Our research strategy is simple: See it, understand it, and control itwhere “it” refers either to a fundamental mechanism or a broader aspect of materials behavior. This theme leverages our cross-cutting research initiatives (CCRI) and spans all research areas (RAs) and focus areas (FAs).



Currently, the MSEE URA program examines four main research areas: (1) Material Properties and Failure, (2) Materials and Manufacturing for Synergistic Effects, (3) Chemistry in Extreme Environments, and (4) Photon-Material Interactions. There are also Cross Cutting Research Initiatives (CCRI) that span multiple research areas.

Within each research area, there are two or three focus areas as shown below.

Research Area 1: Material Properties and Failure

  • Focus Area 1: Materials Properties for Reducing Uncertainty
  • Focus Area 2: Materials Constitutive Models
  • Focus Area 3: Materials Properties of Energetic Materials (EM) and Additively Manufactured Energetics Materials (AMEM) currently delayed

Research Area 2: Materials and Manufacturing for Synergistic Effects

  • Focus Area 1: Multimodal Shielding currently delayed
  • Focus Area 2: Tailoring Chemistry via Materials
  • Focus Area 3: Characterize and Predict Physical/Chemical Effects in Turbulent Environments currently delayed

Research Area 3: Chemistry in Extreme Environments

  • Focus Area 1: Nuclear Fireball Plasma Chemistry
  • Focus Area 2: High Temperature Properties and Chemistry of Agents and Simulants

Research Area 4: Photon-Material Interactions

  • Focus Area 1: X-ray Induced Blow-off and Plasma
  • Focus Area 2: Direct Laser Impulse

Cross Cutting Research Initiative

  • Modeling—Uncertainty Quantification
  • Modeling—Machine Learning
  • Diagnostics—Compressed Sensing
  • Diagnostics—In Situ Visualization
  • Data Management


In accordance with the MSEE URA cooperative agreement, when a MSEE URA member publishes or presents, they are required to provide the following acknowledgement:

The project or effort depicted was or is sponsored by the Department of the Defense, Defense Threat Reduction Agency under award HDTRA1-20-2-0001. The content of the information does not necessarily reflect the position or the policy of the federal government, and no official endorsement should be inferred.