Prof. Michael Pecht

(301) 405-5323 |

Professor Michael Pecht is a world renowned expert in strategic planning, design, test, and risk assessment of electronics and information systems. Prof. Pecht has a BS in Physics, an MS in Electrical Engineering and an MS and PhD in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is a Professional Engineer, an IEEE Fellow, an ASME Fellow, an SAE Fellow and an IMAPS Fellow. He is the editor-in-chief of IEEE Access, and served as chief editor of the IEEE Transactions on Reliability for nine years, and chief editor for Microelectronics Reliability for sixteen years. He has also served on three U.S. National Academy of Science studies, two US Congressional investigations in automotive safety, and as an expert to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He is the founder and Director of 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.

Prof. Pecht's research focuses on prognostics and systems health management (PHM) using machine learning. PHM is an approach that is used to evaluate the reliability of a system in its actual life-cycle conditions, determine the initiation of failure, and mitigate system risks. Prognostics of a system can yield an advance warning of impending failure in a system and thereby help in maintenance and corrective actions.

Dr. Michael Osterman

301-405-8023 | 

Dr. Michael Osterman (Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1991) is a Senior Research Scientist and the director of the CALCE Electronic Products and System Consortium at the University of Maryland. He heads the development of simulation assisted reliability assessment software for CALCE and simulation approaches for estimating time to failure of electronic hardware under test and field conditions. Dr. Osterman served as a subject matter expert on phase I and II of the Lead-free Manhattan Project sponsored by Office of Naval Research in conjunction with the Joint Defense Manufacturing Technical Panel (JDMTP). He has consulted with automotive, medical, defense, and industrial electronic companies on the transition to lead-free materials. He organized and chaired the International Symposium on Tin Whiskers from 2007 to 2013. He has written eight book chapters and over 120 articles. He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of ASME, IMAPS and SMTA

Dr. Michael Azarian

301-405-7555 |

Dr. Michael H. Azarian is an assistant research scientist at CALCE. He holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, a Masters degree in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from Carnegie Mellon, and a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University.

His current research interests include failure mechanisms in electronic components and assemblies and effects of solder joint degradation on reliability of RF electronic products. Dr. Azarian has been leading CALCE's efforts in developing a methodology for reliability capability assessment of electronics manufacturers and suppliers. He has been an invited conference speaker on nano-tribology, and guest instructor and lecturer on reliability and tribology to both industry and academia. His technical publications include papers on electrochemical migration, capacitor reliability, advanced packaging, sensor technology, tribology, and colloid science. He also holds 5 U.S. patents for inventions in data storage and contamination control.

Prof. Avram Bar-Cohen

301-405-3173 |

Dr. Avram Bar-Cohen is an internationally recognized leader in thermal science and technology, Life Fellow of IEEE, and an honorary member of ASME, currently serving as a Principal Engineering Fellow at Raytheon Corporation – Space and Airborne Systems. His publications, lectures, short courses, and research, as well as his US government and professional service in IEEE and ASME, have helped to create the scientific foundation for the thermal management of electronic components and systems. His current efforts focus on embedded cooling, including on-chip thermoelectric and two-phase microchannel coolers for high heat flux electronic components, thermal control of directed energy systems, and studies of wireless power beaming.

Prof. David Bigio

301-405-5258 |

Prof. Bigio's research focuses on mixing phenomena in polymer processing, using mixing as a basis for developing new processes and material properties. The work covers the area of extrusion, injection molding. and electronic packaging.

He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Lean Six Sigma with over 8 years experience in leading Lean Six Sigma training programs, corporate projects and Kaizen events, with a specialty in Healthcare, IT, and Corporate Strategies.

Prof. Aris Christou

301-405-5208 |

Professor Aris Christou previously served as the Chair of the Department of Materials and Nuclear Engineering. He currently conducts research in compound semiconductor materials and process science, radiation effects in materials and devices, manufacturing science, and reliability. From 2000-2003, Dr. Christou was the Director of the NSF Center COEDIP, the Center of OptoElectronic Devices, Interconnects and Packaging. Prior to his appointments at the University of Maryland, he was a Professor of Electronic Materials at Rutgers University, and research scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory.

