The pool of instructors for ReliaSoft reliability training seminars includes the creators of ReliaSoft software packages, invited experts, academics and industry practitioners. This list presents the regular instructors at ReliaSoft seminars, as well as instructors that offer select specialized courses on-site. Given the high caliber of our instructors, you can be assured of receiving expert step-by-step instruction as well as the latest theoretical and practical knowledge.
Instructors are listed in alphabetical order.
Carl S. Carlson
Carl S. Carlson is a consultant and instructor in the areas of FMEA, reliability program planning and other reliability engineering disciplines. He has 30 years of experience in reliability testing, engineering, and management positions. Previous to working with ReliaSoft and HBM Prenscia, he worked at General Motors, most recently senior manager for the Advanced Reliability Group. His responsibilities included FMEAs for North American operations, developing and implementing advanced reliability methods, and managing teams of reliability engineers. Previous to General Motors, he worked as a Research and Development Engineer for Litton Systems, Inertial Navigation Division. Mr. Carlson co-chaired the cross-industry team that developed the commercial FMEA standard (SAE J1739, 2002 version), participated in the development of SAE JA 1000/1 Reliability Program Standard Implementation Guide, served for five years as Vice Chair for the SAE's G-11 Reliability Division, and was a four-year member of the Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS) Advisory Board. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and completed the 2-course Reliability Engineering sequence from the University of Maryland's Masters in Reliability Engineering program. He is a Senior Member of ASQ and a Certified Reliability Engineer.
Larry H. Crow
Dr. Larry H. Crow is an independent consultant as well as an instructor and consultant in the areas of reliability growth and repairable system data analysis. Previously, Dr. Crow served as Vice President, Reliability and Sustainment Programs at Alion Science and Technology in Huntsville, Alabama. He held this position at IIT Research Institute before Alion was established in 2002 by 1600 former IITRI employees. Prior to that, Dr. Crow was Director, Reliability at General Dynamics Advanced Technology Systems (formerly Bell Laboratories ATS). Before joining Bell Laboratories in 1985, Dr. Crow was chief of the Reliability Methodology Office at the US Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity (AMSAA). He developed the Crow (AMSAA) model and the Crow Projection model, which have been incorporated into US DoD military handbooks as well as national and international standards and service regulations on reliability. Dr. Crow chaired the Tri-Service Committee to develop US MIL-HDBK-189, Reliability Growth Management and is the principal author of that document. He is also the principal author of the IEC 61164, Reliability Growth-Statistical Tests and Estimation Methods. He developed the widely used N.H.P.P. Power Law model for analyzing repairable systems reliability, which is featured in the new IEC 61710, Goodness-of-Fit and Estimation Methods for the Power Law Model.
Daniel B. Farley
Dan Farley is Director of Product Management - Training & Education with HBM Prenscia. Dan held the positions of Associate Director Continuous Improvement at Kraft Foods Group and Engineering Manager/Competency Owner Reliability and Innovation Continuous Improvement Methodologies at Delphi Thermal Systems. Dan's a visionary leader with extensive experience in product and process improvement, having led the creation and deployment of Customer-based Engineering, Six Sigma, Design for Six Sigma and Design for Reliability at Delphi Thermal Systems. Dan has trained and coached global engineers and leaders in Design for Reliability, Life Data Analysis, Accelerated Testing, FMEA, Problem Solving, Statistics, Change Management, Design of Experiments, Lean, Six Sigma, Design for Six Sigma, QFD and Robust Engineering. He is a Certified Reliability Professional (CRP), Design for Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Certified Change Management Practitioner and Trainer, and Certified Brain-based Coach from the NeuroLeadership Group. Dan received his M.A. in Business and Policy Studies, and B.P.S. in Industrial Technology and Leadership from the State University of New York Empire State College.
