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Interviews with leading figures in the quality and reliability fields. Learn about those shaping our world. Tim interviews authors, business leaders, scholars, vendors, and consultants to understand their motivations, key insights, and explore their contributions to the quality and reliability engineering professions.

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Interviews with leading figures in the quality and reliability fields. Learn about those shaping our world. Tim interviews authors, business leaders, scholars, vendors, and consultants to understand their motivations, key insights, and explore their contributions to the quality and reliability engineering professions.

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Just listened to Adam Bahret interview on quality vs. creativity. Very interested. Looking forward to more in the series.

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Dare To Know Podcast is awesome. Tim is doing a great job. Keep up the awesome!

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Just listened to Adam Bahret interview on quality vs. creativity. Very interested. Looking forward to more in the series.

GREAT JOB!

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Dare To Know Podcast is awesome. Tim is doing a great job. Keep up the awesome!
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Rank #1: DTK Kirk Gray Consultant

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Kirk Gray, Consultant

Tim Rodgers interviews Kirk Gray concerning his observations and advice concerning accelerated testing best practices.

Kirk Gray is the principal consultant with Accelerated Reliability Solutions and an instructor on HALT and HASS methods.

He has almost 30 years of experience in reliability testing, engineering, and management positions.

He was a senior reliability test engineer at Dell s desktop PC organization where he developed highly accelerated stress audit procedures for power supplies.

Kirk also co-authored an IEEE paper that describes the opportunities to improve reliability and reduce cost by performing accelerated testing at temperatures higher than what is in the design specifications.

He s a senior member of IEEE and contributes regularly to conferences all over North America.

In this episode, Kirk Gray discusses:

  • Problems with traditional reliability training
  • Accelerated and stress testing to evaluate new designs and prevent reliability failures
  • The lack of correlation between test results and field performance

Recorded September 2014.

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Dec 01 2015

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Rank #2: DTK Adam Bahret Consultant

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Adam Bahret, Consultant

Tim Rodgers interviews Adam Bahret concerning Adam’s observations and advice concerning testing best practices.

Adam Bahret is the owner and lead reliability engineer at Apex Ridge Reliability, a full-service consulting firm in Salem, Massachusetts.

Adam has worked as a reliability engineer and manager for over 20 years in a variety of industries, and he has built reliability engineering organizations from scratch. He has a BS and MS in mechanical engineering.

In this episode, Adam Bahret discusses:

  • Cultural differences and attitudes about reliability
  • The risks of using contractors for testing and reliability engineering
  • Setting realistic expectations for testing
  • How to get the best value for the testing budget

Recorded January 2015.

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Oct 01 2015

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Rank #3: DTK Alex Walter Business Leader

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Alex Walter, Business Leader, A3J Group

Tim Rodgers interviews Alex about conditioned based maintenance.

Alex is the Chief Innovation Officer at the A3J Group in Tampa, Florida, which is a company he founded to address the need for innovative software solutions within the Enterprise Asset Management industry. Alex brings over 18 years of experience in business consulting in various industries, including life sciences, oil and gas, water and waste management, education, and government facilities.

Alex s previous roles include senior vice president and vice president of software development and products at EDI. He has a BS in applied mathematics and economics at Brown University, and he spends his free time running half marathons and waiting for better days for the New York Jets.

In this episode, Alex and Tim discuss:

  • What is Condition Based Maintenance or Monitoring
  • The barriers to implementing CBM
  • A few ideas on steps to get started with effective CBM
  • and, more

Recorded November 2018.

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Links:

Learn more about the Fluke line of connected reliability products

A3J Group

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Dec 01 2018

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Rank #4: DTK Rob Kalwarowsky Engineer

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DTK Rob Kalwarowsky Engineer

Tim Rodgers interviews Rob about maintenance management system.

Rob Kalwarowsky is a senior reliability engineer currently looking for new opportunities while hosting the podcast Rob s Reliability Project. From 2014-19 Rob worked at Fluid Life and focused on machine learning, lubrication and reliability audits, and reliability product development. Before that, Rob worked as a reliability engineer at Teck Resources and his work focused on condition-based monitoring analytics, failure prediction, risk analysis, and spare parts optimization. He also has consulting experience in financial modeling with an emphasis on optimization and cost-benefit analysis.

Rob graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in management.

In this episode, Rob and Tim discuss:

  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning in reliability engineering
  • The risks with the AI and ML tools
  • A few notes on how the IIoT will change reliability engineering
  • and, more

Recorded March 2019.

