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Sandborn, Peter

Peter Sandborn
Keystone Professor
Director, MTech
Department of Mechanical Engineering
2106A Glenn L. Martin Hall, Building 088
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Research Interests 

  • Electronic packaging and reliability
  • Life-cycle cost analysis of electronic systems
  • System sustainment including: technology obsolescence management (DMSMS)
  • System availability
  • Supply chain management
  • Parts selection and management for electronic systems
  • Prognostics and health management (PHM) for electronic systems
  • Design for environment of electronic systems


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1987

Honors and Awards 

  • IEEE Fellow (2014)
  • ASME Fellow (2013)
  • 2010 Visiting Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK)
  • IEEE International Conference on Prognostics and Health Management 2011 Best Paper Award, for “Using Real Options to Manage Condition-Based Maintenance Enabled by PHM”
  • The Engineering Economist journal 2006 Best Paper Award, for “Obsolescence Driven Design Refresh Planning for Sustainment-Dominated Systems”
  • SOLE Proceedings Paper Award for best paper published during 2004 for "Forecasting Technology Insertion Concurrent with Design Refresh Planning for COTS-Based Electronics Systems”
  • 2009 Poole and Kent Teaching Award for Senior Faculty

Professional Memberships and Service 

  • Invited Speaker: MIT, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Chalmers University, Loughborough University, University of Bath, Cranfield University
  • Associate Editor: IEEE Transactions on Electronics Packaging Manufacturing
  • North American Editor of the International Journal of Performability Engineering
  • Board of Directors of the International PHM Society
  • Conference chair and program chair: ASME Design for Manufacturing and Life Cycle Conference
  • Program Committee: IEEE Multichip Module Conference
  • SIA CAD Tool roadmap, NEMI Passive Components Technology Working Group
  • Reviewer: IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology–Parts A, B, C, IEEE Transactions on VLSI, IEEE Design & Test of Computers, Journal of Industrial Ecology, Design Automation Conference (DAC), INTERpack Conference

Selected Publications 


  • Jazouli T., and P. Sandborn, “Using PHM to Meet Availability-Based Contracting Requirements,” IEEE International Conference on Prognostics and Health Management, Denver, CO, June 2011.


  • Sandborn, P., "Trapped on Technology’s Trailing Edge," IEEE Spectrum, Vol. 45, No. 4, pp. 42-45, 54, 56-58, April 2008.
  • Kleyner, A., and P. Sandborn, "Minimizing Life Cycle Cost by Managing Product Dependability via Validation Plan and Warranty Return Cost," International Journal of Production Economics, Vol. 112, No. 2, pp. 796-807, April 2008.
  • Sandborn, P., V. Prabhakar, and B. Eriksson "The Application of Product Platform Design to the Reuse of Electronic Components Subject to Long-Term Supply Chain Disruptions," Proceedings of the ASME 2008 International Design Engineering Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, New York, NY, Aug. 2008.


  • Sandborn, P.A., and C. Wilkinson, "A Maintenance Planning and Business Case Development Model for the Application of Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) to Electronic Systems," Microelectronics Reliability, Vol. 47, No. 12, pp. 1889-1901, December 2007.


  • Singh, P., and P. Sandborn, "Obsolescence Driven Design Refresh Planning for Sustainment-Dominated Systems," The Engineering Economist, Vol. 51, No. 2, pp. 115-139, April-June 2006.


  • Sandborn, P.A., B. Etienne, and G. Subramanian, "Application-Specific Economic Analysis of Integral Passives,"' IEEE Trans. on Electronics Packaging Manufacturing, Vol. 24, No. 3, pp. 203-213, July 2001.

Related News 

IEEE Prognostics and Health Management StandardPublished by IEEE Reliability Society
A working group, chaired by Prof. Michael Pecht, developed an IEEE standard for PHM of electronic systems. January 26, 2018

Sandborn Awarded ASME Kos Ishii-Toshiba Award
He was recognized for “sustained and meritorious contributions to design for manufacturing and the life cycle.” June 7, 2017

Sandborn Publishes Second Edition of Cost Analysis of Electronic Systems
Mechanical Engineering Professor Peter Sandborn publishes second edition of Cost Analysis of Electronic Systems. January 19, 2017

Kusimo to Deliver Student Speech for Clark School Spring Commencement
Mechanical Engineering senior Abisola Kusimo will deliver Clark School Spring Commencement
student speech. May 19, 2015

Kusimo Selected for a 2014 Women of Color Student Leadership Award
Mechanical Engineering senior Abisola Kusimo selected as a 2014 Women of Color Student Leadership Award recipient. September 12, 2014

