Curriculum Vitae

Jon G. Elerath

December 2011                                                                    

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

2010-          Jon G. Elerath Reliability Services, Consulting

2009-          Sr. Staff Reliability Engineer, SolFocus, Inc.

2000-2009   NetApp, Sunnyvale, CA

                  Senior Systems Reliability Engineer, Office of the CTO (2008-2009)

                  Manger, Reliability Engineering, Design Engineering (2000-2008)

1998-2000   Manager, Reliability Engineering, IBM, Hard Disk Drive Design

1991-1998   Manager, Reliability Engineering, Tandem/Compaq, Fault Tolerant Computer Division

1984-1991   Manager, Reliability Engineering, Tegal Corp, Plasma Etch Equipment

1975-1984   General Electric Co., Advanced Reactor Systems Division, Fast Breeder Reactors, Sunnyvale, CA

                 - Principal Engineer (1983-1984)

                 - Manager, Large Development Project, Systems Integration (1982-1983)

                 - Manager, Reliability Methods (1979-1982)

                 - Reliability Engineer (1975-1979)

1972-1975   Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Arizona

                 - Research Assistant (1973-1975)

                 - Teaching Assistant (1972-1973)


EDUCATION

           Ph. D., University of Maryland, Mechanical Engineering Department (adviser: Michael Pecht)

     Thesis: "Reliability Model and Assessment of Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks (RAID)

                  Incorporating Latent Defects and Non-Homogeneous Poisson Process Events"


           M. S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Arizona, Reliability Engineering Option

           B. S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Arizona 

AWARDS

         2005 Engineering Excellence Award, NetApp

 

PATENTS

"Method and system for reliability analysis of disk drive reliability," Pat. US7136768, November 14, 2006.

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Jon G. Elerath, "IEEE 1413: An IEEE Standard for Reliability Predictions”, International Conference on Electronic Packaging Technology and High Density Packaging (ICEPT-HDP 2010),” Xi’an, China, August 16-19, 2010

 

PUBLICATIONS

Journals

Jon G. Elerath and Michael Pecht, "IEEE 1413: A Standard for Reliability Predictions", IEEE Transactions on Reliability, in process.

Jon G. Elerath and Michael Pecht, "A Highly Accurate Method for Assessing Reliability of Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks (RAID)," IEEE Transactions on Computers, March 2009, vol. 58, no. 3, pages 289-299.

 

Refereed Conferences and Symposia

Jon G. Elerath, Mark Spencer, and Steve Horne, "Demonstrating Reliability in HCPV Systems," 37th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, Seattle, June 19-24, 2011.

Jon G. Elerath, "HCPV Tracker Accelerated Reliability Tests", Proc. Annual Reliability & Maintainability Symp., January 2011, CD 2011RM2080.

Jon G. Elerath, "Reliability Assessments of HCPV Trackers”, 25th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conf. & Exhib., and 5th World Conf. On Photovoltaic Energy Conversion,” Valencia, Spain, September 6-10, 2010.

Jon G. Elerath and Michael Pecht , "IEEE 1413: An IEEE Standard for Reliability Predictions”, International Conference on Electronic Packaging Technology and High Density Packaging (ICEPT-HDP 2010),” Xi’an, China, August 16-19, 2010.

Jon G. Elerath, "HCPV Tracker Accelerated Reliability Tests”, 35th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 20-25, 2010.

Jon G. Elerath, "A Simple Equation for Estimating Reliability of an N+1 Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID," 39th Annual IEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN 2009), Estoril, Portugal, June 2009, pages 484-493.

Jon G. Elerath and Michael Pecht, "Enhanced Reliability Modeling of RAID Storage Systems," 37th Annual IEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN 2007), Edinburgh, Scotland, June 2007, pages 175-184.

Sandeep Shah and Jon G. Elerath, "Reliability Analysis of Disk Drive Failure Mechanisms," Proc. Annual Reliability & Maintainability Symp., January 2005, pages 226-231.

