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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!

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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What is the cure for Diversity Fever?

Everyone seems to have diversity fever. We want to improve the reliability of our engineered solution, or the availability of a network, so we add redundancy, make sure we have diverse access to the service, and so on. Diversity is … Continue reading

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It’s all about Reliability

If you consider yourself an engineer, think about what you do in a very broad sense. Engineering is all about applying scientific discovery and making it practical, useful, and widely used. If you are an Electrical Engineer, for example, then … Continue reading

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Reliability Society Denver Section Joint Meeting with SME on Subsurface Measurement and its Applications to Manufacturing

On March 19th, the IEEE Reliability Society Denver Section held its first meeting of the year in Westminster, CO, jointly with the Denver Section of the Society for Manufacturing Engineers (SME).  Lively, informal technical discussion over dinner continued into the … Continue reading

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The What and How of Network Modeling

I often get asked to describe what I do and how I do it, especially when it comes to network modeling. The other day, that need became urgent. With the pressure on to come up with a description, here is … Continue reading

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Capacity Management, Failure Mitigation, and Where to Start?

Standard mitigation tools are a great place to start with Capacity Management, just like any failure mitigation need. As a telecommunications and IT consultant, we’re often called upon to solve problems. I remember some of my early training that suggested … Continue reading

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Reliability Society Denver Section Meeting on Reliability Based Steel Sheet Pile Assessment

On Thursday, November 29th, the Denver Section of the IEEE Reliability Society enjoyed an evening of professional discussions and networking, with a very interesting technical talk from Dr. Rui Liu, a drawing for a book by Gregg Hobbs, and pizza … Continue reading

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Network Capacity Management and the Trouble with Change

While working parallel projects on different sides of the Capacity Management (CM) problem, I’ve noticed a rather large disconnect between the way some networks operate and the assumptions hidden with the monitoring tools in use. Stable networks are the ideal … Continue reading

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Reliability Society Denver Section Meeting on Network Reliability and Prognostics

On Friday, October 26th, the Denver Section of the IEEE Reliability Society held a technical meet at the Tivoli Building of the University of Colorado-Denver. Our newest Chair, Dr. Jason W. Rupe, presented his observations and work on the advances … Continue reading

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Leveraging Human Solutions in Operations Research

People maintain control in spite of our new machine overlords. Operations Research (O.R.) projects often focus on trying to take control of the entire problem, and therefore fail when the engineer or manager with the ultimate control cannot validate, verify, … Continue reading

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