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Apr 15 2019

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Rank #5: DTK Simon Whiteley Consultant

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Simon Whiteley, Consultant

Tim interviews Simon Whiteley, a consultant, about his background and ongoing work in the field of system safety engineering.

Simon is an independent system safety engineering consultant and managing director at Whiteley Aerospace Safety Engineering & Management, Limited. He s worked as a system safety engineer across the entire product and project lifecycle and with a variety of industries, including civil and defense aerospace, air traffic control, weapons systems, armored automotive, maritime and nuclear defense, healthcare, government IT, pharmaceuticals, and most recently rail transportation.

Simon offers consulting, training, coaching and support regarding system safety engineering and safety-critical project management. He received his Bachelor s degree in aerospace engineering with honors from the University of Lincoln, and a Master s degree in safety-critical systems engineering from the University of York.

In this episode, Tim and Simon discuss:

  • The connection between system theory and safety engineering
  • Dealing with low probability and high impact events
  • An introduction and applicaiton examples of STAMP

Recorded May 2018.

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Whiteley Aerospace Safety Engineering & Management, Limited website is whiteleysafety.mykajabi.com

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Jun 15 2018

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Rank #6: DTK Ryan Chan Business Leader

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DTK Ryan Chan Business Leader

Tim Rodgers interviews Ryan about maintenance management system.

Ryan Chan is the CEO and founder at UpKeep Maintenance Management. He s a chemical engineer from UC Berkeley and was named one of Forbes Under 30 for Manufacturing in 2018. Ryan says that he started UpKeep out of passion and frustration by the lack of mobility in today s maintenance management software. UpKeep has been deployed to over 1000 businesses and is a leader in mobile-first maintenance management software.

In this episode, Ryan and Tim discuss:

  • What is maintenance management
  • Adoption and use of a maintenance management system
  • A few ideas on how to properly recognize the maintenance team
  • and, more

Recorded February 2019.

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Learn more about UpKeep Maintenance Management software.

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Apr 01 2019

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Rank #7: Eric Arnum Author

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Eric Arnum Author

Tim Rodgers interviews Eric concerning his online newsletter,  Warranty Week, concerning his ongoing reporting on the  warranty industry.

Eric is the editor of an online newsletter called Warranty Week.  It s aimed at people in the business the manufacturers making the products that get the warranties, the retailers and dealers that sell the products and also the extended warranties that go with them, and the administrators and insurance companies that work with those manufacturers and retailers to manage the paperwork.  It s currently published as a weekly email on Thursday nights to over 7000 subscribers, and it s also available on the web at www.warrantyweek.com.

Before launching Warranty Week in late 2002, Eric did market research and wrote columns about the data communications and email industries, and the initial commercial rollout of the Internet.  He lives and works at home in Queens, New York, close to the airports, Citi Field, and the spaceships featured in the movie Men in Black.

In this episode, Eric and Tim discuss:

  • Discoveries in the reported warranty data
  • Examples of changes in the business of warranty
  • A little about Guarenteed Asset Protection

Recorded May 2019.

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Subscribe to the free online newsletter at www.warrantyweek.com.

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Jun 01 2019

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Rank #8: DTK Mike Konrad

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DTK Mike Konrad Business Leader

Tim Rodgers interviews Mike about circuit board cleaning systems.

Mike Konrad is an industry expert on the removal of contamination from circuit assemblies. He s been part of the electronic assembly cleaning industry for the past 33 years. Mike designed several automated cleaning and cleanliness testing machines, he s published scores of technical articles on the subject of cleaning and cleanliness assessment, and he s been a member of editorial boards for several industry publications.

Mike served on the US Navy s EMPF manufacturer s committee and is a featured speaker at industry events and technical workshops worldwide. Mike was honored with Distinguished Speaker status from the Surface Mount Technology Association in 2017.

Mike has also served as a court-appointed expert witness in civil litigation matters concerning post-reflow cleanliness assessment and contamination related failure mechanisms. He s the founder of Aqueous Technologies, a manufacturer of automated cleaning and cleanliness testing systems designed for the electronic assembly industry and has served as the CEO/CTO since 1992. Mike is also the host of the Reliability Matters podcast available on iTunes, Spotify, Spreaker.com and reliability.fm.

In this episode, Mike and Tim discuss:

  • A little history of circuit card cleaning
  • Failures that may occur due to improper board cleaning
  • A discussion on the balance of cost and cleanliness
  • and, more

Recorded May 2019.

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Learn more about Aqueous Technologies.

