PhD student Shanglong Zhang won first place in the 2017 Mechanical Engineering Graduate Research Competition. Shanglong created a poster and made a presentation on his research on “A geometry projection method for the topology optimization of plate structures.” The award is granted by the Department’s Graduate Awards Committee, and is judged “based on the research technical content, as judged from both presentation and poster, quality and clarity of the presentation and poster, the student’s ability to answer questions, and supplemental material provided with the application.”
MSc. student Manal Tahann has been awarded a Sikorsky graduate fellowship to support her ongoing research on topology optimization of frame structures.
A 3d-print of the optimal topology of a cantilever beam obtained with computational methods advanced in our group has been buried along other items in the Engineering Time Capsule recently buried in front of the new Engineering and Sciences Building as part of the centennial celebration of UConn’s School of Engineering (For more on this story, see Engineers Bury Time Capsule).
A copy of the 3d-print can be seen below (with supports still on).