The ReliaSoft Risk, Reliability
& Maintainability Research Alliance
within the Department of Industrial Engineering
University of Arkansas

 

ReliaSoft Risk, Reliability, and Maintainability Research AllianceAbout R3M

The ReliaSoft Risk, Reliability, and Maintainability Research Alliance was officially established in November of 2007 with a gift of over $700,000 in cash and software support from ReliaSoft Corporation to the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Arkansas. The software donation provides engineering students access to state-of-the-art tools in the areas of risk, reliability and maintainability. The cash portion of the donation will be used to purchase computing equipment to create a collaborative research and learning center in the areas of risk, reliability and maintainability within the college.  In addition, the grant will be used to “seed” graduate and undergraduate research in the respective areas.

Why do we need a Risk, Reliability, and Maintainability Research Alliance?
• Reliability and Maintainability are critical elements for all engineering systems. Due to the ever increasing advancements in technology we find our systems level of complexity growing exponentially. As complexity increases, the tools and techniques necessary to ensure reliability and maintainability must continue to increase. The alliance provides a great opportunity for industry and academia to establish a synergistic relationship in this area in order to enhance our ability to continue to perform multi-disciplinary complex research in these areas that provide cost effective, life-cycle solutions for industry.
• Risk analysis has taken on new meaning since the events of 9/11/01 and all systems now must consider risk and vulnerability as part of their design paradigm. The tools provided by ReliaSoft will assist our researchers in discovering new ways to model and analyze risk for complex systems and prepare our students to enter the workforce with an appreciation for such issues.
• The technical workforce is graying as the baby boomers move toward retirement age, and there continues to be a s
hortage of engineers in general. This is especially true in the risk, reliability and maintainability areas. Many of the members of our profession entered the profession during the establishment of the space program in the 60s, and the military buildup of the 70’s and 80s. As these folks leave it is becoming more difficult to find trained and educated professionals in this area. One of the goals of the alliance is to define and provide educational solutions in this area for industry so that they have an educated workforce in the areas of risk, reliability and maintainability.

What is the Alliance's Purpose?
This alliance is designed to facilitate interaction between industry and academia and serve as a conduit for sharing research problems and solutions between members. Industry members of the alliance bring relevant industrial problems and some level of financial resources to the alliance, the alliance will facilitate the partnership and leveraging of resources between the university researchers and members of the alliance to work on these problems as well as general problems of interest to the alliance. The vision for this research alliance is to develop a internationally recognized center of excellence in the area of Risk, Reliability and Maintainability. We hope to model this alliance after the industry & university cooperative research centers (IUCRC) sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

What is the Alliance's Vision?
R3M Vision: An international center of excellence in the areas of risk, reliability and maintainability, providing leading edge solutions to eliminate tomorrow’s problems1

What is the Alliance's Purpose?
R3M Mission: Provide integrated solutions to complex risk, reliability, and maintainability problems through modeling, simulation, and analysis for commercial, military and government applications.

 

 
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