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News in 2018

Namwoo Kang and Emrah Bayrak had a journal paper titled "Robustness and Real Options for Vehicle Design and Investment Decisions under Gas Price and Regulatory Uncertainties" accepted for publication in the Journal of Mechanical Design.


Chengxi "Michael" Li has joined the lab as an undergraduate research assistant.


Yanxin Pan has defended her thesis titled, "Preference Modeling in Data-Driven Product Design: Application in Visual Aesthetics." Congratulations Yanxin!


Torben Beernaert and Emrah Bayrak had a conference paper titled "Framing the Concept of Autonomy in System Design" accepted for presentation at the 2018 DESIGN Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia.


Christian Gaertner, Dan Ferriero, and Emrah Bayrak had a conference paper titled "Integrated System Design of a Modular, Autonomous, Aerial and Ground Vehicle Fleet for Disaster Relief Missions - A Case Study" accepted for presentation at the 2018 DESIGN Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia.


Emrah Bayrak had a journal paper titled "A System-of-Systems Approach to the Strategic Feasibility of Modular Vehicle Fleets" accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics.


Rugved Arte has joined the lab! His research interests include user experience and social computing.


Vanessa Rychlinski has joined the lab! Her research interests include systems design and actor-network theory.


Sanjana Rajagopalan has joined the lab! Her research interests include user research, cognitive ergonomics, and design thinking.

News in 2017

Emrah Bayrak has accepted a position as Research Scientist at Carnegie Mellon University. Congratulations Emrah!


Emrah Bayrak and Arianne Collopy had a journal paper titled "Multiobjective Optimization of Modular Design Concepts for a Collection of Interacting Systems" accepted for publication in Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization.


Tianyi Liu has joined the lab! Her research interests include natural language processing.


Alex Burnap has accepted a position as Research Fellow at MIT. Congratulations Alex!


Aris Mitropoulos has joined the lab! His research interests include system architecture design.


Torben Beernaert has joined the lab! His research interests include systems engineering, system architecture, optimization, and automotive engineering.


Alex Maynard and Alex Burnap had a conference paper titled "User-driven Segmentation of Design Data" accepted for presentation at ICED 2017 in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Melissa Greene had a conference paper titled "Design Thinking vs. Systems Thinking for Engineering Design: What's the Difference?" accepted for presentation at ICED 2017 in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Arianne Collopy and Melissa Greene had a conference paper titled "Estimating the Impact of Systems Engineers on Systems Design Processes" accepted for presentation at ICED 2017 in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Yanxin Pan and Alex Burnap had a conference paper titled "Deep Design: Product Aesthetics for Heterogeneous Markets" accepted for presentation at KDD'17 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Alex Burnap had a conference paper titled "Design Preference Prediction with Data Privacy Safeguards: A Preliminary Study" accepted for presentation at IDETC'17 in Cleveland, Ohio.


Emrah Bayrak and Arianne Collopy had a conference paper titled "Modular Design Concept Generation for a Collection of Interacting Systems with Application to Modular Vehicle Fleet Design" accepted for presentation at WCSMO12 in Braunschweig, Germany.


Arianne Collopy has accepted a summer internship position at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California.


Yanxin Pan has accepted a summer internship position at General Motors in Warren, Michigan.


Vignesh Bhaskaran has joined the lab! His research interests include autonomous drone design and design teaching and pedagogy.


Charlie Turnley has joined the lab! His research interests include design teaching and pedagogy.


Dan Ferriero has joined the lab! His research interests include autonomous drone design.


Christian Gaertner has joined the lab! His research interests include autonomous drone design.


Alex Burnap had a journal paper titled "Identifying Experts in the Crowd for Evaluation of Engineering Designs" accepted for publication in the Journal of Engineering Design.


Arianne Collopy had a poster titled "Multi-level network modeling for an integrative analysis of coordination in systems design" accepted for presentation at the 2017 Conference on Systems Engineering Research in Redondo Beach, California.

News in 2016

Li Li joined the lab! Her interests include statistics and machine learning.


Alex Burnap had a journal paper titled, "Balancing Design Freedom and Brand Recognition in the Evolution of Automotive Brand Styling," accepted for publication in the Design Science Journal.


Monica Rossi from the Politecnico di Milano has visited the lab to discuss further collaboration.


Alex Burnap and Yanxin Pan had a journal paper titled, "Improving Design Preference Prediction Accuracy using Feature Learning," accepted for publication in the Journal of Mechanical Design.


Kostas Stylidis (Chalmers University), Monica Rossi (Politecnico di Milano), and Alex Burnap had a conference paper titled, "A Preliminary Study of Trends in Perceived Quality Design Attributes in the Automotive Luxury Market Segment," accepted for presentation at the 2016 DESIGN Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia.


Yanxin Pan and Alex Burnap had a conference paper titled, "A Quantitative Model For Identifying Regions of Design Visual Attraction And Application To Automobile Styling," accepted for presentation at the 2016 DESIGN Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia.


Alex Burnap has defended his thesis titled, "Crowdsourcing for Engineering Design: Objective Evaluations and Subjective Preferences." He has accepted a position as Postdoctoral Fellow in the Optimal Design Laboratory. Congratulations Alex!


Emrah Bayrak and Arianne Collopy had a conference paper titled, "A Computational Concept Generation Method for a Modular Vehicle Fleet Design" accepted for presentation at the 2016 IEEE International Systems Conference in Orlando, Florida.


Melissa Greene had a conference paper titled, "A Cognitive Framework for Engineering Systems Thinking," accepted for presentation at the 2016 Conference on Systems Engineering Research in Huntsville, Alabama.


Alex Maynard has joined the lab! His research interests include feature learning and clustering methods.


Ben Richer has joined the lab! His research interests include Hybrid Electric Vehicle Powertrain Optimization.

News in 2015

Alex Burnap and Yanxin Pan won the Best Paper Award from the Design Theory and Methodology Conference with their paper titled, "Balancing Design Freedom and Brand Recognition in the Evolution of Automotive Brand Character", awarded at the 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conference in Boston, MA.


Emrah Bayrak and ODE Alumni Max Yi Ren won the Best Paper Award from the Design Automation Conference with their paper titled, "Ecoracer: Optimal Design and Control of Electric Vehicles Using Human Game Players", awarded at the 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conference in Boston, MA.


Melissa Greene has joined the lab! Her research interests include Human Factors and Complex Systems, Organizational Ergonomics, Systems Thinking, and Cognitive Education. Welcome Melissa!


Arianne Collopy has joined the lab! Her research interests include Optimization, Transportation Infrastructure, and Systems Design. Welcome Aria!


Emrah Bayrak and Namwoo Kang had a paper titled, "Decomposition Based Design Optimization of Hybrid Electric Powertrain Architectures: Simultaneous Configuration and Sizing Design", accepted for presentation at the 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conference.


Yanxin Pan and Alex Burnap had a paper titled, "Balancing Design Freedom and Brand Recognition in the Evolution of Automotive Brand Character", accepted for presentation at the 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conference.


See their work on 2D and 3D morphable design tool for brand recognition here.


Namwoo Kang had a journal paper accepted titled, "Integrated Decision Making in Electric Vehicle and Charging Station Location Network Design," for publication in the Journal of Mechanical Design.


Namwoo Kang had a paper titled, "Autonomous Electric Vehicle Sharing System Design", accepted for presentation at the 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conference.


Emrah Bayrak had a paper titled, "Ecoracer: Optimal Design and Control of Electric Vehicles Using Human Game Players", accepted for presentation at the 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conference.


Namwoo Kang had a paper titled, "A Framework for Quantitative Analysis of Government Policy Influence on Electric Vehicle Market", accepted for presentation at the 2015 International Conference on Engineering Design.


Charlie Barto and Alex Burnap had a paper titled, "Crowdsourcing for Search of Disaster Victims: A Preliminary Study for Search System Design", accepted for presentation at the 2015 International Conference on Engineering Design. See their work on crowdsourced search with aerial drones here.


Emrah Bayrak has defended his thesis titled, "Topology Considerations in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Powertrain Architecture Design." He has accepted a position as Postdoctoral Fellow in the Optimal Design Laboratory. Congratulations Emrah!


Christina Gandolfo has joined the lab! Her research interests include product design.


Alex Burnap had a journal paper accepted titled, "When Crowdsourcing Fails: A Study of Expertise on Crowdsourced Design Evaluation," for publication in the Journal of Mechanical Design. You can download the open source code for this paper here.


Namwoo Kang has defended his thesis titled, "Multidisciplinary Demand Modeling in Design for Market Systems." He has accepted a position as Postdoctoral Fellow in the Optimal Design Laboratory. Congratulations Namwoo!


Max Yi Ren has began his tenure track position as an Assitant Professor at Arizona State University. Congratulations Max!


Bill Pratt has accepted a position at Pratt and Whitney as a jet engine designer. Congratulations Bill!


Manos Emmanoulopoulos has accepted a position in the Greek Army. Congratulations Manos!


Charlie Barto has joined the lab! His research interests include crowdsourcing for search systems, and virtual reality system design.

News in 2014

Soodeh Montazeri has accepted a position as a UX researcher at Fors Marsh Group. Congratulations Sou!


Jong Min Park has joined the lab! His research interests include optimization and modularity design.


Yanxin Pan has joined the lab! Her research interests include statistical machine learning for design.


Carli Oster has accepted a position at Apple. Congratulations Carli!


James Allison's group made a web tool for ASME DAC literature network analysis. Check it out here.


Emrah Bayrak presented a paper titled "Optimal Dual-Mode Hybrid Electric Vehicle Powertrain Architecture Design for a Variety of Loading Scenarios" at the ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences in Buffalo, New York on August 20, 2014.


Alex Burnap presented a paper titled "Improving Preference Prediction Accuracy with Feature Learning" at the ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences in Buffalo, New York on August 19, 2014. The presentation slides may be viewed online.


Max Yi Ren presented a paper titled "Enhanced Adaptive Choice-Based Conjoint Analysis Incorporating Engineering Knowledge" at the ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences in Buffalo, New York on August 19, 2014.


