SMTA- AU Student Chapter Officers

Waad Tarman

Waad Tarman


Waad Torman is a first-year doctoral student in the Industrial and Systems Engineering department at Auburn University. Her doctoral work explores solder joint reliability, SMT processes and materials in the electronics packaging area, and damage & failure Mechanisms. In addition to Lean and Six Sigma, process optimizations, process development, and Design of Experiments. She is also the President of the SMTA student chapter.

Before coming to Auburn, Waad achieved her BA in Jordan, where she worked for a couple of years as a project coordinator at the Jordan Chamber of Industry. The projects were aimed at enhancing the sustainability and competitiveness of MSMEs by developing their managerial and productive capacities and primarily export coaching projects through all stages, from market research and export readiness assessments to conducting export audits and finally executing market entry activities

Waad was also a professional National Taekwondo Team member for over 8 years and she achieved many places in international and regional tournaments all around the world.

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Padmanava Choudhury

Vice President

Padmanava (Padma) is currently a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at Auburn University, who joined CAVE3 Research Center in Summer 2019. He received his Undergraduate degree from West Bengal University of Technology, India in 2015 and his Masters’ degree from Auburn University in 2018. His main research include: Harsh Environment Electronics Reliability, Interface Mechanics, Finite Element Analysis and Survivability of Automotive Electronics.  Padma’s current role as the Vice-President of SMTA student chapter is to organize events and workshops to promote and highlight the field of electronic packaging as well as act as an ambassador of electronic packaging research to the prospective graduate students.

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Wally Belhadi

Vice President of Programs

Wally is originally from Algeria. He did his undergraduate studies at Polytechnic School in Algeria where he was valedictorian.  He moved to France where he earned a Master’s Degree in Advanced Methods in Industrial Engineering from Ecole Centrale Lyon, one of the top five schools of engineering in France. He landed in United States through the Fulbright program offered by the US Department of State. He earned a Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Auburn University. Currently, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in the same field focusing on the reliability of electronics operating in harsh environment.

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Jinesh Narangaparambil

Vice President of Marketing

Jinesh is a Ph.D. student at Auburn University's Department of Mechanical Engineering who joined the NSF-CAVE3 research center in the fall of 2017. His study focuses on the design and testing of flexible printed electronics. He is currently working on a number of Industry Sponsored Research projects focusing on the development of flexible hybrid electronics, process and product development using tools such as Statistics, DOE, SPC and Capability Analysis (Cp/Cpk), Thermo-Mechanical fatigue (LTSL, HTSL) reliability, and Dynamic reliability testing. He gained hands-on experience with printing processes (AJP and DIW), SMT procedures, laser patterning/imaging, material characterization, and failure analysis tools while working on these projects. He is thrilled to be working in the hybrid age of the Semiconductor Industry! He is eager to continue learning, solving issues, and improving! Jinesh's purpose as VP of Marketing is to market the SMTA chapter and organization so that more students are aware of the possibilities and advantages provided through conferences, workshops, and webinars. 

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Qais Qasaimeh

Vice President of Membership

Qais is currently a Grad Student at Auburn University working towards his Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering. He received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the Jordan University of Science and Technology in 2016 in Irbid, Jordan. He received his Master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering from Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPHI) in 2019 in Moscow, Russia. His research interests include Data Analysis and its applications in the Reliability of electronic assemblies. Qais’s role as the Student Chapter VP of Membership is to update the chapter with new policies regarding the membership rules and Offer mentorship programs to support professional development. 

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Soroosh Alavi

AVP of Membership/Treasurer 

Soroosh is pursuing a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering and a Master’s degree in Data Science at Auburn University. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering. His research interests include using Machine Learning and Data Analytics techniques specifically for Harsh Environment Electronics Reliability. Soroosh has a passion for participating in organizations and chapters that align with his interests. He has been a member of Auburn University's SMTA Chapter since Feb 2022 and currently holds the positions of AVP of Membership and Treasurer. He intends to continue his involvement in the Chapter in the coming years.

Aathi Pandurangan

Aathi Pandurangan


Aathi is currently a Grad Student at Auburn University working towards his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. He joined the CAVE3 Research Center in fall 2018. He received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University, India in 2016. His research interests include Harsh Environment Electronics Reliability; High G Shock Reliability; Interfacial Failure Mechanics in Electronics Packages; and Predictive Explicit Finite Element Modeling. Aathi's role as Secretary is to help organize different workshops and programs to promote the SMTA Student Chapter at Auburn University.

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Abdallah Alakayleh

Safety Manager

Abdallah is currently a Ph.D. student in Industrial & Systems Engineering at Auburn University. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tafila Technical University, Jordan in 2015 and his Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan in 2020. Abdallah joined the CAVE3 Research Center in the spring of 2022, and his research interest mainly includes the Reliability of Electronics under Thermal Cycling. His role, as a Safety Manager, is to develop and implement health and safety policies and procedures to ensure a safe and healthy work environment during the chapter events.