Check out Mike’s podcast, Reliability Matters

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Jul 15 2019

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Rank #9: Lucy Freedman Author

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Lucy Freedman Author

Tim Rodgers interviews Lucy concerning her book, Smart Work: The Syntax Guide to Influence concerning improving our ability to communicate well.

Lucy Freedman is a leadership educator and author of the book Smart Work: The Syntax Guide to Influence. She identified the fact that many technical professionals and leaders are brilliant in their field but challenged when it comes to translating their expertise so that executives make better-informed decisions. She developed the Syntax for Change as a way to make sense out of human communication, and applies it wherever communication gaps threaten productivity and reliability, which is everywhere.

With a BA and Master’s from Harvard, Lucy began her professional life teaching English to 15 year olds, and then went on to teach leadership to adults in companies such as HP, Intel, Agilent, Oracle, EDS, and Tokyo Electron.

In this episode, Lucy and Tim discuss:

  • A few common communication problems
  • The importance of human communication to reliability
  • A few ideas to improve your influence in the workplace

Recorded May 2019.

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Here’s the book mentioned that explains and helps you master the concepts Lucy discussed.

Smart Work (2nd Edition): The SYNTAX Guide to Influence

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Jun 15 2019

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Rank #10: Harry McLean Author

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Harry McLean Author

Tim Rodgers interviews Harry concerning his book, HALT, HASS, and HASA Explained: Accelerated Reliability Techniques, Revised Edition concerning the application of HALT in product development.

Harry is a consultant at Harry s Reliability Engineering in Vancouver Washington. Harry spent most of his career with Hewlett-Packard where he held various positions in production, research and development, and quality and reliability engineering.

His career includes working as a Project Research and Development Manager at Qualmark, Quality Systems and Reliability Engineering Manager at AT&T Wireless, Reliability Engineering Manager at Xantrex Technology, and Reliability Lab Manager at Advanced Energy. His most recent position was Director of Reliability at Enecsys.

His expertise includes extensive knowledge of medical electronics and personal printers. While at HP he designed and implemented the HASA process, and he s written several papers about HALT and HASS.

Harry s book HALT, HASS, and HASA Explained: Accelerated Reliability Techniques, Revised Edition was originally published by ASQ in 2000, and the Revised Edition was published in 2009. He received his Electrical Engineering degree from Northeastern University in Boston.

In this episode, Harry and Tim discuss:

  • When and where to use and not use HALT
  • Accelerated testing and production monitoring
  • Estimating product reliability

Recorded May 2018.

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Jun 03 2018

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Rank #11: DTK Steven Wachs Consultant

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Steven Wachs, Consultant

Tim interviews Steven Wachs, a consultant, about his background and ongoing work as a statistician and consultant.

Steven has 30 years of wide-ranging industry experience in both technical and management positions. He s worked as a statistician at Ford Motor Company where has extensive experience in the development of statistical models, reliability analysis, designed experimentation, and statistical process control.

Steve is currently a Principal Statistician at Integral Concepts, Inc. where he assists manufacturers in the application of statistical methods to reduce variation and improve quality and productivity. He also possesses expertise in the application of reliability methods to achieve robust and reliable products as well as estimate and reduce warranty. In addition to providing consulting services, Steve leads training workshops in a variety of statistical methods.

Steve has an M.A. in applied statistics from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his Six Sigma Black Belt while working at Ford Motor Company.

In this episode, Tim and Steven discuss:

  • The many reasons companies fail to prevent problems
  • How testing and process control relate
  • A few of the common misundersatndings or incorrect applications of SPC

Recorded March 2018.

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Integral Concepts, Inc website is integral-concepts.com

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Apr 01 2018

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Rank #12: DTK Anne Meixner Consultant

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Anne Meixner, Consultant

Tim interviews Anne Meixner a consultant about her background and ongoing work concerning with testing analog and mixed signal devices.

Anne is the principal owner of The Engineers Daughter LLC where she provides consulting on semiconductor test manufacturing and design for test. She has over 30 years of experience as an engineer and technical leader, including more than 20 years as a test technologist at Intel in Hillsboro Oregon, focusing on mixed signal and analog test methods. While at Intel she applied new test technologies to ease manufacturing test costs while maintaining or improving test coverage.

Anne received her Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1993 where she studied fault modeling for analog circuits.

In this episode, Tim and Anne discuss:

  • Anne’s background and why analog and mixed signal devices are still important
  • Testing, including fault coverage and how to ensuring adequate coverage
  • Anne’s work supporting career development support

Recorded March 2018.