Namwoo Kang presented a paper titled "Integrated Decision Making in Electric Vehicle and Charging Station Location Network Design" at the ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences in Buffalo, New York on August 19, 2014.


Max Yi Ren and Alex Burnap helped host a workshop on preference elicitation at the 2014 Design Cognition and Computing Conference in London, U.K. on June 22, 2014.


Professor Panos Y. Papalambros has been selected as a recipient of the 2014 ASEE Ralph Coats Roe Award. This prestigious award recognizes a mechanical engineering educator who is an outstanding teacher and who has made a notable contribution to the profession.


Professor Panos Y. Papalambros has been selected as a recipient of the ASME Robert E Abbott Award. This is a Lifetime Service Award to recognize a Society Member who has served the ASME Design Engineering Division beyond the call of duty.


Alex Burnap received the Best Presentation Award at the 20th Automotive Research Conference for "Identifying Experts in Crowdsourced Evaluations."


Max Yi Ren has accepted a tenure-track faculty job at ASU. Congratulations Max!


Alex Burnap has been awarded the 2014 Towner Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching by the College of Engineering.


Alumnus Andreas Malikopoulos is now the Deputy Director of the Urban Dynamics Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.


Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor Soodeh Montazeri gave a TEDx talk on March, 15, 2014 titled Designing the Future with Intent.


Professor Harrison Hyung Min Kim as been awarded Dean's Award for Excellence in Research for Associate Professor. The Xerox Foundation established the Xerox Awards for Faculty Research to honor faculty members annually for outstanding research in two categories: to assistant professors based on one (1) year of research accomplishments; and to associate professors based on five (5) years of research accomplishments.


The University of Michigan Board of Regents has named Panos Papalambros the James B. Angell Distinguished University Professor, one of the highest honors given to full professors by the university. In recognition of this award, Panos will give an inaugural lecture at the Rackham Amphitheatre at 4:00PM ET on February 12, 2014 titled, "Design Science: A Weltanschauung." The link to the lecture is posted on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KuwoX1BIH8&feature=youtu.be

News in 2013

Alex Burnap has successfully defended his thesis proposal and has advanced to candidacy for the degree of Ph.D. in Design Science.


Naoaki Saeki from Nagoya University joined the lab as a visiting scholar.


Panos Papalambros will be presenting an invited talk at the 12th annual Design Research Conference hosted by the IIT Institute of Design: Exploring Creative Balance in Design The Design Research Conference (DRC), organized by graduate students at the IIT Institute of Design in Chicago, brings together a large and expanding network of design professionals. The DRC will be held October 8-9, 2013 at the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois. Find more information concerning the conference, speakers and registration at drc.id.iit.edu.


Sou Montazeri presented a paper titled “Save a Napkin, Save a Tree: The Role of Metaphors in Product Design to Change Behavior” at the International Conference on Engineering Design in Seoul, Korea on August 19-22, 2013.


Alex Burnap presented a paper titled “Quantification of Perceptual Design Attributes Using a Crowd” at the International Conference on Engineering Design in Seoul, Korea on August 19-22, 2013. The presentation slides may be viewed online.


Namwoo Kang presented a paper titled “Enterprise-driven Product Service System Design” at the International Conference on Engineering Design in Seoul, Korea on August 19-22, 2013.


Anna-Maria McGowan presented a paper titled “Using Qualitative Research Methods in Engineering Design Research” at the International Conference on Engineering Design in Seoul, Korea on August 19-22, 2013.


Panos Papalambros gave a keynote speech titled “Design Science: A Weltanschauung” at the International Conference on Engineering Design in Seoul, Korea on August 19-22, 2013. In this keynote, a variety of projects supporting and related to Design Science were presented, including the Design Science History Timeline.


Alex Burnap presented a paper titled “A Simulation Based Estimation of Crowd Ability and its Influence on Crowdsourced Evaluation of Design Concepts” at the ASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences in Portland, Oregon on August 4-7, 2013.


Emrah Bayrak presented a paper titled “Optimal Design of Hybrid-Electric Vehicle Architectures Using Auto-Generation of Feasible Driving Modes” at the ASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences in Portland, Oregon on August 4-7, 2013.


Max Yi Ren presented a paper titled “A Scalable Preference Elicitation Algorithm Using Group Generalized Binary Search” at the ASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences in Portland, Oregon on August 4-7, 2013.


Swetha Viswanatha joined the lab as an undergraduate research assistant.


Diane Peters accepted a position as Assistant Professor at Kettering University beginning Fall 2013.


Inspired by David and Carli, Namwoo Kang and Emrah Bayrak have committed to participating in the 2014 Ann Arbor Polar Plunge. Carli Oster has also committed to repeat her performance from this year and take part again in the 2014 event.


ODE undergraduate members, David Finkbiner and Carli Oster, participated in the 2013 Ann Arbor Polar Plunge which consisted of jumping into an outdoor swimming pool filled with ice. The event raised money for Michigan Special Olympics.

News in 2012

Panos Papalambros completed his five-year term as Chief Editor of the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design in December 2012. ODE alumnus Professor Shapour Azarm of the University of Maryland succeeded him in this position for 2013-17.


Carli Oster joined the lab as an undergraduate research assistant.


Panos Papalambros attended the NSF Workshop on Future of Discovery, Learning and Innovation in Ann Arbor, October 2012.


Alex Burnap was selected for a Dean's Fellowship by the Design Science Program,Integrative Systems & Design Division, College of Engineering.


Anna McGowan attended and made presentations at the AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Design Optimization Conference in Indianapolis, September 2012.


Michael Kokkolaras accepted a position as Associate Professor at McGill University beginning Fall 2012.


Alex Burnap was admitted to the Design Science Ph.D. program starting in Fall 2012.


Ioannis Papazoglou from the Technical University of Cyprus joined the lab as an IAESTE exchange student.


Kukhyun Ahn accepted a position at Ford's Research and Innovation Center beginning in June.


Panos Papalambros visited the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland, and also attended the Board of Management meeting of the Design Society in August, 2012.


Michael Kokkolaras was promoted to Research Scientist position.


Soodeh Montazeri presented a paper titled "Color, Cognition, and Recycling: How the design of everyday objects prompt behavior change" at the 12th International Design Conference, Design 2012, in Dubrovnik, Croatia.


Steven Hoffenson has accepted a position as a postdoctoral researcher at the Chalmers University of Technology Department of Product and Production Development in Gothenburg, Sweden, beginning May 1.


Soodeh Montazeri was selected as a Barbour Scholar by The H.H. Rackham Graduate School.


Yu-Ting Chu from the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan joined the lab as a visiting PhD student with a Fellowship from Taiwan's National Research Foundation.


Steven Hoffenson was awarded the College of Engineering Distinguished Leadership Award and the Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement.


Panos Papalambros visited the Singapore University of Technology and Design as chair of the Scientific Advisory Board in August 2012. He also visited and gave a lecture at the National University of Singapore hosted by ODE alumnus Prof. Han Tong Loh.


John Whitefoot accepted a position as a rulemaking engineer in the Fuel Economy Division of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) starting August 2012.


Kwang-Jae Lee defended his doctoral thesis in August 2012 and returned to his native Korea working at Samsung Electronics.


Panos Papalambros served in the steering committee and participated in the National Academy of Engineering Workshop on manufacturing, Design and Innovation, in Washington, DC, June 2012.


Several ODE members participated and gave presentations at the Annual Conference of the Automotive Research Center in Ann Arbor, in May 2012.


Panos Papalambros participated at the DoD Workshop on Future Research Directions in Mechanical and Civil Engineering at Northwestern University in May 2012.


Panos Papalambros visited Iowa State University as an external evaluator of the Iowa Virtual Reality Applications Center in May 2012.


Panos Papalambros visited Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, as an external reviewer of the university's strategic plan in areas of advance in April 2012.


David Finkbiner joined the lab as an undergraduate research assistant.


Namwoo Kang was selected as a Graham Doctoral Fellow by the Graham Sustainability Institute starting in Fall 2012.


Anu Martikainen from the Tampere University of Technology in Finland joined the lab as a visiting PhD student with a fellowship from Finland's National Research Foundation.


Panos Papalambros attended the Design Society Board of Management meeting and Rigi Meeting in London, UK, in March 2012. He also visited Cambridge University Engineering Department and Cambridge University Press.


Anna McGowan co-organized an NSF – NASA Workshop on Large Scale Complex Engineered Systems from Basic Research through Product Development in Washington, DC, in February 2012. Panos Papalambros also participated in the workshop.

News in 2011

John Whitefoot successfully defended his dissertation titled "Optimal co-design of microgrids and plug-in vehicles: synergies, simplifications, and the effects of uncertainty" on December 20th.


Yi Ren successfully defended his dissertation titled "Design Preference Elicitation, Identification, and Estimation" on December 19th.


Katie Whitefoot's research was cited in an article in The Washington Post, titled "Loophole in new fuel rules could lead to bigger cars" on Dec 14th.


Steven Hoffenson successfully defended his dissertation titled "Safety Considerations in Optimal Automotive Vehicle Design" on December 5th.


Panos Papalambros attended the NASA-University of Alabama Huntsville Consortium meeting on Design of Elegant Complex Systems Design, in Huntsville, December 1-2.


Panos Papalambros attended the ASME Board of Journal Editors meeting in Denver, Colorado, November 12.


Panos Papalambros visited MIT in Boston serving on the External Advisory Board of the Singapore University of Technology and Design, International Design Center, October 31-Nov. 1.


Panos Papalambros visited Chalmers University in Gothenburg, Sweden, serving on the International External Advisory Board of the Wingquist Laboratory VINNEX Center of Excellence, October 17-19.


John Whitefoot, Abigail Mechtenberg, Diane Peters, and Panos Papalambros were awarded a best paper award in the Design Automation Conference of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences in Washington, DC August 29-31. The paper is titled "Optimal Component Sizing and Forward-Looking Dispatch of an Electrical Microgrid for Energy Storage Planning."


