Short Courses and Conferences

2014 IEEE Conference on Reliability Science for Advanced Materials and Devices

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

September 7 - 9, 2014

Reliability - A Rewarding Career Path

Reliability science is a broad field that encompasses aspects of physics, chemistry, materials science, electronics, failure analysis and manufacturing. Because of the number of scientific disciplines it encompasses, reliability science offers an exciting and rewarding career path that consistently generates new intellectual challenges and work in the field never becomes routine.

For example, in semiconductor technology, reliability science spans the entire range of processing from transistor fabrication to interconnect technology to chip packaging, is critical for new devices and device shrinks, and therefore presents the reliability scientist with myriad opportunities to make important contributions. Although the example used involved semiconductors, similar opportunities are presented in manufacturing of solar cells, batteries, mobile electronics, displays, etc. Students are strongly encouraged to consider reliability science as a career path.

Student Awards

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RSAMD student awards are intended to honor and encourage students' (both undergraduate and graduate) involvement and exposure to the field of reliability science. Students participating in RSAMD 2014 will be able to build key differentiating skills through interactions with industry and academic professionals who are experts in reliability for a wide range of technologies, and are dedicated to the growth of their profession. Furthermore, RSAMD is a core platform of the IEEE Reliability Society technical activities and as such, can benefit students by offering year-round development and career networking opportunities.

Student participants in RSAMD 2014 will be considered for the following prestigious awards:

  • Outstanding oral presentation award
  • Outstanding poster presentation award
  • Outstanding student volunteer award(s)

Awards will be announced and presented towards the end of the conference.

Among the student presenters in all five focus areas of the conference, one overall outstanding student will be selected for each oral and poster category. Each focus area is given equal importance in the selection process. The five focus areas of the conference are:

  • Degradation Mechanisms in Use Environments
  • Photovoltaics and Renewables
  • Pb-Free Electronics Reliability
  • Wide-Bandgap (WBG) Semiconductors
  • Emerging Microelectronics

The judges for the oral and poster awards are (a) Student Award Selection Committee, (b) Conference Attendees.

Abstracts and full papers accepted will be submitted for inclusion into IEEE Xplore® (proceedings) as well as other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases.

Key Information

  • To be considered for any of the awards, please identify yourself as a student during paper submission process in the Ex Ordo system.
  • Students should register to be eligible for the student awards.

Student Assistants

To apply for the student assistant position, please send an email with the subject "Application for student volunteer position for RSAMD 2014" to Prakash Periasamy ( In less than 300 words, please state your motivation for being a student volunteer. Preference will be given for students who register in the early bird registration scheme (before August 18, 2014) and for student members of IEEE society.

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