Become the “Go-To” Center for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), the defense industrial base, non-DoD government agencies and others for conducting interdisciplinary research (both applied and basic) on real world sustainment problems, and creating an interdisciplinary sustainment educated workforce. This Center will develop technologies, processes, policy and workforce for improving the practice of sustainment, with a focus on integrating data analytics with design, systems engineering, manufacturing, logistics, acquisition and use.
This Center is a “think tank” and research engine that drives the transition from today’s transactional sustainment culture to tomorrow’s strategic capability and portfolio management that focuses on mission success.
This is the first research-oriented program that pulls together all aspects of the global sustainment picture and combines theory with applied research and education to address sustainment problems.
Maintenance, support, and upgrade practices that maintain or improve the performance of a system and maximize the availability of goods and services while minimizing their cost and footprint or, more simply, the capacity of a system to endure.
Defining Sustainment for Engineered Systems
The Center is comprised of members from industry, government, non-profit, and academia that engage in: Research, Education, Outreach, and Policy.
MChESS has performed research in the following sustainment areas:
The management of the MChESS is comprise of leads from Engineering, Public Policy and Business. There will also be an external Steering Committee that will represent the community at-large.
Members/Partners will have an opportunity to access all of the services that the Center provides and be active participants in a network of thought leaders, practitioners, and students dedicated to making strategic sustainment a reality
The Center engages in sponsored research aligned with stakeholders needs. Organizations sponsoring research with the University of Maryland through MChESS will be considered Research Members of the Center.
A Steering Committee consisting of industry thought leaders and sustainment researchers in logistics, maintenance, policy development and policy implementation guides the Center’s activities.