Panos Papalambros attended and presented a paper at the ASME IDETC Conference in Washington, DC, August 28-31.


John Whitefoot presented a paper entitled "Optimal Component Sizing and Forward-Looking Dispatch of an Electrical Microgrid for Energy Storage Planning" at the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences in Washington, DC on August 29-31.


Steven Hoffenson presented a paper titled "The Impact of Safety Standards and Policies on Optimal Automobile Design" at the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design in Copenhagen, Denmark, August 15-17.


Panos Papalambros attended and presented a paper at the ICED Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, August 15-18. He was also elected for a four-year term to the Board of Management of the Design Society.


Steven Hoffenson participated in the Sandia Summer Institute at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California, August 8-12. He worked in a technical group focusing on "Managing Uncertainty in Policy Decisions – Focus on EV Adoption Drivers.


Steven Hoffenson, Michael Kokkolaras, and Panos Papalambros were awarded a best paper award at the Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering and Technology Symposium in Dearborn, Michigan, August 8-12. The paper was co-written with Sudhakar Arepally of TARDEC, and is titled "Ground Vehicle Safety Optimization Considering Blastworthiness and the Risks of High Weight and Fuel Consumption.


Diane Peters accepted a position as Senior Control Systems Engineer at LMS International in Troy.


Panos Papalambros started his new duties as Executive Director of the UM College of Engineering Interdisciplinary and Professional Programs, July 1.


Panos Papalambros served as an external reviewer of the School of Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China June22-29. He also gave the Commencement address for the 20121 graduating class of the University of Michigan – Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute. He also gave lectures at SJTU and Zhejiang Universities and visited the Eaton Innovation Center in Shanghai.


Panos Papalambros visited and gave lectures at the National Cheng Kung University, the National Chung Hsing University and several companies in Taiwan, June 17-22.


Steven Hoffenson presented a paper titled "Weight and Blastworthiness Design Considerations for Military Ground Vehicle Safety Optimization" at the 9th World Congress on Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization in Shizuoka, Japan, June 13-17.


Panos Papalambros attended the WCSMO Conference in Shizuoka, Japan, June 10-17.


Abigail Mechnenberg accepted a position as visiting Professor and Research Scientist in the Department of IDCE-ESP and Physics at Clark University in Worcester.


Katie Whitefoot successfully defended her dissertation "Quantifying the Impact of Environmental Policy on Engineering Design Decisions" on May 26th.


James Allison has accepted an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering at The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign .


Katie Whitefoot has accepted a Senior Program Officer position at the National Academy of Engineering and will be starting this fall.


Diane Peters has been elected to a three-year term as a Member-at-Large of ASEE's Mechanical Engineering Division Executive Committee.


Steven Hoffenson presented at the 17th Automotive Research Center Conference in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on May 23-24. His presentation was titled "Ground Vehicle Safety Optimization Considering Blastworthiness and Weight.


Panos Papalambros served as the general chair of the “Design Frontiers Symposium” at the University of Michigan May 19-20.


Matt Parkinson is now officially a tenured Associate Professor at Penn State University.


Panos Papalambros attended the UMTRI External Advisory Board meeting in Ann Arbor on May 10-11.


Tahira Reid has accepted an assistant professor position in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University and will start in the Spring of 2012.


Ryan Fellini has accepted a position with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Conrad Tucker, first PhD grad under former ODE member, Harrison Kim at UIUC, will join the Engineering Design and Industrial Engineering at Penn State as an Assistant Professor in summer 2011.


Abigail Mechtenberg and Debey Sayndee presented a poster, "Engineering of Energy Designs: Creativity and Empowerment", at the Fifth Annual CRLT North Research and Scholarship in Engineering Education Poster Session on February 8, 2011.


Diane Peters and Shanna Daly presented a poster, "The Challenge of Returning: Transitioning from an Engineering Career to Graduate School", at the Fifth Annual CRLT North Research and Scholarship in Engineering Education Poster Session on February 8, 2011.


Shanna Daly and Diane Peters won the Best Paper award in the Graduate Studies Division of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) conference for their paper titled "The Challenge of Returning: Transitioning from an Engineering Career to Graduate School."


Diane Peters presented a seminar, “Sequential Design and Control Optimization of Coupled Systems”, at the University of Notre Dame on February 8th.


Michael Alexander has accepted a full-time position as a researcher at General Motors Research and Development Center in Warren, MI, effective February 16, 2011. He will be working on hybrid vehicle architectures in the Propulsion Systems Research Lab.


Panos Papalambros was a reviewer and panelist at the First International Workshop to Fpster Publications in Engineering Design” held at Grenoble, France, February 3-4, representing ASME Journal of Mechanical Design as its Chief Editor. He also visited the G-SCOP Laboratory, at the Grenoble Institute of Technology.


Panos Papalambros gave a seminar on “Product design: A design science and optimization approach -- An analysis-based design of products and systems” at the University of Patras on January 24.


Panos Papalambros gave a seminar on Design Science research and education at Oakland University on January 7.


Diane Peters presented a poster, "Optimal Co-design of Controlled Systems and their Controllers", at the National Science Foundation CMMI Grantees' Conference, January 3-7, in Atlanta, Georgia.

News in 2010

On December 17, Michael Alexander successfully defended his dissertation titled "Management of Functional Data Variables in Decomposition-based Design Optimization."


Katie Whitefoot presented the paper "Product Design Responses to Industrial Policy: Evaluating Fuel Economy Standards Using an Engineering Model of Endogenous Product Design" as part of the Energy Institute at Haas Seminar Series at the University of California, Berkeley on November 5th.


Katie Whitefoot cofounded the blog and organization climateblue.org to bring together climate-change related research and opinions across the extended University of Michigan community.


John Whitefoot successfully completed his preliminary examination on September 20th. His research proposal is titled "Optimal Design and Control of a Distributed Energy Microgrid with Plug-In Vehicle Support."


Diane Peters presented her paper titled "Sequential Co-Design of an Artifact and its Controller via Control Proxy Functions" at the IFAC Symposium on Mechatronic Systems in Boston, Massachusetts, on September 13th.


Michael Alexander presented his paper titled "An Accuracy Assessment Method for Two-Dimensional Functional Data in Simulation-Based Design" at the 13th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis Optimization Conference in Fort Worth, TX, on September 13th.


Michael Alexander, Yi Ren, and John Whitefoot presented papers at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Design Engineering Technical Conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 15-18, 2010, respectively titled "Constraint Management of Reduced Representation Variables in Decomposition-Based Design Optimization", "Design Preference Elicitation, Derivative-Free Optimization and Support Vector Machine Search", and "The Case for Urban Vehicles: Powertrain Optimization of a Power-Split Hybrid for Fuel Economy on Multiple Drive Cycles".


On August 27, Diane Peters passed the Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer exam.


Katie Whitefoot presented a paper titled "Evaluating U.S. Reformed Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards with Endogenous Attributes" at the World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economics conference in Montreal, QC, Canada on July 1, 2010.


Katie Whitefoot accepted a summer internship position at Resources for the Future (RFF) in Washington, D.C.


Diane Peters presented her paper titled "Relationship Between Coupling and the Controllability Grammian in Co-Design Problems" at the American Control Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, on June 30th.


Alejandro Diaz (Ph.D. '82) has been appointed the Chairperson of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State University.


Michael Alexander and Steven Hoffenson presented at the 16th Annual Automotive Research Center Conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on May 11th. Their presentations were under the joint title: "Multilevel Vehicle Design: Fuel Economy, Mobility and Safety Considerations."


Diane Peters presented a seminar at Ohio State University on May 7th. Her seminar was titled "Sequential Design and Control (Co-Design) Optimization of Coupled Systems Using Control Proxy Functions."

Katie Whitefoot participated in a panel discussion titled "Climate Action: beyond Copenhagen" on March 25 as part of U of M's Earth Day symposium.

Katie Whitefoot presented at U of M's Industrial Organization Economics lunch seminar on March 23. Her talk was titled "Evaluating fuel economy regulation using a 'bottom up' endogenous attribute model."


Former ODE postdoctoral scholar Dr. Michael Bremicker is now an Associate Professor for Innovation Management, Structural Optimization, and Technical Mechanics at Beuth University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. He is involved in projects promoting holistic, multidisciplinary education for students.


Diane Peters was selected as the 2010 recipient of the College of Engineering Distinguished Achievement Award, an honor given to an undergraduate and graduate student in each degree program. Students are chosen by department and program faculty to recognize academic and personal excellence.


Michael Alexander was selected for the 2010 MLK Spirit award, which is given annually to recognize students from the four North Campus Schools and Colleges who best exemplify the leadership and extraordinary vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Katie Whitefoot attended the Society of Automotive Engineers 2010 Government/Industry Meeting, January 26-29 in Washington D.C.


John Whitefoot presented an oral presentation at the Transportation Research Board annual meeting, held in Washington, D.C. from January 10-14th. His presentation was titled "Effects of population density and traffic congestion on vehicle efficiency, driving distance and total fuel use." This presentation was part of the Innovative Doctoral Research session as part of the Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship program.


Diane Peters successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation titled "Coupling and Controllability in Optimal Design and Control" on January 4th.

News in 2009

Katie Whitefoot successfully completed her preliminary examination on December 22nd.


Tahira Reid successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation titled "Quantifying Perception-Based Attributes in Design: A Case Study on the Perceived Environmental Friendliness of Vehicle Silhouettes" on December 14th. She is the first graduate of the Design Science Program.


This December, Katie Whitefoot traveled to Copenhagen as part of the University of Michigan delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Conference.


Diane Peters won 2nd place for her oral presentation in the Design and Control session at the Engineering Graduate Symposium on November 13th. Her presentation was on "A Priori Determination of Coupling in Design/Control (Co-Design) Systems using the Controllability Grammian Matrix."


