The pool of instructors for ReliaSoft's reliability training seminars includes the creators of ReliaSoft software packages, invited experts, academics and industry practitioners. This list presents the regular instructors at ReliaSoft's 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, and is currently supporting clients of ReliaSoft Corporation with reliability and FMEA training and consulting. Previous to ReliaSoft, 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 for ReliaSoft Corporation 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 a Senior Reliability Consultant and instructor at ReliaSoft Corporation. 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 the Director of Software Development at ReliaSoft Corporation. Since 1997, he has been integral in the development of ReliaSoft's software products. 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 ReliaSoft's 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 the Director of Theoretical Development at ReliaSoft Corporation. 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 Reliability Engineer with ReliaSoft India, a wholly owned subsidiary of ReliaSoft Corporation, headquartered in Chennai. 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 the Reliability Engineer in ReliaSoft's Warsaw office for the EMEA market. 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 Reliability Engineer with ReliaSoft Asia, 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).
Hongan Lin currently serves as the Director of ReliaSoft Asia, headquartered in Singapore, where he has been championing and enabling the use of proper reliability practices in the Asia Pacific region. He has been involved in the development of ReliaSoft's software and training courses and also provides consulting and training services for numerous organizations in India, the Middle East, Australia and other locations in the Asia Pacific region. Before joining ReliaSoft, Mr. Lin worked at the Defense Science Organization of Singapore as a Defense Engineer, and subsequently as a Lecturer at Temasek Polytechnics in Singapore. He holds a B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering. He is a Certified Reliability Professional (CRP).
Adamantios Mettas is the VP of Product Development at ReliaSoft Corporation, spearheading ReliaSoft's innovative product development group. 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 is part of ReliaSoft's consulting arm 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 ReliaSoft India, a wholly owned subsidiary of ReliaSoft Corporation, 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 H. Olwell
Dr. David Olwell is Associate Professor and Associate Chair at the Naval Postgraduate School. As a highly respected authority in the field of reliability, he has presented seminars to a wide range of agencies and was Director of Research as well as Director of Mathematical Sciences Center of Excellence at West Point. In addition, he consults to the DoD on matters of national defense. Dr. Olwell holds a Ph.D. in Statistics and an M.S. in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Minnesota.
Julio E. Pulido
Dr. Julio Pulido is an independent consultant, as well as an instructor and consultant for ReliaSoft Corporation, specializing in the areas of Structural Analysis and Vibration, Design for Reliability, Structural Reliability, Life Data Analysis and Accelerated Testing Techniques. His knowledge in the product development process utilizing Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) and Design for Reliability (DFR) elements with new technology and Lean product development activities has led to millions of dollars in in product cost of quality savings and product reliability improvements for Fortune 500 Medical, Industrial and Energy companies worldwide. Dr. Pulido holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil; an MS in Structural Vibration from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil; an MBA from Xavier University; an MS in Technology Management from the University of Chicago; and a PhD in Structural Reliability from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with PhD Research at Duke University. He is also a Certified Reliability Professional (CRP) and an ASQ Certified Reliability Engineer and Certified Quality Engineer.
David Rock currently serves as the development team leader for ReliaSoft’s Enterprise Software group, which includes XFRACAS and Dashboard products along with some custom enterprise solutions. 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 Reliability Consultant of ReliaSoft India, a wholly owned subsidiary of ReliaSoft Corporation, 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 the Reliability Engineer in ReliaSoft's Warsaw office, providing 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 Research Scientist at ReliaSoft Corporation. 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).
Pantelis Vassiliou founded ReliaSoft in 1992 while in the Ph.D. program in Reliability Engineering at the University of Arizona. Over the past two decades, he oversaw the research and development of new tools, theories and approaches for advancing reliability methodologies, and personally taught, lectured and/or acted as a consultant for thousands of reliability engineers and hundreds of companies in over forty countries. Even though fully occupied as the chief executive of a multinational corporation, Mr. Vassiliou set aside a part of his schedule to teach selected courses and to participate in selected consulting projects, enabling him to share his experience and insight across different industries, while at the same time allowing him to keep his finger on the pulse of developments in the field to which he has devoted his entire professional life. Mr. Vassiliou holds a B.S. degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an M.S. degree in Reliability from the University of Arizona.
Dr. Umur Yenal is a Research Scientist at ReliaSoft Corporation. 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's 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. Before joining ReliaSoft, 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.