Joel Nachlas, Scholar
Fred interviews Joel Nachlas an author and the editor of the Reliability and Maintainability Symposium proceedings. He was also an associate professor emeritus of industrial and systems engineering at Virginia Tech.
Dr. Joel A. Nachlas, who retired from his Associate Professor position in March 2016, was conferred the title of “Associate Professor Emeritus” by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors in April. He joined the department’s emeritus faculty which has more than 15 members.
Dr. Nachlas was a VT ISE faculty member for the past 41 years. After earning his undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR) at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Nachlas earned his MS and PhD at the University of Pittsburgh. He was briefly an instructor there and joined the ISE department (then called IEOR) at Virginia Tech in 1974.
During his tenure in ISE, he established a strong reputation in the Reliability and Quality Control research community. He has written three books and has produced many high-quality publications in his field. He served as Associate Editor for IIE Transactions on Quality and Reliability, and for many years served as Editor for the proceedings of the annual Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS). He has won numerous awards based on the quality of his contributions, and he is a Fellow of two societies: the Society of Reliability Engineers (SRE) and the American Society for Quality (ASQ).
Dr. Nachlas has also been a strong advocate for international programs within the College of Engineering. He completed three different sabbatical leaves in France; first at the University of Angers and then twice more at the University of Nice. He has been a leader in developing and maintaining the relationship between ISE and Ecole des Mines de Nantes.
In addition, Dr. Nachlas is an accomplished athlete and coach. At Johns Hopkins, he played as a mid-fielder on a National Championship Lacrosse team. After joining Virginia Tech, he served as coach of the men’s lacrosse team for more than 30 years. He was as dedicated to his student athletes as he was to his students in the classroom, and he led his team to many victories. He won a number of coaching awards, including the prestigious U.S. Lacrosse National Coach of the Year Award in 2001.
For more information about Dr. Nachlas’s accomplishments, please go to the full story “Joel A. Nachlas honored with emeritus status” on the Virginia Tech News.
In this episode, Fred and Joel discuss:
- His role as the editor of the proceedings for RAMS
- His book and intent to make products and systems safer by being reliable
- How he got started in reliability engineering – right from his college days
Recorded January 2017.