Michael Alexander, Steven Hoffenson, and Diane Peters delivered oral presentations, and Diane Peters and Tahira Reid presented posters at the College of Engineering's annual Engineering Graduate symposium on November 13th. The presentations were titled, respectively, "Managing Vector-Valued Coupling Variables in Electric Vehicle Powertrain System Optimization," "Vehicle Design Optimization for Occupant Crash Safety and Fuel Economy Using Multi-body Dynamic Modeling," and "A Priori Determination of Coupling in Design/Control (Co-Design) Systems using the Controllability Grammian Matrix"; the posters were titled "Sequential Optimization of Coupled Design/Control (Co-Design) Systems using Control Proxy Functions," and "Quantifying Perceived Environmental Friendliness (PEF) for Inclusion in an Optimization Framework: An Automotive Case Study."


Diane Peters presented at the Society of Women Engineers National Conference in Long Beach, California, on Friday, October 16th. Her talk was titled "Success and Challenges as a Returning Student."


Yi Ren successfully defended his preliminary examination on September 8th, 2009. His research proposal is titled "Interactive Industrial Design for Preference Elicitation."


Bart Frischknecht, Diane Peters, and Tahira Reid presented papers at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Design Engineering Technical Conference in San Diego, California, August 30-September 2, 2009, respectively titled "Methods for Evaluating Suitability of Econometric Demand Models in Design for Market Systems," "On Measures of Coupling Between the Artifact and Controller Optimal Design Problems," and "A Methodology for Quantifying the Perceived Environmental Friendliness of Vehicle Silhouettes in Engineering Design."


Julie Reyer has been promoted to Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering and has accepted a position as the Assistant Dean for Student Success for the College of Engineering at Bradley University effective August 2009.


Diane Peters presented a poster, "Optimal Co-design of Controlled Systems and their Controllers", at the National Science Foundation CMMI Grantees' Conference, June 22-25, in Honolulu, Hawaii.


Diane Peters has been selected as a finalist in the Society of Women Engineers Collegiate Poster Competition - Graduate Student Division. Final judging will take place at the SWE Conference in Long Beach, CA in October.


Tahira Reid delivered a presentation co-authored with Bart Frischknecht and Steven Hoffenson, titled "A Design Science Approach to Understanding Changes in the Automotive Vehicle Industry" at the Second International Engineering Systems Symposium at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on June 17, 2009.


Michael Alexander successfully defended his preliminary examination on June 17th, 2009. His research proposal is titled "Managing Vector-Valued Coupling Variables in Analytical Target Cascading."


Steven Hoffenson successfully defended his preliminary examination on June 17th, 2009. His research proposal is titled "A Modeling Framework for Assessing and Optimizing Automobile Design for Improved Crash Safety and Sustainability."


Bart Frischknecht successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation titled "A Study of Public and Private Tradeoffs in Optimal Vehicle Design Using a Market Systems Approach" on June 10th.


Katie Whitefoot successfully completed her Qualifier Examination in Design Science on June 9th in the research area of characterizing the impacts of environmental policies on design trade-off decisions.


Katie Whitefoot delivered the presentation "Evaluating the Suitability of Econometric Demand Models in Product Design for Market Systems" at the INFORMS Marketing Science Conference, June 4-6, 2009 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Michael Alexander, Bart Frischknecht, and Steven Hoffenson delivered presentations at the 8th World Congress on Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, June 1-5, 2009, in Lisbon, Portugal. Michael's talk was titled "Reduced Representations of Vector-Valued Coupling Variables in Decomposition-based Design Optimization", Bart's talk, which was co-authored with Diane Peters, was titled "Pareto Set Analysis: Local Measures of Objective Coupling in Multi-objective Design Optimization", and Steven's talk was titled "An Optimization Approach to Occupant Safety and Fuel Economy in Vehicle Design".


Kukhyun Ahn, Michael Alexander, Steven Hoffenson, Michael Kokkolaras, Kwang Jae Lee, Yogita Pai, Diane Peters, and Yi Ren presented their work at the 15th annual Automotive Research Center Conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan on May 12-13, 2009.


Kukhyun Ahn delivered a presentation titled, "Design Optimization of Motor/Generator Full-Load Characteristics in Two-Mode Hybrid Vehicles," at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) World Congress in Detroit on April 21, 2009.


Steven Hoffenson was awarded a Mortar Board National Foundation fellowship award for the 2009-2010 academic year.


Bart Frischknecht was awarded the University of Michigan American Society for Engineering Education (UM-ASEE) Outstanding Student Instructor Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions in engineering education as an instructor for Analytical Product Design (DESCI501/ME455/ARTDES300), in April 2009.


Shanna Daly gave a presentation "Teachers' beliefs, intentions, and uses of models of nanoscale phenomena for NSEE" at the semi-annual national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Salt Lake City, Utah, March 22-25, 2009.


Shanna Daly co-led a short course, "The Next Big Thing is Small: Inquiry-Based Lessons in Nanoscience", and gave two presentations, "Models of Nanoscale Phenomena: Seeing What We Can't See" and "Quantum Dots in the Secondary Classroom" at the National Science Teachers Association Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 19-22, 2009.


Shinji Nishiwaki as of April 1, 2009, will be a full professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Science at Kyoto University.


Professor Panos Papalambros received the highest honor of the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan, the Stephen S. Attwood Award, on March 28, 2009, recognizing his "extraordinary achievement in teaching, research, service, and other activities that have brought distinction to the College and University."


Yi Ren successfully defended his master's thesis entitled "An Interactive Modeling Environment for Automotive Exterior Design" on Tuesday, March 10, 2009.


Katie Whitefoot received the MLK Spirit Award for her community involvement in service and social justice on Thursday, February 19, 2009.


Michael Alexander was awarded the National Society of Black Engineers Board of Corporate Affiliates Scholarship for his great achievement in the academic arena and dedicated service to NSBE and the local campus community on February 19, 2009.


Diane Peters has been selected as the graduate student recipient of the Marian Sarah Parker Prize. This award recognizes a female engineering student who has demonstrated academic excellence, leadership qualities and outstanding contributions to the University and/or community. The award will be officially presented at the College of Engineering 2009 Student Leaders and Honors Brunch on Sunday, March 15, 2009.


Tahira Reid and Diane Peters have been selected as recipients of the College of Engineering's Distinguished Leadership Award. This award is conferred upon undergraduate and graduate students of the College of Engineering who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the College, University, and community. The award will be officially presented at the College of Engineering 2009 Student Leaders and Honors Brunch on Sunday, March 15, 2009.


Ellen Chisa joined the lab in January as a visiting scholar from Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, where she's pursuing a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Presently, she's working with Jarod Kelly on developing an Interactive Genetic Algorithm than can be used as a tool to enhance the creativity of inexperienced designers.


On January 14, Kwang Jae Lee successfully completed his preliminary examination. His thesis proposal was titled "Optimal System Design with Geometric Considerations."

News in 2008

Shanna Daly gave a keynote presentation titled "Beyond Engineering" at the Australian Association of Engineering Education Conference in Yeppoon, Australia.


Steven Hoffenson completed his master's degree in mechanical engineering in December. His research report was titled "Methods for Modeling Automobile Safety and Sustainability."


Jeongwoo Han has accepted a post-doctoral appointment in the Energy Systems Division at the Argonne National Laboratory, effective December 1, 2008.


Katie Whitefoot presented the poster "Impacts of Automotive Greenhouse Gas Policies on Emissions and Materials Flows: Why engineering is necessary to appropriately model market behavior" at the 2008 Behavior Energy and Climate Change Conference in Sacramento, CA.


Diane Peters presented a paper, "Co-Design of a MEMS Actuator and its Controller Using Frequency Constraints", at the Dynamic Systems and Control Conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan in October 2008.


Shanna Daly, who recently received a Ph.D. in Engineering Education at Purdue University, joined the Optimal Design Laboratory as a postdoctoral scholar in September 2008.


Bart Frischknecht, Erin MacDonald, and Katie Whitefoot attended the ASME 2008 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences in New York, NY. Bart presented the paper "A Pareto Approach to Aligning Public and Private Objectives in Vehicle Design". Erin participated in the panel "Challenges and Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Graduate Design Programs", highlighting the Design Science PhD program.


Paolo Guarneri joined the Optimal Design Laboratory in September 2008 as a visiting scholar from Politecnico di Milano, Italy.


Erin MacDonald has accepted a post-doctoral appointment in marketing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, effective September 1, 2008. Following that, she will assume an assistant professorship in Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University as a Mack Scholar, beginning August 16, 2009.


Jarod Kelly has accepted a post-doctoral appointment at in the School of Natural Resources and Environment at UM as an Alcoa Fellow, beginning September 1, 2008.


James Allison accepted a position as a senior applications engineer in the advanced support group at the Mathworks in Natick, MA.


Jeongwoo Han presented the paper, "Optimal Design of Hybrid Electric Fuel Cell Vehicles under Uncertainty and Enterprise Considerations," at the 6th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology in Denver, CO, June 16-18.


Michael Alexander successfully defended his master's thesis, titled, "Analytical Target Cascading Optimization of an Electric Vehicle Powertrain System" on June 3, 2008.


Jarod Kelly has taken an appointment as a guest lecturer at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, where he will teach ME 250 to Chinese undergraduates during the Summer 2008.


Andreas Malikopoulos accepted an offer for the position of a Researcher at the Research & Development Center of General Motors. He will be working at the Powertrain Systems Research Lab in Warren, Michigan, effective June.


Kukhyun Ahn, James Allison, Jeongwoo Han, Andreas Malikopoulos, and Kwang Jae Lee presented at the 14th annual Automotive Research Center conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 20-21.


On May 1, Diane Peters passed her preliminary exam. Her thesis proposal was titled "An Optimization Approach to Design for Controllability".


Erin MacDonald was awarded the Susan Lipschutz Award from the Rackham School of Graduate Studies for the Summer of 2008.


Jarod Kelly successfully defended his PhD dissertation, titled "Interactive genetic algorithms for shape preference assessment in engineering design" on April 23rd, 2008. He has completed his revisions, and his PhD degree will be conferred in August.


Katie Kerfoot received her master's degree in Mechanical Engineering in April 2008.


Andreas Malikopoulos presented the paper, "Optimal Engine Calibration for Individual Driving Styles," at the SAE 2008 World Congress in Detroit, Michigan, April 14-17.


