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About Rupe

Dr. Jason Rupe wants to make the world more reliable, even though he likes to break things. He received his BS (1989), and MS (1991) degrees in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University; and his Ph.D. (1995) from Texas A&M University. He worked on research contracts at Iowa State University for CECOM on the Command & Control Communication and Information Network Analysis Tool, and conducted research on large scale systems and network modeling for Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, and Survivability (RAMS) at Texas A&M University. He has taught quality and reliability at these universities, published several papers in respected technical journals, reviewed books, and refereed publications and conference proceedings. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and of IIE. He has served as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Reliability, and currently works as its Managing Editor. He has served as Vice-Chair'n for RAMS, on the program committee for DRCN, and on the committees of several other reliability conferences because free labor is always welcome. He has also served on the advisory board for IIE Solutions magazine, as an officer for IIE Quality and Reliability division, and various local chapter positions for IEEE and IIE. Jason has worked at USWEST Advanced Technologies, and has held various titles at Qwest Communications Intl., Inc, most recently as Director of the Technology Modeling Team, Qwest's Network Modeling and Operations Research group for the CTO. He has always been those companies' reliability lead. Occasionally, he can be found teaching as an Adjunct Professor at Metro State College of Denver. Jason is the Director of Operational Modeling (DOM) at Polar Star Consulting where he helps government and private industry to plan and build highly performing and reliable networks and services. He holds two patents. If you read this far, congratulations for making it to the end!

Rocky Mountain Information Security Conference (RMISC)

I recently attended the Rocky Mountain Information Security Conference (RMISC), a rather impressive and unique gathering that prompted several relevant notions. First, about the conference. Looking around the room, I saw about 1000 attendees. This conference is in its 10th … Continue reading

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Expanding the Customer Base and Product Offerings through Emerging Communications Technologies

Software Defined Networks, Network Function Virtualization, and the Resource Decoupling Disruption Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) are two trends in the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) industry that are relieving constraints for carriers, enterprises, and customers … Continue reading

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November 30, 6pm: IEEE Reliability Society Denver/Pikes Peak Chapter meeting

You are cordially invited to attend our November meeting this November 30 starting at 6pm. The event will be held at the CU Student Commons Building, University of Colorado, Denver Downtown Campus. Detailed room info and parking instructions will be … Continue reading

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Good Design Rules

Axiomatic Design is a general purpose method for designing engineering systems that are highly effective (among other things). The axioms described in this approach are essentially as follows. 1) Maintain independence of the functional requirements so that you can set … Continue reading

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Shiny Apps using R Studio

Shiny Apps are a fun, easy way to share results, analyses, and even capabilities utilizing R, and a little bit of coding. Some examples I have created are in these links. The first three run right off the link, but … Continue reading

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IEEE Reliability Society Denver Section Meeting on September 8th, Golden, CO

Upcoming Meetings and Events 2014 September Meeting: “IT and Telecommunications Reliability Concerns and Assurance Science” speaker: Jason Rupe, Ph.D., Sr. Member IEEE Date and Time: September 8th, Monday, 2014, 6:00pm – 8:00pm Location: Petroleum Hall in the Green Center on … Continue reading

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Explaining Reliability

Most everyone knows what reliability means in its precise sense, and we can refer to definitions most anywhere which are all consistent. But I know that some of us who work in the reliability fields often struggle explaining what the … Continue reading

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Net2Plan is worth a look

I recently found a network planning tool that is publicly available through GNU public license, called Net2Plan, and I suggest anyone working on telecommunications or IT networks to give it a try.  You can find a copy at net2plan.com of … Continue reading

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Reliable information, reliable decisions, reliable systems, reliable teams

I don’t attend many meetings these days, but when I do, I’m reminded of the failure modes of meetings, when group think can take over, leading to poor decisions by the group. But like all human reliable systems, the group … Continue reading

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I hava a cold. Did I fail?

When a person gets ill, say from a cold like the one I have right now, we tend to slow down, maybe have trouble focusing, or otherwise performing certain tasks. Clearly we function, but not as well as we would … Continue reading

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