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Profiles in Reliability – Spyros Vrachnas

Spyros Vrachnas

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Spyros Vrachnas

Where do you live?
Athens, GREECE

Tell us about your education background.
Pr. Eng. E.E, George Washington University, 1987
M.S.E.E, George Washington University, 1980
B.S.E.E, New York Institute of Technology, 1977

Tell us about your professional background.
INTRACOM DEFENSE ELECTRONICS, 1990-2011
HEWLETT PACKARD HELLAS, 1989-1990
MANAGEMENT SCIENCES APPLICATIONS INC. (USA), 1985-1988
RELIABILITY SCIENCE INC. (USA), 1980-1985
TRACOR INC. (USA), 1978-1980
SOLAREX CORP. (USA), 1977-1978
35 years of engineering experience (USA and Greece) in Reliability and Quality Assurance/Quality Control in the electronics industry.
Written papers and developed/presented seminars on topics: Reliability of Electronic Systems, Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Protection, Quality Management Systems (ISO 9000), Statistical Process Control (SPC), Methods and Techniques for Quality Improvement.
I was introduced to Quality Systems in 1988, while attending a presentation (at NAVSEA, USA) on MIL-Q-9858 Quality Program Requirements and an introduction to ISO 9001.

How have you given back to the reliability profession?
How have you given back to the reliability profession? Currently serving as the ASQ Reliability Division Regional Councilor for Greece.
Senior member of the ASQ, member since 1990, ASQ CRE 1988.

What do you enjoy most about reliability?
I enjoy setting-up and executing reliability tests and accelerated life tests on electronic hardware.

What do you do for fun and relaxation?
Music, Reading, Science.

What is reliability in your own words?
The ability to function for a specified period of time, under stated conditions.

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Profiles in Reliability – Robert W. Stoddard II

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Robert W. Stoddard II

Where do you live?
Venetia, PA  (near Pittsburgh, PA)

Tell us about your education background.
BS Finance and Accounting, Univ of Maine at Orono
MS Systems Management, USC
Doctoral Work in Reliability Engineering, Univ of Maryland at College Park
Doctoral Work in Engineering Management, Walden Univ
Six Sigma Black Belt and Master Black Belt education and certification by Motorola (193-2003)

Tell us about your professional background.
Served 4 years as a Finance Automation Officer in the U.S. Army, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, KS
Served for 14 years as a Manager of Software Quality Engineering, Texas Instrument Defense Systems & Electronics Group
Served for 7 years as a Director of Quality for Motorola 3G Cell Phones
Currently in my 11th year as a Principal Researcher within the Software Engineering Institute, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center, managed by Carnegie Mellon University
My professional background includes software quality engineering, software test, software reliability, Six Sigma for Business Improvement (DMAIC) and Design for Six Sigma for Product Development, applied statistical, probabilistic and simulation techniques, computer machine learning, traditional and probabilistic Structural Equation Modeling, and most recently, Causal Learning using Statistical Causal algorithms and Causal Estimation techniques based on Directed Acyclic Graphs, Instrumental Variables and Propensity Scoring

How have you given back to the reliability profession?
As a 2016 Recognized ASQ Fellow, I have performed in various Software and Reliability Division and Section leadership roles since 1989.  I initiated the ASQ CSQE exam and continued to promote cross-fertilization between the Software and Reliability divisions.  I have a long standing contribution to the CRE exam workshop series and have authored papers and a chapter for an ASQ/IEEE Design for Reliability book.  Throughout my training and mentoring of approximately 35 Software Engineering Six Sigma Black Belts, I have consistently highlighted and promoted reliability modeling and statistical techniques.  I most recently have employed and promoted Bayesian approaches to reliability analysis and modeling.

What do you enjoy most about reliability?
I most enjoy teaching, mentoring and implementing Design for Reliability practices, especially within software engineering, with the express desire to improve reliability and design it in rather than test and measure reliability after the fact.  For that reason, I seek to employ modern statistical causal learning algorithms and models to go beyond traditional statistical correlation and regression to conclude factors actually causing software reliability.

What do you do for fun and relaxation?
I enjoy long distance bicycling, kayaking, chess and studying history.  I also am an avid reader of technical books on the latest in statistical and probabilistic advancements, techniques and tools.

What is reliability in your own words?
Confidence that a product or service performs under stated conditions for specified time, to include both stated and unstated needs.

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Profiles in Reliability – Riyadh Alharbi

Riyadh Alharbi

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Riyadh Alharbi https://www.linkedin.com/in/riyadhalharbi/

Where do you live?
I live in Saudi Arabia

Tell us about your education background.
I hold holds Bachelor degree in mechanical engineering from King Fahad University of Petroleum & Minerals. Also, I hold Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University in Fullerton.