Jarod Kelly presented his work, "Interactive Genetic Algorithms for use as Creativity Enhancement Tools", in a Catalyst Session of the 2008 AAAI Spring Symposium (Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence), March 26-28, 2008.


Andreas Malikopoulos was appointed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, effective February.


Tahira Reid passed her Preliminary Exam in Design Science in January 2008.


Petar Jercic joined the Optimal Design Laboratory in January 2008 as a visiting intern from the University of Split, Croatia.

News in 2007

Andreas Malikopoulos successfully defended his doctoral dissertation entitled "Real-Time, Self-Learning Identification and Stochastic Optimal Control of Advanced Powertrain Systems" on December 17. His dissertation co-chairs were Dennis Assanis and Panos Papalambros.


Erin MacDonald successfully defended her doctoral dissertation entitled "The Construction of Preference in Engineering Design and Implications for Green Products on December 14, 2007.


James Allison successfully defended his doctoral dissertation entitled "Optimal Partitioning and Coordination Decisions in Decomposition- based Design Optimization" on December 13, 2007. His dissertation chair was Panos Papalambros.


Jeongwoo Han successfully defended his doctoral dissertation entitled "Sequential Linear Programming Coordination Strategy for Deterministic and Probabilistic Analytical Target Cascading," December 3, 2007.


Yi Ren joined the ODE in December 2007 to pursue his masters in interdisciplinary product development. He will be working with Panos Papalambros.


Andreas Malikopoulos presented the paper, "A State-Space Representation Model and Learning Algorithm for Real-Time Decision-Making Under Uncertainty," in the 2007 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Seattle, WA, Nov 11-15, 2007.


James Allison was awarded first place for his oral presentation and second place for his poster in the design session of the College of Engineering Graduate Student Symposium at the University of Michigan on November 2, 2007.


Andreas Malikopoulos presented the paper, "Real-Time, Self-Learning Optimization of Diesel Engine Calibration," at the 2007 Fall Technical Conference of the ASME Internal Combustion Engine Division, Charleston, South Carolina, October 14-17, 2007.


James Alison presented the paper, "Optimal Partitioning and Coordination Decisions in Decomposition-based Design Optimization," at the ASME 2007 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, September 4-7, 2007.


Jeongwoo Han presented the paper, "A Sequential Linear Programming Coordination Algorithm for Analytical Target Cascading," at the ASME 2007 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, September 4-7, 2007.


Erin MacDonald presented the paper,"Preference Inconsistency in Multidisciplinary Design Decision Making," at the ASME 2007 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, September 4-7, 2007.


Andreas Malikopoulos presented the paper, "A Learning Algorithm for Optimal Internal Combustion Engine Calibration in Real Time," at the ASME 2007 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, September 4-7, 2007.


Jarod Kelly presented the paper,"Use of Visual Aesthetic Preference Information in Product Design," at the International Conference on Engineering Design, Paris, France, August 28-31, 2007.


Erin MacDonald presented the paper, "The Construction of Preferences for Crux and Sentinel Product Attributes," at the International Conference on Engineering Design, Paris, France, August 28-31, 2007.


Constance Raymond-Schenk (Connie) joined ODE in August as a senior secretary. She will be also assisting Professor Papalambros in the Design Science Doctoral Program.


Steven Hoffenson joined ODE in August to pursue his masters in interdisciplinary product development. He will be working with Panos Papalambros.


Kwang Jae Lee joined ODE in June to pursue his doctoral studies in multidisciplinary design optimization. He will be working with Panos Papalambros.


Professor Panos Papalambros has been selected to receive ASME's Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Design Educator Award. This prestigious award was established as a design division award in 1998, and elevated to a society award in 2001 to recognize a person who exemplifies the best in furthering engineering design education through vision, interactions with students and industry, scholarship and impact on the next generation of engineers, and a person whose action serves as a role model for other educators to emulate.


Jeongwoo Han presented the paper "An SLP Filter Algorithm for Probabilistic Analytical Target Cascading," at the 7th World Congress on Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization in Seoul, Korea, May 21-25.


James Allison presented the paper "Optimal Partitioning and Coordination Decisions in System Design Using an Evolutionary Algorithm," at the 7th World Congress on Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization in Seoul, Korea, May 21-25.


James Allison, Jeongwoo Han, and Andreas Malikopoulos all gave presentations at the 13th annual Automotive Research Center conference in Ann Arbor, May 15-16.


Jeongwoo Han accepted a summer internship at GM. He will be working in the Research & Development Center, Powertrain Systems Research Lab in Warren, Michigan.


Katie Kerfoot was awarded the Rackham Merit Fellowship in April for her academic achievement and her volunteer work to advance the equality of underrepresented groups at the University of Michigan.


Andreas Malikopoulos received the Dare to Dream Opportunity Grant from the Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie institute of UM's Ross School of Business in April for the innovative technology introduced by his research and its potential for commercialization.


Katie Kerfoot was admitted to the Design Science PhD program in March.


Erin MacDonald received a Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant from UM's Rackham Graduate School in March in order to fund a research project that seeks to understand how customers construct preferences for paper towels with varying levels recycled paper content.


Emanuele Colomba from the Politecnico di Milano joined the ODE Lab in February as a visiting scholar to pursue research for his diploma thesis on multidisciplinary optimization. He will be working with Panos Papalambros and Michael Kokkolaras.


Erin MacDonald received the MLK Spirit Award from UM's North Campus in February for her leadership and service to the University, local and global communities that have exemplified the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Bart Frischknecht presented his doctoral dissertation proposal entitled "Designing eco-functionality: Operating on life cycle assessment as a product atttribute in a design decision-making framework," on January 17th and advanced to Ph.D. candidacy.


Harshit Sarin joined ODE in January to pursue his MS thesis research in robustness optimization of simulation-based design. He will be working with Michael Kokkkolaras and Panos Papalambros.


The new course DESIGN SCIENCE 502: Design Process Models is taught this semester for the first time with Professors Jan-Henrik Andersen (Art&Design), Panos Papalambros (ODE) and Colleen Seifert (Psychology) as instructors.


Several visitors from the National University of Singapore visited the Lab on January to exchange ideas on design curriculum, including the Design Science Program. These were Prof. S C Lim, Head of Mechanical Engineering Department, Prof. W F Lu, also from ME and Deputy Director of the Center for Design Technology (CDT), and Prof. Goh Thong Ngee of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Director of the CDT.


Diane Peters joined ODE in January to pursue her doctoral studies in optimal design and control. She will be working with Profs. Papalambros and Ulsoy.


Katie Kerfoot joined ODE in January to pursue her doctoral studies in multidisciplinary design. She will be working with Panos Papalambros.


Peter Keros joined ODE in January as a research assistant. He will be working on the Block M project and with Katie Kerfoot on the impact of policies on automotive designs.


Guido Karsemakers from the Eindhoven University of Technology joined the ODE Lab in January as a visiting scholar to pursue research for his diploma thesis on multidisciplinary optimization, particularly the use of augmented Lagrangian methods. He will be working with Michael Kokkolaras, James Allison and other ODE members.

News in 2006

Jarod Kelly presented the paper, "The Development of a Tool for the Preference Assessment of the Visual Aesthetics of an Object Using Interactive Genetic Algorithms," at the Internatinoal Conference on Generative Art in Milan, Italy Dec 13-16.


Katie Kerfoot received her bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering in December.


Panos Papalambros gave a talk entitiled "Design Science and Optimal Design: Venturing Outside the Engineering Comfort Zone" at the Manufacturing Research Seminar series in theCollege of Engineering at the University of Michigan on November 30th.


Professor John Rasmussen from Aalborg University in Denmark visited the ODE lab on November 29th and presented some of his recent research work on musculoskeletal simulation in ergonomics.


Bart Frischknecht successfully defended his master thesis entitled "Representations and Methods for Enabling Design Variety," on November 13.


Jarod Kelly was a guest lecturer in the Orientation Seminar (ARCH 811), offered in the department of Architecture at the University of Michigan, on November 8th.


Jarod Kelly earned the second-place award in the poster presentation competition in the combined Design and Manufacturing & Industrial and Systems Engineering session at the University of Michigan 2006 Engineering Graduate Student Symposium on November 3rd.


Andreas Malikopoulos earned the second-place award in the oral presentation competition in the Design and Manufacturing session at the University of Michigan 2006 Engineering Graduate Student Symposium on November 3rd.


Andreas Malikopoulos earned the first-place award in the poster presentation competition in the combined Design and Manufacturing & Industrial and Systems Engineering session at the University of Michigan 2006 Engineering Graduate Student Symposium on November 3rd.


Jarod Kelly was one of the co-organizers of the Design and Manufacturing session at the University of Michigan 2006 Engineering Graduate Student Symposium on November 3rd.


Jarod Kelly was a guest lecturer in the Design Science Colloquium course (DeSci 790), offered in the Design Science program at the University of Michigan, on October 18th.


The Crayella umbrella, designed in part by Erin MacDonald, won the first place in Treehugger.com and ID Magazine's Umbrella Inside Out cradle-to-cradle design competition on September 22. The design will be featured in December's issue of I.D. Magazine. For more information: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2006/09/cradle_to_cradl_4.php


Jeongwoo Han presented his doctoral dissertation proposal entitled "Hierarchical Multilevel System Optimization under Uncertainty," on September 18th and advanced to Ph.D. candidacy.


Jarod Kelly presented his doctoral dissertation proposal entitled "Visual Aesthetic Preference Assessment in Optimal Product Design," on September 8th and advanced to Ph.D. candidacy.


Hyoung-June Park accepted an offer for the position of Assistant Professor at University of Hawaii, Manoa, effective July.


Kuei-Yuan Chan accepted an offer for the position of Assistant Professor at National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, effective July.


Sulaiman Alyaqout accepted an offer for the position of Assistant Professor at Kuwait University effective July 1.


Jeongwoo Han presented the paper "Optimal Design of Hybrid Fuel Cell Vehicles" at the 4th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology in Irvine, CA, June 19-21.