Dr. Diganta Das

301-405-7770 |

Dr. Diganta Das (Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, B.Tech, Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology) is a member of the research staff at the Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering. His expertise is in reliability, environmental and operational ratings of electronic parts, uprating, electronic part reprocessing, counterfeit electronics, technology trends in the electronic parts and parts selection and management methodologies. He performs benchmarking processes and organizations of electronics companies for parts selection and management and reliability practices.

His current research interests include electronic parts supply chain, counterfeit electronics avoidance and detection, light emitting diode failure mechanisms, cooling systems in telecommunications infrastructure and their impact on reliability, and power electronics reliability. In addition, Dr. Das is involved in prognostics based risk mitigation of electronics.

Prof. Siddhartha Das

301-405-6633 |

Prof. Siddhartha Das joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park in March, 2014 as an assistant professor. He received his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in 2010 in the area of theoretical microfluidics. Following his Ph.D., Prof. Das joined the Physics of Fluids Group in University of Twente, the Netherlands as a Postdoc and worked on surface nanobubbles, capillarity and soft wetting. After his stint in the Netherlands, Prof. Das went for his second Postdoc in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada. In Alberta, Prof. Das was honored with the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship, the most prestigious postdoctoral fellowship of Canada. His research interests span different areas of micro-nanoscale fluid mechanics and interactions of soft matter and complex interfaces with fluid mechanics.

Prof. Abhijit Dasgupta

301-405-5251 |

Abhijit Dasgupta conducts his research on the mechanics of engineered, heterogeneous, active materials, with special emphasis on the micromechanics of constitutive and damage behavior.  He applies his expertise to several multifunctional material systems. His research contributions include solution techniques for coupled boundary value problems in multifunctional particulate and laminated composites, micromechanics approaches for constitutive properties of advanced 3-D composites, dynamic behavior and failure of thick composites, micromechanics of fatigue damage in viscoplastic eutectic-alloy composites and in short-fiber polymeric composites, and self-health monitoring in “smart” systems.  He applies these principles for developing effective virtual qualification tools, for optimizing manufacturing process windows, for real-time health monitoring and for devising quantitative accelerated testing strategies used in qualification and quality assurance of complex electronic, electromechanical and structural systems.

Prof. Bongtae Han

301-405-5255 |
Dr. Bongtae Han received his BS and MS degrees from Seoul National University in 1981 and 1983, respectively, and his Ph.D. degree in Engineering Mechanics from Virginia Tech in 1991. He is currently Keystone Professor and APT Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Maryland; and is directing the LOMSS (Laboratory for Optomechanics and Micro/nano Semiconductor/Photonics Systems) of CALCE.
Dr. Han’s research interests include: Characterization of advanced polymers; Mechanical design of photonics and microelectronics devices; Prognostics and reliability assessment of automotive electronics; Performance enhancement an reliability assessment of high power laser diode arrays, Moisture and gas diffusion in microelectronics components and systems; Experimental micro and nanomechanics (optical methods and methodologies).

Dr. Myeongsu Kang

301-405-5331 |

Dr. Myeongsu Kang (Ph.d. University of Ulsan, 2015) is a Research Associate of the CALCE Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) Consortium at the University of Maryland. His research interests include the development of signal processing, data mining, and machine learning-based PHM technologies. In addition, Dr. Myeongsu Kang is highly interested in realizing Cyber-Physical Systems, which are likely to have great impacts on maintenance. He has written over 50 articles in the field of PHM and high-performance computing.

Prof. Patrick McCluskey

301-405-0279 |

Prof. Patrick McCluskey is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland. He is the principal investigator for topics related to computer aided risk assessment of microelectronics, electronic packaging design for high temperature and high power applications, and the insertion of commercial components into high reliability applications. He is the author or co-author of numerous papers and presentations on his research, and is the co-editor of the book High Temperature Electronics.  He has taught graduate level and executive short courses covering all levels of electronics packaging and assembly.  Dr. McCluskey received his Ph.D. from Lehigh University in 1991. He is a member of IEEE, ASM, ECS, MRS, and serves on the IPC and JEDEC Moisture Sensitivity task forces.

