Why is this topic important?
- Performance assessment and reliability assurance are primary components of engineering
- Critical for aging infrastructure and environmental systems
- Modern materials, aerospace, defense, communication, and business systems lack historical data to assess reliability/risk
- Past methods - empirical, test-based, intuitive - not feasible for large, multidisciplinary systems
- Need integrated, multidisciplinary, simulation-intensive methods
- Need risk engineers and managers with multidisciplinary perspectives