David J. Groebel
David Groebel serves as Director of Software Development with HBM Prenscia. Since 1997, he has been integral in the development of ReliaSoft software. In his previous role as the Director QA & Support, he was instrumental in formalizing the customer support and software quality assurance procedures at ReliaSoft. He has conducted seminars across different industries including Aerospace, Defense, Automotive and Medical. In addition, he has been the project lead for the ReliaSoft RGA software since 2003. His areas of interest include life data analysis, accelerated life testing, system reliability, reliability growth analysis and software quality assurance. Mr. Groebel holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Arizona. He is a Senior Member of ASQ and a Certified Reliability Professional (CRP).
Dr. Sharon Honecker is Director of Technology - ReliaSoft Products with HBM Prenscia. In addition to teaching various ReliaSoft training courses, she has instructed engineering courses in several disciplines at the community college and university levels. Her research interests include low-cycle fatigue and mechanical testing, as well as fluid dynamics in biological systems. Dr. Honecker holds a B.S. in Engineering and Applied Science from the California Institute of Technology, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Tulsa and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a Certified Reliability Professional (CRP).
Mohamed Altaf Jaffer
Mohamed Altaf Jaffer is a Senior Application Engineer with HBM Prenscia. He provides technical support, consultancy and training on Reliability Engineering in the manufacturing and process industries. He has trained engineers from companies like Reliance Industries, Essar Oil, Amaraja Batteries, KONE Elevators, Zuari Industries and L&T, and many others. He has executed RAM/RCM Projects for companies such as Gujarat National Fertilizers (GNFC), Indian Oil (IOCL), Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), Deepak Fertilisers (DFPCL), and others. He has been a part of product reliability engineering projects for TAFE, the Aviation Development Authority of India (ADA) and the Research & Development Establishment R&D (E) of DRDO. He holds a Bachelor degree in Engineering and he is a Certified Reliability Professional (CRP).
Jacek Kalowski is a consultant and instructor in the areas of Life Data Analysis, RAM Analysis, FMEA and Reliability Centered Maintenance. He serves as Senior Application Engineer with HBM Prenscia, headquartered in Warsaw. He provides training and consulting services for both OEM type companies and maintenance oriented organizations from process industries. He holds a M.S. in Transport Engineering (Air Traffic Engineering specialty) from the Warsaw University of Technology.
Bryan Liang is a Senior Application Engineer with HBM Prenscia, headquartered in Singapore. He is currently promoting Reliability Engineering and its principles throughout South East Asia and has been providing consultancy and training services to companies and organizations in both the manufacturing and the process industries. Before joining ReliaSoft, Mr. Liang worked at Panasonic Electronics Singapore. He holds a B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering, and an M.S. in Mechanics and Processing of Materials from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is a Certified Reliability Professional (CRP).
Adamantios Mettas is Vice President, Business Development with HBM Prenscia. In his previous position as ReliaSoft's Senior Scientist, he played a key role in the development of ReliaSoft's software including Weibull++, ALTA, RGA and BlockSim by deriving statistical formulations and models and developing numerical methods for solving them. Mr. Mettas has trained more than 2,000 engineers throughout the world on the subjects of Life Data Analysis, FMEA, Warranty Analysis, System Reliability, RCM, DOE and Design for Reliability, as well as advanced topics such as Accelerated Testing, Repairable Systems and Reliability Growth. He has published numerous papers on these topics. In addition to training, Mr. Mettas works in consulting and has been involved in various projects across different industries, including Oil & Gas, Power Generation, Automotive, Semiconductor, Defense and Aerospace. Mr. Mettas holds an M.S. in Reliability Engineering from the University of Arizona and he is a Certified Reliability Professional (CRP).
