Chapter, serving as an advocate for local college students. Upon completion of her studies, Catherine would like to work in the SMT field where she could contribute to the development of new technologies, specifically through PCB design.

The $3000 JoAnn Stromberg Student Leadership Scholarship, given in honor of the nearly 30 years of service dedicated by former Executive Administrator, JoAnn Stromberg, was established following her retirement in 2015. The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage students to take on more leadership opportunities and strengthen the connection between students and the electronics industry.

The Stromberg Scholarship is awarded annually to a student pursuing a degree in electronics and actively involved in the SMTA. The scholarship is intended for the purchase of technical books and research materials, for participation in conferences related to electronics assembly and packaging, and for living expenses if necessary.

The award will be presented in person at the SMTA International Conference, October 9 – 12, 2023 in Minneapolis, MN, USA.

The nomination period will be available early next year for 2024 candidates. Consider making a donation to the scholarship by visiting

Please contact Saniya Pilgaonkar, or +1-952-920-7682, with questions.

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