Zhijun Li married Renhua Zhang on June 5th in Raleigh, North Carolina.


Professor Alice Agogino from the University of California at Berkeley visited the ODE lab on June 1. She presented a seminar on “Technology, Pedagogy and Design: Global Visions for the New Century,” sponsored by the lab and the Design Science Program.


Jeongwoo Han accepted a summer internship at GM, working in the Research & Development Center, Powertrain Systems Research Lab in Warren, Michigan.


Marisa Liepa joined the ODE Lab as a summer research assistant. She will be working on the Piquette Project and with Erin MacDonald on modeling the physical product attributes of a recycled paper towel.


Liz Kramer of Washington University joined the ODE lab as a summer research assistant. She will be working with the Piquette Project.


Marc Zawislak accepted a summer internship with the Commercial Airlines Unit of The Boeing Company in Everett, WA.


Kuei-Yuan Chan, Subroto Gunawan, Andreas Malikopoulos, Jeongwoo Han, and James Allison all gave presentations at the 12th annual Automotive Research Center conference in Ann Arbor, May 23-24.


Panos Papalambros participated and made an invited presentation at the the NSF Workshop on Innovation and Discovery May 17-18 in Washington, DC.


Andreas Malikopoulos presented his doctoral dissertation proposal entitled "Simultaneous Real-Time Optimization of Engine Calibration and Power Management for Hybrid-Electric Vehicles," on May 15th and advanced to Ph.D. candidacy.


James Allison presented his doctoral dissertation proposal entitled "Combined Partitioning and Coordination Composition for Optimal System Design," on May 5th and advanced to Ph.D. candidacy.


Professor Kazuhiro Izui from Kyoto University visited the ODE lab on May 3 for a research exchange and discussion of his recent work in reliability in topology optimization.


Tahira Reid joined the ODE lab as a doctoral student in May.


Professor Massimiliano Gobbi from the Polytechnic of Milan visited the ODE lab on April 6 and presented some of his recent research work on automotive systems optimization, particularly in design reliability of dynamic systems.


Subroto Gunawan presented a paper entitled "Design Optimization and Reliability Estimateion with Incomplete Uncertainty Information," at the SAE 2006 World Congress in Detroit on April 5.


Mike Sheh from Engineous Software visited ODE on April 4. He also presented the optimization software ISIGHT to the ME 555 class.


Andreas Malikopoulos presented a paper entitled “Simulation of an Integrated Starter Alternator (ISA) System for the HMMWV” at the SAE 2006 World Congress in Detroit on April 4.


Pierre Maheut from the Ecole Centrale du Nantes joined the ODE lab as a visiting scholar in April. He is working on developing preference metrics in a continuing collaboration with Professor Jean-Francoise Petiot and his group in Nantes.


Kathy Brotchner started working in the ODE Lab in April as a part-time assistant to Prof. Papalambros, while Arlene Schneider remains on leave.


Sulaiman Alyaqout successfully defended his dissertation, entitled "A Multi-System Optimization Approach to Coupling on Robust Design and Control," on March 31, with Professors Papalambros and Ulsoy serving as co-chairs. Sulaiman will assume the position of assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Kuwait University in July.


Panos Papalambros participated in the UMTRI external board meeting March 31.


Professor Dan Frey from MIT visited the ODE Lab on March 29.


A delegation of managers and engineers from Sony Corporation visited the ODE Lab on March 28.


Joost Van de Peer from Noesis Solutions visited ODE on March 23. He also presented the optimization software OPTIMUS to the ME 555 class.


A delegation of managers and engineers from Pratt and Whitney visited the ODE Lab on March 15.


Erin MacDonald presented her doctoral dissertation proposal entitled “Consumer preferences represented in linked marketing and engineering models?on February 22, and she advanced to Ph.D. candidacy.


Todd Vogel, director of the Sierra Mountain Center (Bishop, CA), visited the ODE on February 9 following an invitation by James Allison. He made a presentation regarding a collaborative project to improve mountaineering safety by teaching fundamental engineering analysis to climbers.


Panos Papalambros presented a seminar on Design Science in the School of Architecture doctoral orientation seminar series on February 8.


The Design Science Doctoral Program was formally approved by the Council of University Presidents of the State of Michigan in February. Many ODE members have worked on developing the program’s concept. For more information on this new program visit http://designscience.umich.edu.


Kuei-Yuan Chan 'joined' the lab as a post-doc research fellow. His research is focused on multi-level optimization problems under uncertainty.


Martin Backsell from Linköping University joined the ODE lab on January 30 as an IAESTE student. He will be working with Erin MacDonald on investigating the Kano method.


Aditya Rajderkar joined the lab as a master student on January 19, 2006


James Allison presented a paper, "Analytical Target Cascading in Aircraft Design" at the 44th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibition at Reno, Nevada, January 12, 2006.


Zhijun Li successfully defended her doctoral dissertation entitled "Optimal Design of Multistation Assembly Systems" on January 10. Her dissertation co-chairs were Panos Papalambros and Michael Kokkolaras. She has now become the third member of the Li Family that have earned a doctorate in the ODE Lab.

News in 2005

Kuei-Yuan Chan gave a seminar with title "Design Optimization for Vehicle Components under Uncertainty" in the Department of Vehicle Engineering at the National Taipei University of Technology in Taiwan on December 14, 2005


Michael Kokkolaras organized a design optimization workshop at the University of Monterrey (November 15-17, 2005, Monterrey, Mexico


Michael Kokkolaras gave a keynote talk with title "Overview of Optimal System Design" in the 2nd Colloquium on Innovation Technologies at theUniversity of Monterrey (November 14, 2005, Monterrey, Mexico)


Michael Kokkolaras was a panelist in the 2005 Innovations in Product Development Conference on Product Families and Platforms at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (November 9-10, Boston, Massachusetts)


Sulaiman Alyaqout presented a paper, "Quantification and Use of System Coupling in Decomposed Design Optimization Problems"at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition at Orlando, FL, November 5-10, 2005


Kuei-Yuan Chan presented a paper, "Monotonicity and Active Set Strategies in Probabilistic Optimization " at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition at Orlando, FL, November 5-10, 2005


James Allison won the third place in oral session in Design and Manufacturing area during the 2005 ME graduate Symposium on October 29, 2005


Erin MacDonald won the first place in poster session and the second place in oral session in Design and Manufacturing area during the 2005 ME graduate Symposium on October 29, 2005


Andreas Malikopoulos won the first place in oral session and the second place in poster session in Dynamics, Systems and Controls area during the 2005 ME Graduate Symposium on October 29, 2005


Jeongwoo Han, Erin MacDonald, Andreas Malikopoulos and James Allison presented at the 2006 ME Graduate Student Symposium on October 29, 2005


Kuei-Yuan Chan successfully defended his doctoral dissertation on Monotonicity, Activity and Sequential Linearization in Probabilistic Design Optimization at the Department of Mechanical Engineering on October 26, 2005.


Atiqur Rahman joined the lab under the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) on October 11, 2005


Erin MacDonald gave a talk entitled "Sustainability in the Developed World" at the Engineers for a Sustainable World Conference in Austin, Texa October 8th, 2005


Michael Kokkolaras gave a seminar with title "Multilevel System Optimization and Design under Uncertainty : Overview and Recent Advances," in the Center for Automtive Research at Ohio State Unicersity on October 7, 2004.


Michael Kokkolaras gave a seminar with title "Optimal Design under Uncertainty : Single- and Multi-level Systems," in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Southern California on September 29, 2005.


Michael Kokkolaras was one of the co-organizers of the three special sessions on design under uncertainty during the 31st ASME Design Automation Conference at Long Beach, CA, September 24-28.


The paper "Manufacturing Investment and Allocation in Product Liine Design Decision-Making" by Jeremy Michalek, Oben Ceryan, Panos Papalambros and Yoram Koren won the Ford Motor Company Best Paper Award in 31nd Design Automation Conference as part of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conference at Long Beach, CA, September 24-28, 2005


Kuei-Yuan Chan presented a paper, "An Adaptive Sequential Linear Programming Algorithm for Optimal Design Problems with Probabilistic Constraints " at the ASME Design Technical Conference at Long Beach, CA, September 24-28, 2005


Subroto Gunawan presented a paper, "Reliability Optimization Involving Mixed Continuous-Discrete Uncertainties " at the ASME Design Technical Conference at Long Beach, CA, September 24-28, 2005


James Allison presented a paper, "On The Impact of Coupling Strength On Complex System Optimization For Single-Level Formulations" at the ASME Design Technical Conference at Long Beach, CA, September 24-28, 2005


Professor Koetsu Yamazaki from Kanazawa University, Japan and Dr. Jing Han from Mitsubishi Materials Corp. Japan visited ODE lab on August 18, 2005


Jeongwoo Han successfully defended his master thesis, Optimal Design of Hybrid and Non-Hybrid Fuel Cell Vehicles, on June 22nd, 2005.


arod Kelly joined the ODE Lab in June of 2005. He received his M.S. from Michigan while researching for Prof. Diann Brei within the Smart Materials and Structures Design Lab. He is a 2004 NSF Graduate Research Fellow.


James Allison presented a paper, "On the Use of Analytical Target Cascading and Collaborative Optimization for Complex System Design," at the 6th World Conference on Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 1st, 2005.


Michael Kokkolaras, Subroto Gunawan, and Matt Parkinson presented a case study entitled "Impact of Variability and Information Content on Vehicular System Design" during the first day of this year's annual Automotive Research Center conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 24-25, 2005.


Kuei-Yuan Chan, Subroto Gunawan, Sulaiman Alyaqout, Andreas Malikopoulos, and James Allison all gave presentations at the 11th annual Automotive Research Center conference in Ann Arbor, MI, USA, May 24-25, 2005.


Jeremy Michalek received the PhD Student of the Year Award from the NSF Engineering Research Center for Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems at the University of Michigan.


Eleni Primikiri, lab alumnus, was awarded the 2005 ARCC/King Student Medal from the ATCAUP for excellence in architectural and environmental design research.


