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25th Anniversary of the Reliability Engineering Education Program

The Center for Risk and Reliability celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Reliability Engineering Education Program at Maryland with a special symposium and reception, "Promise of a Discipline: Reliability and Risk in Theory and Practice."

The celebration was held on Wednesday, April 2nd 2014 with a Reliability Engineering Symposium and concluded with a Reception and Alumni Reunion. Both events were held at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center at the University of Maryland, College Park.

For more information, please see the 25th Anniversary brochure (pdf), view the agenda (pdf), or visit the 25th Anniversary website.

 

SYMPOSIUM
Promise of a Discipline: Reliability and Risk in Theory and Practice

Event featured international expert panels reporting on:

PANEL 1: FRONTIERS OF RELIABILITY ENGINEERING

Leading experts offered their insights on promising research directions that could revolutionize the field of Reliability Engineering. Panelists covered topics such as challenges in reliability of ultra-complex systems of interacting hardware and software to advances in system-level prognostics and health monitoring, as well as new approaches in integrating physics of failure and traditional reliability assessment methods. (Panel Moderator: Dr. Ali Mosleh, Nicole J. Kim Professor, mosleh@umd.edu)

Panel 1 

Dr. Elias Anagnostou Dr. Elias Anagnostou
Associate Technical Fellow
Integrated Systems Advanced Concepts & Integrated Solutions Sector
Northrop Grumman
Aris ChristouDr. Aris Christou
Professor
Department of Materials Science
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Maryland
Dr. Antoine RauzyDr. Antoine Rauzy
Professor, Centrale-Supelec (France)
Director of the Chair Blériot-Fabre
Associate Professor at Edcole Polytechnique
Dr. Carol Smidts
Director, Risk and Reliability Laboratory
The Ohio State University

Lunch Keynote Speakers 

Mr. Ken Farquhar Ken Farquhar
President, Business Unit General Manager
ManTech International Corporation
Dr. Jeong KimDr. Jeong Kim
UMD Reliability Engineering (1991)
Entrepreneur & Former President, Bell Labs

PANEL 2: RISK-INFORMED REGULATIONS, OVERSIGHT, AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE

Panel experts discussed the development and use of appropriate risk information and measures in regulating, supervising and responding to emergencies in complex technologies. Panelists also covered technical and non-technical impediments in formal applications of risk-information, including the establishment and use of appropriate risk and safety target levels used in decision-making, in addition to communications among stakeholders during normal and emergency conditions. (Panel Moderator: Dr. Mohammad Modarres, Minta Martin Professor, modarres@umd.edu)

Panel 2 

Dr. George ApostolakisDr. George Apostolakis
Commissioner
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Maria G. KorsnickMaria G. Korsnick
UMD Nuclear Engineering (1986)
Chief Nuclear Officer and Chief Operating Officer
Constellation Energy Nuclear Group
Thomas D. WhitmeyerThomas D. Whitmeyer
Deputy Chief, Safety and Mission Assurance
NASA Headquarters

PANEL 3: RELIABILITY EDUCATION: POTENTIAL CHALLENGES OF A NON-TRADITIONAL ENGINEERING DISCIPLINE

Leading educators and practitioners offered perspectives on the following: important areas of reliability engineering knowledge that should be covered in educational programs, industry needs and the role of universities in providing reliability engineering education, alternative approaches to bringing reliability knowledge and competency to the engineering practice, and how to address challenges faced by reliability engineering programs as a non-traditional interdisciplinary field. (Panel Moderator: Dr. Marvin Roush, Professor Emeritus, mlroush@gmail.com)

Panel 3 

Dr. J. Wesley HinesDr. J. Wesley Hines
Postelle Professor and Head of Nuclear Engineering
Nuclear Engineering Department
University of Tennessee
Dr. Vasiliy KrivtsovDr. Vasiliy Krivtsov
UMD Reliability Engineering (2000)
Staff Technical Specialist
Ford Motor Company
Dr. Hoang PhamDr. Hoang Pham
Distinguished Professor
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Rutgers University

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