IEEE Reliability Society Newsletter     Vol. 61, No. 1, February 2015

Table of Contents

Front page:

President's Message

From the Editor

Society News:

RS Banquet at RAMS: Lifetime Achievement and Engineer of the Year Awards

RS Banquet at RAMS: New ExCom Slate and AdCom Electees

Members & Chapters

Boston Chapter

Dallas Chapter

Arizona Chapter

RS Chapter Outreach: China

Meetings & Conferences

Call for Abstracts: 2015 ASTR Conference, Boston, MA

Announcing 2015 IRPS, Monterrey, CA

PHM-2015 Announced: Austin, TX

Call for Papers: 2015 QRS, Vancouver, Canada

Letters in Reliability

Revisiting Perception of Reliability: Uninteroperability in US Power Grid


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Fall 2014 IEEE Reliability Society Student Outreach at the University of Texas at Dallas

W. Eric Wong
Vice President for Publications
Chair, Dallas Chapter

Lon Chase
Member of Administrative Committee
Vice Chair, Dallas Chapter

Since 2010, the RS Dallas Chapter, together with the Department of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas and the IEEE Dallas Section, has organized at least one outreach event each semester for students in Computer Science and Software Engineering. Each event has featured speakers who present special topics related to current trends and research in developing and maintaining reliable software systems in a cost-effective way. These presentations have been followed by discussions between the speakers and the audience to further inspire ideas and enhance understanding of state-of-the-art techniques.

The outreach for the Fall semester of 2014, a two-and-a-half hour event, was held on November 14th with the following speakers:

  • Test Results Reporting in the Real World − It is Time for the QABall
    Mas Kono, Vice President of Development Shared Services
    MedAssets, Plano, Texas

    The speaker emphasized the use of a non-traditional approach to quality assurance based on different types of statistical information to determine whether an organization is ready to change its QA practice.

  • Test Automation in Practice – It Is Not What You Think It is
    Paul ,Grizzaffi, Manager ofSoftware Quality Assurance
    MedAssets, Plano, Texas

    Instead of focusing on the “traditional automation” using a software package to automate the execution of existing test cases and asking how many test cases could be automated, the speaker argued that we should also explore the possibility of  automation with tools that are not traditionally considered automation tools.

  • What Would FMEA 3.0 Look Like?
    Daniel Lee, President
    DVL Consulting & Member at Large, RS Dallas Chapter

    The speaker explained how a progressive and collaborative FMEA (Failure Mode and Effects Analysis) could be used to manage risks more effectively.

    Also attending were the Jr. Past President of the IEEE Reliability Society, Dennis Hoffman, and the Chair of the IEEE Dallas Section, Greg Breiland, who gave introductions to the Reliability Society and the Dallas Section, respectively. There were about 60 attendees, including graduate students and faculty from UTD and engineers from neighboring companies such as Texas Instruments, Raytheon, Verizon, and HP. The following pictures were taken during the outreach.




An introduction to the IEEE
Reliability Society by Dennis Hoffman
(Jr. Past President)

Guest speakers with Dennis Hoffman (Past RS President),
Greg Breiland (Chair, IEEE Dallas Section),
Eric Wong (Chair, RS Dallas Chapter & VP for Pubs), and
Constantine Malemes (RS Dallas Member)





Lecture by Daniel Lee,
Member at Large, RS Dallas Chapter

Lecture by Mas Kono,
Vice President ofDevelopment Shared Services, MedAssets




Lecture by Paul Grizzaffi,
Manager of Software Quality Assurance, MedAssets