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Lall receives advisory board’s Advancement of Research and Scholarship Achievement Award

Pradeep Lall, MacFarlane Endowed Professor (Left) receives the Research and Economic Development Advisory Board Advancement of Research and Scholarship Achievement Award from Jennifer Kerpelmann, Interim Vice-President for Research (Right) at Faculty Awards Ceremony on Nov 13, 2018

At its recent spring meeting, Auburn University’s Research and Economic Development Advisory Board selected Pradeep Lall, the MacFarlane Endowed Professor in Auburn’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, as the 2018 recipient of its Advancement of Research and Scholarship Achievement Award. The award recognizes Lall for his research achievements in the fields of harsh-environment electronics and flexible electronics.

The advisory board is made up of more than 40 industry professionals from across the country who actively support Auburn’s research efforts. The group established the award in 2014 to recognize significant research and scholarly activity that exemplify and advance Auburn’s research and scholarship mission. The recipient of the annual award receives a $25,000 grant to further his or her research.

Lall, director of Auburn’s NSF Center for Advanced Vehicle and Extreme Environment Electronics, is the author or co-author of two books, 14 book chapters and more than 500 journal and conference papers in the field of electronics reliability, safety, energy efficiency, and survivability. He serves on the NextFlex Institute’s technical council and governing council. Lall spearheaded research efforts in flexible electronics and led Auburn’s proposal team for the NextFlex Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Institute.

A fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Lall has received numerous awards for his research. He is the recipient of the IEEE Sustained Outstanding Technical Contributions Award in 2018 and the National Science Foundation Schwarzkopf Award for Technology Innovation in 2016. With significant funding from public-private partnerships, Lall’s work has proven beneficial to the aerospace and automotive industries and in military vehicles and defense systems.

“The Research and Economic Development Advisory Board has made a great choice in honoring Dr. Lall with this award,” said Jennifer Kerpelman, Auburn’s interim vice president for research. “He is a very accomplished researcher with a strong track record, and his work is a great asset to Auburn University,” she added.

Lall’s research focuses on the development of methods for assuring survivability of electronics to high shock forces, vibration and extreme temperatures. He is best known for his research in the areas of reliability and prognostics for electronic systems operating in harsh environments, such as:

  • Combined exposure to temperature and vibration under the hood of an automobile for electronics mounted on-engine or on-transmission;
  • Extreme cold or extreme hot environmental temperatures for prolonged periods of time experienced in military and defense applications;
  • High g-forces experienced by electronics inside missiles;
  • Corrosive attack of salt fog for electronics operating on ships at sea.

“Electronic systems have taken an increasingly important role in automotive design and operation,” Lall said. “Traditional automotive electronics at one time consisted of climate control and entertainment systems. Roll the clock forward to the present day, and automotive electronics have expanded to include driving assists such as antilock braking systems, traction control systems, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning systems and more. Failure of one of these systems is no longer an inconvenience; it may be critical to the safe operation of the vehicle.”

Article by: Jonathan Cullum | Office of the Vice President for Research

Pradeep Lall wins IEEE Outstanding Sustained Technical Contributions Award

Pradeep Lall, MacFarlane Endowed Professor at Auburn University, left. receiving the Outstanding Sustained Contributions Award from Avram Bar-Cohen, President of IEEE Electronic Packaging Society at ECTC 2018 in San Diego.

Pradeep Lall, MacFarlane Endowed Professor in department of mechanical engineering, is the 2018 recipient of the IEEE’s outstanding Sustained Technical Contributions Award for outstanding sustained contributions to the design, reliability and prognostics for harsh environment electronics systems.

The award recognized Lall’s seminal contributions to the field of harsh environment electronics. Lall is widely credited with the development of leading indicators of failure for prognostics health management of electronic systems to allow for early identification of faults that may impair system operation. Lall is the author and co-author of over 500 journal and conference papers in the field of electronics reliability, safety, energy efficiency, and survivability.

“This award is recognition of Dr. Lall’s international reputation and the impact of his contributions to state-of-the-art innovation,” said Christopher B. Roberts, dean of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. “His work has positioned Auburn Engineering to be a leader in harsh environment electronics.”

“Electronics is pervasive in today’s consumer products and many of the functions are safety critical”, Lall said. “Take present day automobiles — electronics enables much of the safety critical circuitry in present-day cars,” Lall said. “Examples include lane-departure warning systems, collision avoidance systems and park and drive assist systems. Given the level of criticality and the need for continued reliable operation, it is important that problems be identified much prior to catastrophic failure. Much of the electronics resides under the hood of the automobile where temperatures and vibration loads are very high. Ensuring survivability for sustained operation of electronics is a continuing evolving challenge with the miniaturization of electronics.”

