Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials: June 26 - 28, 2018

The most trusted forum for independent review of technology and tools to avoid, detect, and mitigate counterfeits

Conference Chair - Dr. Diganta Das (, Ph.D., CALCE, University of Maryland


June 26 - 28, 2018
The College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
3501 University Blvd E Hyattsville, MD 20783

Abstracts for presentations and proposals for workshops are currently being accepted.

CLICK HERE to submit an abstract.

For the proceedings for previous years' Symposia:
2017 and 2016

SMTA and CALCE at the University of Maryland are pleased to announce the Symposium on Counterfeit Electronic Parts and Electronic Supply Chain 2018. The program will be held June 26-28, 2018 at the The College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. Do not miss this opportunity to learn from and share your insights with government, industry and academia who are addressing the counterfeit problem.

Changes in electronic supply chain had been fast and furious in the last decades and its impact on the practices of companies is still evolving. It is well understood that, the scourge of counterfeit electronic parts is related to the changes in supply chain but it is only one of the many impacts. This symposium will provide a forum to cover all aspects of changes in the electronic parts supply chain on how an organization performs part selection and management through whole life cycle of the parts.

This symposium will be valuable to quality and reliability manager, supply chain managers, brand protection specialists, inspectors, marketing and procurement policy makers, contracts and legal management, security specialists and government agencies. Our focus is to provide relevant information to the professionals that can be used for solving problems today while planning for a different business and technology environment in the future.

Topics will include:

  • Impact of global supply chain changes on the component management practices: quality, reliability, manufacturability
  • Electronic parts distribution: current stage and evolution over time
  • How distributors can prepare themselves to be part of the solution against counterfeit parts
  • Federal and defense procurement practices and its impact on electronic supply chain
  • Authentication techniques for securing electronic part supply chain
  • Inspection tools and techniques for detecting counterfeit parts
  • New areas of counterfeit concerns, including materials and energy storage
  • Industry and international working groups and standards on electronic part supply chain and counterfeit electronic parts
  • Cybersecurity concerns associated with counterfeit parts and materials

Abstract Submissions/Contact
Please provide an abstract (within 300 words) on any relevant topics here no later than March 20.
Final presentations are due June 15th, 2018.

Proposals for workshops on topics of common interest on component management are also being accepted until March 1, 2018.
Please submit your proposals with detailed outline, bio of instructor, list of prior offerings and the expected audience.

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For information about conference participation or registration, contact Jenny Ng (
For informabtion about programs and workshops, contact Diganta Das (

The Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE), the largest electronic products and systems research center focused on electronics reliability, is dedicated to providing a knowledge and resource base to support the development of competitive electronic components, products and systems.

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