Sandborn Named IEEE Fellow
Mechanical Engineering Professor and Mtech Director Peter Sandborn honored by Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers January 30, 2014

Professor Peter Sandborn Elected ASME Fellow
Sandborn recognized for contributions to field of life-cycle cost modeling for systems. August 5, 2013

Six Mechanical Engineering Students Selected for 2013 Future Faculty Program
Department has largest cohort in Clark School. February 22, 2013

Sandborn Named Interim Director of Mtech
Professor and Associate Mechanical Engineering Chair will begin position in January. November 8, 2012

Mechanical Engineering Alumnus Harish Bhaskaran Awarded Fellowship in Manufacturing by British Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Alumnus receives one of the first fellowships in manufacturing offered by a British research council. August 20, 2012

Sandborn, Pecht Co-Author Book
Strategies to the Prediction, Mitigation, and Management of Product Obsolescence (Wiley) released this month. June 15, 2012

Kusimo Wins $1,000 in Alpha Phi Alpha Scholarship Contest
Sophomore mechanical engineering major encourages youth to be advocates for their beliefs. March 23, 2012

DeWALT Donates Tools, Equipment to Mechanical Engineering Department
Longtime ME supporter provides the department with tools to build the future. August 2, 2011

Gilbert Haddad Receives Best Paper Award
CALCE professors and students have strong showing at 2011 IEEE PHM Conference. August 2, 2011

Peter Sandborn Named Associate ME Chair
Professor agrees to serve 3-year term commencing on July 1, 2011. July 7, 2011

Peter Sandborn receives NSF grant for managing product obsolescence
Sandborn will build a knowledge representation scheme and management system for obsolescence management and mitigation. July 2, 2009

Spring Engineering Commencement Ends on a Delightful Note
ME department says a fond farewell to 2009 graduates. June 9, 2009

Clark School Holds 2009 Commencement
Conservation advocate Philip Hannam serves as student speaker. May 27, 2009

Five Elevated to Full Professor
Clark School's Adomaitis, Ghodssi, Phaneuf, Sandborn and Takeuchi promoted. May 7, 2009

Dr. Sandborn Promoted to Full Professor
Sandborn receives promotion to full professor rank. May 5, 2009

Sandborn writes about obsolete systems for IEEE Spectrum
ISR-affiliated faculty member looks at the costs and problems when technology emerges too rapidly. August 5, 2008

Six New Keystone Professors Selected
Appointments to group of distinguished educators effective as of July 1. July 30, 2008

Mechanical Engineering Recognizes Faculty Accomplishments
Edward B. Magrab honored at reception recognizing distinguished service to campus and department. May 16, 2007

2007 National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS)
CALCE/ME-mentored high school student wins national junior science award. May 10, 2007

Peter Sandborn Earns Best Paper Award
Associate Professor & CALCE affiliate recognized by The Engineering Economist journal. April 11, 2007

Mechanical Engineering Honors Prof. James Wallace & Faculty
Mechanical Engineering faculty were honored at the Faculty Recognition Event and Dinner on Friday, May 12. May 15, 2006

Pi Tau Sigma Honors Faculty, Teaching Assistant
Pi Tau Sigma honored two faculty members and a teaching assistant during their initiation ceremony on May 10th. May 15, 2006

CALCE EPSC Researchers Barker and Sandborn Win Paper Awards
Congratulations to Professor Barker and Professor Sandborn. February 15, 2006

Profs. Balachandran and Sandborn Winners of OTC Invention of the Year Competition
Professors Balakumar Balachandran and Peter Sandborn were the winners of two of the three (OTC) Invention of the Year Awards. April 15, 2003

Peter Sandborn and CALCE Featured in EDN Access
Peter Sandborn and the CLACE center of UMD is featured on EDN Acess. November 15, 2002

On the Drawing Board: Cutting Costs, and Circuit Boards, Down to Size
New software can help electronics manufacturers redesign printed circuit boards. November 15, 2002

Herrmann, Schmidt and Sandborn Awarded NSF PREMISE Grant
The NSF PREMISE grant project begins January 1, 2003, and runs until June 30, 2004. September 15, 2002

Industrial College of the Armed Forces Students Visit
The students were hosted by Assoc. Prof. Jeffrey Herrmann and were welcomed by Department Chairman Avram Bar-Cohen. May 1, 2002

Eight Mechanical Engineering Faculty Present at ASME Conference
Eight faculty members from the Department of Mechanical Engineering attended, presented, and were divisional chairs at the 2001 ASME Conference. September 15, 2001