Lall joined the Auburn faculty in 2002 after a distinguished industry career at Motorola, where he worked on the development and manufacture of wireless products such as cellphones and two-way radios.

Lall is a fellow of the IEEE. The award was conferred at the IEEE Electronic Components and Technology Conference (ECTC), a premier international event attended by more than 1,700 attendees in San Diego in May. Lall received $3,000 and a certificate for his achievements. IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization for the advancement of technology.

Lall is also a member of the Technical Council and Governing Council of NextFlex and is director of the NSF Center for Advanced Vehicle and Extreme Environment Electronics at Auburn University. He has previously been recognized by the National Science Foundations-IUCRC’s Schwarzkopf Prize for Technology Innovation in 2016.  Lall is the recipient of The Alabama Academy of Science Wright A. Gardener Award, the IEEE Exceptional Technical Achievement Award, ASME-EPPD Applied Mechanics Award, SMTA’s Member of Technical Distinction Award, Auburn University’s Creative Research and Scholarship Award, the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering Senior Faculty Research Award, and 20 best paper awards at national and international conferences.

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Lall elected VP of publications for IEEE’s Reliability Society

Pradeep Lall, the John and Anne MacFarlane Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, was recently elected vice president of publications for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ Reliability Society.

IEEE’s Reliability Society is a technical group within the organization whose work focuses on reliability in the engineering disciplines of hardware, software and human factors. Lall’s election was based in part on his academic credentials, history with the society, scholarly reputation and leadership record. The position is a part of the society’s high-ranking executive committee.

In this role, Lall will lead the society’s publications division and assume responsibility for budgeting, resource issues, page-count allocation and strategic planning. He will also have responsibility for recommending appointment of the editor-in-chief of the Transactions on Reliability journal and appointment of liaisons for the society’s co-sponsored publications. The publications division oversees the Transactions on Reliability journal and Reliability Magazine and has partial ownership of several other IEEE publications.

“Reliability is a key ingredient that makes it possible for companies to introduce new products and services into the marketplace without incurring significant warranty costs,” Lall said. “Companies use warranty duration to signal the quality of the products with premium prices often commanded by products with long warranty.”

A renowned scholar in the field of harsh-environment electronics reliability, Lall has authored more than 470 technical papers on the topic. He joined the Auburn faculty in 2002 and currently serves as director of the Center for Advanced Vehicle and Extreme Environment Electronics and director of NextFlex’s Harsh Environments Node housed at Auburn University. For his research and technical contributions, he received the 2016 Alex Schwarzkopf Award for Technology Innovation from the National Science Foundation’s Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program.

An IEEE fellow, Lall has a long history with the Reliability Society, dating back to 1991, and served the society in numerous positions.

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Lall wins NSF award for technological innovation

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Pradeep Lall, John and Anne MacFarlane professor of mechanical engineering, has received a top award from the National Science Foundation’s Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers program.

Lall received the 2016 Alexander Schwarzkopf Prize for Technological Innovation for his work as director of Auburn University’s Center for Advanced Vehicle and Extreme Environment Electronics, or CAVE3, which partners with industry, government and academic agencies to address major technological challenges through precompetitive research on automotive and harsh environment electronics. Precompetitive research allows the center to address these challenges before the technologies become commercialized.

“This award is reaffirmation of Dr. Lall’s national reputation and recognition of his seminal contributions to the field of mechanical engineering,” said Christopher B. Roberts, dean of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. “His work has positioned Auburn Engineering to be a leader in harsh environment electronics research as we address the challenges in this exciting field.”

Lall’s research focuses on the development of methods for assuring survivability of electronics to high shock forces, vibration and extreme temperatures. He is best known for his research in the areas of reliability and prognostics for electronic systems operating in harsh environments.

“Electronic systems have taken an increasingly important role in automotive design and operation,” Lall said. “Traditional automotive electronics at one time consisted of climate control and entertainment systems. Roll the clock forward to the present day and automotive electronics have expanded to include driving assists such as antilock braking systems, traction control systems, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning systems and more. Failure of one of these systems is no longer an inconvenience; it may be critical to the safe operation of the vehicle.”

Founded in 1999 as the Center for Advanced Vehicle Electronics, CAVE3 has over the years expanded its expertise to include extreme environment electronics. Lall has been the center’s director since 2008, following his appointment as associate director in 2004. Lall also directs Auburn’s Harsh Environments Node of the NextFlex Manufacturing Institute, part of a national manufacturing effort on harsh environment electronics led by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Lall joined the Auburn faculty in 2002 after a distinguished industry career at Motorola, where he worked on the development and manufacture of wireless products such as cellphones and two-way radios.

