IEEE Reliability Society Newsletter     Vol. 56, No. 2. May 2010

Table of Content

Front page:
President's Message

From the Editor

Society News:
Stay Connected With Your Reliability Society: Facebook, Yahoo Groups and LinkIn

AdCom Elections: Call for Nominations

Awards: Call for Nominations

Feature Article:
Security and Fault Tolerance-
a Cmap

Chapter Activities:
Dallas Chapter

Joint Boston, New Hampshire, Providence Chapter

Denver Chapter

Cleveland Chapter

Technical Activities:
Annual Technology Report

Prognostic Health Management Conference -
Announcement and Call for Papers

IEEE SmartGrid Conference
Call for Papers

Green Technology Reliability Seminar

Safety & Reliability Workshop

Maxim Resource Library

Security and Privacy Magazine: Call for Papers

Distinguished Lecturer Program:

Call for RS
Distinguished Lecturers

Reliability Society Home

RS Newsletter Homepage

Chapter Activities:

Boston - New Hampshire - Providence Joint Section Chapter

Ramon De la Cruz
, Chair

Greetings! The IEEE Reliability Joint Section Chapter (Boston - New Hampshire - Providence) has held several meetings since our last newsletter entry. The AdCom is currently reviewing the potential speakers & meetings for the up-coming 2010-2011 meeting season, including Reliability track support for the 58th NEQC Conference!


    March 2009: Michael Benedek Sr. Principal Engineer & Reliability team lead from Raytheon RF Components presented "Microwave Device Reliability Characterization-The Mechanics of Life Test Execution and Analysis". This meeting was held on Tuesday March 10 at Teradyne Inc. North Reading, MA campus with a total of 36 members and guests.




 April 2009:  on Wednesday the 15th we held our meeting at EMC Corporation Headquarters in Hopkinton, MA. IEEE Fellow, Dr. Shubu Mukherjee who is a Principal Engineer at Intel Corporation presented “Super-Linear Increase in Soft Error Rate from Doubling the Cache Size: Bug or Phenomenon?”  Dr. Mukherjee reviewed detectable unrecoverable errors experienced in the expansion of processor L2 Cache with 31 members and guests.



May 2009: Romano Annecchiarico, Operations Reliability Lead from Teradyne, Inc. presented

 “Effective Environmental Test Technology in New Product Introduction (NPI)”.  This meeting was held on Wednesday May 13 at RSA, the Security Division of EMC, Bedford, MA with 43 members and guests.




The June 09 meeting at Teradyne N. Reading, (right image) David Casper, IEEE Providence, RI Section Chair,  Ramon De la Cruz, IEEE Reliability Society Joint Section Chapter Chair, Eddie Robins, Secretary, Aaron Dermarderosian, vice chair and Jim Anderson, IEEE New Hampshire Section Chair.

June 2009: on Tuesday the 16th we held our meeting at Teradyne Inc. North Reading, MA campus. Donald V. Trenholm founder and CEO of Custom Analytical Services, Salem, NH presented Effective Techniques for the Identification of Counterfeit Electronics”. Don’s presentation included typical examples of the creative methods used by device counterfeiters and gave an overview of methods for spotting suspect parts to 45 members and guests which included the Providence, RI and New Hampshire Section Chairs.


July 2009: On Tuesday the 14th the IEEE Reliability Society Joint Section Chapter held a joint meeting with the SMTA which included a tour of Benchmark Electronics, Hudson, NH Product Assurance and Failure Analysis Laboratory and technical presentations by experts from U-Mass Lowell, Benchmark and EMC Corporation.

- Greg Morose, New England Lead Free Electronics Consortium, University of Massachusetts Lowell presented “Long Term Reliability Analysis of Lead Free and Halogen Free Electronic Assemblies”.

- Deb Fragoza, EMC Corporation, Hopkinton MA, Bob Farrell and Paul Bodmer, Benchmark Electronics, Hudson NH presented “Evaluation of a RoHS Compliant Nanotechnology Printed Circuit Board Surface Finish”.

- Bob Farrell, Benchmark Electronics, Hudson NH, hosted a live demonstration of a Pb-free through-hole rework technique used in Phase IV to minimize copper dissolution.

 The 64 members and guests who attended this event were treated to a summer BBQ Dinner.


‘09-‘10 Season Meetings & Events: (Sept ‘09 - Apr ‘10)

September 2009: our first meeting of the ‘09-‘10 season was held on Wednesday, Sept 9 at RSA, the Security Division of EMC, Bedford, MA. Frank Andres, Senior Customer Technical Support Engineer for Alpha Metals Inc/Cookson Electronics presented “SMT and Wave Soldering Technology Drivers and Their Influence on Alloy Selection“ to 30 members and guests.



