Michael Pechtpecht@calce.umd.edu

(301) 405-5323

Prof. Michael Pecht (30,639+ citations, 81+ H-Index) 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 ASM Fellow, an SAE Fellow and an IMAPS Fellow. He is the editor-in-chief of Circuit World, and served as editor-in-chief of IEEE Access for 6 years, IEEE Transactions on Reliability for 9 years, and Microelectronics Reliability for 16 years. He has also served on three U.S. National Academy of Science studies, two U.S. Congressional investigations in automotive safety, and as an expert to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

He is the founder 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. CALCE received the NSF Innovation Award in 2009 and the National Defense Industries Association Award. Prof. Pecht is currently a Chair Professor in Mechanical Engineering and a Professor in Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Scientific Computation at the University of Maryland. He has written more than 30 books on product reliability, development, use and supply chain management. He has also written a series of books on the electronics industry in China, Korea, Japan, and India. He has written over 900 technical articles and has 10 patents.

In 2019, he was awarded the PHM Lifetime Achievement Award by the PHM Society. In 2016, he was awarded the IEEE Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Award for visionary leadership in the development of physics-of-failure-based and prognostics-based approaches to electronic packaging reliability. He was also awarded the Chinese Academy of Sciences President’s International Fellowship in 2016. In 2014, he was named Corporate Connector of the Year by the University of Maryland, College Park. In 2013, he was awarded the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Engineering Distinguished Achievement Award. In 2011, he received the University of Maryland’s Innovation Award for his new concepts in risk management. In 2010, he received the IEEE Exceptional Technical Achievement Award for his innovations in the area of prognostics and systems health management. In 2008, he was awarded the highest reliability honor, the IEEE Reliability Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He has previously received the European Micro and Nano-Reliability Award for outstanding contributions to reliability research, 3M Research Award for electronics reliability analysis, and the IMAPS William D. Ashman Memorial Achievement Award for his contributions in reliability assessment methods for electronics products and systems.

Prof. Pecht’s current research focuses on the design, manufacture, supply chain management, test, reliability and safety of electronics components, products and systems. One newer area of focus includes 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. The outputs of a prognostic assessment of a product are the failure risk, time to failure, remaining useful life, and a prognostic distance within which time-specific maintenance and repair actions can be taken to extend the life of the product. NASA uses the Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) program for its fleet. Consumer electronics companies, including computer companies such as Dell, are investing a lot of money in prognostics research so that they can harness the benefits of PHM for reducing warranty costs and cutting product qualification time. The data-driven and fusion approaches stand among the three main approaches to implementing prognostics for a system (along with model-based). The data-driven prognostics methods use current and historical data to statistically and probabilistically derive decisions, estimates, and predictions about the health and reliability of products. Data-driven approaches are useful to monitor the health of large multivariate systems and are capable of intelligently detecting and assessing correlated trends in system dynamics to estimate the current and future health of the system. Areas of interest for data-driven approaches include anomaly detection, fault identification, fault isolation, and prediction of remaining useful life (prognostics). Machine learning is highly used in the data-driven approach since it incorporates statistical and probability theory in addition to data preprocessing, dimensionality reduction by compression and transformations, feature extraction, and cleaning (de-noising) of data. Fusion methods which incorporate physics of failure for prognostics offer additional benefits when combined with data-driven methods.


Current Students
Name Research Area
Ryan Aalund  System Reliability and Accelerated Life Testing
Deepak Bondre  Fretting in Connectors
Rishabh Chaudhary  Electrical Contacts
Weiping Diao  Battery Reliability
Aishwarya Gaonkar  Evaluation of FIDES Reliability Methodology
Mauricio Gutierrez  Prognostics and Lithium-ion Batteries
Hamidreza Habibollahi Najaf Abadi  Artificial Intelligence and Prognostics of Electronics
Chien-Ming Huang  Corrosive Effects of Gas Emissions from Lithium-ion Batteries
Varun Khemani  Prognostics and Health Management of Electronics
Kong Lingxi  Lithium-ion Batteries
Namkyoung Lee  Prognostics and Health Management
Anto Peter  Physics-of-failure and Reliability Testing of Capacitor Technologies
Suraj Ravimanalan  Storage Reliability for Electronic Components
Devon Richman  Identifying Counterfeit or Clone Electronic Component
Saurabh Saxena  Battery Prognostics
Ravin Singh  Waterproofing of Smartphones
Neda Shafei  Prognostics of Batteries and Hard Disk Drive Failures
Zhou He  AI Funding & Waterproofing of Smartphones