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Anne’s website is annemeixner.com

Anne’s oral history project is at www.engineersdaughter.org

Anne’s series of articles on Testing is at Testing 1 2 3

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Mar 15 2018

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Rank #13: DTK Doug Plucknette Consultant

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Doug Plucknette, Consultant

Tim interviews Doug Plucknette a consultant about his background and ongoing work concerning quality, reliability and RCM Blitz®.

Doug is a consultant, trainer, and practitioner at Allied Reliability Group in Rochester, NY. Doug started in the pipefitter apprentice program at Eastman Kodak in 1981 and worked his way up to become a maintenance supervisor and reliability engineer. He left Kodak in 1999 and founded Reliability Solutions, Inc., consulting on Reliability Centered Maintenance. He joined Allied Reliability Group in 2007.

Doug is the author of Reliability Centered Maintenance Using RCM Blitz and Clean, Green and Reliable, both available at ReliabilityWeb.com

In this episode, Tim and Doug discuss:

  • Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM)
  • RCM Blitz® and what makes it unique
  • How Doug’s background and early career influences his work today

Recorded February 2018.

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Allied Reliability Group site

RCM Blitz® article series

Doug’s LinkedIn profile page

Reliability Centered Maintenance Using RCM Blitz the book

Clean, Green and Reliable the book

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Mar 01 2018

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Rank #14: DTK Dr Mohammad Modarres Scholar

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Dr Mohammad Modarres, Scholar

Tim interviews Dr. Mohammad Modarres about the Center for Risk and Reliability at the U of Maryland and the value of an advanced degree in reliability.

Dr. Modarres is the Nicole Y. Kim Eminent Professor at the University of Maryland s AJ Clark School of Engineering, and the Director for the Center of Risk and Reliability. Under his leadership, the university s reliability engineering graduate program has grown to become an internationally-recognized center for research and education, and has graduated over 400 Masters and Ph.D s in risk and reliability.

Dr. Modarres received his MS in mechanical engineering and his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar-Teacher and a fellow of the American Nuclear Society. His research interests include probabilistic risk assessment, physics of failure, reliability analysis of complex systems, and, most recently, prognosis and health management. He has served as a consultant to several government agencies, private organizations, and national laboratories. The 3rd edition of his book Reliability Engineering and Risk Analysis: A Practical Guide was published by Taylor & Francis in 2017.

In this episode, Tim and Mohammad discuss:

  • The Center for Risk and Reliability at the University of Maryland
  • The value of an advanced degree in reliability engineering
  • A few of the interesting projects that made an impact on the field of reliability engineering

Recorded January 2018.

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The Center for Risk and Reliability at the University of Maryland website



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Feb 15 2018

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Rank #15: DTK Dr Kishor Trivedi

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Dr. Kishor Trivedi, Scholar

Tim interviews Dr. Kishor Trivedi about his teaching and writing in the area of reliability and available engineering.

Dr. Trivedi is the Hudson Chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He s been on the Duke faculty since 1975. Dr. Trivedi has served as a principal investigator on various projects, including projects funded by DARPA, IBM, Motorola, Boeing, NASA, NIH, NSF, NATO, and JPL, and he regularly works as a consultant to industry and research laboratories.

Dr. Trivedi is the co-designer of NASA s HARP, IBM s SAVE, SHARPE, SPNP, Boeing s IRAP and SREPT modeling packages. His book Probability and Statistics with Reliability, Queuing and Computer Science Applications was originally published by Prentice-Hall in 1982 and a revised second edition was published by John Wiley in 2002.

In this episode, Tim and Kishor discuss:

  • The book Reliability and Availability Engineering with co-author Andrea Bobbio
  • The SHARPE tool
  • A few tips on creating useful reliability models

Recorded January 2018.

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And a video of a lecture Kishor did, titled Reliability and Availability Modeling in Practice.

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Feb 01 2018

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Rank #16: DTK Chris Jackson Scholar

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Chris Jackson, Scholar and Consultant

Tim interviews Chris concerning the academic work concerning decision making being built into autonomous vehicles.

Chris is the Chief Operating Officer for SARAS, the Center for the Safety and Reliability of Autonomous Systems in Los Angeles, California, and he s also the acting director of the Center of Reliability and Resilience Engineering at the B. John Garrick Institute of Risk Sciences at UCLA. Chris is the director at Acuitas Reliability in Canberra, Australia, which provides technical consulting in reliability, availability, and maintainability. Chris has a Ph.D. in reliability engineering from the University of Maryland in College Park.

