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Integration of Digital Tools for Engineering Design, Analysis and Optimization

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2020 Fall ASEE Mid-Atlantic Section Meeting


Virtual (hosted by Stevens Institute of Technology)

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November 7, 2020

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November 7, 2020

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November 7, 2020

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Nadir Yilmaz P.E. Howard University

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Dr. Nadir Yilmaz is a professor and the department chair of Mechanical Engineering at Howard University, as well as, a licensed professional engineer (P.E.) and consultant. He received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Bradley University and New Mexico State University, respectively. He is a Fellow of ASME, a Fellow of NSPE and a Fellow of SAE International. He has been a noted author of many publications in the fields of combustion, CFD, rocket propulsion and automotive engineering. He was a U.S. Department of Energy Visiting Faculty Fellow at Sandia National Laboratories in 2012 and 2013. He has educated and trained many underrepresented minority and female students via various STEM programs including NSF-funded AMP (Alliance for Minority Participation) program.

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Hyung D. Bae Howard University

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Dr. Hyung D. Bae received his B.S. M.S. degree in mechanical engineering of Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, in 2004 and 2006, respectively, and Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering of the University of Maryland in 2013. He was a Research Assistant of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Maryland from 2013 to 2016. He joined Howard University as a faculty in 2016. He was a nominee of A. James Clark School of Engineering fellowship from the University of Maryland (2008–2011) and is one of the inventors of U.S. patent, “Ultra-miniature fiber-optic pressure sensor system and method of fabrication”. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Optical Society (OSA).

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With rapid advancement of digital technologies and computational resources, computer aided design and engineering tools have been widely used to improve efficiency while reducing time to find engineering solutions to complex systems. While industry adapts itself to fast-evolving technologies, engineering curricula need to be constantly updated not only to keep up with new technologies but also to educate and train better prepared engineers for the workforce. This paper outlines the development and inclusion of Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) in an undergraduate curriculum in Mechanical Engineering at a HBCU. The course prepares students to design complex systems using advanced CAD and trains them to be proficient in engineering analysis tools using Finite Element Analysis and Computational Fluid Dynamics. Furthermore, students learn to optimize complex structures using a revolutionary design method called Generative Design. Integration of advanced CAD, FEA, CFD and optimization provide students with hands-on skills, teach them how to work on Multiphysics design projects in a team through synchronous and asynchronous communication tools and better prepare them for capstone design series as well as numerous technical electives.

Yilmaz, N., & Bae , H. D. (2020, November), Integration of Digital Tools for Engineering Design, Analysis and Optimization Paper presented at 2020 Fall ASEE Mid-Atlantic Section Meeting, Virtual (hosted by Stevens Institute of Technology).

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