Indium Corporation Offers ‘Back to School’ SMT IQ Test

Class is in session once again as Indium Corporation offers a new round of its successful test for industry professionals to measure their surface mount technology (SMT) knowledge. Organized by Dr. Ron Lasky, senior technologist, the test offers prizes—and bragging rights—to those who get a high score.

Designed to reinforce—or improve—foundational SMT knowledge for industry newcomers and veterans, the free test features 10 multiple-choice questions. Based on the number of correct results, respondents will be ranked from President’s List (for those who achieve a perfect score) down to Repeat the Course (for those who score three or fewer correct responses).  The test can be accessed on Dr. Lasky’s blog and Indium Corporation’s LinkedIn account.

“I am excited for the opportunity to bring the SMT IQ test to our friends in the industry,” Lasky said. “As a college professor, I know that the lessons learned in the classroom can create a strong foundation for professional success. I hope all participants study hard and have fun.”


Five lucky participants will be randomly selected to win a $25 digital gift card. Respondents will have to provide their email address when completing the survey in order to be eligible.

If potential test takers are looking to brush up on their SMT knowledge prior to taking the test, visit Dr. Lasky’s blog at

Dr. Lasky is a senior technologist at Indium Corporation, as well as a professor of engineering and the director of the Lean Six Sigma program at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., U.S. He has more than 30 years of experience in electronics and optoelectronics packaging at IBM, Universal Instruments, and Cookson Electronics. Dr. Lasky has authored six books, and contributed to nine more, on science, electronics, and optoelectronics, and has authored numerous technical papers. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct professor at several colleges, teaching more than 20 different courses on topics ranging from electronics packaging, materials science, physics, mechanical engineering, and science and religion. Dr. Lasky holds numerous patent disclosures and is the developer of several SMT processing software products relating to cost estimating, line balancing, and process optimization. He is the co-creator of Surface Mount Technology Association’s (SMTA) SMT Process Engineering Certification program and exams that set standards in the electronics assembly industry worldwide. Dr. Lasky was awarded the Surface Mount Technology Association’s (SMTA) Technical Distinction Award in 2021 for his “significant and continuing technical contributions to the SMTA.” He was also awarded SMTA’s prestigious Founder’s Award in 2003.

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