The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has announced a $14 million grant to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, to be used to establish a new center on lifetime extension research and materials science. The funds will be allotted over a five-year period.
“NNSA’s award recognizes the critical role Case Western Reserve and northeast Ohio are playing in the advancement of science and technological innovation,” said Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Ohio). “As chair of the House Energy and Water Subcommittee, I will continue working to deliver the federal resources that help our academic institutions prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers.”
To be called the Material Data Science for Stockpile Stewardship Center of Excellence, the new facility is expected to enhance the university’s research, development, and mentorship activities and its science and technological innovation.
Research, development, and training: Case Western intends to use the center, which will be led by engineering professor Roger H. French, to develop, demonstrate, and deploy new data science tools, frameworks, codes, and computing infrastructure related to the degradation of materials, parts, and subsystems. The center’s research will focus on such topics as additive and advanced manufacturing technologies and methodologies for evaluating and controlling materials for production. Key goals will be the modernization of the U.S. nuclear deterrent and associated production capabilities, as well as the training of a skilled technical workforce for the future.