Education in Reliable Electronic Packaging
M. Pecht and D. Weiss
The University of Maryland has a strong education and research program in reliability and quality engineering. The Center for Reliability Engineering is the focus for the educational program and supervises the interdisciplinary academic program leading to the MS and Ph.D. degrees in Reliability Engineering. With support from the National Science Foundation's State/Industry/University Cooperative Research Center Program and from 21 companies, the University of Maryland CALCE Electronics Packaging Research Center has developed an integrated program of research in reliable electronics packaging to assist our nation's electronics industry. The approach utilized by the Center is often referred to as "concurrent engineering" by the defense related community, because it is intended to bring faculty and students, as well as company engineers and designers together to work as a team, considering from the outset all elements of the product life cycle from conception through disposal.
This paper presents the educational aspects of these Center within the
framework of the University of Maryland and their ties to industry, and
how students and industry are being trained to understand the fundamental
reliability issues associated with electronics design and manufacture.
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