The Impact of the EU's Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive

Ron Lasky, Professor, Thayer School of Engineering

Friday, April 30, 2010, 3:30pm

Spanos Auditorium

This seminar is part of the Jones Seminars on Science, Technology, and Society series

On July 1, 2006 the European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive became effective. This directive, among other things, essentially banned lead from electronic solders. The electronics industry spent tens of billions of dollars in preparation for this dramatic change. As the implementation date approached many predicted chaos, due to the disruptive nature of this new law. This talk will discuss the political, technical, and business issues related to this directive and the impact it has had and will continue to have on electronics, the largest industry in history. Also discussed will be the technical challenges in implementing "lead-free" assembly. In addition, two "new" potential failure mechanisms, tin whiskers and tin pest, will briefly be presented.

About the Speaker

Dr. Lasky is an Instructional Professor at Thayer School, where he is also the Director of the Cook Engineering Design Center and the founder and Director of Thayer's Six Sigma Program. After a short stay at West Point, Dr. Ron received his B.S. in Engineering Physics and Ph.D. in Materials Science from Cornell and an M.S. in Applied Math from SUNY Binghamton. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer. He has over 30 years experience in electronic and optoelectronic packaging and assembly at IBM, Universal Instruments, Cookson Electronics, and Indium Corporation. He has written or edited several textbooks on these topics. In addition to his claim of being the World's Strongest Senior Archer, Professor Lasky is currently working on lowering his typical golf score to the mid to low 70s.