Career Milestones of Joseph Federico of NJ

Joseph Federico of NJ began his career in electronic component testing in the 1970s. His education started at the Metropolitan Technical Institute where he completed his associate’s degree. He then entered Fairleigh Dickinson University where he completed his bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering technology. This educational foundation set the groundwork for his successful career with NJ Micro Electronic Testing, Inc., where he has worked since joining the company in over 4 decades ago.

In the early days of his career at NJMET, Joseph developed and patented the Mission: Imposter testing system designed to check the quality and authenticity of various electronic components. Counterfeited and cloned components plague the electronics equipment manufacturing industry, and the Mission: Imposter system is a crucial milestone in the fight for quality, reliability, and authenticity in a variety of production processes. The Mission: Imposter system uses chemical, physical, electrical, and metallurgical tests to determine the authenticity and quality of an electronic component and was a major consultant to many of the anti-counterfeiting test objectives developed today. Joseph worked to co-develop the military and aerospace reliability department at NJMET, which helped to propel his career in leadership with the company. He has written many articles for the industry on the topic of electronic testing.

After nearly four decades with NJMET, Joseph Federico of NJ now serves as The Vice President and Director of Operations for the company. In this capacity, Joseph works to streamline company workflow and inspection processes to ensure quality in every channel. His leadership and commitment to excellence have helped NJMET earn several industry accolades and acknowledgments, including the Israeli ODEM Award and the title of United States Small Business Administration Region II Subcontractor of the Year. Joseph and his team also received recognition during a television special hosted by William Shatner, where the team received a “Keeping America Strong” award for their efforts and accomplishments.

New Innovations From Joseph Federico

Joseph Federico earned an associate’s degree from the Metropolitan Technical Institute and a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering technology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. This education created the foundation of his career with NJ Micro Electronic Testing, Inc., where Joseph has worked since completing his education in 1978. Today, Joseph is the Vice President and Director of Operations for NJMET.

Early in his career, Joseph developed an innovative testing system to check the quality and authenticity of various electronic components. Counterfeit and cloned electronic parts are problems that plague many electronic equipment manufacturers and product developers all over the world, and Joseph does his utmost to help others ensure the authenticity of their electronic components.

The testing system developed by Joseph Federico, Mission: Imposter, which was helpful in the development of most counterfeit detection requirements in the electronic industry, is a varied regimen of physical, chemical, metallurgical, and electronic tests designed to detect counterfeited and cloned electronic components. His work in this field served as a foundation for continued innovations in the counterfeit detection field.

Joseph Federico and MISSION – IMPOSTER

Joseph Federico currently works as the Vice President and Director of Operations for NJ Micro Electronic Testing, Inc. He spearheads innovative new workflow techniques and works diligently to meet strategic business goals and growth objectives, but the foundation of his career is his work on Mission: Imposter, an electronic component testing system, which was helpful in the development of most counterfeit detection requirements in the electronics industry today.

Mission: Imposter is a rigorous electronic component testing system that uses a variety of physical, chemical, electronic, and metallurgical tests to check the authenticity of various electronic components. Cloned and counterfeited electronic components are huge problems for many electronic equipment manufacturers; producers of these subpar products attempt to deceive vendors by offering cloned and counterfeited components that appear to function as the genuine article, but often fail in production use.

Poorly made electronic components are not only frustrating for manufacturers; they are also potentially dangerous and could cause serious damage to manufacturers, users, vendors, and a company’s reputation. NJMET INC tests electronic components to determine authenticity to ensure the quality of their finished products using those components.

Joseph Federico’s work on Mission: Imposter has gained international attention. He has received several invitations to speak at industry events all over the world, including Japan, China, Israel, Russia, South Korea, and Taiwan.

Counterfeit Component Testing in the National Defense Authorization Act

I strongly feel that the National Defense Authorization Act signed by President Obama was a monumental step in combating the counterfeit electronics epidemic.  A more powerful objective would be to establish government standards defining clear and concise testing requirements for different electronics component types focusing on proper functional and parametric (DC/AC) electrical testing.  The basic level contact testing which is used by some companies today does not instill a high level of confidence in the electronic components tested. The government should establish the higher standard for all electronic components testing.

The National Defense Authorization Act is large and complex bill.  For a one-page summary of the section relating to counterfeit parts, see: Defense Authorization Act – Detection of Counterfeit Parts Requirements (

For more information about NJMET’s Mission Imposter® Counterfeit Component Detection Program, see the Mission Imposter Page  at the NJMET website or call Joseph Federico at NJMET’s Clifton, NJ headquarters at 973 546-5393.

Information on the Senate’s Counterfeit Parts Amendment

The Senate recently approved a Counterfeit Parts Amendment  in an effort to reduce the number of counterfeit electronic components in the Armed Forces supply chain. The amendment was introduced by senators Carl Levin, D-Mich. And John McCain, R-Ariz., the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The amendment was to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.

The amendment includes several important steps towards reducing the amount of counterfeit electronic components in the armed forces supply chain.

Here is a list of some of the specific requirements in the amendment:

• It requires DOD officials and DOD contractors who become aware of counterfeit parts in the supply chain to provide written notification to the DOD Inspector General, the contracting officer, and the Government-Industry Data Exchange Program (GIDEP) or similar program designated by the Secretary of Defense.

• It requires large DOD contractors to establish systems for detecting and avoiding counterfeit parts in their supply chains and authorizes reduction of contract payments to contractors that fail to develop adequate systems.

• It authorizes the suspension of contractors who repeatedly fail to detect and avoid counterfeit parts or otherwise fail to exercise due diligence in the detection and avoidance of counterfeit parts.

• Finally, the amendment requires DOD to define the term “counterfeit part” – a critical and long overdue step toward getting a handle on this problem.

For a more detailed list of provisions, see:

Vibration Analysis as a Counterfeit Dectection Tool

“Vibration analysis is performed to identify defects or drifts in electronic equipment across various stages of its life. Vibration test systems are first employed to detect latent defects and faults in electrical, electromechanical, electronic and mechanical hardware at the manufacturing stage,” according to Importance of Vibration Testing for Electronic Equipment by Sam Jacob Thomas.

NJMET uses vibration analysis as part of our PIND (Particle Impact Noise Detection) testing to determine the authenticity of electronic components. We have recently discovered dangerous counterfeit components in two separate customer orders using PIND testing. For more information, see: Particle Impact Noise Detection Finds Non-Authentic Electronic Components.
PIND is just one process in NJMET’s Mission Imposter® Counterfeit Component Testing Program. Mission Imposter is a rigorous set of tests to determine the authenticity of electronic components.