Tell us about your professional background.
Maintenance & Reliability Engineer since July 2006 to present. I hold several international certifications in Maintenance & Reliability fields such as Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional (CMRP), Certified Reliability Leader (CRL), Certified Six Sigma Green Belt, Vibration Analyst CAT III, Machinery Lubricant Analyst (MLA) and last but least certificate in Assets Management from the Institute of Assets Management. I have presented and contributed to serval relevant regional technical gatherings and conferences such as Middle East Maintenance Conference (Maintcon 2010, 2012 & 2016) in Bahrain either as a speaker or as member of the event technical committee.  I have participated in conducting several reliability studies throughout my career such as FMEA and criticality assessments as well as many other reliability improvement assessments.

How have you given back to the reliability profession?
I’m voluntarily serving as ASQRD Regional Councilor for my region. Also, I had contributed with arranging reliability technical gatherings. I’m member as well for reviewing CRL body of Knowledge.

What do you enjoy most about reliability?
Keeping the uptime, saving dollars, and run the facility with no unexpected stressful failures

What do you do for fun and relaxation?
Running, kayaking when available & watching TV

What is reliability in your own words?
Reliability in my view is accurately analyzing the right data at the right time in order to preserve the quality & uptime and to minimize unneeded losses.

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Profiles in Reliability – Frank Sun

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Frank (Fengbin) Sun

Where do you live?
San Jose, California

Tell us about your education background.
I have a Ph.D. in Reliability Engineering from the University of Arizona. I am a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
Tell us about your professional background.
I have 30 years of working experience in both academia and industry, and all on reliability. This includes 10 years at university as an Assistant Professor and guest lecturer, 18 years in hard disk drive industries progressing from Senior Engineer to Senior Technologist and 2 years in Electrical Vehicle industries as a Senior Staff and Technical Leader of manufacturing reliability.

How have you given back to the reliability profession?
I served in the editing board as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Reliability from 1999 to 2003, and from 2016 till now. I am the secretary and acting president for Society of Reliability Engineers (SRE) Silicon Valley Chapter, the program chairman of ISSAT International Conference on Reliability and Quality in Design, Associate Editor of Advance in Reliability Journal (AiR, an open access journal) since 2014, and a committee member and session moderator of numerous international conferences on reliability including RAMS, ISSAT, Asian IIE, ICQR2MSE, etc. I am a peer reviewer for numerous journals including IEEE Transactions on Devices and Materials Reliability, Journal of Mechanical Engineering, etc. I am also the program manager and host for ASQ Reliability Webinar Mandarin Series since 2010.

What do you enjoy most about reliability?
I enjoy solving problems, conducting in-depth analytical analysis and modeling, and providing lectures to students and peers for the best practice of reliability engineering. I am the recipient of the 2013 A.O. Plait Best Tutorial Award from RAMS.

What do you do for fun and relaxation?
During my spare time, I enjoy hiking and meditation with friends and family.

What is reliability in your own words?
Reliability is quality living over time. Reliability manifests itself during the whole product life cycle from birth to death. The quality of life of modern civilization demands reliability in all aspects. Reliability should be understood, designed, managed, and maintained holistically.

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Profiles in Reliability – Ramesh Gulati

Ramesh Gulati

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Ramesh Gulati

Where do you live?
Murfreesboro, TN

Tell us about your education background.
BSME, MSIE, EMBA
Professional certification: PE, CMRP, CMRT, CRE, CRL, CAMA.

Tell us about your professional background.
Over fifty years of diversified experience in people and process improvements in consumer products, process – service and heavy metal industry. Broad background in operations analysis, performance measurement – metrics, plant reliability & maintenance process improvement tools/techniques – CBM/PdM, TPM, RCM etc., and implementation of asset management systems (ISO Certified).
Have been involved in establishing plant equipment reliability program from scratch. Known as “Reliability Sherpa”.

How have you given back to the reliability profession?
Have presented over 100 papers at many conferences such as ASQ, IIE, SMRP, PEMAC, IMC, etc.. Supported development of ISO 55000 standard as a US team member. Supported development of CMRP/CMRT/CRL certification. Heavily involved with societies ASQ, IIE, SMRP etc.. at grass root level.
Teach Maintenance Reliability Best Practices seminars-short courses at the University of Tennessee, University of Wisconsin, Mississippi State etc.
Author of 5 Maintenance, Reliability & Asset Management related books.

What do you enjoy most about reliability?
Writing and teaching Reliability-Asset Management.

