Beltsville, MD – September 30, 2013 – DfR Solutions, a leader in quality, reliability, and durability (QRD) solutions for the electronics industry, today announced a new appointment to its management team. Michael A. Howard will serve as Director of Operations at DfR Solutions.
Mr. Howard’s new responsibilities include managing processes that assure product quality, facility security, and personnel safety. He serves as the management representative for the ISO 9001:2008 certified quality management system and manages project cost, technical, and schedule performance on all projects. Mr. Howard also directs internal audit and training programs to ensure compliance with contract requirements and maintain employee awareness of security and safety best-practices.
Additionally, Howard will function as a senior engineering resource for proposal development and project execution where mechanical degradation, especially corrosion mechanisms, contribute to the failure of components and systems.
Mr. Howard brings more than 25 years of engineering and program management experience along with leadership and instructional skills to DfR Solutions. Prior to accepting this appointment, Mr. Howard functioned as an Internal Auditor at DfR Solutions. Before joining DfR Solutions, Howard held technical positions with ARINC Engineering Services in Maryland, the U.S. Air Force at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, and taught Aerospace Engineering at the high school level. Howard holds a MEng. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State University. He holds several certifications and memberships including ISO 9001:2000 Lead Auditor certification and is a member of the AIAA, INCOSE, and NCMS. He has also published a number of technical papers.
“The addition of Mike Howard to this position along with our ISO 9001 and ITAR certifications are clear examples of our dedication to providing not only technical expertise to our clients but an assurance that their projects are being handled with the utmost quality and security,” said Craig Hillman, CEO of DfR Solutions. “Mike’s extensive experience in support of aeronautics and military systems and processes coupled with his keen understanding of systems and security makes him a clear choice for this position,” noted Hillman.
About DfR Solutions, LLC:
DfR Solutions has world-renowned expertise in applying the science of Reliability Physics to electrical and electronics technologies and is a leading provider of quality, reliability, and durability (QRD) research and consulting for the electronics industry. The company’s integrated use of Physics of Failure (PoF) and Best Practices provides crucial insights and solutions early in product design and development and throughout the product life cycle. DfR Solutions specializes in providing knowledge- and science-based solutions to maximize and accelerate the product integrity assurance activities of their clients in every marketplace for electronic technologies (consumer, industrial, automotive, medical, military, telecom, oil drilling, and throughout the electronic component and material supply chain).