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Profiles in Reliability – Deven Subramoney

Deven Subramoney

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Deven Subramoney

Where do you live?
Auckland, New Zealand

Tell us about your education background.
After obtaining a diploma in electronics engineering I have chosen a vocational path in my professional development, which evolved in the field of Reliability. In its core was practical work on increasingly complex projects, supported by numerous professional courses in Reliability. By exchanging knowledge and experience with other reliability professionals and having a genuine passion and determination to understand and apply reliability principles effectively. Fortunately over the years I could benchmark my knowledge level against other experts. As a logical part of my professional progression I am more active in the field of training other engineers and introducing/setting up reliability systems in various companies.

Tell us about your professional background.
My reliability experience was acquired whilst working across a broad range of industries that included defense, multimedia, animal and security management, refrigeration, vehicle telematics, and medical manufacturers. My reliability career started in 1988 working as a test technician for a defense company in South Africa spanning over a few years and later joining a large electronics group in South Africa.  Over the years I progressed to a Reliability Engineer role where I was given the responsibility of developing the reliability process.  In 2005, I was offered a reliability role within a NZ company and immigrated. Whilst in NZ, I have played a key role in facilitating reliability in several large companies by introducing and developing the reliability process, engineers and culture. As a result of this influence, some of New Zealand’s largest manufacturers have state of the art reliability test facilities on-site.

How have you given back to the reliability profession?
I have made my knowledge transferrable through consulting, networking and training. My aim is to help companies with the setup and growth of reliability functions focusing on the development of the reliability process, reliability engineering labs, engineers and integration into the business.

What do you enjoy most about reliability?
Providing solutions for complex reliability related issues can be very satisfying personally and an inspiration to others especially if you have years of life experience behind you. My greatest pleasure comes from being able to “bridge the gap” between an in house reliability program and product field behaviour. This illustrates good visibility into pin pointing areas of improvement and calibration of predictive reliability processes. I cherish the task of developing validated reliability protocols (Internal Standards) for product families and sharing this knowledge and life experiences with others.

What do you do for fun and relaxation?
I spend lots of my sparse free time pursuing outdoor with family and friends as well as some sports which helps me maintain a healthy  balance

What is reliability in your own words?
Reliability is about taking pride in what you do and ensuring that whatever you do is favored by most and doing this consistently over time. In simple terms, reliability is a quality characteristic that builds trust!

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Profiles in Reliability – Rong Pan

Rong Pan

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Rong Pan

Where do you live?
I currently live in Phoenix, Arizona.

Tell us about your education background.
I have a Bachelor degree in Materials Science and Engineering, a Master degree in Industrial Engineering, and a PhD degree in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University.

Tell us about your professional background.
I have spent my career in teaching and research of various topics in quality and reliability engineering. I taught at the University of Texas at El Paso from 2002 to 2006, and have been teaching at Arizona State University since 2006. I am an associate professor of Industrial Engineering with tenure at ASU and I am also the program chair of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management at ASU.

How have you given back to the reliability profession?
I am helping ASQ Reliability Division on organizing conference, reviewing reliability papers, and selecting best paper. I am serving on the editorial boards of two ASQ publications, Journal of Quality Technology and Quality Engineering. I am the guest editor of the 2017 reliability engineering special issue of Quality Engineering. I am also a member of IEEE and Society of Reliability Engineers. I am a founding member of the IEEE Reliability Society Arizona Chapter. In addition, I have published many papers on reliability and presented and provided training at local and national reliability and quality events.

What do you enjoy most about reliability?
I enjoy teaching my students the concepts and techniques of reliability engineering, helping them to pass the CRE exam. I have provided consulting services to several organizations on reliability testing and system reliability analysis.

What do you do for fun and relaxation?
I love reading and traveling, and spending time and having funs with my kids.

What is reliability in your own words?
Reliability reduces performance uncertainty along time.  I take the same principle to my personal activities. Being a reliable person helps me make friends, gain trusts from others, and manage my classes, students, and the department more effectively.

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Profiles in Reliability – Dan Burrows

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Dan Burrows

Where do you live?
I currently live in Tinley Park, IL but grew up outside of Dallas, TX.

Tell us about your education background.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a MBA.  I am also an ASQ Certified Reliability Engineer, Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, and Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence.

Tell us about your professional background.
I have spent my entire career in reliability, starting in aerospace and also working in electronics, automation equipment, heavy equipment, network communication equipment, and medical devices, progressing from engineer to director to senior staff positions.

How have you given back to the reliability profession?
I am currently serving as the Chair-Elect of the ASQ Reliability Division and am also the Regional Councilor Coordinator.  I am the Chapter Coordinator for the Society of Reliability Engineers.  I serve on the Reliability & Maintainability Symposium’s Management Committee.  I am also a peer reviewer for the International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management.  In addition, I have written a few papers on reliability and presented and provided training at local and national reliability and quality events.

What do you enjoy most about reliability?
I enjoy rolling up my sleeves and doing reliability analysis and tasks myself and also coaching and teaching others how reliability helps them and their organizations succeed.

What do you do for fun and relaxation?
My wife and I enjoy hiking, biking, music, art, and travelling.

What is reliability in your own words?
Reliability ensures the quality that the customer bought lasts over the usage life they expect.  This earns customer loyalty and is friendly to the environment since more things work and less things get thrown away.

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Profiles in Reliability – Mingxiao Jiang

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Mingxiao Jiang

Where do you live?
Minneapolis, MN

Tell us about your education background.
BS in Engineering Mechanics from Zhejiang University, MS in Reliability Engineering from University of Arizona and PhD from George Institute of Technology.
An ASQ Certified Reliability Engineer.

Tell us about your professional background.
Entire career in reliability engineering, with practice in different business sectors, including automotive, energy, data storage and medical devices.
Right now a Technical Fellow at Medtronic.

How have you given back to the reliability profession?
Editorial Review Board for journals: Reliability Review (2009, 2010); Quality Engineering (2011 – present); 
President of SRE (Society of Reliability Engineers) MN Chapter (2013 – present);
Vice Chair (in management committee) of RAMS (www.rams.org) (2009 – 2013);
ISSAT Program Committee member (http://issatconferences.org/, 2013 – present )
40 peer reviewed papers, 25 of which are of reliability analysis and risk management.

What do you enjoy most about reliability?
Always seeking a more efficient way to develop product and process.
Ensure reliability work is relevant and practical.

What do you do for fun and relaxation?
Soccer and reading

What is reliability in your own words?
It is a measurement of product and process performance throughout the lifecycle.
Assurance of it needs multiple discipline knowledge and systematic approaches.

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