Georgia Southern University, USA
Speech Title: Reduced Total Program Test to Failure Time with Weibull-Johnson Sudden Death Testing (Abstract_Download)
Biography: Prof. Brian L. Vlcek is professor and department chair of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Southern University. Most recently he chaired the committee that created the manufacturing engineering program, and was named interim-chair of manufacturing engineering upon the launch of the new department. Dr. Vlcek earned his B.S., M.S. and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. His general areas of research interest for the last twenty years has been both Engineering Education & Assessment and Tribology, with a current emphasis on fatigue failure, rolling element bearing failure, probabilistic modeling of fatigue failure, Weibull Analysis of fatigue failure, and tribological properties of biolubricants and biofuel-contaminants. Dr. Vlcek was a research engineer with RPI's Institute for Wear Control and Tribology for 5-years, during which he demonstrated novel high temperature vapor lubrication techniques. He next served for five years, prior to coming to Georgia Southern, as a consulting research engineer and project manager at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, where he solved failure problems related to currency printing manufacture. Dr. Vlcek has had researched associations with NASA spanning thirty-three years, and was a NASA summer faculty fellow or an invited summer academic visitor at NASA-Glenn Research Center from 2001-2013. Dr. Vlcek is the 2009-10 recipient of the Georgia Southern Medal for Excellence in Service. He is co-author of the 2012 paper awarded the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineer's Wilbur Deutsch Memorial Award for outstanding applied paper. He is author or co-author of over 35 publications in his area of technical expertise and engineering education & assessment.