Nicholas Torelli, Jr.
Director, Mission Assurance
Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering
Mr. Torelli serves as Director of Mission Assurance in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering. He is responsible for Systems Engineering, Development Planning, and Specialty Engineering policy, guidance and defense standardization. He is the focal point for human capital strategy and planning for improvement of Defense Acquisition technical management career fields (Systems Engineering, Production, Quality and Manufacturing, and related Software curriculum). His Specialty Engineering responsibilities include Reliability, Maintainability, System Safety, Manufacturing, Software, Human Systems Integration, and management of the Value Engineering (VE) program.
Mr. Torelli has over 35 years of experience supporting national defense. His career spans the U. S. Navy (attack submarines), over 25 years in the defense industry with several major corporations, and a prior tour in OSD. After departing the Naval Submarine Force, he held increasingly responsible positions in the defense industry beginning as a systems engineer, progressing to program manager and plant manager. He was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Production Resources) in late 1990, managing weapons systems transition to production, the defense industrial base, quality, specifications and standards, and concurrent engineering. In his most recent job in industry, Mr. Torelli worked for the Raytheon Company, where his responsibilities and accomplishments included executing critical post-merger company consolidations and leading the Six Sigma transformation of the $4B Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence business. He came to OSD from the highly successful MIND program, winner of the OSD "Top 5 Program" award in 2006, where he managed program development and engineering changes for this large intelligence program.
He received a Bachelor of Science from the U. S. Naval Academy (1972) before naval nuclear power training and submarine duty. He retired from the U. S. Naval Reserve with the rank of Commander, with service as a Battle Group Command Watch Officer and Tactical Training Group (Atlantic) instructor.
Director of Quality
Mouser Electronics Inc.
Chuck Amsden, Director of Quality, brings over 24 years of quality assurance and compliance experience to Mouser. He is responsible for the short- and long-term goals of quality assurance and compliance - maintaining a keen focus on Mouser's commitment to continual improvement of processes, services and products that exceed customer "first experience" expectations. In this central role, Amsden works closely with Mouser's CEO, executive management and operational teams throughout the company in formulating and recommending quality assurance and compliance policies and programs.
Aside from directing the quality assurance staff and daily operations, Amsden also assures that the company's distribution operations are in compliance with industry and company standards. He manages Mouser's quality management system, environmental compliance, trade compliance and serves as a legal liaison with attorneys and law enforcement. Under his guidance, he has helped lead Mouser to obtaining ANS9120A/ISO9001: 2008 and ANSI/ESD S20.20-2007 certifications. Additionally, Amsden spearheads the company's environmental policies, including lead-free and RoHS, WEEE, packaging waste, and proper disposal of batteries and chemicals, plus other green distribution best practices.
Prior to joining Mouser in 2003, he was the Quality Manager over Calibration Laboratory and Quality Management System for Tyco Financial, where his career spanned 15 years. Amsden currently serves as a contributing member of SAE G-19 Committee, working on standards for mitigating counterfeits in the electronic components supply chain. He is also involved in ECIA, chairing a committee on developing methods of traceability within authorized distribution, on the ECIA Certification Task Force focused on mitigating counterfeits, and active committee member addressing excess inventory within the electronics industry.
Spectral Response, LLC
Gary Beckstedt has been in the electronics industry since 1987. In addition to his technical experience, he has held a number of quality-related positions, including ANSI/ESD S20.20 electrostatic discharge coordinator, IDEA-ICE-3000 certified professional inspector, and ISO management representative. He is a certified SAE AS9100:2009 and ISO 9001:2008 Lead Auditor. An armed forces veteran, Beckstedt received the majority of his formal technical training in the U.S. Air Force, where he worked on RADAR systems to support the Desert Storm and Desert Shield campaigns. His extensive background also includes management roles in purchasing, sales, and engineering.
Gary is heavily involved in the counterfeit electronic mitigation effort, working with the G19D committee on the upcoming AS6081 standard, and with SMTA/CALCE as a speaker and chairperson. Beckstedt serves as secretary for the Atlanta chapter of the Surface Mount Technology Association. He has received numerous technical awards and is a frequent speaker at technical seminars, trade shows, and businesses around the world.
University of Maryland
Diganta Das, (Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, B.Tech, Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology) is a member of the research staff at the Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering. His expertise is in reliability, environmental and operational ratings of electronic parts, uprating, and electronic part reprocessing, counterfeit electronics, technology trends in the electronic parts and parts selection and management methodologies. His current research interests include counterfeit electronics avoidance and detection, light emitting diode failure mechanisms, cooling systems in telecommunications infrastructure and their impact on reliability, and power electronics reliability. Dr. Das has published more than 60 articles on these subjects, and presented his research at international conferences and workshops. He had been the technical editor for two IEEE standards and is currently vice chair of the standards group of IEEE Reliability Society. Dr. Das leads the Educational Outreach of CALCE with responsibility to develop inter-organizational agreements on joint educational programs, training and internship program, and professional development. He is an Associate Editor of the journal Microelectronics Reliability. He is a Six Sigma Black Belt and a member of IEEE, IMAPS and SMTA.
Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
Keith Gregory practices in the areas of general business matters, corporate, franchise and partnership disputes, and intellectual property and commercial litigation. He is an experienced litigator, with considerable background in intellectual property issues, licensing agreements, trade secret matters and Uniform Commercial Code issues, especially within the electronic components and semi-conductor industries. Keith was recently appointed to the SAE International AS6081 Committee, established to develop standards proscribing counterfeit parts avoidance requirements for independent distributors.
Sultan Ali Lilani
Manager of Technical Business Development
Sultan Ali Lilani is Manager of Technical Business Development at Integra Technologies. Prior to joining Integra Technologies, Sultan held a similar position at Hi-Reliability Microelectronics, a Division of Silicon Turnkey Solutions. Previous to Hi-Rel Microelectronics, Sultan was Director of Quality and Reliability at NEC Electronics for 18 years and also served as Director of Product and Test at Akros Silicon, an energy management IC start-up.
Sultan has in-depth knowledge of Reliability Engineering, Program Management, Testing and Qualification for Aerospace, Defense and Industrial applications for semiconductor products including Digital, Analog, Mixed Signal, ASICs, Microprocessors, Memory, Custom Semiconductors, Discretes, Linears and Passives.
Sultan is the co-chair of SAE G19A Counterfeit Committee which is developing standards to detect suspect counterfeit components, promoting the maxim use of authentic parts, and helping ensure consistency of test techniques and requirements across the supply-chain.
Technical Director & Engineering Fellow
Henry Livingston is an Engineering Fellow and Technical Director at BAE Systems Electronic Systems. Henry is BAE Systems Electronic Solutions' subject matter expert in the Component Engineering field, and is widely published on component reliability assessment, obsolescence management, semiconductor industry trends and counterfeit electronic components. Henry is a member of Industry Advisory Group to the Government-Industry Data Exchange Program. Henry is also a member of the SAE G19 Committee.
Vice President for Military and Government Programs
Applied DNA Sciences Inc.
Janice Meraglia is Vice President for Military and Government Programs at Applied DNA Sciences where her focus is to demonstrate how DNA can offer a solution to mitigate the risk of counterfeits by assuring authenticity of genuine product. Ms. Meraglia leading a DLA project that is focused on using SigNature DNA markers on FSC 5962, Electronic Microcircuits.
In addition to working with scientists and PhDs with various biological and chemical disciplines, Janice's team includes seasoned professionals with electronic, quality, logistics and government relations experience. Together her team represents a comprehensive and intelligent solution across the technical and business aspects necessary to assure authenticity in electronics and other industry sectors.
Vice President, Total Quality
Kevin Sink is the VP, Total Quality at TTI, Inc., the global authorized distributor of electronic components based in Fort Worth, TX. Kevin is a member of the SAE G-19 committee developing standards for counterfeit mitigation and has spoken at several symposia on the topic. Coupling his experience in the mil/aero and electronics industries since 1988 with his interests in the issue, Kevin brings the perspective of authorized distribution to bear on best practices in counterfeit risk mitigation.
SAE International G-19 Committee Chairman
Phil Zulueta is an independent consultant and Chairman of the SAE International G-19 Committee, involved with the mitigation of counterfeit electronic parts through the collaborative development and release of international standards and the delivery of awareness presentations and courses at conferences and related venues.
Phil was previously a JPL Program Element Manager for the NASA Electronic Parts and Packaging (NEPP) Program, Chairman of the JPL Counterfeit Parts Working Group and Manager of the Hardware Technology Assurance Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Office of Safety and Mission Success. He supervised a team of engineers, researchers and technologists involved in Electronics Packaging Assurance Technologies, Non-destructive Evaluation, Electronics Manufacturing Technology Transfer and Certification, Electronics Inspection, Optical Metrology, Electro-Static Discharge (ESD) Awareness/Control and Counterfeit Electronic Parts Risk Mitigation.
Prior to joining JPL, he was Regional Manager for Electro-Science Laboratories, Program Manager for Ball Aerospace, Engineering Group Manager for Hughes Microelectronics and a Microelectronics Process Engineer for Northrop Electronics. Phil is a Past-President of the International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS). He earned a Masters degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor's of Science degree in Materials Engineering from California State University Long Beach.