Brian Dennis, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, 2000
M.S. Pennsylvania State University, 1997
B.S. Pennsylvania State University, 1995
Areas of expertise: Computation fluid dynamics; multidisciplinary design optimization; finite element methods applied to fluid & solid mechanics, heat transfer, and electromagnetics; inverse problems; parallel computing including the design, construction, and programming of Beowulf-type PC clusters; development of high performance computing software, unstructured mesh generation and deformation.
Background: Dr. Dennis’s research interests include the development of methods and software for large-scale analysis and design optimization in parallel computing environments. Dr. Dennis has developed several finite element based computer codes for the simulation of incompressible flow, structural dynamics, heat transfer, and electromagnetics. During graduate studies, he developed novel techniques for the simulation of electromagnetohydrodynamic (EMHD) and magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) phenomenon using the Least-Squares Finite Element Method (LSFEM). He has also developed software for performing engineering design optimization in grid computing environments. His codes have been used for several engineering applications including the simulation of the cooling of a human head, the design of coolant passage shapes for turbine blades, the optimization of the shape of a transonic wing for a transport aircraft, and the inverse detection of junction temperatures inside electronic packages. Dr. Dennis is a member of ASME and AIAA. Publications include book chapters in Evolutionary Design Optimization Methods in Aeronautical and Turbomachinery Engineering, and EUROGEN ’99 - Evolutionary Algorithms in Engineering and Computer Science: Recent Advances and Industrial Applications. His work has been published in numerous journals including ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, International Journal of Turbo & Jet Engines, ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, Materials and Manufacturing Processes, as well as many others.
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