Recent Graduates
Name Year and Placement
Christopher Hendricks, Ph.D. 2019, Naval Surface Warfare Center
Noel Jordan Jameson, Ph.D. 2019, John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
Lovlesh Kaushik, M.S. 2019, Juniper Networks
Jose Romero, M.S. 2019, Apple
Bhanu Sood, Ph.D. 2019, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Edmond Elburn, M.S. 2018, Stanley Black and Decker
Nriprendra Patel, M.S. 2018, ASML
Mehdi Kohani, Ph.D. 2018, Apple
Rushit Shah, M.S. 2018, Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Jing Tian, Ph.D. 2018, The DEI Group
Wei He, Ph.D. 2018, Apple

Recent Publications

Simulation and Experimental Verification of Edge Blurring Phenomenon in Microdefect Inspection Based on High-frequency Ultrasound, Lei Su, Xiaonan Yu, Ke Li, Xingyan Yao, and Michael Pecht, IEEE Access, Preprint, 2019, DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2019.2892231.

Accelerated Degradation Model for C-rate Loading of Lithium-ion Batteries, Saurabh Saxena, Yinjiao Xing, Daeil Kwon, and Michael Pecht, International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems, Vol. 107, pp. 438-445, May 2019, DOI:10.1016/J.IJEPES.2018.12.016.

Evaluating Characteristics of Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Events in Wearable Medical Devices: Comparison With the IEC 61000-4-2 Standard, Aniket Bhandare, Li Guan, David Pommerenke, Mehdi Kohani, and Michael G. Pecht, IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility, Vol. 60, No. 5, pp. 1304 - 1312, 2018, DOI: 10.1109/TEMC.2017.2773271.

Derating Guidelines for Lithium-Ion Batteries, Yongquan Sun, Saurabh Saxena, and Michael Pecht, Electronics, Vol. 11, No. 12, 3295, November 2018, DOI: 10.3390/en11123295.

Analysis and Experiments on Transmission Characteristics of LCCL Mobile Wireless Power Transfer System, Jingying Zhao, Zhengliang Sun, Sinuo Zhou, and Michael Pecht, Electronics, Vol. PP., Issue PP., PP. 1-12, DOI: 10.1587/elex.15.20180964.

Failure Modes, Mechanisms, Effects, and Criticality Analysis of Ceramic Anodes of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, Nripendra K. Patel, Robert G. Utter, Diganta Das, Michael Pecht, and Sean R. Bishop, Electronics, Vol. 7, Issue 11, PP. 1-16, DOI: 10.3390/electronics7110323.

A Unique Failure Mechanism in the Nexus 6P Lithium-Ion Battery, Saurabh Saxena, Yinjiao Xing, and Michael Pecht, Energies, Vol. 11, PP. 1-13, 841, DOI: 10.3390/en11040841.

Creating Self-aware Low-Voltage Electromagnetic Coils for Incipient Insulation Degradation Monitoring for Smart Manufacturing, Kai Wang, Haifeng Guo, Aidong Xu, Bingjun Yan, N. Jordan Jameson, and Michael G. Pecht, IEEE Access, Vol. 6, 69860-69868, DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2018.2880266.

Reliability Analysis of Repairable Systems Based on a Two-Segment Bathtub-Shaped Failure Intensity Function , Xuejiao Du, Zhaojun Yang, Chuanhai Chen, Xiaoxu Li, and Michael G. Pecht, IEEE Access, Vol. 6, PP. 52374 - 52384, 2018, DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2018.2869704.

The Effect of Epoxy/Glass Interfaces on CAF Failures in Printed Circuit Boards , Bhanu Sood and Michael Pecht, Microelectronics Reliability, Vol. 82, PP. 235-243, March 2018, DOI: 10.1016/j.microrel.2017.10.027.

Upcoming Travel: Conferences, Events, and Guest Lectures
Event and Location Date
International Conference on System Reliability and Safety, Rome, Italy November 20 - 22, 2019