January 22, 2007 — The Electronic Device Failure Analysis Society (EDFAS) awarded its first-ever Lifetime Achievement Recognition to Stan Silvus, manager of the Electronic-Component Failure-Analysis Laboratory in the Applied Physics Division at Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®). He received a plaque to commemorate the honor. EDFAS, an affiliate of ASM International, is dedicated to fostering education, communication, and collaboration in the failure analysis community for technology advancement, improved performance, and reliability of electronic devices and systems.
The lifetime achievement distinction recognizes "exceptional volunteer service in providing opportunities for professional development within the microelectronics failure analysis community." Silvus has served EDFAS since it was organized, and he is on the editorial committee for Electronic Device Failure Analysis, the quarterly magazine published by EDFAS. For many years, he has been involved in the International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis (ISTFA) conference series, which is now sponsored by EDFAS.
At SwRI, Silvus has designed and evaluated electronic and electromechanical systems. His expertise in design, development, and evaluation of electronic circuits and electromechanical devices for control and instrumentation applications has resulted in seven patents.
Since 1978, he has been responsible for planning construction-analysis and failure-analysis protocols, analyzing and interpreting technical data, and supervising lab personnel and equipment.
Silvus holds bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Rice University. He is a charter member of EDFAS and a life member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He is a licensed professional engineer in Texas.
For more information contact Maria Stothoff at (210) 522-3305, Communications Department, Southwest Research Institute, 6220 Culebra Road, San Antonio, TX 78238-5166.