Reliability Society Newsletter


Vol. 65, No. 1, March 2019

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President’s Message

Dear Reliability Society Members,

The New Year is well underway, and it is a great privilege for me to “take over the reins” from my predecessor Jeff Voas, to lead the Society. As Jeff mentioned in past Newsletters, the Society is in good financial shape and actively engaged in critical technical areas, both in software and hardware reliability. But things are continuously changing, and 2019 will challenge us to keep growing and thrive. The IEEE business model is adapting to the increasing adoption of Open Access publications, which in turn, is requiring our Society to make wise strategic decisions for our future publication offerings. This comes at a time when we are actively launching our new publication, the Reliability Magazine. As a result, managing and ensuring the continued success of our publications portfolio is a major area of focus for our Administrative and Executive Committees this year.

Our second, and no less important focus area this year, is ensuring that our society continues to attract and retain members. As all of you - who are already members, know very well, no other society provides the opportunities to technically and professionally grow in the interdisciplinary fields of reliability than we do. Our society – one of the oldest at IEEE, benefits greatly in terms of technical vitality, from its experienced membership profile – but this also represents a challenge: continuing to develop an expertise that is uniquely driving the success of emerging technologies and industries, from Blockchain to AI, and from Mobile to Quantum computing. Each one of us must work to leverage our technical initiatives to mentor and motivate others to engage with – and eventually participate fully, in our society’s mission. Again, your society leaders are hard at work this year to provide new avenues for new members to join through collaborations with other societies within and outside of our division.

When I joined our “RS” a few years ago, relatively late in my own career, I would have never imagined how fascinating and rewarding a learning experience it would be. The IEEE overall, and our own group of reliability practitioners in particular, are outstanding communities filled with extremely knowledgeable, inspiring, and generous individuals who are genuinely dedicated to “Advance Technology for Humanity”. With your support, I look forward to continuing to learn this important job. Thank you for sharing your own passion, and please – stay in touch on our “IEEE Reliability Society” LinkedIn group, and/or at any time, contact me with your thoughts, suggestions or questions at

Kind Regards,

From the Editor

We are off to a running start for the year – the 65th year of RS Newsletter publication. There are many activities planned for the year, see the announcements section for upcoming sponsored conferences. Our premier TRel publication remains strong. The new Reliability Magazine (R-Mag) is starting with its search for an EIC and future inputs. This issue also contains other exciting news and chapter activities of interest. Please enjoy reading about and participating in society and chapter activity.

Members and organizations have much knowledge and information to share. This sharing strengthens our disciplines, members and the society. Technical bulletins in our field of interest, committee announcements, Chapter activities, conference call for papers, etc. are needed for the newsletter. Inputs for future newsletter issues are due in the following months for input.

  • Issue #1, inputs due February
  • Issue #2, inputs due May
  • Issue #3, inputs due August
  • Issue #4, inputs due November

We look forward to communicating society information in our topics of interest with our membership. The Newsletter is only as good as the inputs provided, so please help bring our members an outstanding Newsletter. As always, feedback and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

Have a great year,

Lon Chase
Newsletter Editor-in-Chief

Ruizhi Gao
Newsletter Associated Editor-in-Chief

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