December 14, 2022 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm America/New York Timezone

Boston/Providence/New Hampshire Reliability Societies

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FREE Webinar

Location – This Webinar is to be delivered virtually.


“Open Reliability is dedicated to the development and use of reliability engineering and operations research applications under the open source paradigm.

Too often it is observed that engineers will choose to base decisions on what is believed to be the correct result from a shrink- wrapped program without actually understanding what has really taken place ‘under the hood’. Indeed, some argue that their analysis may be superior, simply based on the popularity, or even expense, of the software used to generate a result. The goal here is to openly present the inner workings of various analytical techniques in a way that encourages deeper understanding of the basis for analysis. Turning these techniques into useful software may be a beneficial result, but not an end in itself.”

The IEEE Boston Reliability Group presentation is expected to include a fast paced perusal of published tutorial type documents and pages. These cover topics from installation of R and acquisition of the relevant R packages to some interesting uses. We can pause for discussion throughout. However, it is expected that those interested in the topics can circle back to absorb the material on their own time. The presenter remains available to handle individual guidance at

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Contact:  Michael W. Bannan, Chair – IEEE Boston/Providence/New Hampshire Reliability Chapter


  • No Admission Charge

Speaker:  David Silkworth


Is a retired engineer from Air Products. He has had much field experience ranging from producing liquid hydrogen fuel for the space shuttle, to tonnage oxygen/nitrogen and hydrogen/carbon monoxide production, electric power cogeneration, and ultra pure gas supply systems for electronics fabs. For the final 18 years of his career, David was responsible for establishing reliability engineering work practices for a global work force.

In retirement David has developed a series of packages that operate in the open source R statistical computing environment. These packages are intended to provide a soft introduction to R for reliability engineers, while delivering high quality tools for these practitioners.

Beyond such reliability interests, David is an avid instructor for sailing and scholastic wrestling in Vero Beach, Florida.


11:00 AM Technical Presentation

11:45 AM Questions and Answers

12:00 PM Adjournment

The meeting is open to all.  You do not need to belong to the IEEE to attend this event; however, we welcome your consideration of IEEE membership as a career enhancing technical affiliation.

There is no cost to register or attend, but registration is required.  Register