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Use of Generative Design and Shape Optimization Tools for Advanced Engineering Design

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2022 Spring ASEE Middle Atlantic Section Conference


Newark, New Jersey

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April 22, 2022

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April 22, 2022

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April 23, 2022

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Nadir Yilmaz P.E. Howard University

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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 (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), a Fellow of NSPE (National Society of Professional Engineers) and a Fellow of SAE International (Society of Automotive Engineers). 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 mentored many underrepresented minority and female students via various STEM programs including the 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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The fast-paced development of high power computing hardware and user-friendly interfaces, along with increasing capabilities of commercial software, are leading to the earlier exposure of students to advanced levels of engineering graphics, design, and analysis tools in undergraduate curricula. Specifically, easy-use of computer aided design packages allow students to practice with engineering analysis aspects beyond solid modeling or engineering graphics. This paper will give details about shape optimization and Generative Design, which are revolutionary techniques for optimization of engineering parts for complex design scenarios and advanced engineering analysis. Surveying of students have indicated overwhelmingly positive feedback for the course and group projects, which appears to have increased their hands-on knowledge and skills with respect to advanced design and engineering analysis software.

Yilmaz, N., & Bae , H. D. (2022, April), Use of Generative Design and Shape Optimization Tools for Advanced Engineering Design Paper presented at 2022 Spring ASEE Middle Atlantic Section Conference, Newark, New Jersey.

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