Joseph M. Michalek
Joe Michalek is a consultant and instructor in the areas of FMEA, manufacturing reliability engineering, Reliability Centered Maintenance, and manufacturing management disciplines. He has 20 years experience in the manufacturing quality disciplines and 13 years experience in reliability and manufacturing reliability engineering. He has done extensive work to streamline and improve the effectiveness of PFMEA and Machinery FMEA within General Motors. In addition, his work with the key characteristic designation system (KCDS) has resulted in a global common process for the development and implementation of key characteristics and process control plans for GM. His previous assignment with General Motors was Global Manufacturing Cost Center Manager who was responsible to define, develop, and manage a global activity to act as primary interface between Manufacturing Engineering and Finance. Mr. Michalek was a co-chair in the development of the (SAE) J1739 for Design/Process/Machinery FMEA and participated in the development of the SAE M-110.2 Reliability and Maintainability Guideline for Manufacturing Machinery and Equipment. Mr. Michalek holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University).
Udaiappan Muthukumar serves as Director of Reliability Solutions - India Operations, headquartered in Chennai. Over the past 10 years, Mr. Muthukumar has been involved in promoting Reliability Engineering and its principles in India and the surrounding areas. He has provided consultancy and training services to numerous companies and organizations in India, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, including Honeywell, Mahindra and Mahindra, TATA Motors, Lucas TVS and the Defense Research and Development Organization Labs. Mr. Muthukumar holds a Bachelor (Technology) degree from Anna University, Chennai, India. He is a Certified Reliability Professional (CRP).
David Rock currently serves Principal Engineer, Enterprise Systems with HBM Prenscia. Enterprise software systems have been implemented, and are currently maintained, for several Fortune 100 companies worldwide. He was also the development team leader for ReliaSoft’s Weibull++ Version 5.0 and ReliaSoft’s RG Version 1.0. Mr. Rock holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Kent State University and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, with emphasis in Reliability Engineering, from the University of Arizona.
Dr. Srinivasan Saravanan serves as Senior Application Engineer with HBM Prenscia, headquartered in Chennai, where he has been championing and enabling the use of proper reliability practices in India. He has provided consultancy and training services to numerous companies and organizations in India, including Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, JCB, TAFE, TMTL and Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) Labs. Before joining ReliaSoft, Dr. S. Saravanan worked as a Technology Manager in the Reliability Centre & Condition Monitoring and Diagnostics Research Centre (CMDRC) of the CG Global R&D Centre for Crompton Greaves Ltd. He was involved in condition monitoring and fault diagnosis of power transformers and HT Motors and the reliability assurance of consumer products. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Bharadhidhasan University, Tamil Nadu and received an M.Tech in Energy Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Trichy, Tamil Nadu. He was awarded a Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi), New Delhi. He is a Certified Reliability Professional (CRP).
Gabriele Serpi is a consultant and instructor in the areas of Life Data Analysis, Accelerated Testing, RAM Analysis and prediction based on standards. He serves as Senior Application Engineer with HBM Prenscia, headquartered in Warsaw. He provides training and consulting services for many industries (e.g., Kone, Vertilas, etc.) and has trained hundreds of engineers. He holds a M.S. in Electronic Engineering and he wrote an experimental thesis in Bordeaux (France) about the analysis of low frequency drain current noise in AlGaN/GaN HEMTS on Si substrate. He is a Chartered Engineer from the Cagliari University of Engineering (Italy).
Miklós Szidarovszky is a Technologist with HBM Prenscia. He is involved in the development of various ReliaSoft software products and the delivery of training seminars. His areas of interest include Risk Based Inspection, System Reliability, Probabilistic Event and Risk Analysis, and reliability of water filtration systems. Mr. Szidarovszky holds a B.S. and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arizona. He is a Certified Reliability Professional (CRP).
Dr. Umur Yenal is a Technologist with HBM Prenscia. He is involved in the delivery of training seminars and consulting projects in the field of Reliability and Quality Engineering, as well the development of ReliaSoft software products. He holds a MSc degree from the Technical University of Denmark and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Arizona. Previously, he worked as a post-doctorate research associate and as a test manager at the University of Arizona. His areas of interest include system reliability, life data analysis, accelerated life testing and reliability block diagrams.