Michael Pecht Receives 2010 ISRMS Lifetime Achievement Award

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Professor Michael Pecht

George E. Dieter Professor of Mechanical Engineering Michael Pecht received the inaugural “Lifetime Reliability Achievement Award” from the Indian Society of Reliability, Maintainability and Safety (ISRMS) in December 2010. Pecht received the award, the first of its kind in India, along with Dr. Anil Kakodkar (former chairman of the Indian Atomic Energy Commission & Secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy) for his “significant contributions in the area of product reliability, prognostics & health management of electronic components.” Pecht previously received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the IEEE Reliability Society in 2007.

One of the world’s foremost authorities on electronics reliability and prognostics, Pecht earned his B.S. (Acoustics), M.S. (Electrical Engineering), M.S. (Engineering Mechanics) and Ph.D. (Engineering Mechanics) from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and is recognized as a Professional Engineer by the State of Maryland. He is the founder and director of the Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE), the Electronic Products and Systems Consortium (EPSC) and the Prognostics and Health Management Consortium (PHMC) within the Clark School Department of Mechanical Engineering.

A Fellow of the IEEE, ASME and SAE, he has received numerous awards for his contributions to reliability and prognostics research including the European Micro and Nano-Reliability Award (2007), the Alexander Schwarzkopf Prize for Technological Innovation (2008), and the PMT Society Exceptional Technical Achievement Award (2010). He has written over twenty books on electronic products development, use, and supply chain management. He has served as a member of the IEEE Spectrum advisory board and editor for a number of peer-reviewed journals, including IEEE Transactions on Reliability, Microelectronics Reliability and IEEE Transactions on Components and Packaging Technology. He is also a sought-after consultant who has provided expertise in strategic planning, design, prognostics, and risk assessment to over 50 domestic and international electronics companies. Pecht will lead courses in Failure Mechanisms and Reliability (ENME695) at the Clark School for the Spring 2011 Semester while continuing to guide one of the world’s top electronics products and systems research teams with CALCE.

To learn more about Professor Pecht’s research and CALCE, please visit Professor Pecht’s faculty profile or the CALCE website.

Published January 7, 2011