Sandeep Shah and Jon G. Elerath, "Disk Drive Vintage and its Affect on Reliability." Proc. Annual Reliability & Maintainability Symp., January 2004, pages 163-167.

Jon G. Elerath and Sandeep Shah, "Server Class Disk Drives: How Reliable are They?" Proc. Annual Reliability & Maintainability Symp., January 2004, pages 151-156.

Jon G. Elerath and Sandeep Shah, "Disk Drive Reliability Case Study: Dependence Upon Head Fly-Height and Quantity of Heads." Proc. Annual Reliability & Maintainability Symp., January 2003, pages 608-612.

Jon G. Elerath, "Implied Service Strategies in Availability Assessments." Proc. Annual Reliability & Maintainability Symp., January 2003, pages 96-100.

Jon G. Elerath, “AFR: Problems of Definition Calculation and Measurement in a Commercial Environment.” Proc. Annual Reliability & Maintainability Symp., January 2000, pages 71-76.

Jon G. Elerath, “Specifying Reliability in the Disk Drive Industry: No More MTBF’s.” Proc. Annual Reliability & Maintainability Symp., January 2000, pages 194-199.

Jon G. Elerath, Alan P. Wood, David Christiansen, and Michael Hurst-Hopf, “Reliability Management and Engineering in a Commercial Computer Environment.” Proc. Annual Reliability & Maintainability Symp., January 1999, pages 323-329.

Alan P. Wood and Jon G. Elerath, “A Comparison of Predicted MTBFs to Field and Test Data.” Proc. Annual Reliability & Maintainability Symp., January 1994, pages 153-156.

Jon G. Elerath, “Analysis of Multiply Censored Run-In Data.” Proc. Annual Reliability & Maintainability Symp., January 1990, pages 501-506.

Jon G. Elerath, Jussi K. Vaurio, and Alan P. Wood, “A Method for Reliability Analysis of Complex Reactor Systems.” ANS/ENS International Meeting on Fast Reactor Safety Technology, Lyon, France, July 1982.

Jon G. Elerath, “Influence of the Main Condenser on SHRS Reliability.” Trans. Am. Nucl. Soc., vol. 34, 1980, pages 450-454.

Jon G. Elerath and Gerald E. Ingram, “Treatment of Dependencies in Reliability Analyses.” Proc. Annual Reliability & Maintainability Symp., January 1979, pages 99-103.


Technical Conferences

Jon G. Elerath, "Demystifying Reliability of Hard Disk and Solid-State Drives," DISKCON-Japan, International Disk Forum, International Disk Drive Equipment and Materials Association (IDEMA), Japan, July 22-23, 2008, pages 43-55.

Jon G. Elerath, "The Physics, Mathematics and Statistics of Reliability Assessment," Hard Disk and Solid State Drive Reliability Symposium, International Disk Drive Equipment and Materials Association (IDEMA), Technical Symposium, May 15, 2008.

Jon G. Elerath, "MTBF Wars: Who is Winning?," DISKCON-USA,  International Disk Drive Equipment and Materials Association (IDEMA), Santa Clara, CA, September 2007.

Jon G. Elerath and Stephen K. Magie, "Field Reliability from Post-GA Manufacturing Process and Design Changes," DISKCON Asia-Pacific, International Disk Drive Equipment and Materials Association (IDEMA), May 2006.

Jon G. Elerath, "Server Class Disk Drives: How Reliable are They?," Reliability Society,  Silicon Valley Chapter, IEEE, March 2003.

Jon G. Elerath, “Specifying Disk Drive Reliability,” DISKCON International Disk Forum, International Disk Drive Equipment and Materials Association (IDEMA), San Jose, CA, September 1998.

Jon G. Elerath, "Standardization of Reliability Metrics for Disk Drives," DISKCON-Japan, International Disk Drive Equipment and Materials Association (IDEMA), Tokyo, Japan, April 1997.

 

Technical Reports

Wei Liu, Ian Breitner, and Jon Elerath, "RAID-DP in Exchange Server 2007 Storage Designs," NetApp Technical Report TR-3574, Network Appliance, Inc., April 2007.

