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Dr. Steven Li to Lead IEEE Reliability Society 2022 Slate of Officers

SPRINGFIELD, MA (12/14/2021) Dr. Zhaojun ‘Steven’ Li of the Western New England University (WNE) College of Engineering has been elected to serve as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Reliability Society’s 2022 President. Election results were announced in early December.

Dr. Li is an Associate Professor with the Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management at WNE. He currently serves on the editorial board for IEEE Transactions on Reliability and is the lead editor of IEEE Access Reliability Society Section. Dr. Li served as the vice president for publications of IEEE Reliability Society in 2019 and has been the treasurer since 2020. He also served as a board member of IISE Quality Control and Reliability Engineering (QCRE) Division. He is an ASQ Certified Reliability Engineer and Caterpillar Six Sigma Black Belt. His research interests include data analytics, applied statistics, operations research, and reliability engineering. Dr. Li is a senior member of IEEE and IISE.

Dr. Li was named Engineer of the Year by IEEE Reliability Society in 2020. He received his PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Washington.

Established in 1884, the IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the beefit of humanity. The IEEE Reliability Society promotes recognition of the reliability profession, develops and disseminates reliability best practices, and is a resource for collaboration among reliability professionals.

Dr. Li will be joined by:

Loretta Arellano – VP Membership

Eric Wong – VP Publications

Lou Gullo – VP Technical Activities

Christian Hansen – VP Meetings and Conferences

“I am very honored and humbled to be elected as the president of the IEEE Reliability Society,” says Li. “I will be listening to our members’ voices and to enhance the membership benefits in multiple dimensions such as active member engagement, publications, new technical activities, and other initiatives. I look forward to serving our community in this new role and working together to embrace growth and excellence.”

Dr. Li is a resident of Longmeadow.

Western New England University (WNE) is a private, nationally ranked, comprehensive institution with a focus on preparing work-ready and world-ready graduates. Founded in 1919 in Springfield, Massachusetts as a division of Northeastern College, WNE’s 215-acre suburban campus serves more than 3,700 students, including over 2,500 full-time undergraduates. More than 47,000 alumni have earned degrees through its 90+ undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs at Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and School of Law. Students come from 39 U.S. states and territories and 23 countries. Of 45,104 living alumni, 30% remain within the region, residing in the four Western Massachusetts counties and northern Connecticut.

WNE is classified among nationally ranked universities in US News and World Report, and among the Top 100 Undergraduate Engineering programs, and in the Doctoral/Professional Universities category in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.