CALCE Students Recognized at the 2013 Annual Conference of the Prognostics and Health Management Society

At the Doctoral Consortium meeting at the 2013 Annual Conference of the Prognostics and Health Management Society, Nick Williard recieved the "Best Presentation Award" and Christopher Hendricks recieved the "Best Poster Award".

University of Wisconsin to Give Prof. Pecht its Distinguished Achievement Award

Michael Pecht, Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE), has been recognized with a Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Engineering.

The award recognizes outstanding accomplishments by UW-Madison College of Engineering alumni. Pecht, who received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from UW-Madison, has been recognized during the Engineer’s Day banquet on Friday, October 13, 2013, in Madison, Wisconsin.

CALCE Students Win IEEE Prognostics Challenge

A team of eight CALCE students won first place in the Academic Category of the IEEE PHM 2012 Prognostics Challenge. The competition was open to teams from the top universities in the field of prognostics and was organized by the IEEE Reliability Society and the FEMTO-ST Institute.

Each team was tasked with estimating the remaining useful life of bearings in rotating machines. The prediction of remaining useful life enables forecasted maintenance of systems, increases availability, and reduces the risk of unexpected failures, thus increasing safety. Participating teams were provided with datasets from an experiment that monitored the degradation of bearings under various operating conditions. The CALCE team successfully extracted degradation features from the bearing vibration data and developed fault propagation models using three different methodologies (Method 1: Moving Average Spectral Kurtosis and Bayesian Monte Carlo; Method 2: Soft Computing Model with Support Vector Regressor; Method 3: Vibration Frequency Signature Anomaly Detection and Survival Time Ratio) to predict the remaining useful life of the bearings.

Professor Pecht Inducted into the A. James Clark School Innovation Hall of Fame

Professor Michael Pecht, Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Center for Advance Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE) at the University of Maryland, was inducted into the A. James Clark School of Engineering Innovation Hall of Fame (IHOF) on November 3, 2011. Dr. Pecht received this prestigious honor in recognition of his pioneering work in the physics-of-failure approach to electronics reliability and in prognostics and health management of electronic systems. As an IHOF inductee, Dr. Pecht joins influential innovators such as Glenn L. Martin (aviation), Harry Smith (pulse Doppler radar), Robert Fischell (biomedical devices), George Laurer (the universal product code), and Alexander Severinsky (hybrid vehicle engines).

Professor Pecht Receives 2011 Maurice Simpson Best Paper of the Year Award

Professor Michael Pecht and Dr. Jie Gu (a researcher for Apple) received the 2011 IEST Maurice Simpson Technical Editors Award for Best Paper of the Year for their paper "Prognostics and Health Assessment Implementation for Electronic Products", published in the April 2010 edition of the Journal of the IEST. The award-winning paper presents a prognostics and health management (PHM) approach that considers actual operational and environmental loading conditions for individual products and is more suitable for reliability (remaining life) assessment for electronic products than traditional handbook-based reliability prediction methods.

CALCE Receives NDIA 2009 Lt. Gen. Thomas R. Ferguson, Jr. Systems Engineering Excellence Award

On October 28, CALCE received the 2009 Systems Engineering Excellence Award from the National Defense Industrial Association. The award was presented at the 12th Annual Systems Engineering Conference in San Diego, California. The award was established in 2003 to honor Lt. Gen. Thomas R. Ferguson, Jr., USAF, whose leadership embodied the highest ideals in Defense Systems development and deployment. The award was given to CALCE for demonstrating outstanding achievement in the practical application of Systems Engineering principles, promotion of robust systems engineering principles throughout the organization, and effective systems engineering process development during the previous year. CALCE systems engineering contributions have helped achieve significant cost savings through new and enhanced processes, procedures and/or concepts, increased mission capabilities, and substantially increased performance.

Professor Pecht Receives Prestigious Research Award from Clark School of Engineering

Professor Michael G. Pecht is the 2009 recipient of the Faculty Outstanding Research Award given annually by the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland. The Faculty Outstanding Research Award was instituted by the Clark School to recognize exceptionally influential research accomplishments by its faculty. Professor Pecht received this prestigious award in recognition of his groundbreaking work in the field of prognostics and health management of electronics. Professor Pecht’s tireless efforts as an expert consultant and lecturer have helped to raise awareness of prognostics and health management worldwide, and his research efforts at CALCE have pioneered many of the techniques and methodologies now considered standard in the field.

CALCE Awarded NSF Alexander Schwarzkopf Prize for Technological Innovation

On December 21, 2008, the Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE) at the University of Maryland, College Park was awarded the Alexander Schwarzkopf Prize for Technological Innovation. The Schwarzkopf Prize is awarded to former and current National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers that have had a significant impact on the world. CALCE won the award for its research on physics-of-failure reliability analysis methods and advanced supply chain management concepts for electronic products and systems.

CALCE started as a National Science Foundation Center in 1985 and has evolved into a center that is funded by over 150 of the leading international electronics companies and organizations that provide over $6M per year for research. The reliance of modern technologies on complex electronics poses significant and growing challenges to managing life cycle risks. “From the annoyed customer at the ATM or the business traveler on a delayed flight, to dangerous malfunction of automobiles or the loss of $100 million satellites and aircraft, failure to adequately manage the life cycle of electronic systems touches everyone,” says George Dieter Chair Professor Michael Pecht, founder and director of CALCE, an IEEE Fellow, an ASME Fellow and an IMAPS Fellow, and recently given the highest reliability honor, the IEEE Reliability Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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