About the Author
Liudong Xing is a tenured professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts (UMass), Dartmouth. She received her PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville in 2002. Her current research focuses on reliability modelling and analysis of complex systems and networks. She has authored or co-authored over 190 technical papers. She is the recipient of the Leo M. Sullivan Teacher of the Year Award (2014), Scholar of the Year Award (2010), and Outstanding Women Award (2011) of UMass Dartmouth, as well as the IEEE Region 1 Technological Innovation (Academic) Award (2007). She is also the co-recipient of the Best Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Networking, Architecture, and Storage in 2009. She is a senior member of IEEE.
Suprasad V. Amari received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Reliability Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. He is a senior technical staff member at Relyence Corporation. Prior to joining Relyence, he has served as a Technical Fellow at Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC) for 14 years, where he was responsible for research, design, and development of PTC's reliability modeling and analysis software products. He has authored or coauthored 6 book chapters in Springer Handbooks and about 90 technical papers in the area of reliability engineering. He has been actively involved with Annual Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS) and currently serving as the Vice General Chair. He has received the 2013 RAMS Best Paper Award from American Society for Quality (ASQ) Reliability Division, the 2009 Stan Oftshun Award from the Society of Reliability Engineers (SRE) and the 2009 William A.J. Golomski Award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). He is a senior member of ASQ, IEEE, and IIE. He is a member of ACM, SAE and SRE and an ASQ-certified Reliability Engineer.