What do you do for fun and relaxation?
Read, write about maintenance reliability and watch movies

What is reliability in your own words?
Delivers “Peace of Mind” .  Minimum failures and lower total cost of ownership.

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Profiles in Reliability – Hari Cheedella

Hari Cheedella

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Hari Cheedella

Where do you live?
Hartford, CT

Tell us about your education background.
Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering
Masters in Reliability Engineering

Tell us about your professional background.
15 years of experience in Reliability Engineering area. Worked for Automotive, Aerospace companies.

How have you given back to the reliability profession?
Everyday work life

What do you enjoy most about reliability?
Writing and teaching Reliability-Asset Management.

What do you do for fun and relaxation?
Travel
Learning new things
Learning culture
Meditation

What is reliability in your own words?
Consistency and durable.

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Profiles in Reliability – Norma Antunano

Norma Antunano

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Norma Antunano

Where do you live?
Austin Texas

Tell us about your education background.
I am undergraduate engineer from Technological Institute of Monterrey, Mexico, hold a Master in Sciences from Arizona State University,  MBA and PhD in Engineering Philosophy

Tell us about your professional background.
Have worked in variety of engineering and Quality leadership roles including Reliability and Product Assurance Manager for Honeywell; Materials Engineering and Global Product Quality Assurance for Honeywell, Medtronic, Broadcom, 3Com, HP and Baker Hughes. In addition, facilitation of graduate and undergraduate education complements my journey in the 10 years.

How have you given back to the reliability profession?
Providing overview on reliability to K-12  students, helping other professionals understand and appreciate the various fields and possible applications of Reliability; tailoring reliability educational content.

What do you enjoy most about reliability?
The opportunity to apply engineering and variety of analytical tools to help address real world situations; the proven potential of building more robust products, services and/or solutions.  The fact that reliability information enables decision making across functions including finance.

What do you do for fun and relaxation?
I like to spend time with friends and family, read, study, cook, travel and bike

What is reliability in your own words?
Is achievement of a purpose with satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment

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Profiles in Reliability – James McLinn

Jim McLinn

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James McLinn

Where do you live?
Sun City West, Arizona

Tell us about your education background.
Bachelors in Physics, University of Michigan
Masters in Solid State Physics, University of Minnesota

Tell us about your professional background.
Worked as reliability engineer since 1974 in various industries including consumer, military and biomedical

How have you given back to the reliability profession?
Introduced people to reliability, helped guide careers and taught training classes. Worked on RAMS board 10 years and IEEE-RS board 6 years. Three years as ASQ RD chair. Headed the CRE committee of ASQ for 5 years.

What do you enjoy most about reliability?
Working with people to help solve their reliability problems

What do you do for fun and relaxation?
Retired now – play pickelball, golf and work at an old car club training people

What is reliability in your own words?
A non-statistical definition is meeting and exceeding customers’ needs for reliable products.

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Profiles in Reliability – Jim Breneman

Jim Breneman

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Jim Breneman

Where do you live?
Easley, SC

Tell us about your education background.
B.S. in Mathematics, UNC-Chapel
M.S. in Applied Mathematics & Statistics, NC State

Tell us about your professional background.
Almost 35 years at Pratt & Whitney, Division of United Technologies
Working in Statistics, Reliability & Risk Analysis

How have you given back to the reliability profession?
Teaching Statistics and Reliability at Tech Schools, Universities, as well as 1-4 day seminars for SAE, ASQ, and others.

What do you enjoy most about reliability?
Developing a new product and watching it perform reliably in the field.

What do you do for fun and relaxation?
Build computers, target shoot, collect stamps

What is reliability in your own words?
Quality over time.

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Profiles in Reliability – Hessam Khodabakhsh

Hessam Khodabakhsh

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Hessam Khodabakhsh

Where do you live?
Vancouver, Canada

Tell us about your education background.
I have a bachelor and masters in Mechanical engineering

Tell us about your professional background.
For the past several years I have worked in Middle East and North America as Reliability and Safety engineer in Oil, Gas and Energy industry.

How have you given back to the reliability profession?
Reliability helped me improve and apply several ideas in industry and I am planning to give back to reliability by being a regional counselor.

What do you enjoy most about reliability?
Because of reliability I got involved in variety of projects and industries. I had to be multi discipline with mechanical, electrical and control knowledge. Every project is a new challenge.

What do you do for fun and relaxation?
Outside of work, I like to spend time with family and friends, listen to music and collect vinyl records.

What is reliability in your own words?
Looking for efficient ways to design robust products to increase process reliability and reduce unscheduled downtimes

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