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Center Overview

The Center for Materials Data Science for Reliability and Degradation (MDS-Rely) seeks to better understand and improve the reliability and lifetime of essential materials using rigorous data science methods and analytics. Data science-informed approaches can revolutionize the development, manufacturing, and lifecycle applications of materials, parts, and products for U.S. infrastructures in energy, defense, and transportation. MDS-Rely has the potential to transform product reliability by creating technologies that enable unprecedented lifetimes and durability in extreme environments. MDS-Rely research will also deepen the understanding of active degradation and failure mechanisms and improve product design and manufacturing for long service lifetimes.


  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Case Western Reserve University
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Center Personnel

Roger French
Center Director
+1 216 368 3655

Paul Leu
Site Director

Liza Allison
Industry Liaison Officer

Jonathan Steirer
Managing Director
+1 216 368 0374

Research Focus

MDS-Rely’s research is grounded in three core competencies:

  • Materials data science
  • Reliability, performance, and degradation solutions
  • Standards and reliability study protocols

These competencies support the research areas:

  • Components, devices, and systems
  • Subtractive and additive manufacturing
  • Weathering and performance

These research areas allow MDS-Rely to focus on these three current value chains:

  • Metals and alloys
  • Polymers, elastomers, and coatings
  • Semiconductors and optoelectronics

MDS-Rely research involves statistical and machine learning, time-series modeling, spectral modeling, supervised and unsupervised machine learning of images, network graph modeling, and process modeling — and ultimately allows for the creation of transferrable codes and research pipelines.


Member Organizations

IUCRC affiliated member organizations are displayed as submitted by the Center. Non-federal organizations are not selected, approved, or otherwise endorsed by the National Science Foundation.