Prof. Michael Ohadi

301-405-5263 |

Dr. Michael Ohadi currently serves as a Program Director at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). His focus includes heat/mass transfer enhancement and process intensification utilizing innovative designs, materials, and manufacturing techniques. 
He is the co-founder of the Center for Environmental Energy Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). He served in various positions at the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi, including the founding Chairman of the Mechanical Engineering Department, Provost, and Provost and Acting President. Ohadi’s research involves active and passive process intensification of single phase and multi-phase fluid/thermal systems utilizing innovative designs, materials, and manufacturing (IDMM) techniques. His research has been sponsored by both government and industry. For the past 20+ years he has led an industrial consortium in Advanced Heat/Mass Exchangers and Process Intensification techniques, with member companies from the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

Prof. Peter Sandborn

301-405-3167 |

Peter Sandborn is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Director of the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) at the University of Maryland. His research interests include electronic part obsolescence management (including forecasting, mitigation and refresh planning), prognostics and health management for electronic systems (including optimal application of PHM to systems, and design for availability), technology tradeoff analysis for electronic packaging, parts selection and management for electronic systems, and system life-cycle and risk economics. He has also done work on return on investment, design for availability, and maintenance optimization for wind turbines and wind farms.

Dr. Robert Utter

301-405-3884 |

Dr. Robert Utter is a member of CALCE technical staff. Dr. Utter brings a wealth of experience in electronic product development ranging from material analysis to software development. Dr. Utter is a chemist with a doctorate from the University of Texas. He has held positions in contract manufacturing at Kimball International and material analysis at Alliant Techsystems Operations. His expertise includes in-depth knowledge of spectroscopy and microscopy essential for understanding electronic product reliability. Dr. Utter supports the CALCE laboratory service projects and will develop other areas of research and expertise with a material science focus.

Dr. Yinjia (Laura) Xing

301-405-5316 |

Dr. Yinjiao (Laura) Xing is a Research Staff at CALCE. She received a Ph.D in Systems Engineering and Engineering Management (2014) at City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, a M.S. in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (2010) and also a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering (2007) at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China. Her research focuses on battery system monitoring, modelling and failure analysis for the purpose of improvement of battery system reliability and operational performance. In addition, she is also interested in prognostic methods on degradation-related products or systems. During her Ph.D period, Dr. Xing has published 10 articles on the above mentioned areas, and presented her research at international conferences and workshops.

Research Students


Bakhshi, Roozbeh Operation and Maintenance Cost Analysis and Return on Investment for Offshore Wind Turbines
Changsu, Kim  Testing and Reliability
Diao, Weiping Battery Reliability
Elburn, Edmond Electronic Components Reliability
Gutierrez, Erick Transient Liquid Phase Sintering
He, Wei Prognostics and Health Management for Batteries
Hendricks, Christopher Lithium-ion Batteries
Herzberger, Jaemi MLCC Electromigration
Huang, Hao Adhesive Joint Reliability
Hyun-Seop Lee Electronics Reliability
Jameson, Noel Jordan Prognostics and Health Management
Khemani, Varun Prignostics and Health Management of Electronics
Kohani, Mehdi Medical Device Reliability
Kordell, Jonathan Fiber Optics
Leslie, David Physics of Failure of Complex Outdoor Lighting Systems
Lin, Elaine Combined Temperature and Vibration Durability
Lingxi, Kong Lithium-ion Batteries
Lovlesh, Kaushik Contact Resistance Testing
Lu, Yizhou Reliability of Power Electronic Modules for Off Shore Wind Turbines
Nga Man Jennifa Li Ceramic Capacitor Storage
Patel, Nripendra Solid Oxide Fuel Cell
Peter, Anto Physics-of-failure and reliability testing of capacitor technologies
Romero, Jose Perdomo Capacitor Reliability
Saxena, Saurabh Battery Prognostics
Shah, Rushit Prognostics and Health Management
Tian, Jing Prognostics and Health Management of Rolling Element Bearing
Wei, Hsiu-Ping Statistical Approach of Electronic Packaging Reliability
Yang, Jack Testing and Reliability
Zogbi, Lydia Component Failures


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