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 sent out soon.

We look forward to meeting you there!


Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) are methods used to test a part of material or system without impairing its future usefulness. Structural health monitoring (SHM) is a relatively new paradigm (the term SHM became popular after early 2000s) that offers an automated method for tracking the health of a structure by combining damage detection algorithms with structural monitoring systems. Both terms are generally applied to nonmedical investigations of material integrity and have been extended to biomedical applications recently. The research hypothesis of LEAP, the research group established and led by Dr. Deng, is that by integrating advanced modeling, breakthrough in sensor design and new data analytics methods, the optimal NDE solutions can be found. The value of LEAP’s research is to ensure the safety of complex engineered systems and critical infrastructures, such as aircraft, nuclear reactors, bridges, pipelines and ships are important to ensure society’s industrial and economic prosperity. Recent advances in innovative NDE imaging and sensing for critical infrastructure safety will be covered and discussed in this seminar talk.

Bio. Dr. Yiming Deng is an assistant professor of the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of ColoradoDenver. He obtained his Ph.D. degreeat Michigan State University in 2009and B.S. degree at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, both in Electrical Engineering. Dr. Deng has over 10 years of experience in the development of sensors and instrumentation, innovative numerical modeling for NDE and SHM. His current research focuses on novel NDE sensing and imaging systems that involves development of nondestructive and nonintrusive sensing arrays, high fidelity multi-physics modeling for understanding imaging physics, and experimental prototyping and validation. He has secured over $1.6M external research funding from USDOT,PHMSA, NIH, DOD, NSFC, ANST and private industries. Dr. Deng is a Senior Member of IEEE. He also serves as panelists for NSF, DOE, HKRGC and ad-hoc reviewers for over 20 international journals.

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!

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