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Professor Michael Pecht has a B.S. in Acoustics (Physics Department), an M.S. in Electrical Engineering, and an M.S. and Ph.D. 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 is a world-renowned expert in strategic planning, design, test, IP, and risk assessment of electronic products and systems. 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 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 analysis. He served as Chief Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Reliability for eight years, was Chief Editor for Microelectronics Reliability for seven years, Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Components and Packaging Technology, and on the advisory board of IEEE Spectrum. 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$6 million per year. The CALCE Center received the NSF Innovation Award in 2009. He is currently a Chair Professor in Mechanical Engineering and a Professor in Applied Mathematics at the University of Maryland. He has written more than 20 books on product reliability, development, use, and supply chain management and over 500 technical articles. He has also written a series of books of the electronics industry in China, Korea, Japan, and India. He consults for 22 international companies.