Freda Yawson joined the ODE Lab as an undergraduate student in May of 2005. She will be working under Prof. Papalambros researching the design of high-tech products for lower-end economies.


Aakash Patel joined the ODE Lab as a Masters student in May of 2005. He received his B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Gujarat University, India.


Jeremy Michalek presented his work on product sensors that inform consumers of ecologically and socially pertinent product information and Erin MacDonald created a prototype home electricity monitor that was displayed as part of the P3 award-winning AWARE@home project at the P3 competition, sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in Washington, DC in May 2005.


Erin MacDonald was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Student Research Fellowship in April 2005 for her proposed dissertation research on design for environment with integrated psychological and marketing models.


Michael Kokkolaras presented a paper entitled "Design under Uncertainty and Assessment of Performance Reliability of a Dual-Use Medium Truck with Hydraulic-Hybrid Powertrain and Fuel Cell Auxiliary Power Unit" during the SAE World Congress, Detroit, Michigan, April 11-14, 2005. The paper has been selected for publication in the 2005 SAE Transactions - Journal of Materials and Manufacturing.


Jeremy Michalek is an executive member of the BLUElab, which received the 2005 Elaine Harden Award for an organization with outstanding leadership in college, university and community activities in April, 2005.


David Walsh graduated with an M.S. from the University of Galsgow.


Marc Zawislak joined the lab in January 2005 and will be starting his M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering at Michigan in the Fall.


Andreas Malikopoulous received and accepted an offer from GM for an internship in the summer 2005. He will be working in the Research & Development Function at the Electrical & Controls Integration Lab in Warren, Michigan.


Simon Tosserams, from Eindhoven University, visited the lab in March 2005.


Matt Parkinson's Paper, "Assessing the Validity of Kinematically Generated Reach Envelopes for Simulations of Vehicle Operators" (2003-01-2216) has been selected to receive the 2003 Arch T. Colwell Merit Award, to be presented at the Honors Convocation during the SAE 2005 World Congress.


Jeremy Michalek's dissertation, Coordination in Engineering Design Decision-making , was a nominee for the 2005 Rackham Distinguished Dissertation Award.


Hyoung-June Park successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation, entitled A Quantification of Proportionality Aesthetics in Morphological Design, in January of 2005.


Jeremy Michalek “joined” the lab as a postdoc in January 2005.


Ilkin Ersal (Hossoy) returned to the ODE lab as a part-time researcher in January, 2005.


David Walsh, from the University of Glasgow, is visiting the lab from January to May 2005.


In December 2004, Professor Panos Papalambros received the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME) Design and Systems Achievement Award at the JSME Meeting in Fukuoka, Japan. His former student Dr. Shinji Nishiwaki, Associate Professor at Kyoto University, received the award on his behalf.


James Allison defended his Masters thesis, Complex System Optimization: A Review of Analytical Target Cascading, Collaborative Optimization, and Other Formulations, in December of 2004.


Eric Rask defended his Masters thesis, Estimating and Using the Attainable Set of Attribute Values for Discrete Choice Consumer Preference Modeling, in December of 2004.

News in 2004

J. Michalek successfully defended his doctoral dissertation on Preference Coordination in Engineering Design Decision-making at the Department of Mechanical Engineering on November 30.


Jeongwoo Han received the 2004 William Mirsky Memorial Fellowship on November 5,2004.


J Michalek presented "Preference Coordination in Engineering Design Decision-Making" at the General Motors Research and Development Center, October 28, 2004.


Dr. Subroto Gunawan joins the ODE Lab as a post-doc. He received his PhD from the University of Maryland working with Prof. Shapour Azarm on robust design optimization.


J Michalek's work on Preference Coordination was presented by W. Ross Morrow at the 2004 University of Michigan Graduate Student Symposium, October 23, 2004.


Bart Frischknecht presented a paper, “Crank-Slider with Spring Constant Force Mechanism,at the 28th Biennial Mechanisms and Robotics Conference as part of the 2004 Design Engineering Technical Conferences(DETC) in Salt Lake City, Utah, September 29 - October 2, 2004.


J Michalek presented "An efficient weighting update method to achieve acceptable consistency deviation in analytical target cascading" at the 2004 DETC Design Automation Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 1, 2004.


Michael Kokkolaras presented a paper at the 30th ASME Design Automation Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, September 28 - October 2, 2004.


Michael Kokkolaras participated in the NSF Workshop on Reliable Engineering Computing, hosted at the Savannah Campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology on September 15-17, 2004.


Zhijun Li presented her doctoral dissertation proposal entitled Optimal Design of Multi-Station Manufacturing Systems on September 10, and advanced to PhD candidacy in Mechanical Engineering.


Ilkin Hossoy has accepted a position with Johnson Controls Automotive in Plymouth, Michigan.


Ryan Fellini has accepted a position with Northrop Grumman Space Technology in Redondo Beach, California.


Panos Papalambros attended the AIAA/ISSMO conference in Albany, NY, August 30-31. He was co-author of two papers presented at the meeting.


Bart Frischknecht joined the ODE lab as a new graduate student coming from Brigham Young University in September 2004.


Matt Parkinson successfully defended his doctoral dissertation on Balance Maintenance in Normal Seated Reach at the Department of Biomedical Engineering on August 17.


Panos Papalambros visited the University of Patras July 2-24.


Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing.habil. Dietrich Hartmann of the Institute for Computational Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Ruhr-Universitaet, Bochum, was in residence at the ODE Lab June 14-25. He also presented the seminar "Structural optimization taking into account stochastic effects."


Michael Kokkolaras participated in a workshop on Surrogate Modeling and Management for Simulation-Based Analysis and Optimization, sponsored by ExxonMobil and Rice University on May 24-25, in Houston.


J Michalek visited Technischen Universität Berlin, L'Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Technische Universiteit Delft, and Technische Universiteit Eindhoven to give talks on preference coordination, analytical target cascading, and environmental policy in engineering design between the 7th and 23rd of April.


A large contingency of the ODE Lab attended he 10th annual ARC conference that took place in Ann Arbor April 21-22. Michael Kokkolaras gave talks on both days of conference. J Michalek presented the paper "An efficient weighting update method to achieve acceptable consistency deviation in analytical target cascading.


Sulaiman Alyaquot passed his preliminary examination on his proposed thesis topic entitled "Robust Design and Robust Control: A system optimization approach" on May 10.


Jeongwoo Han joined the lab in May as a pre-doctoral student. He is working on the new website for Principles of Optimal Design textbook. He is also starting research on systems optimization and fuel cells.


Alexandre Virte joined the lab for the summer months as a visiting student from Ecole Centrale de Nantes. He is working on the Analytical craftsmanship project.


Katie Kerfoot and Stephanie Huang joined the lab in May as undergraduate researchers. They are working on research related to the Antilium Project.


James Allison was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Student Research Fellowship in April for work related to optimization of automotive systems.


Elena Primikiri successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, entitled Thermal Building Performance Optimization Using Spatial Archetypes, in the School of Architecture, on Wednesday, April 21. Elena has a position as lecturer in the School of Architecture at the University of Patras.


The ODE Lab hosted Professor John Dennis from Rice University, who was visiting as the ME departmental seminar speaker on April 16. His seminar was entitled Optimization Using Surrogates for Engineering Design.


Jeremy Michalek and Panos Papalambros attended the Tools and Methods of Competitive Engineering Conference TMCE 2004 Congress in Lausanne, Switzerland, April 12-16 and presented three papers they co-authored.


Panos Papalambros presented a keynote speech at the LMS Virtual and Physical Prototyping Conference on March 30 in Detroit.


Panos Papalambros participated in the Engineering Design 2030 a 'futuring" strategic planning retreat and workshop sponsored by NSF in Phoenix AZ, March 26-29.


Mike Sheh of Engineous Software visited the ODE lab on March 17 and also presented a seminar at the ME555 course on the iSIGHT software package.


Paul Weal of Noesis Solutions visited the ODE lab and also presented a seminar at the ME555 course on the OPTIMUS software package.


The ODE Lab co-hosted the JSME-sponsored workshop Japan / US Workshop on Design Environment 2004 on March 12 in Ann Arbor (with Stanford University hosting the second part on March 15 at Stanford). Prof. Papalambros presented a keynote speech on design optimization.


Panos Papalambros attended the 204 SAE Congress in Detroit and was recognized as a new SAE Fellow March 8-9.


Panos Papalambros visited the University of Patras on February 20-27.


Ruchi Chudhary successfully defended her doctoral dissertation January 23 in the School of Architecture. Her dissertation is entitled: A Hierarchical Optimization Framework for Simulation-Based Architectural Design. Ruchi Chudhary has joined the Faculty of Architecture at Georgia Tech as an assistant professor.


On January 12, a group of twelve students from Lulea University of Technology in Sweden visited the ODE Lab to learn about our activities. Michael Kokkolaras was their host.


Andreas Malikopoulos joined the group on January 6, 2004.

News in 2003

Prof. Massimiliano GOBBI from the Politecnico di Milano visited the ODE Lab and the Automotive Research Center on November 21st. He presented a seminar on his recent research work on automotive system design.


Panos Papalambros, Donald C. Graham Professor of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, has been elected an SAE Fellow by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International). ( News at Michigan Engineering)


Lara Sherefkin defended her M.S. thesis.


Ilkin Hossoy defended her M.S. thesis.


Professor Kurt Palmer visited the Optimal Design Lab and was the guest speaker for "New Tools to Facilitate Engineering Design Optimization" on November 13, 2003. The professor is from Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the University of Southern California.


Professor Debbie Thurston visited the Optimal Design Lab and gave a guest lecture in ME499/ME599 on Oct. 16 on multiattribute utility theory and optimization.


Michael Kokkolaras co-organized (with Dr. Z. Mourelatos of Oakland University and Dr. S. Krisnamurti of University of Massachusetts in Amherst) four special sessions (including a round table discussion) on design under uncertainty during the 29th ASME Design Automation Conference in Chicago, Illinois, September 2-6, 2003


James Allison, Alice Jakobsen, Erin Macdonald and Eric Rask joined the group on September 1, 2003.


