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Celebrating 25 Years of Excellence in Reliability Engineering

On April 2, 2014, the Center for Risk and Reliability hosted a 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Reliability Engineering Education Program at the University of Maryland.  Celebration events included a Symposium: Promise of a Discipline:  Reliability and Risk in Theory and Practice and a 25th Anniversary Reception and Alumni Reunion.  Both events took place at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center on the University of Maryland College Park campus.

Why the Celebration?

Twenty five years before the celebration, the University of Maryland established the first degree granting reliability engineering education program in the country, and today it is one of the largest and most comprehensive degree granting graduate programs in the field of reliability and risk analysis of engineered systems and processes.  The Symposium provided the opportunity to acknowledge our past, provide an overview of the present, and celebrate the future of Reliability Engineering at the University of Maryland.

Symposium Overview

The symposium focused on the following topics:

  • Frontiers of Reliability Engineering
    Experts offered their insights on promising research directions that could revolutionize the field of reliability engineering.
  • Risk-Informed Regulations, Oversight, and Emergency Response
    This panel discussed the development and use of appropriate risk information and measures in regulating, supervising, and responding to emergencies in complex technologies.
  • Reliability Education: Potential Challenges of a Non-Traditional Engineering Discipline
    Leading educators and practitioners offered perspectives on areas of reliability engineering that should be covered in educational programs and how to address the challenges faced by reliability engineering programs as a non-traditional interdisciplinary field.