Engineer Receives NSF Grant for Optimization Design Study

Friday, July 9, 2010

University of Iowa News Release

Sharif Rahman, professor in the University of Iowa College of Engineering Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and researcher in the Center for Computer Aided Design (CCAD), has received a three-year, $272,286 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for studies in stochastic optimization of large-scale complex systems.

Essentially, this NSF-funded research will involve the development of a fundamental universal theory for design that can be applied to various large-scale engineering systems in the presence of uncertainty. There are uncertainties associated with the production of any large-scale product. For example, the amount of stress a material can endure before breaking down varies.

He said that potential engineering applications include the design of nano-electro-mechanical systems, vehicle design for improved durability, and fracture-resistant design for civil and aerospace applications. Beyond engineering, potential application areas include energy, finance, management, and transportation, where stochastic optimization also plays a vital role.

Rahman, who joined the UI faculty in 1995, is an international expert in the fields of computational mechanics, advanced materials, and stochastic computing. In 2007, he was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.