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Clark School Innovation Hall of Fame Inducts Engineer Who Makes Electronics More Reliable in Space, on the Battlefield, on the Highways and in the Office

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MEDIA ADVISORY  October 31, 2011


Melissa Corley
301 405 6501

WHAT: The A. James Clark School of Engineering inducts its 2011 honoree into the Innovation Hall of Fame, which celebrates technological innovations by Clark School alumni, faculty and friends and serves as an inspiration to students. Past members pioneered such technologies as the universal product code (bar code), pulse Doppler radar, the flexible coronary artery stent, the Prius hybrid drivetrain and the technology that made satellite radio possible.

WHO: Michael Pecht, an internationally recognized engineering professor at the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering, has made electronics more reliable in aerospace, military, automotive and personal computer applications, helping manufacturers to predict when they will fail and create proactive programs to maintain them successfully. Pecht helped establish the “physics of failure” approach to reliability, a way to anticipate system failure. He created reliability prognostics methods that eventually were applied in product testing and quality control; later, they were built into devices and systems to detect and predict degradation and remaining useful life. Today, this field is known as Electronics Prognostics and Health Management. Pecht founded and directs the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Life-Cycle Engineering.

WHEN: November 3, 2011
4:30 to 5 p.m.
To be immediately followed by the Charles & Helen White Symposium on Engineering Innovation

WHERE: Kim Engineering Building Innovation Hall of Fame
A. James Clark School of Engineering
University of Maryland College Park Campus, College Park, MD 20742.