“Dr. Lall’s recognition with the Alex Schwarzkopf Prize is evidence of the societal and transformational impact that Auburn University is making on automotive and harsh environment technologies in everyday life,” said John Mason, Auburn’s vice president for research and economic development.

NSF’s cooperative research centers program was established in 1973 by Schwarzkopf to develop long-term research partnerships among industry, academe and government in areas of mutual interest. The Alexander Schwarzkopf Prize for Technological Innovation has been presented annually since 2003 to an individual or team at a member institution whose research makes an exemplary contribution to technology innovation. More than 100 universities and nearly a thousand researchers are members.

LALL RECEIVES THE 2016 WRIGHT A. GARDNER AWARD OF THE ALABAMA ACADEMY OF SCIENCE

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Pradeep Lall, John and Anne MacFarlane professor in Auburn University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, has received the Wright Gardner Award from the Alabama Academy of Science.

Lall joined the Auburn faculty in 2002 as an associate professor after a successful career at Motorola, where he worked on the development and manufacture of wireless products including cellular phones and two-way radios.  He is best known for his research in the areas of reliability and prognostics for electronic systems operating in harsh environments.  His contributions to the development of methodologies for prognostication of electronics based on leading indicators of failure have been adopted by the automotive industry for development of next generation on-board diagnostic systems.

“I am honored to receive this award and want to thank the Alabama Academy of Science for this recognition,” Lall said. “The award is a testament to the strong research environment at Auburn University which has provided me the opportunity to make a meaningful impact.”

Lall says that his prior experience in the development of manufacturing processes in high-volume environments has enabled him to bring aspects of the electronics manufacturing industry into the classroom and his research at Auburn. Lall serves as director of Auburn’s NSF-CAVE3 Electronics Research Center, which is dedicated to working with industry to develop and implement new technologies for the packaging and manufacturing of electronics.

Lall also leads a national manufacturing effort on harsh environment electronics established at Auburn as part of a U.S. Department of Defense-led flexible hybrid electronics institute called NextFlex.

“Auburn University’s Harsh Environment Node of NextFlex will help catalyze the establishment of a flexible electronics ecosystem in Alabama through the development of technology product demonstrators and workforce training programs to make an impact on the manufacturing economy in Alabama.”

The Wright Gardner Award was established by the Alabama Academy of Science in 1984 to honor individuals whose work during residence in Alabama had been outstanding. Past recipients nominated for this award have included researchers, teachers, industrialists, clinicians, scholars and active members and office bearers of the Alabama Academy of Science.

CAVE3 Paper wins 2014/2015 ASME Journal of Electronic Packaging Best Paper Award

The following paper has been selected as the 2014/2015 ASME Journal of Electronic Packaging Best Paper Award winner. 

Lall, P., Lowe, R., Comparison of Prognostic Health Management Algorithms for Assessment of Electronic Reliability Under Vibration, ASME Journal of Electronic Packaging, Volume 136, No. 4, doi:10.1115/1.4028163, pp. 041013-1-to 041013-8, December 2014.

The award was conferred at the ASME IMECE 2015 Conference in Houston, TX on Nov 17th, 2015.

IMG_5421Prof. Pradeep Lall (Left) with Prof. Y.C. Lee (Right)

CAVE3 Team attends ASME InterPACK and ICNMM 2015 Conference to Present Research Papers

The following students from Professor Lall’s research team visited the ASME InterPACK and ICNMM 2015 Conference in San Franscisco from July 6-9, 2015 to present their research papers:

  1. Hao Zhang
  2. Yihua Luo
  3. Nakul Kothari
  4. Vikas Yadav
  5. Shantanu Deshpande
  6. Junchao Wei
  7. Amrit Abrol
  8. Peter Sakalaukus.

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Pictured from Left-to-Right: Hao Zhang, Yihua Luo, Nakul Kothari, Vikas Yadav, Professor Pradeep Lall, Shantanu Deshpande, Junchao Wei, Amrit Abrol, Peter Sakalaukus. 

 

CAVE3 Paper wins the Best-Poster Paper Award at the ASME InterPACK and ICNMM 2015

The following CAVE3 paper won the Best-Poster Paper Award at the ASME InterPACK and ICNMM 2015 Conference held in San Francisco, CA on July 6-9, 2015.

Lall, P., Deshpande, S., Nguyen, L., Fuming Acid Based Decapsulation Process for Copper-Aluminum Wirebond System Molded with Different EMC’s, Paper IPACKICNMM2015-48638; Session 14-2-1, ASME International Technical Conference and Exhibition on Packaging and Integration of Electronic and Photonic Microsystems (InterPACK), San Francisco, CA, July 6-9, 2015

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Pictured from Left-to-Right: Pradeep Lall (AU) and Shantanu Deshpande (AU)

CAVE3 Papers to be Presented at the ASME InterPACK 2015, San Francisco, California, July 6-9, 2015

The following CAVE3 papers will be presented at the ASME InterPACK 2015 in San Francisco, California.  Several students are travelling to the conference to present the papers along with Professor Lall.

