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Kemmner Becomes First PhD Graduate from German IE PhD Program

Kemmner In Cap and GownOn May 9, 2012, Dr. Markus Kemmner, Senior R&D Project Leader at Daimler in Germany, successfully defended his PhD dissertation, entitled “Reliability Demonstration of a Multi-Component Weibull System Under Zero-Failure Assumption”.   His research makes significant contributions to the area of reliability engineering by proposing new methods for demonstrating the reliability of complex systems using data from samples that survive extensive test regimens.  His work is unique in that it is the first to provide confidence limit estimates of system reliability from tests in which no failures were observed.  This new approach will enable engineers to develop optimal reliability test plans to ensure products have better reliability and lower overall testing costs. The faculty reading committee consisted of Dr.  John Usher (Director), Dr. William Biles (IE), Dr. Gail DePuy (IE) , and Dr. Thomas Riedel (Mathematics).  Markus was "hooded" by Dr. Usher at the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony on May 11.   (See photo).  Markus is the first PhD graduate from the international program that initiated in 2009 through a collaborative effort between the University of Louisville's Department of Industrial Engineering, Fern-Hochschule in Hamburg and Wuerth Akadamie in Bad Mergentheim. That program now has a total of 51 students who are nearing completion.  

The IE Department, the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, and the University of Louisville are extremely proud of Markus' accomplishments and  wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.

Photo:  Dr. Markus Kemmner (left) and Dr. John Usher

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