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Prof. Niezgoda wins DARPA Young Faculty Award

Professor Niezgoda was awarded a prestiguous Young Faculty Award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for his project Computational Design Tools for Quantifying Uncertainty Due to Material Variability. The Young Faculty Award program provides funding, mentoring, and industry and Department of Defense (DoD) contacts to mainly untenured faculty.

The project is focused on the development of computational materials design tools and visualizations, which facilitate the rigorous correlation of microstructure variability on the mesoscale with component level property variance and ultimately with lifetime performance, and allow the designer to visualize this material variability and the resulting uncertainty in component scale properties/performance in an intuitive manner. These computational design tools will give the designer the ability to link material variability with performance variance in a rigorous manner and also the ability to integrate reliability engineering directly into the design process by determining the probabilities of experiencing extreme positive or negative performance values (beneficial or detrimental) given the microstructural variability of the input material. The development and validation of such a framework is central to the affordable and accelerated deployment of new/improved materials for engineering technologies, as envisioned by the materials genome initiative (MGI) and meeting the challenges associated with continued adoption of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME)

Brief overview of the DARPA project