  1. Lall, P., Deshpande, S., Nguyen, L., Fuming Acid Based Decapsulation Process for Copper-Aluminum Wirebond System Molded with Different EMC’s, Paper IPACKICNMM2015-48638; Session 14-2-1, ASME International Technical Conference and Exhibition on Packaging and Integration of Electronic and Photonic Microsystems (InterPACK), San Francisco, CA, July 6-9, 2015
  2. Lall, P., Sakalaukus, P., Davis, L., An Investigation of Catastrophic Failure in Solid-State Lamps Exposed to Harsh Environment Operational Conditions, Paper IPACKICNMM2015-48257; Session 1-5-1, ASME International Technical Conference and Exhibition on Packaging and Integration of Electronic and Photonic Microsystems (InterPACK), San Francisco, CA, July 6-9, 2015
  3. Lall, P., Luo, Y., Nguyen, L., Chlorine Ion Related Corrosion in Cu-Al Wirebond Microelectronic Packages, Paper IPACKICNMM2015-48639; Session 1-3-2, ASME International Technical Conference and Exhibition on Packaging and Integration of Electronic and Photonic Microsystems (InterPACK), San Francisco, CA, July 6-9, 2015
  4. Lall, P., Zhang, H., Davis, L., Discoloration and Failure Mechanism Analysis of High Power pc-LED Under Harsh Environment in Presence of Contamination, Paper IPACKICNMM2015-48724; Session 1-5-1, ASME International Technical Conference and Exhibition on Packaging and Integration of Electronic and Photonic Microsystems (InterPACK), San Francisco, CA, July 6-9, 2015
  5. Lall, P., Wei, J., LED Chip Deformation Measurement During the Operation Using the X-ray CT Digital Volume Correlation, Paper IPACKICNMM2015-48785; Session 14-5-1, ASME International Technical Conference and Exhibition on Packaging and Integration of Electronic and Photonic Microsystems (InterPACK), San Francisco, CA, July 6-9, 2015
  6. Lall, P., Abrol, A., Simpson, L., Glover, J., Survivability of MEMS Accelerometer Under Sequential Thermal and High-G Shock Environments, Paper IPACKICNMM2015-48790; Session 3-1-1, ASME International Technical Conference and Exhibition on Packaging and Integration of Electronic and Photonic Microsystems (InterPACK), San Francisco, CA, July 6-9, 2015
  7. Lall, P., Yadav, V., Suhling, J., A Study on the Evolution of the High Strain Rate Mechanical Properties of SAC105 Leadfree Alloy at High Operating Temperatures, Paper IPACKICNMM2015-48389; Session 14-2-1, ASME International Technical Conference and Exhibition on Packaging and Integration of Electronic and Photonic Microsystems (InterPACK), San Francisco, CA, July 6-9, 2015
  8. Lall, P., Kothari, N., Glover, J., Mechanical Shock Reliability Analysis and Multiphysics Modeling of MEMS Accelerometers in Harsh Environments, Paper IPACKICNMM2015-48457; Session 3-3-2, ASME International Technical Conference and Exhibition on Packaging and Integration of Electronic and Photonic Microsystems (InterPACK), San Francisco, CA, July 6-9, 2015
  9. Lall, P., Mirza, K., Suhling, J., DIC Based Investigation into the Effect of Mean Temperature of Thermal Cycle on the Strain State in SnAgCu Solder Joint, Paper IPACKICNMM2015-48727, Session 14-5-1, ASME International Technical Conference and Exhibition on Packaging and Integration of Electronic and Photonic Microsystems (InterPACK), San Francisco, CA, July 6-9, 2015

List of CAVE3 papers to be presented at the IEEE PHM Conference in Austin, Texas, June 22-25, 2015

The following CAVE3 papers will be presented at the IEEE PHM 2015 Conference, Austin, TX from June 22-25, 2015.

  1. Prognostication of Solder-Joint Reliability of 0.4mm and 0.5mm Pitch BGAs Subjected to Mechanical Shocks up to 10,000G, Pradeep Lall, Kalyan Dornala, Junchao Wei, Ryan Lowe, Jason Foley, IEEE PHM Conference, Austin, Texas, pp. 1-14, June 22-25, 2015
  2. Prognostication of LED Remaining Useful Life and Color Stability in the Presence of Contamination, Pradeep Lall, Hao Zhang, Lynn Davis, IEEE PHM Conference, Austin, Texas, pp. 1-8, June 22-25, 2015