Banquet Speaker—Georgios Sarakakis
Reliability for Revolution: positioning the reliability team for product innovation
The traditional reliability team has been considered a service organization that highlights, quantifies and reduces product risk. In a sense that organization tends to prefer evolutionary designs and small iterative steps. However, when it comes to major technological breakthroughs, such as the EV revolution and the reinvention of the automobile as a technology platform, a new kind of reliability organization is required: one that shifts from services into solutions and is a key contributor in supporting product innovation.
Georgios Sarakakis is Vice President of Reliability Engineering at Rivian. He is leading an innovative organization that covers Design for Reliability, Field Reliability, Sustaining and Supplier Reliability, Reliability Diagnostics and Prognostics, Data Science and Analytics, Failure Analysis, Materials Engineering, Functional Safety and Design for Sustainability.
He is passionate about bringing a data and physics first mindset in reliability engineering and building high performing and highly engaged teams.
Prior to Rivian, Georgios held reliability management roles at Apple and Waymo, led reliability at Tesla and learned reliability at hp and ReliaSoft.
Georgios holds an Executive MBA from UC Berkeley Haas, an MS in Project Management from George Washington University, and an MS in Reliability Engineering from the University of Arizona.