Prof Dr-Michael Gerard Pecht

Title:From the explosion of E/cigarettes to the safety of batteries

Bio: Michael G. Pecht ( received a BS in physics, an MS in electrical Engineering and an MS and PhD in engineering mechanics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is a Professional Engineer, an IEEE Fellow, an ASME Fellow, an SAE Fellow and an IMAPS Fellow. He is the editor-in-chief of IEEE Access, and served as chief editor of the IEEE Transactions on Reliability for nine years, and chief editor for Microelectronics Reliability for sixteen years. He has also served on three U.S. National Academy of Science studies, two US Congressional investigations in automotive safety, and as an expert to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He is the founder and Director of CALCE (Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering) at the University of Maryland, which is funded by over 150 of the world’s leading electronics companies at more than US$6M/year. The CALCE Center received the NSF Innovation Award in 2009 and the National Defense Industries Association Award. Prof Pecht is currently a Chair Professor in Mechanical Engineering and a Professor in Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Scientific Computation at the University of Maryland. He has written more than twenty books on product reliability, development, use and supply chain management. He has also written a series of books of the electronics industry in China, Korea, Japan and India. He has written over 700 technical articles and has 8 patents. In 2015 he was awarded the IEEE Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Award for visionary leadership in the development of physics-of-failure-based and prognostics-based approaches to electronic packaging reliability. He was also awarded the Chinese Academy of Sciences President's International Fellowship. In 2013, he was awarded the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Engineering Distinguished Achievement Award. In 2011, he received the University of Maryland’s Innovation Award for his new concepts in risk management. In 2010, he received the IEEE Exceptional Technical Achievement Award for his innovations in the area of prognostics and systems health management. In 2008, he was awarded the highest reliability honor, the IEEE Reliability Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. .

Abstract: E-cigarettes have become popular as an alternative to traditional tobacco products. However, the safety of e-cigarettes is a significant issue, as there have been numerous incidents of Li-ion battery fires and explosions resulting in bodily injury and property damage. This paper presentation give a comprehensive review of publicly reported e-cigarette fire and explosion incidents and then identifies and discusses key concerns and Li-ion battery failure causes.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Jossen

Title:  Battery Energy Storage Systems for Stationary Applications
- Technologies, Requirements, Operation and Optimization, Economic -

Bio: Andreas Jossen studied electrical engineering at the University of Stuttgart. Within his phd he worked on battery aging for solar stand-alone systems at the same university. At the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) in Ulm he was responsible for a group working in battery system technology. Since 2010 Andreas Jossen holds a full professorship at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and he is founder and head of the institute of Electrical Energy Storage Technology. His research activities are modeling, simulation and characterization of rechargeable batteries and fundamental and applied topics in battery systems, as battery topologies, state determination and control of battery systems. His research group is involved in several projects for the energy transmission in Germany by integration of stationary storage systems in the electric power system. He has founding editor and editor in chief of the mdpi journal batteries and he has published about 100 journal papers, 1 book and several book chapters and patents .