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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