Dr. Sandborn Promoted to Full Professor

Professor Peter Sandborn has been recently promoted to the rank of full professor of Mechanical Engineering, effective July 1, 2009.

Sandborn’s interests lie in electronic packaging and reliability; life cycle cost analysis of electronic systems, technology tradeoff analysis, supply chain management and parts selection and management for electronic systems; design for environment of electronic systems; microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). He currently is a professor at UMD’s Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE), where his group develops obsolescence forecasting algorithms, performs strategic design refresh planning, and lifetime buy quantity optimization. Sandborn is also the developer of the MOCA refresh planning tool, which has been used by private and government organizations worldwide to perform optimized refresh planning for systems subject to technology obsolescence.

Professor Sandborn has won numerous awards and honors for his research. Most recently he has been the winner of the 2004 SOLE Proceedings and in 2006 he received the Eugene L. Grant awards as well as the Engineering Economist journal 2006 Best Paper Award, for “Obsolescence Driven Design Refresh Planning for Sustainment-Dominated Systems.” 
He is has authored over 150 technical publications and several books on electronic packaging and electronic systems cost analysis. Dr. Sandborn is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Electronics Packaging Manufacturing and a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Performability Engineering. He is a past conference chair and program chair of the ASME Design for Manufacturing and Life Cycle Conference.

Professor Sandborn received his B.S. degree in engineering physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1982. From the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Sandborn earned both his M.S. degree in electrical science and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering, in 1983 and 1987, respectively.

For more information on Dr. Sandborn’s research, please visit his website.

--Lauren Frye '10, ME Student Reporter

Published May 5, 2009