In this episode, Fred and Larry discuss:

  • The academic framework for safely using autonomous systems
  • A few unique autonomous systems to consider
  • The importance of the decision making framework

Recorded August 2017.

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SARAS, the Center for the Safety and Reliability of Autonomous Systems

Center of Reliability and Resilience Engineering

Acuitas Reliability

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Sep 01 2017

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Rank #17: DTK Joel Nachlas - Author

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Joel Nachlas, Scholar

Fred interviews Joel Nachlas an author and the editor of the Reliability and Maintainability Symposium proceedings. He was also an associate professor emeritus of industrial and systems engineering at Virginia Tech.

Dr. Joel A. Nachlas, who retired from his Associate Professor position in March 2016, was conferred the title of Associate Professor Emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors in April. He joined the department s emeritus faculty which has more than 15 members.

Dr. Nachlas was a VT ISE faculty member for the past 41 years.  After earning his undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR) at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Nachlas earned his MS and PhD at the University of Pittsburgh. He was briefly an instructor there and joined the ISE department (then called IEOR) at Virginia Tech in 1974.

During his tenure in ISE, he established a strong reputation in the Reliability and Quality Control research community. He has written three books and has produced many high-quality publications in his field. He served as Associate Editor for IIE Transactions on Quality and Reliability, and for many years served as Editor for the proceedings of the annual Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS). He has won numerous awards based on the quality of his contributions, and he is a Fellow of two societies: the Society of Reliability Engineers (SRE) and the American Society for Quality (ASQ).

Dr. Nachlas has also been a strong advocate for international programs within the College of Engineering. He completed three different sabbatical leaves in France; first at the University of Angers and then twice more at the University of Nice. He has been a leader in developing and maintaining the relationship between ISE and Ecole des Mines de Nantes.

In addition, Dr. Nachlas is an accomplished athlete and coach. At Johns Hopkins, he played as a mid-fielder on a National Championship Lacrosse team. After joining Virginia Tech, he served as coach of the men’s lacrosse team for more than 30 years. He was as dedicated to his student athletes as he was to his students in the classroom, and he led his team to many victories. He won a number of coaching awards, including the prestigious U.S. Lacrosse National Coach of the Year Award in 2001.

For more information about Dr. Nachlas s accomplishments, please go to the full story Joel A. Nachlas honored with emeritus status on the Virginia Tech News.

In this episode, Fred and Joel discuss:

  • His role as the editor of the proceedings for RAMS
  • His book and intent to make products and systems safer by being reliable
  • How he got started in reliability engineering – right from his college days

Recorded January 2017.

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VirginiaTech bio

Joel’s books:

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Jun 01 2017

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Rank #18: David Nicholls

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David Nicholls, Engineer

Fred interviews David Nicholls, an engineer Quanterion and Director of the RMQSI Knowledge Center about his work supporting reliability engineers world wide. David Nicholls has been sharing reliability knowledge for years – we talk about the evolution of sharing knowledge and why it’s still important.

Mr. Nicholls has over 35 years of research and experience in reliability engineering, quality assurance and technical information management. He is currently the Director of Quanterion s RMQSI Knowledge Center, drawing from his many years experience as the Operations Manager of the DoD Reliability Information Analysis Center (RIAC), responsible for leadership of all RIAC core operation activities. He previously served as Deputy Director for the DoD Data and Analysis Center for Software (DACS ) and as the Deputy Director of the DoD Reliability Analysis Center (RAC), which was later renamed the RIAC.

Mr. Nicholls has been recognized on many occasions for his significant contributions to DoD and industry initiatives to improve the reliability discipline such as the development of the joint government/industry GEIA-STD-0009 Reliability Program Standard and the TechAmerica TA-HB-0009 Handbook supplement as well as the development of DoD RAM Policy as related to Directive-Type Memorandum 11-003. He is an accomplished author/researcher in the field of RMQ, including such works as authoring the Software-in-Systems Reliability Handbook and the System Reliability Toolkit , developing the Web Accessible Repository of Physics-based Models (WARP) on-line database and co-authoring the Reliability Impact of GREEN Technologies state-of-the-art-report.

While with GE Aerospace, Mr. Nicholls successfully managed R/M&S technical/contractual and Program Office requirements on 15 product lines and was the R/M&S Engineering representative for several Department productivity improvement initiatives. He has an M.S. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (concentration in Reliability), an M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a B.S. in Physics from Rochester Institute of Technology.

