Teaching Assistant, Mechanics of Solids and Structures - AER 373 (Fall term, 2005)
I recently completed my PhD at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace studies, where I was a member of the MDO lab. In August 2012 I will be joining the department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia University in New York as a postdoctoral research scientist. My PhD research focused on shape and topology optimization of aircraft structures. Recently I implemented topology optimization as part of a larger MDO framework in order to perform aeroelastic tailoring of a swept transonic wing. Some of my earlier research focused on the level set method for topology optimization. Specifically, I derived a formulation for extending the method so that it could be used to optimize contoured structures that are modeled using isoparametric finite elements.
My long-term research objective is to discover novel concepts in aircraft design through the use of innovative computational modeling and optimization techniques. Through these innovations, the ultimate goal is to produce more efficient, cost-effective aircraft, thereby making air travel more accessible to a global market, and reducing the environmental impact of the aviation industry. In addition to my research, I have an extensive teaching background, having served as both a lecturer and teaching assistant in the University of Toronto faculty of Engineering. During my free time I enjoy travelling and playing volleyball.