Reliability Society Newsletter


Vol. 56, No. 4. November 2010

Table of Content

Front page:
President's Message

From the Editor

Society News:
Reliability Society Receives IEEE Education Award

RS Engineer of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Awards

IEEE Technical Field Awards (TFA) Call for Nominations

IEEE Cloud Forum for Practitioners held in Monterey, CA

IEEE Transactions on Reliability: Special Issue on PHM

Chapter Activities:
Joint Boston, New Hampshire, Providence Chapter

Dallas Chapter

Taipei/Tainan Chapter

Technical Activities:
Annual Technology Report - Call for Contributions

Conference Announcements:
International Conference on System of Systems Engineering (SoSE 2010)

Workshop and Tool Session on DYnamic Aspects in DEpendability Models for Fault-Tolerant Systems (DYADEM-FTS 2011)

International Prognostic Health Management Conference (PHM 2011). Deadline for Paper Submission Extended

Safety & Reliability Workshop

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President's Message

As your outgoing President, and as your incoming Division VI Director, it has been an honor working to promote the Reliability Society throughout other IEEE OUs and non-IEEE organizations in the years I've served as President (2003-2005 and 2009-2010).

The Reliability Society is one of the most admired of the smaller societies within IEEE. And it continues to be in a position for substantial forward growth.

The portfolio of conferences and publications that we are affiliated with continues to increase.  Our ADCOM and EXCOM members continue to work diligently to seek and nurture new opportunities.  New topics that we are now involved in include Prognostics and Health Management (PHM), Cloud Computing, and Smart Grid.  We also see others on the horizon, including life sciences and electric vehicles.  The bottom line is that we are now poised and aligned with the strategic goals of the Institute in a manner that we have not been in previous years.  Doing so allows us fresh opportunities to team with other OUs within the Institute on timely topics of mutual interest.  

2010 saw us undergo successful 5-year reviews, both of the Society and our publications, and we will not have to be reviewed again until 2015.  We await word on whether we have successfully worked our way off of the IEEE financial watch list, but that will not be known until sometime in 2Q, 2011. 

 We are fortunate to have Dennis Hoffman coming back as our President for 2011 -- Dennis is highly regarded within the IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB) --TAB is arm of IEEE under which all Societies and Councils report and vote.  I will continue to work with Dennis in 2011 to help him implement his very aggressive growth plans over the coming years — I'll let him tell you about those in the next Newsletter.

We have a dedicated EXCOM for 2011 -- our 2011 EXCOM includes:  Lon Chase (VP Technical Activities), Bob Loomis (VP Publications), Christian Hansen (Treasurer), Marsha Abramo (VP Membership), and Alfred Stevens (VP Meetings). Our newly elected ADCOM class for 2011 is:  Joe Childs, Bob Loomis, Faye Bilger, Lou Gullo, Todd Weatherford, and Eric Wong.

We are looking forward to our RAMS awards banquet in Orlando on January 22, 2011. Our two 2010 Engineers of the Year are Professor Bret Michael (Naval Postgraduate School), and Professor Michael Lyu (Chinese University of Hong Kong).  Our 2011 Lifetime Achievement award will be given to Henry Hartt.  We are also fortunate to have one new Fellow selected from the names we promoted this year, Professor Elyse Rosenbaum (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).

In 2010, the IEEE Reliability Society was recognized for its outstanding educational initiatives at the IEEE Education Awards Conference on November 19, 2010. This recognizes our continuing education leadership, as well as our always ready support of IEEE Educational area of IEEE.  Our support includes 20 of developing educational products (live broadcasts, Video tutorials, Expert Now productions), Chapter and University Outreach Programs, and supporting student scholarships.

In summary, 2010 was a very active year for us, and 2011 will be equally exciting.

It has been an honor to serve as your President for these two terms, and I look forward to continuing on the EXCOM as your Junior Past President in 2011.  Our Society is youthful and vibrant, and is engaging with other Societies, Councils, and new initiatives within IEEE and outside of IEEE to offer the best technical offerings to you, our members.

Please spread the word.

Happy New Year,

Jeffrey Voas, PhD
2010 Reliability Society President


From the Editor

As the year 2010 draws to a close along with my term as Reliability Society Newsletter I would like to take this opportunity to thank the RS Officers, AdCom members, Chapter chairs and members at large who have contributed with input to the newsletter in the past year. It has been a privilege to serve a editor of this on-line publication, the Reliability Society's primary media for sharing informal thoughts on reliability related issues and announcements of events of interest to our members.

I encourage you, our members to continue sharing your input through our new newsletter Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Shiuhpyng Shieh. Also, as mentioned elsewhere in the previous issue, Dr. Pradeep Lall will soon be soliciting your input for a special section on Prognostic Health Management (PHM) beginning in 2011.

This newsletter will publish content deemed appropriate for and of interest to members of the IEEE Reliability Society and members of the  reliability profession in general. Accepted content includes announcements and reports of activities sponsored by the Reliability Society including chapter meetings, workshops and conferences.

Technical papers including reviews, opinions, case studies or new ideas for the reliability professional are welcomed and accepted without external review. Authors are solely responsible for the correctness of results presented and proper citation of work by others.

Deadlines for submission of content:

Feb. 15  (Issue No. 1/2011)
May 15  (Issue No. 2/2011)
Aug. 15  (Issue No. 3/2011)
Nov. 15  (Issue No. 4/2011)

I look forward to continuing working with many of you as I begin my term as the Reliability Society's Treasurer in 2011.

My best wishes for a joyful holiday season and a reliable new year.

Christian K. Hansen, PhD
Outgoing Newsletter Editor
2011 RS Treasurer

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