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Sandborn, Peter

Peter Sandborn
2106A Glenn L. Martin Hall

Research Interests 

Analysis of complex electronic systems, specifically the packaging and interconnec-tion technologies associated with the physical implementation of the systems. Projects include electronic part obsolescence, prognostics and health management for electronic systems, and the cost of ownership of electronic parts.


Peter Sandborn has experience in electronic part obsolescence forecasting and management; life cycle and manufacturing cost analysis of electronic systems; sustainment of electronic systems (reliability and obsolescence analysis); methodology and implementation of technology tradeoff analysis for electronic systems; design-to-cost; design-for-manufacturability; design-for-environment; MEMS packaging and reliability; C, C++, and web-based client/server (Java) design tool development.

He joined the University of Maryland in 1998. He is director of the Electronic Systems Cost Modeling Laboratory and a member of the Computer Aided Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE) Electronic Products and Systems Center. Prior to his work at the university, he founded and later was the vice president for engineering and chief technical officer of Savantage, Inc., Austin, Texas. This company provided virtual prototyping software and services to the electronic packaging and interconnect community.  Savantage, Inc. was acquired by Nu Thena Systems, Inc. in January 1998. Sandborn then was the chief technical officer of SavanSys with Nu Thena Systems, Inc., Austin, Texas. Nu Thena provided software solutions for verifying the functional correctness of designs, optimizing an architectural design - including the partitioning of functionality into electronic hardware and embedded software, and establishing a test and verification framework for downstream (hardware and software) component design.

Sandborn earned a Ph.D. Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan in 1987. He is author or co-author of over 100 technical papers, articles and book chapters, and the developer and presenter of tutorials, workshops, and short courses.

Honors and Awards 

Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2013

Related News 

Maria Bruck wins student paper award at ASME Power & Energy Conference
Peter Sandborn and Navid Goudarzi were co-authors with Bruck, an economics undergrad. July 8, 2016

Peter Sandborn is PI for NSF performance contract engineering grant
Research will integrate contract and system design for systems that are subject to performance-based contracts. August 15, 2015

Professor Peter Sandborn Elected ASME Fellow
Sandborn recognized for contributions to field of life-cycle cost modeling for systems. August 5, 2013

ISR Alumni Symposium is rousing success
Full house for presentations, discussions of entrepreneurship. April 24, 2013

Six ISR students named to Future Faculty Fellows program
Clark School program prepares students for academic careers in Top-50 engineering schools. January 18, 2013

Peter Sandborn named interim director of Mtech
Sandborn succeeds longtime Mtech director David Barbe. November 9, 2012

Sandborn co-author on new product obsolescence book
Book covers obsolescence forecasting methodologies, including forecasting tactics for hardware and software. July 9, 2012

Peter Sandborn receives NSF grant for managing product obsolescence
Sandborn will build a knowledge representation scheme and management system for obsolescence management and mitigation. July 2, 2009

Adomaitis, Ghodssi, Sandborn promoted
University of Maryland President C.D. Mote promotes three ISR faculty to full professor. April 27, 2009

Sandborn writes about obsolete systems for IEEE Spectrum
ISR-affiliated faculty member looks at the costs and problems when technology emerges too rapidly. August 5, 2008

Lovell, Sandborn join Clark School's Keystone distinguished professors
Faculty in the program help improve foundational engineering courses. July 30, 2008

Enhanced Technology Obsolescence Forecasting Algorithm (ISR IP)
This IP is available to license. June 21, 2007

MOCA: Mitigation of Obsolescence Cost Analysis (ISR IP)
This IP is available to license. June 19, 2007

Daniel Fitzgerald wins ARCS Scholarship
ISR grad student helps develop design for environment process for Black & Decker. January 16, 2005

Sandborn is PI for NSF SGER GOALI award
Study will impact the proactive obsolescence of electronic parts. September 10, 2004

ISR welcomes Liu, Sandborn, Shapiro and Vorontsov to faculty
Four faculty members bring varied research interests to ISR. July 4, 2003

Herrmann, Schmidt and Sandborn awarded NSF PREMISE grant
Research will apply decision production systems to improve environmentally responsible product development August 1, 2002