IEEE Reliability Society Newsletter Vol. 57, No. 1. February 2011

Table of Content

Front page:
President's Message

From the Editor

Messages from VPs:

VP Publications Report from Dr. Robert Loomis

Society News:

2011 EXCOM and ADCOM Members

Prestigious Engineer of the Year Award

Best Chapter Awards

AdCom Meeting

Nominations for IEEE Medals and Recognitions

RS seeks Administrative Committee Candidates for 2012/2013/2014 Term

Reliability Society Past AdCom Members Obituaries:
Former RS President Monshaw Dies At 84

Obituary for Ann Miller

Feature Articles:
Reliability through the Ages

Reliability Overview of Air Traffic Reliability in the National Air Space



Regular Articles:

Field Based Reliability Calculations (MTBF) – Surmounting Practical Challenges. An outside the box approach.

Applying basic and familiar reliability theory to estimating and improving the avialablity of software-intensive systems

Fault Tolerance in Web Services

PHM Articles:

Detection of Multiple Failure-Modes in Electronics using Self-Organized Mapping


Book Review :

Reliability Engineering Book Review

Chapter Activities:
Cleveland Chapter

Taipei/Tainan Chapter

The Denver Chapter awarded a certificate to Hobbs Engineering

Solicitation for Society Technical Committees

UK&RI Workshop on Reliability and Safety


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IEEE Reliability Society UK&RI Workshop on

Reliability & Safety

14th April 2011 at the University of Greenwich, London, England

Reliability is synonymous with freedom from unacceptable levels of functional failure that lead to unavailability of products, systems or services. Unlike safety, reliability problems may be characterised by poor design, technology choices inadequate for the intended application or environment, manufacturing errors, faults and poor maintenance. The focal point in reliability is continued functionality of the product or system and the consequences of such failures. Reliability, as yet, is not generally regulated and may be regarded as mainly a commercial decision by duty holders. Nevertheless unacceptable level of failures can affect human health, safety or welfare because of the hazards that can arise, for example by failures of transport - (such as electronics in aircraft, cars and or trains). There have been a number of recalls in recent times and the “Time-bomb” presentation at the recent Reliability OutReach event highlight such hazards.

Safety arises from freedom from unacceptable levels of harm to people and is an essential property of most products, systems, processes or services. However, in view of ever increasing complexity, development and change, safety is often difficult if not sometimes impossible to entirely predict, manage and guarantee. At the same time, rising social awareness and the more stringent legal requirements almost globally demand higher levels of safety performance from products, processes, systems, services and the duty holders. Safety problems are characterised by unintended yet harmful incidents and accidents that apart from acts of nature, are mainly traceable to our shortcomings in concept, design, development, deployment or maintenance of products and services. Safety is heavily regulated and health, safety and welfare of people are under legal protection in most developed countries.

Aims of the Workshop
Safety and reliability are essentially emergent properties of a product, process, system or undertaking. Safety as a duty of care placed on all purveyors of products and services is regulated by law, whereas reliability has been regulated by the market it is no longer solely a commercial choice. Consequently, there are many synergies between the two domains that had been viewed as separate disciplines. This joint workshop will explore the common grounds between these two essential properties with the help of industrial and academic experts and aim to provide systemic insights into an integrated approach.

See the Abstracts and Register for the event at