October 2009: the IEEE Reliability Society Joint Section Chapter held a joint meeting with the Northeast Chapter of the ESD Association at RSA, the Security Division of EMC, Bedford, MA on Wednesday, October 14. Ted Dangelmayer, President and CEO, Dangelmayer Associates presented Common ESD Myths and Pitfalls of ESD Measurement Instruments” to 45 members and guests.


 November 2009: Philip Scarf, Member of the Technical Staff, Alcatel-Lucent presented “A New Approach to System-Availability Analysis: An Integrated Hardware, Software, and Procedures Model” at our meeting held on Wednesday November 11 at RSA, the Security Division of EMC, Bedford, MA.  35 members and guests attended this event.


December 2009: On December 9 we held our annual chapter past chairs & dinner meeting at RSA, the Security Division of EMC, Bedford, MA. A chapter brief was presented highlighting chapter meetings & activities through 2009 and the results of our annual Chapter Officer elections.


For the 2010 term Ramon De la Cruz (Teradyne) was re-elected as chapter Chair, Aaron DerMarderosian Jr. (Raytheon) re-elected as chapter vice-chair, Don Markuson (Sierra Atlantic) was re-elected as chapter Treasurer & Shivarajiv Somisetty (M/A-COM) was elected to chapter Secretary. For our annual dinner meeting, we had several past chapter chairs in attendance. Amongst those recognized for their contributions were:


                        Avery Hevesh: Chair 1969-1970

                        Don Simpson: Chair, 1973 – 1974 & 1989 - 1990

                        Don Markuson: Chair, 1990 - 1991 & 1995 – 1996

                        Brian McQuillan: Chair, 1994 – 1995

                        Giora Kedem: Chair, 1997 - 1999

                        Jim Fahy: Chair, 1999 - 2000 & 2004

                        Jeff Clark: Chair, 2000 - 2003 & 2005

                        Aaron DerMarderosian Jr.: Chair, 2006 – 2008

                        Ramon De la Cruz: Chair, 2009


Our featured guest speakers: Giora Kedem, Reliability Consultant, Daniel Wilder, Consultant, Hardware Engineer and Carl Nickerson, Software Engineer, all from RSA, the Security Division of EMC, Bedford, MA, presented “100X Token Reliability Improvement“, where they described  the best practices used by their reliability group to improve the reliability of some of RSA’s most popular products. We had a total of 31 members & guests at this meeting.


January 2010: we held our first meeting of 2010 on Wednesday, January 13 at Teradyne Inc. North Reading, MA. Dave Dwyer, BAE Systems presented "Improvements in Automated Reliability Growth Plotting and Estimations“  to 45 members and guests.

February 2010: our meeting scheduled for February10 was canceled, due to winter weather.




March 2010: Don Restiano and Liz Markewicz, Raytheon Company presented “Risk Management: Pro-active Principles for Project Success” on Wednesday, March 10 at RSA, the Security Division of EMC, Bedford, MA. 39 members and guests attended this event.



April 2010: on Wednesday, April 14 we held our meeting at RSA, the Security Division of EMC, Bedford, MA. Prof.  David I. Heimann, Reliability Engineer, presented “A Bipartite Empirically Oriented Metrics Process for Agile Software Development” to 22 members and guests.



Upcoming meetings & Events:

May 2010: Keith Donaldson, Engineered Materials Inc. presentation: “How carbon footprints, green initiatives and reliability work together, or against each other?“, scheduled for May 12 at RSA, the Security Division of EMC, Bedford, MA.

In June 2010, IEEE Reliability Society Standards Committee Chair, Lou Gullo, Raytheon – Integrated Defense Systems (IDC) Seapower Capability Center (SCC) in Portsmouth, RI, will present “IEEE Reliability Society Standards Status and Descriptions”. This meeting will be held June 9 at EMC Corporation Headquarters in Hopkinton, MA. Registration for this event is open on the Boston Reliability chapter website and will close on Friday, June 4, 2010.

In October 2010, The Joint section chapter will support the Reliability Track for the 58th NEQC Conference. This will be the 3rd consecutive conference where the Reliability chapter has chaired the track at this biannual event.

Please check our website periodically for updates on upcoming events!

If you would like to present a reliability based topic at a future meeting, have meeting topic suggestions or ideas about how to improve our meetings, we want to hear from you! Please send an e-mail to any of the AdCom members or go to our website and Click on: Suggest a Meeting Topic.

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Best Regards,

Ramon De la Cruz.  -  Chair, Reliability Joint Section Chapter  (Boston - New Hampshire - Providence)