Michael Pecht, Ph.D.

Founder and Director of CALCE (Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering)

University of Maryland

Dr. Michael Pecht is a world renowned reliability engineer and educator. In 2008, he was awarded the highest reliability honor, the IEEE Reliability Society's Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2010, he received the IEEE Exceptional Technical Achievement Award for his reliability contributions in the area of prognostics and systems health management.

Dr. Pecht has 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 has previously received the European Micro and Nano-Reliability Award for outstanding contributions to reliability research, 3M Research Award for electronics packaging, and the IMAPS William D. Ashman Memorial Achievement Award for his contributions in electronics reliability analysis.

He served as chief editor of the IEEE Transactions on Reliability for eight years and on the advisory board of IEEE Spectrum. He is chief editor for Microelectronics Reliability and an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Components and Packaging Technology. 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. The CALCE Center received the NSF Innovation Award in 2009.

He is also a chair professor in mechanical engineering and a professor in applied mathematics at the University of Maryland. He has written more than twenty books on product reliability, development, use and supply chain management and over 400 technical articles. He consults for 22 major international electronics companies, providing expertise in strategic planning, design, test, prognostics, IP and risk assessment of products and systems.