Jussi K. Vaurio, Henry Taggart, and Jon G. Elerath, “FRANCALC Users Manual.” General Electric Company, Sunnyvale, California, 1984.

Gerald E. Ingram, Jon G. Elerath, and Alan P. Wood, “Analytical Approach for Confirming the Achievement of LMFBR Reliability Goals." General Electric Company, Sunnyvale, California, NTIS, Report DOE/SF/71032-T46, XL-898-10483, 1981.

Jon G. Elerath and Gerald E. Ingram, “PROBCALC User’s Manual: A Computer Program for Probability Calculation.” GEFR-00408, General Electric Company, Sunnyvale, California, 1980.

Jon G. Elerath, “Reliability Evaluations of Candidate Shutdown Heat Removal Systems.” GEFR-00500, General Electric Company, Sunnyvale, California, 1979.

Gerald E. Ingram and Jon G. Elerath, “Reliability of Shutdown Heat Removal Systems.” GEFR-00005, General Electric Company, Sunnyvale, California, 1977.

Leon T. Allard and Jon G. Elerath, "Preliminary Review of Critical Shutdown Heat Removal Items for Common Cause Failure Susceptibility on LMFBR's." NEDM-14095, General Electric Company, Sunnyvale, California, 1976. (NTIS)

 

Invited Articles and Presentations

Jon G. Elerath, "Hard Disk Drives: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," ACM Queue, vol. 5, no. 6, September/October 2007, pages 28-37.

Jon G. Elerath, “HDD Reliability Committee to Specify MTBF Drive Reliability.” INSIGHT, IDEMA, Santa Clara, CA, May/June 1999, page 37.

Jon G. Elerath, “Point of View”, Data Storage Magazine, August 1998, page 84.

 

Contributions to Industry Standards

IEEE P1624 "Standard for Organizational Reliability Capability," IEEE, 2007.

IEEE 1413.1 "Guide for Selecting and Using Reliability Predictions Based on IEEE 1413," IEEE, 2002 & 2010.

IEEE 1413 "Standard Methodology for Reliability Prediction and Assessment for Electronic Systems and Equipment," IEEE, 1998 & 2010.

IDEMA Standard  R2-98, "Specification of Hard Disk Drive Reliability," International Disk Drive Equipment Manufacturers Association (IDEMA), Sunnyvale, 1998.

IDEMA Standard R2-98, "Specification of Hard Disk Drive Reliability," International Disk Drive Equipment Manufacturers Association (IDEMA), Sunnyvale, 1998.


PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Standards Committees

2011   IEEE 1413, Reliability Prediction, Chairman: Michael Pecht, University of Maryland.

2007   IEEE 1624, Organizational Reliability Capability, Chairman: Michael Pecht, University

          of Maryland.

2011   IEEE1413.1, Guide for Selecting Methods for Reliability prediction, Chairman:

          Michael Pecht, University of Maryland. (Ongoing)

 

Leadership

2008-2011 Secretary, IEEE Reliability Society, Silicon Valley Chapter

1998-2008 Chairman, Reliability Committee, International Disk Drive Equipment Materials

                 Association (IDEMA).

1987-1988 Chairman, ASQC, Redwood Empire Section

 

Conference Organization

2011   Session Chair, Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS), Florida, January 2011.

2010   Session Chair, Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS), San Jose, January 2010.

2009   Session Chair, Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS), Fort Worth, January 2009.

2008   Session Chair, IDEMA Technical Conference, IDEMA, May 2008.

2008   Session Chair, Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS), Las Vegas, January 2008.

 

Reviewer of Technical Papers

2011  IEEE Transactions on Storage (Title withheld).

2011  Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (Titles withheld).

2010  IEEE Transactions on Computers (Titles withheld).

2009  IEEE Transactions on Computers (Titles withheld).

2009  IEEE DSN-2009 Conference (Title withheld).

2008  IEEE Transactions on Computers (Title withheld).