Membership

Member Institutions

Clemson University
Mississippi State University
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Oak Ridge National Laboratories
Pennsylvania State University
Pratt & Whitney
Sandia National Laboratories
University of California, Davis
University of California, San Diego
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Texas, Austin
University of Utah

Become a Member

The success of the SRP relies on the diversity of ideas, resources, and perspectives its members bring to it. The SRP will act as an information and resource sharing network, and will facilitate coordination to minimize duplicative overlap, help diversify technological investments, and share knowledge.

We welcome membership applications from institutions that support the mission of the Structural Reliability Partnership.

How to Apply

The SRP does not charge monetary membership fee, but instead expects a certain level of participation to receive corresponding benefits. Prospective members will apply for membership, detailing their research interests, and contributions to the SRP.

Membership Application Form.

Please send membership forms to srp@sandia.gov.

Levels and Benefits of Membership

The Levels of Membership, and the corresponding benefits, are tiered based on the level of contribution from an institution. This is to encourage the information sharing that is critical to SRP success, and to limit accessibility to members who do not contribute in proportion to their benefit. (See Table).

Our intent is for the technical activities to be done through “leveraged” and in-kind contribution. For example:

  • Members could perform work through their usual funding channels, but would attempt to align their work with SRP priorities when possible, and share precompetitive results that would benefit the community. The value of this work can be counted towards a member’s contribution to the SRP as in-kind.
  • Members could also contribute to the SRP through more direct means such as:
    • funding the work of other members through collaborative, contracted research
    • buying material to share with SRP members
    • providing testing or analysis services to other SRP members
    • helping with administrative efforts, etc.

Membership will be reviewed and approved by the Steering Committee.

The Steering Committee will also review member activities annually based on their annual contribution to the SRP.

Tier Requirements Privileges
Core Member
  • Provide documented leveraged contributions equivalent to $200K
  • On rotation to host annual workshop
  • Lead Challenge Scenario / Research Area Team
  • 10+ membership slots
  • 4 voting members of Steering Committee.
  • Access to research results, data, model systems, materials, etc.
Strategic Member
  • Provide documented leveraged contributions equivalent to $100K
  • Lead or Participate in Challenge Scenario / Research Area Team
  • 5-10 membership slots
  • 2 voting members of Steering Committee.
  • Access to research results, data, model systems, materials, etc.
Contributing Member
  • Provide documented $30K-$100K leveraged contribution to SRP
  • Participate in Challenge Scenario / Research Area Team
  • 1-5 membership slots.
  • 1 voting member of Steering Committee.
  • Access to research results, data, model systems, materials, etc.

Value of Membership

Value Industry Academia National Labs
Access to the “Model Materials Exchange” including data collected on the chosen model materials. X X X
Implementation of Challenge scenarios enable credibility in reliability predictions, validate approaches used and models developed, and establish confidence bounds on model predictions. X X X
Direct access to data and repository of work done within the SRP. X X X
Early access to emerging results that result from the Partnership prior to publication. X X X
Opportunity for joint publications with SRP members. X X X
Promote the development of predictive models of structural reliability. X X X
Access to state-of-the-art research, intellectual capital, and capabilities at national labs and academia. X
Ability to steer fundamental R&D towards topics and materials of industrial relevance. X
Source for recruiting new employees.

Routes for hiring student interns and young staff with proficiencies and documented experience in modeling, simulation and materials characterization.

X X
Connect academic research capabilities with industrial needs. X
Opportunities to facilitate stable funding mechanisms through the Partnership. X
Provide students with opportunities to interact with staff working in their field of interest, as well as exposure to real-world engineering concerns and prospective future employers. X
Document gaps in state-of-the-art to motivate future funding proposals, and provide credibility to proposed approaches. X
Letters of support from the Partnership and its members can document the credibility of the academic institution. X
Coordination of model development and materials characterization efforts. (i.e. leveraged labor and characterization data to validate implemented models and analysis code, and explore the pros and cons of models not currently implemented.) X

Membership FAQs

Why join?

The Structural Reliability Partnership (SRP) delivers state-of-the-art, validated models, simulation capabilities, experimental discoveries, novel test capabilities, and engineering best practices for predicting the reliability and failure modes of engineered structures. The SRP leverages multi-institutional collaboration and investment to perform model development, materials evaluation, and high-performance computer simulations, resulting in advances that “buy down” the future costs of structural failure.

By participating in the SRP, institutions will be able to increase their access to state-of-the-art in the field, and lower the time and cost of their research. Using a combination of ‘Model Materials’ and ‘Challenge Scenarios’ to focus community involvement, the SRP exposes deficiencies in current state-of-the-art, produces advanced capabilities for predictive reliability engineering, facilitates technology transfer between governmental and private entities, and trains the next generation R&D workforce.

Does the SRP provide funding?

The SRP will not directly provide funding to members, but will help coordinate efforts and pose Challenge Scenarios to advocate for research towards specific technology gaps. Our intent is for the technical activities to be done through “leveraged” collaboration. For example,

  • Members would perform work through their usual funding channels, but would attempt to align their work with SRP priorities when possible, and share precompetitive results that would benefit the community.
  • Members could also contribute to the SRP by:
    • funding the work of other members through collaborative, contracted research
    • buying material to share with SRP members
    • providing testing or analysis services
    • helping with administrative efforts, etc.

How is information shared?

The goal of the SRP is for members to be able to share research findings, data, etc. and collaborate towards solutions, not to generate IP. The SRP wants as few restrictions as possible to enable information sharing, but wants to provide enough protection to make members comfortable with sharing.

  • By sharing information, the SRP can help coordinate efforts towards solving specific problems, reduce redundancies caused by multiple institutions conducting parallel research, and facilitate collaborations when mutual interests are identified.
  • We envision the work to be mostly pre-competitive, though some IP could be generated. (i.e. software platforms)
  • IP belongs to the generating member, and is not owned by the SRP.
  • Each institution is granted the authority to pursue patents for their own efforts. They are not allowed to pursue patents for work they did not fund.
  • The SRP wants to enable members to form research collaborations among themselves, without the SRP getting in the way of those agreements.
  • Members are encouraged to share their pre-competitive work, and willingness to share is a condition of maintaining high-level membership in the SRP.
    • If members do not share information, they are considered “observers” and do not get access to the work of others in the SRP, except for what is presented at the annual conference.

Any SRP partner is welcome to pursue their own IP, or joint patents with other partners. The SRP will not plan to file such patents.

Data generated by SRP-sponsored projects will be accessible by Core and Strategic members of the SRP, and maintained through a central database construct (details to be decided through SRP agreement at a later date).