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New Year New Leadership

By Tim Gaens posted 01/06/24 05:31 AM


ASQ Reliability and Risk Division is starting the New Year with a New Leadership.

We welcome Rong Pan – Chair, David Auda – Chair-Elect and Mohammad Pourgol – Secretary to help us guide into 2024. 

Stay tuned for leadership messages and updates in the future. 


Rong Pan – CHAIR
Dr. Rong Pan (PhD, Penn State) is the Chair of the ASQ Reliability & Risk Division, has research interests in statistical modeling and data analysis, specifically in the design and analysis of experimental designs, quality and reliability engineering, statistical learning theory, and the development
of digital manufacturing. He is a senior member of ASQ, IISE and IEEE, and a lifetime member of SRE. He is recently serving as the chair of Data Science, Analytics and Engineering (DASE) PhD program.


David Auda – CHAIR‐ELECT
David Auda is the Chair-Elect of the ASQ Reliability & Risk Division. He is a certified reliability engineer and quality manager who has worked on new product development in custom instrumentation, medical devices, aerospace, energy and automotive disciplines. David has worked extensively in the area of risk analysis, failure prevention, root cause analysis, problem solving, strategic planning, safety engineering as well as numerous other related disciplines. David has a BSEE from the Rochester Institute of Technology, with honors, Tau Beta Pi, and pursued his master level reliability studies at the RIT Center for Applied Statistics.


Mohammad Pourgol – SECRETARY

Dr. Mohammad Pourgol is a safety/reliability analyst in multidisciplinary systems analysis with Teradyne and an Associate Professor (adj) of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland. He previously held the position of Associate Professor of Reliability Engineering at Sahand University of Technology (SUT).

With over 20 years of work experience, his career includes industrial application, research, and teaching in safety applications and reliability engineering at various institutions, including Teradyne Semiconductor, Johnson Controls, Sahand University of Technology, FM Global, Daikin Comforts, UMD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr. Pourgol is an IEEE Senior Member, an elected ASQ Fellow, and ASME Fellow. He also served as the ASME Safety Engineering and Risk/Reliability Analysis Division (SERAD) Chair from 2017 to 2022. Additionally, he is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Massachusetts and holds certifications as a reliability engineer (ASQ CRE), Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB), and Manager of Quality/Organization Excellence (ASQ CMQ/OE).

Dr. Pourgol has authored over 160 papers in archival journals and peer-reviewed conferences on his research and has been an invited/Keynote Speaker at numerous conferences and webinars. He has also filed one US patent, and his efforts have been recognized with several awards. Currently, Dr. Pourgol serves as the Associate Editor for the ASME-ASCE Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, both Part A: Civil Engineering and Part B: Mechanical Engineering.