On May 9th 2016, Professor Michael Pecht from University of Maryland at College Park, USA visited the Institute of Microelectronics of Chinese Academy of Sciences (IMECAS). He delivered a lecture entitled “Advances in the Qualification of Electronics”. There were more than 50 attendees of local professionals and graduate students.
Firstly, Professor Michael Pecht gave a brief introduction of his lab – Calce (Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering) at the University of Maryland, which is funded by over 150 of the world’s leading electronics companies at more than US$6M/year. Then, he overviewed the state of practice of today’s electronics qualification methods and the reasons that these methods are generally inadequate. Given the flaws in current qualification tests, he presented and discussed various alternatives in terms of effectiveness, time and costs. One new approach pertains to in-situ product reliability assessment incorporating a fusion of data recognition and physics-of-failure based prognostics. Prognostics is a process of assessing the extent of deviation or degradation of a product from its expected normal operating conditions over time, to predict the future reliability of the product. The new points of his research on microelectronic reliability made a big splash and reached a wide discuss.
After the lecture, a symposium was held between Dr. Michael Pecht and the relevant professionals. Both sides introduced their recent works and had an effective discussion.
Biography: Professor Michael Pecht is a world renowned expert in strategic planning, design, test, and risk assessment of information systems. He is the founder and Director of CALCE (Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering) at the University of Maryland. The CALCE Center received the NSF Innovation Award in 2009 and the National Defense Industries Association Award. He has written more than twenty books on product reliability, development, use and supply chain management. He has written over 700 technical articles and has 8 patents. He consults for 22 international companies.
In 2008, he was awarded the highest reliability honor, the IEEE Reliability Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2010, he received the IEEE Exceptional Technical Achievement Award for his innovations in the area of prognostics and systems health management. He was also awarded the Chinese Academy of Sciences President's International Fellowship.