Reliability Society Newsletter


Vol. 57, No. 4. November 2011

President's Message

Reliability Society Members,

2011 is almost complete. Time has passed fast, and the Reliability Society has been either hosting or involved in a lot of things many of which I have covered in the past Newsletters. This message will cover some of our activities since our August RS Newsletter.

As you know, there are 13 AdCom candidates running for election. All the candidates are well-qualified people, so who will be the 6 election winners is a big unknown. I hope that you all have voted. IEEE will let our N&A Chair, Jeff Voas, know the AdCom election winners by mid-December.

Jeff Voas, our Jr. Past President who is an IEEE Fellow and our IEEE Division VI Director, was just informed by the AAAS Council that he had been elected to the rank of AAAS Fellow. It is very nice that Jeff was recognized by another major organization. Congratulations Jeff!!!

In September, a Computer Science Colloquium / Student-Industry Outreach was held at University of Texas-Dallas and was co-sponsored by the UTD, the RS Dallas Chapter, and the RS. Thanks to Eric Wong, UTD professor and RS AdCom member, Faye Bilger, RS Chapter Chair and RS AdCom member, and the RS Chapter for hosting this nicely received Outreach on a periodic basis. Ram Chillarege gave a very nice presentation on "ODC Analytics for Competitive Software Engineering Optimization". Orthogonal Defect Classification (ODC) is a measurement system for Software Engineering and yields insightful process diagnosis and better development strategies.

Some unplanned RS involvements and related advertisements occurred in the last couple of months.

- The University of Cincinnati Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS) Director, Dr. Jay Lee, invited me to their co-sponsored WCEAM (World Congress on Engineering Asset Management) conference (held in early October) to discuss the IEEE Reliability Society and how our broad reliability aspects support Asset Management (reliability and PHM are major aspects). I had visited the IMS Center at the University of Cincinnati in early January 2011 and their IMS Center at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly known as University of Missouri-Rolla), co-directed by Dr. Jagannathan Sarangapani, in early May 2011. I still plan to visited their other Center at the University of Michigan — Ann Arbor, co-directed by Dr. Jun Ni.

- Dr. Mike Pecht, UMD CALCE Director, who was our past T-Rel Editor and is our active IEEE RS Standards Working Group Chair, invited me to attend his reception of the University of Maryland — College Park Innovation Hall of Fame Award and to be one of three presenters (in addition to Mike) following his Award. Dr. Pecht requested that I cover the initiation of the CALCE Research Center (my employer at that time, Texas Instruments Defense Systems, and my present employer, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, then General Dynamics -- were two of the 6 initial supporters — presently there are over 150), the Reliability Society, his RS involvement aspects, and his Center's research of physics-of-failure of electronics leading to current PHM ties with the RS. Dr. Pecht was the second professor who had received this Award in over 25 years. The vast majority of the Awardees were excellent highly acknowledged industry employed Alumni. Dr. Pecht was highly qualified for this Award, and I was very glad and proud being able to attend and be involved. Ref Dr. Pecht being awarded article within this Newsletter.

- In addition, at both activities, I meet and made a number of nice contacts from various companies and research centers. Very pleased to make contact with such talented people.

The following 2011 conference proceedings are now available in the Reliability Digital Library (RDL). As an RS member you get complete and free access to everything in the RDL.

  • 2011 Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS)
  • 2011 International Reliability Physics Symposium (IRPS)
  • 2011 Prognostics and Health Management (PHM Shenzhen)
  • 2011 Prognostics and Health Management (IEEE PHM Denver)
  • 2011 International Conference on Quality Software (QSIC)
  • 2011 Rapid System Prototyping (RSP)
  • 2011 International Conference on Reliability, Maintainability, and Safety (ICRMS)
  • 2011 Secure Software Integration and Reliability Improvement (SSIRI)
  • 2011 System of Systems Engineering Conference (S0SE)

The RDL can be accessed at Sign in with your IEEE user id and password and then click on "What can I access?". Then select the IEEE Reliability Society Conference Digital Library. This will bring up links to all the conference proceedings that are available.

2012 RS sponsored and co-sponsored conference planning / implementation activities are well underway — examples RAMS (, IRPS (, PHM (, and SERE (, etc.

As I stated before in the RS Newsletter, the Reliability Society covers the broad aspects of reliability. Thus, the RS is seen as the IEEE Specialty Engineering organization. We are covering those aspects through broad topic conferences, publications, technical activities, standards development, and training. As a RS member (or your interest in becoming a member), please let us know about your involvement interest, and get active and involved — we need your involvement. The RS Technical Activities is a good area for technical involvement and to expand your technical contacts.

I assume that everyone is preparing and looking forward for a very Merry Christmas, leading to a Happy New Year (2012). Thanks to each of you for your Reliability Society membership.

Best regards,

Dennis Hoffman
2011-12 RS President


From the Editor

In the November issue of Reliability Society Newsletter, President Dennis Hoffman share with us the recent news in our society, and VP Robert Loomis and VP Alfred M. Stevens report some latest activities regarding publications and meetings. You may also find society news that may be of your interests. In particular, Professor Michael Pecht is inducted into Clark School's Innovation Hall of Fame in 2011 for his pioneering innovations in advanced reliability and prognostic methods for electronics. In the society, Phil Laplante is awarded the 2011 IEEE Reliability Society Engineer of the Year, and Robert Loomis will receive the IEEE Reliability Society Lifetime Achievement Award for 2011. These awards will be presented at our Annual Saturday Night Banquet before RAMS in January, 2012. Congratulations to the award winners for their great contribution to our society.

The November issue features "Prognostics-Based Warranties," by Professor Michael Pecht of University of Maryland. This paper describes the application potentials for new business models based on PHM, and a new prognostics-based warranty paradigm has been in development at the Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering at the University of Maryland. Other articles in this issue cover software reliability and security.

The Newsletter has been the society's primary media for sharing thoughts on reliability related issues and announcements of events of interest to our members. 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. For submissions to Prognostic Health Management (PHM) section, please contact Dr. Pradeep Lall who is the editor handling the PHM section. For further information please contact Dr. Lall.

Deadlines for submission of content:

Feb. 10 (Issue No. 1/2012)
May 10 (Issue No. 2/2012)
Aug. 10 (Issue No. 3/2012)
Nov. 10 (Issue No. 4/2012)

I would like to thank the RS Officers, AdCom members, Chapter chairs and members at large who have contributed to this issue. I sincerely hope our members can continue sharing your thoughts through our newsletter.

If you have any suggestions or comments on the newsletter, please feel free to contact me at your convenience.

Happy holiday season,

Shiuhpyng Winston Shieh, PhD
Newsletter Editor-in-Chief

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