Akira Terao is a Principal R&D Reliability Engineer/Manager at SunPower Corporation. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Sciences from the University of Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve) in Belgium. Akira has been with SunPower since 1996. In 2006, he founded SunPower’s R&D Reliability Group and laid the foundations of SunPower’s reliability system, which is tightly woven into the lifecycle of its products, from early development to high volume manufacturing. Since the end of 2013, he has been focusing on advanced Physics of Failure studies while in residence at Imec in Belgium, a research center well known in the semiconductor industry.