Design for Reliability

Presenter: Dock Brown, CRE


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  • General Concepts and Models
  • Fitness for Use
  • Five Pillars of DfX
  • Four DfX Qualities
  • Design Control Waterfall
  • Risk Assessment
  • Conceptual Product Space Model
  • Rules vs Tools
  • PCB Material Degradation
  • The Bathtub Curve
  • Industry Standards
  • Contamination & Cleanliness
  • Ceramic Capacitors
  • Connectors
  • Fluxes
  • Q & A

Speaker Biography:

Dock Brown brings his more than 30 years of electronics reliability experience to clients of DfR Solutions. Prior to joining DfR Solutions, he spent 20 years at Medtronic where he most recently concentrated on the transition to RoHS materials and processes of harsh environment Class III medical devices. He was also responsible for supplier assessment and approval, on-going supplier audits, failure analysis, corrective actions, MRB, sampling, and ultimately full accountability for quality and reliability of COTS and custom parts and assemblies from a worldwide supplier base. Earlier in his career, Mr. Brown also worked in technology management positions at Sundstrand Data Control where he led the implementation of the Boeing AQS program and at Olin Aerospace.

As a volunteer, he has been involved with ASQ, IEEE, IPC, and SMTA. He has taught DfX, tin whiskers, statistics, design of experiments, and has contributed to standards development.


September 21st, 2016
6:00pm - 8:00pm



Lake Washington Institute of Technology - Kirkland Campus
Room A102
11605 132nd Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98034

Park in the south lot off of 132nd Ave NE. Room A102 is located in the south-east corner of the building, on the 1st floor.