Michael Kokkolaras presented two papers as a panelist (one of them in collaboration with researchers from the Lulea University of Technology and Volvocars) at the 14th International Conference on Engineering Design in Stockholm, Sweden, August 19-21, 2003


Michael Kokkolaras gave a talk at the 18th International Symposium on Mathematical Programming in Copenhagen, Denmark, August 18-22, 2003


Panayoti Georgiopoulos defended his doctoral dissertation, entitled "Enterprise-wide Product Design: Linking Optimal Design Decisions to the Theory of the Firm," on August 15, 2003.


Ruchi Choudhary presented the paper "Hierarchical design optimization framework for building performance analysis" at the 8th International Building Performance and Simulation (IBPSA) conference at Eindhoven, Netherlands in August 2003.


Panos Papalambros served as external reviewer for the undergraduate studies program enhancement (EPEAEK) in the School of Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens (Ethniko Metsovio Polytechnio), July 18, 2003.


Panos Papalambros presented the invited seminar "Modeling Design Processes in an Optimization Framework" at the National Technical University of Athens (Ethniko Metsovio Polytechnio), July 17, 2003.


Panos Papalambros visited the University of Patras for continuing research collaboration with its Design Department, June - July, 2003.


Zhijun Li defended her M.S. thesis, entitled "The Effects of Manufacturing Process on Powertrain Design Decisions," on July 2, 2003.


Ruchi Choudhary accepted the position of Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech.


Panos Y. Papalambros received 2003 Best Symposium Paper Award, IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society for the paper entitled "Optimization for RF Coupling and Interference Reduction of Devices in Complex Systems" by E.S.Siah, T.Ozdemir, J.L.Volakis, P.Y.Papalambros and R.W.Wiese, May, 2003.


Panos Y. Papalambros and Michael Kokkolaras presented papers at the 5th World Congress on Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization in Lido di Jesolo - Venice, Italy, May 19-23, 2003.


The ODE group participated in the annual Automotive Research Center (ARC) conference, held on May 12 and 13, 2003, at the DaimlerChrysler Technology Center in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, respectively.

  • Adam Cooper, Panayiotis Georgiopoulos, Jeremy Michalek, and Panos Y. Papalambros presented a case study during the first day of the ARC conference.
  • Adam Cooper, Hosam Fathy, Ryan Fellini, Panayiotis Georgiopoulos, Michael Kokkolaras, and Jeremy Michalek gave talks during the second day of the ARC conference.


Hyoung-June Park - Presentation of dissertation proposal on April 30 , 2003- Post Passage of his preliminary examination and advancement to PhD candidacy (March 19 , 2002)


P.Y. Papalambros, Michael Kokkolaras, Zhijun Li, Panayotis Georgiopoulos, Ryan Fellini, and Miles Chan participated in the semi-annual Dual Use Science and Technology DUST) program review on April 23, 2003 at the University of Michigan


Dr. Harry E. Cook, Professor and Head of Department - General Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, gave a presentation on "Product Management" on April 17th, 2003. Panayiotis Georgiopoulos, Adam Cooper, Ryan Fellini and Jeremy Michalek made a presentation on "Overview of ODE Research."


Laura Beth Stojan, an undergraduate in ME, joined the group in April and will be working in the lab this summer.


Adam Cooper defended his M.S. thesis, entitled "An Enterprise Decision Model for Optimal Vehicle Design and Technology Valuation," on April 14, 2003.


Cecile Salvo joined the group as a visitor from France, on April 7, 2003.


Hosam Fathy defended his Ph.D. dissertation, entitled "Combined Plant and Control Optimization: Theory, Strategies and Applications," on March 14, 2003.


Panos Papalambros and Steve Skerlos were in Boca Raton, January 23-24, for a kickoff meeting of a new research project with Sunbeam Corporation.


Sulaiman Alyaqout joined the group as a student from University of Michigan, on January 7, 2003.

News in 2002

Our colleague and longtime ODE member Nestor Michelena passed away on December 22, after several years of battling cancer. We will miss him dearly. His family and friends have established the "Nestor F. Michelena Memorial Fund" dedicated to supporting students conducting research in design optimization. Inquiries can be addressed to Professor Papalambros.


Ryan Fellini defended his Ph.D. disseration, entitled "A Model-Based Methodology for Product Family Design", on December 17, 2002.


Most of the ODE members presented and gave talks at semi-annual Dual Use Science and Technology (DUST) review, Dec 2002, University of Michigan


Michael Kokkolaras presented the paper "Analytical Target Cascading for the Design of an Advanced Technology Heavy Truck'' during the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exhibition held in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 17-22, 2002.


Hosam Fathy presented a paper at the International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition (IMECE, New Orleans, November 2002), titled "Nested Optimization of an Elevator's Plant and Gain-Scheduled LQG Controller".


Jeremy - Presentation of dissertation proposal. Passage of preliminary examination and advancement to PhD candidacy - November 18, 2002


Adam Cooper gave a poster presentation at the Graduate Student Symposium held at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, October 5, 2002.


Panayiotis Georgiopoulos attended the 2002 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Montreal, Quebec, Canada from September 29 through October 2, 2002.


Ryan Fellini presented the paper "Platform Selection under Performance Loss Constraints in Optimal Design of Product Families" during the ASME DETC Design Automation Conference held in NMontreal, Quebec, Canada, September 30, 2002.


Michael Kokkolaras presented the papers "Coordination Specification of the Analytical Target Cascading Process Using the Chi Language'' and "A Sensitivity-Based Commonality Strategy for Family Products of Mild Variation, with Application to Automotive Body Structures'' during the 9th AIAA/ISSMO Symposium on Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization held in Atlanta, Georgia, September 4-6, 2002.


Hosam Fathy gave a talk at the University of Michigan's Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Symposium (September 2002), winning first place in dynamics, systems and controls.


Ruchi Choudhary attended the "Design Analysis Integration (DAI) Initiative" workshop at the Lawerence Berkeley National Laboratory Washington Office as part of the DAI research team in September 2002


Ruchi Choudhary presented a paper titled "Integration of CFD and Genetic Algorithms" at the 8th International Conference on Air Distribution in Rooms held in Copenhagen, September 2002


Zhijun Li passed the ME Ph.D Qualifying Exams, September, 2002


Hosam Fathy, Ryan Fellini, Panayiotis Georgiopoulos, Michael Kokkolaras, Panos Papalambros, Matt Parkinson, Mike Sasena, and Olena Sinkevich gave talks at the ARC Conference held at Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 14-15, 2002.


Most of the ODE members attended Automotive Research Center (ARC) conference, May14-15, 2002 at the GM Tech Center Warren, MI / University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI


Most of the ODE members presented and gave talks semi-annual Dual Use Science and Technology (DUST) review, May 2002, University of Michigan


Ruchi Choudhary defended the dissertation proposal titled "Performace Based Design: A Hierarchical Strategy for Optimal Thermal Design using Analytic Tools" in April 2002

News in 2001

Olena Sinkevich presented a poster at the Society for Judgment and Decision Making 2001 Annual Meeting held at Orlando, Florida, November 17-19, 2001.


Michael Kokkolaras presented a paper at the SAE International Truck and Bus Meeting and Exposition held at Chicago, Illinois, November 12-14, 2001.


Hosam Fathy, Panayiotis Georgiopoulos (who won a 2nd place prize) and Mike Sasena gave talks at the Graduate Student Symposium held at theUniversity of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, October 6, 2001.


Hyung Min Kim and Julie Reyer presented papers at the ASME Design Automation Conference held at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 9-12, 2001.


Ilkin Hossoy, Zhijun Li (Zhifang's sister! :), and Lara Sherefkin join the group as students from Istanbul Technical University, Tsinghua University, and University of Michigan, respectively, on September 1, 2001.


Olena Sinkevich gave a talk at the 2001 SIAM Annual Meeting held at San Diego, California, July 9-13, 2001.


Panos Papalambros gave a keynote talk at the 3rd ASMO UK / ISSMO Conference on Engineering Design Optimization held at Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England, July 9-10, 2001.


Masataka Yoshimura joins the group as a Visiting Professor from Kyoto University, on July 6, 2001.


Xue Liang joins the group as a Visiting Professor from Tianjin University, on June 27, 2001.


Hosam Fathy presented a paper at the American Control Conference held at Arlington, Virginia, June 25-27, 2001.


Zhifang Li defended her Ph.D. disseration, entitled "Design Optimization Techniques for Printed Antennas and Periodic Structures", on June 19, 2001.


Olena Sinkevich gave a talk at the INFORMS International 2001 Conference held at Maui, Hawaii, June 17-20, 2001.


Jeremy Michalek defended his M.S. thesis, entitled "Interactive Layout Design Optimization", on June 14, 2001.


Mike Sasena presented a paper, and in addition proposed to Jolene (she accepted :), at the Congress of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization held at Dalian, China, June 4-8, 2001.


Deok Soo Kim (an alumni of ODE), visiting from Hanyang University, gave a seminar on "Apollonius Tenth Problem as a Point Location Problem" and "Compressionon June 7, 2001.


John Whitehead defended his M.S. thesis, entitled "Design and Performance of Derivative-Free Optimization Algorithms Used with Hybrid Electric Vehicle Simulations", on May 22, 2001.


Ryan Fellini, Panayiotis Georgiopoulos, Hyung Min Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Panos Papalambros, Matt Parkinson, and Olena Sinkevich gave talks at the ARC Conference held at Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 15-16, 2001.


Panos Papalambros visited the University of Patras to deliver a keynote presentation in a symposium on the future of the University, entitled "Designer Education and the University", on April 29, 2001.


Tobias Larsson joins the group as a Visiting Scholar from Lule?University of Technology, on May 1, 2001.


Christian Zillober joins the group as a Visiting Professor from University of Bayreuth, on February 22, 2001.


PanosPapalambros visited the University of Cyprus to participate in elections of faculty in new department of mechanical engineering from January 28 to February 1, 2001.