In this episode, Fred and David discuss:

  • The evolution of Rome Laboratories RAC to RiAC, and current RMQSI Knowledge Centers supporting the Department of Defense reliability programs
  • Changes over his career sharing knowledge and sharing failure data
  • The benefits and problems with available software tools

Recorded January 2017.

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Quanterion Solutions Inc.

RMQSI Knowledge Center

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Apr 14 2017

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Rank #19: Nihal Sinnadurai Foundations Program

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Nihal Sinnadurai, Engineer

Tim interviews Nihal Sinnadurai an engineer and organizer of the 1st and 2nd Foundation program.

Professor Doctor Nihal Sinnadurai is the CEO and Chief Technologist of Advanced Technology Transfer Associates, Chair of IEEE s Action for Industry and past Chair of IEEE UK and Ireland. He was formerly Global VP of Reliability and Quality and Corporate Director at Bookham (now Oclaro). He received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award by the IEEE Reliability Society, and the 2011 International Award and 2003 Outstanding Achievement Award by the International Microelectronics Society.

Dr. Sinnadurai s innovations include the deployment of low-cost microelectronics in high-reliability communications systems, inventing HAST in 1968 while at British Telecom Research Labs, and establishing the correct methodology for its use, and inventing Liquid Crystal Micro-Thermography for microelectronics.

In this episode, Rick and Tim discuss:

  • The goals and purpose of the 1st & 2nd Foundations
  • The need to support reliability professionals when doing the right thing – reliability-wise
  • How are the Foundations fundamentally different then professional or private organizations

Recorded November 2016.

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Here is a slideset Nihal used to present to IEEE SERE in June of 2013 that outlines the issues lurking by not completing a proper reliability analysis.

Ticking Time-Bombs in Electronics and Photonics Systems and Networks & Mitigation thereof

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Nov 09 2016

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Rank #20: Rick Wong Engineer

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Rick Wong, Engineer

Tim interviews Rick Wong an engineer and organizer of the IEEE CPMT Soft Error Rate Workshop.

Rick received his M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Santa Clara University and his B.S. degree in chemical engineering from UC Berkeley. He has over 30 years of industry experience. He joined Cisco Systems Inc., San Jose, CA in 2006 and has been engaged in IC component technology reliability assurance, SEU, WLR, ESD, failure analysis and reliability modeling. Prior to Cisco, he had worked on ASICs, FPGAs, TCAMs and memories. He has 18 patents and over 200 published papers

Rick and Peng Su from Juniper Networks are the co-originators of the upcoming IEEE CPMT Soft Error Rate Workshop in Sunnyvale, California on November 3, 2016.

In this episode, Rick and Tim discuss:

  • The target audience for the workshop
  • Details and how you can attend the Soft Error Rate Workshop
  • The major advances and risks involving soft errors

Recorded October 2016.

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8th Annual IEEE CPMT Soft Error Rate (SER) Workshop

Jointly presented by:

IEEE CPMT Santa Clara Valley (SCV) Chapter
Juniper Networks
Cisco Systems
Pure Technologies
XIA

Date: November 3, 2016 (Thursday)
Time: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm (Lunch will be provided)
Location: 1215 Borregas Ave, Sunnyvale CA (Map)
Juniper Networks
Building 6
Attendance: On-site or Remote (Skype meeting)
Cost: Free

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding our annual IEEE CPMT Soft Error Rate Workshop again this year. This will be our 8th annual event and we expect to offer the same quality technical talks and broad international participation.

With our focus on alpha-induced soft errors and unique offering of simultaneous on-site and remote participation, we have provided opportunities for publication and interactive discussion on a variety of critical subjects on SER.

For this year’s event, we will also try a new format: In addition to technical talks, we have invited experts in the field to offer tutorials on multiple subjects related to the fundamentals of alpha-related soft errors.

For technical presentations, we are looking for topics including but are not limited to:

  • Advanced silicon nodes and device SER performance assessment
  • Impact of SER on applications including automotive, medical, aeronautical, and networking
  • Success stories of alpha emission or soft error control
  • Wafer and assembly process control and monitor
  • Techniques and approaches for alpha emissivity measurement

Abstracts can be submitted on this page or by replaying directly to this email.

To register for the event and check for further information including event program update, visit these websites:

  • Register to attend the event: Click here (On-site seating is limited so register early!)
  • IEEE CPMT silicon valley chapter s event webpage: Click here
  • Event website: Click here

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

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