Our chapter holds the following event in September:

Evaluation of Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) Plastics in Consumer Electronics Systems 

Dr. Rashed Islam, Google Devices.

Host:      IEEE SCV Reliability Chapter

Date: Thursday, 9/16/2021

Time: 12 PM – 1 PM Pacific


Plastics are a versatile class of materials which can be found in products ranging from single-use packaging to components used in automotive and durable goods. Unfortunately, plastics are also identified as an environmental pollutant due to inadequate recycling rates and poor end-of-life waste management. One of Google Hardware’s (HW) sustainability goals is to implement post-consumer recycle (PCR) materials in all HW products. According to the EPA, recycled plastics account for far less environmental impact than their virgin counterparts. Studies suggest recycled plastics contain over 25% fewer greenhouse/carbon gas emissions than virgin resins.

To meet the sustainability target, reliability studies were carried out to correlate the mechanical properties of PCR polycarbonates (PC) and corresponding system level reliability performance. In this presentation, we will show the effect of molding conditions, % PCR content, melt flow rate and various secondary processes on the mechanical properties of PCR along with a fractography analysis. Finally, we will try to answer the question “Can Recycled Plastics be used in consumer hardware?” Although there are many factors associated with completely answering this question, the factor which we will be evaluating in this presentation is “Strength”.

Speaker Biography

Rashed Islam is a HW Reliability Lead for Google Devices and Services. He is also leading the Sustainable Materials Reliability efforts for Google’s consumer HW. He has successfully launched several generations of Nest Thermostats which have a very high customer satisfaction and helped the design team to adapt recycled polycarbonates in different consumer devices. Rashed has more than 15 years of industry experience in reliability engineering, failure analysis, and materials development (recycled plastics, Pb free solder, piezoelectric, and magnetoelectric materials). Before Google, Rashed worked on E-reader and Tablets (at Amazon), LEDs (at Philips) and Energy Harvesters and Dielectric Antennas (at Eoplex). Rashed has a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering and has published more than 50 Journal/Conference publications and Book chapters. He has also authored 2 US patents.


This meeting is open to all.  You do not need to belong to the IEEE to attend this event; however, we welcome your consideration of IEEE membership as a career enhancing technical affiliation.

In November, we will be co-sponsoring the

Symposium on Reliability for Electronics and Photonics Packaging, Thursday & Friday, November 11-12, 2021




Thursday, September 16, 2021

Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.






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