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 Ved Soni

Special Projects Officer

Ved Soni is a Ph.D. student working on the process development and reliability investigation of flexible electronics technologies. Primarily, his research is centered around data-driven reliability modeling of thin flexible Li-ion batteries to better foresee their degradation. Alongside, he also works on fabricating additively printed electronic circuits on flexible substrates using multiple printing technologies. He is the Special Projects Officer of the SMTA student chapter at Auburn University and helps in organizing events/ workshops to promote the student chapter as well as the niche knowledge area of electronics packaging.

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Sufyan Tahat

Grad Coordinator

Sufyan Tahat is a Ph.D. student in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Auburn University. He holds a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MSc degree in Industrial Engineering.  His research interests focused on the reliability of electronics manufacturing. He is also advised by Dr. Hamasha and working on the Reliability of electronics packages and the microstructure evolution of solder materials. Recently, he joined Universal Instrument Corp. as a research assistant designing and conducting accelerated life tests on electronic assemblies.

Seth Maddox

Undergrad Coordinator

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Sergio Bolano


I'm Sergio Bolanos first year Ph.D. student in Industrial & Systems Engineering, got my bachelors degree in mechanical engineering at UCA university in El Salvador on 2018 and a Masters Degree in Maintenance Management at University Don Bosco on 2023.

Worked for five years at a flexible packaging company in the maintenance department, there worked as a maintenance planner before being promoted to reliability engineer.

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Shaheen Pouya

Technical Support

Shaheen is a Ph.D. student in Industrial & Systems Engineering at Auburn University and works there as a computer technician. He is a highly skilled individual with a diverse background in academia and industry. He holds an M.Sc. in Industrial Management from the University of Vaasa in Finland, where he focused his thesis on "Virtual Communication in Projects" and received a GPA of 5 (A+ equivalent). He also has a B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering from Guilan University as well as complementary education in Data Science from the Sharif University of Technology and Sales and Marketing from Hanken School of Economics. 

With over a decade of experience in sales and marketing, Shaheen has held various positions in the industry, including Founder and Managing Director at Mana Engineering Solutions for more than five years together with Sales Executive Officer in different companies. He has published refereed conference publications in the field of communication, project management, virtual working, and data analytics while he has expertise in mathematics, programming, machine learning, data science, virtual teams, and operations research. 

Shaheen is also highly skilled in screenwriting, cinematography, photography, and music. He founded and directed a musical acapella band called "Banavaian". He has received various honors and awards, including being honored by the University of Vaasa for his excellent research work, placing second in the 3rd Guilan State Student’s Movie Festival, and being recognized as one of the top 25 growing companies in Guilan by DiyarMirza Magazine.


Dr. Pradeep Lall

SMTA AU-Student Chapter Faculty Advisor

Pradeep Lall is the MacFarlane Endowed Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering with a Courtesy Joint Appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Courtesy Joint Appointment in the Department of Finance. He serves on the Techanical Council and Governing Council of NextFlex Manufacturing Institute, and is Director of the NSF Center for Advanced Vehicle and Extreme Environment Electronics at Auburn University. He is author and co-author of 2-books, 14 book chapters, and over 550 journal and conference papers in the field of electronics reliability, safety, energy efficiency, and survivability. Dr. Lall, a fellow of the ASME and the IEEE, is recipient of the Auburn University Research Advisory Board's Advancement of Research and Scholarship Achievement Award, IEEE Sustained Outstanding Technical Contributions Award, NSF-IUCRC Association's Alex Schwarzkopf Award, Alabama Academy of Science Wright A. Gardner Award, IEEE Exceptional Technical Achievement Award, ASME-EPPD Applied Mechanics Award, SMTA's Member of Technical Distinction Award, Auburn University's Creative Research and Scholarship Award, SEC Faculty Achievement Award, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering Senior Faculty Research Award, Three-Motorola Outstanding Innovation Awards, Five-Motorola Engineering Awards, and Twenty Best-Paper Awards at national and international conferences. Dr. Lall has served in several distinguished roles at national and international level including serving as a member of National Academies Committee on Electronic Vehicle Controls, Member of the IEEE Reliability Society, AdCom, IEEE Reliability Society Representative on the IEEE-USA Government Relations Council for R&D Policy, Chair of Congress Steering Committee for the ASME Congress, Member of the technical committee of the European Simulation Conference EuroSIME, Associate Editor for the IEEE Access Journal, and Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Components and Packaging Technologies. Dr. Lall is the founding faculty advisor for the SMTA student chapter at Auburn University and member of the editorial advisory board for SMTA Journal. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland and the M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.