CCAD: A Model Center

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Iowa Engineer Magazine, 2007

Now in its 25th year, the Center for Computer Aided Design (CCAD) has much to celebrate. An interdisciplinary research center housed in the College of Engineering, CCAD conducts basic research on modeling and simulation with a focus on design, optimization, and computational mechanics for structures, vehicles, and mechanical and biomechanical systems. From the outset, technology transfer has been an essential part of CCAD’s mission, and the center has licensed millions of dollars worth of research products to its academic, industrial, and government clients.

Directed by Professor of Biomedical Engineering Karim Abdel-Malek, the center comprises more than 150 researchers, including faculty members, professional staff, scientists, and graduate and undergraduate students. The facility’s world-class research has attracted considerable external funding in recent years. Industry and government grants recently have skyrocketed from $1.3 million in 2002 to more than $9 million today.

“I’m extremely bullish on CCAD and its potential for even greater things,” says Jack Harris (BS 1981 in mechanical engineering), director, advanced manufacturing technology at Rockwell Collins, Inc. and chair of the center’s advisory board. “The center is well on its way to being one of the world’s premier R&D facilities in the development and integration of state-of-the-art modeling and simulation tools and techniques.”