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Civil Engineering

Studying the Health of Materials, Machines & Structures

Department Chair Douglas Adams introduces the new 20,000 square foot lab - LASIR - that will enable researchers to study how large equipment responds in different environments, for example, how a wind turbine interacts with other wind turbines and how batteries perform....
Civil Engineering

Risk and Reliability Engineering and Management

Research in aircraft wing design optimization and structural health monitoring of aircraft components is explained by Ph.D. students Chen Liang & You Ling. Ling is also working on reliability analysis of MEMS....
Civil Engineering

Risk & Reliability Engineering:
Reliability Analysis of Structures and Materials

Sankaran Mahadevan describes his research in the reliability analysis of structures and materials, one of four focus areas in his research group on Risk and Reliability Engineering and Management....
Civil Engineering

Risk & Reliability Engineering:
Structural Health Monitoring

Within in the research area of risk and reliability throughout the life of a system, one of the sub-groups is structural health monitoring of both civil systems and aerospace systems.  Dr. Mahadevan describes the methods and techniques used in this analysis...
Civil Engineering

Risk & Reliability Engineering:
Optimization Under Uncertainty

Dr. Mahadevan's research in optimizing designs under uncertainty includes structural optimization of civil or mechanical components, and conceptual design of space vehicles and satellites. Various sources of uncertainty...
Civil Engineering

Risk & Reliability Engineering: Model Uncertainty Qualification (UQ), Verification and Validation (V & V)

This research area explores the reliability of models, and how to quantify uncertainty in system-level predictions.  Model verification, model validation, and calibration are incorporated in this analysis ...
Civil Engineering

Risk and Reliability Engineering: Error Quantification in Multi-Fidelity, Multi-Resolution and Multi-Physics Models

Ph.D. student Ghina Nakad describes her research in quantifying errors and uncertainty in the prediction of computational models. This application involves a curved panel around a hypersonic plane engine subjected to ...

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Recent News

Vanderbilt University hosted the Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference 2016 and Probabilistic Mechanics & Reliability Conference 2016 (EMI 2016 / PMC 2016) in Nashville, TN (May 22-25, 2016).

Congratulations! Doug Adams received the 2016 B.J. Lazan Award from the Society of Experimental Mechanics.

Congratulations! Sankaran Mahadevan received the 2016 SEC Faculty Achievement Award which recognizes outstanding record in teaching, research and scholarship.

Congratulations! Chezhao Li won the Probabilistic Methods Student Paper Competition at the EMI 2016 / PMC 2016 Conference in Nashville, TN in May 2016.

Congratulations! Sankaran Mahadevan received the 2015 Outstanding Technical Contribution Award which was presented at the 15th Biennial ASCE Aerospace Division Earth and Space Conference in Orlando, FL in April 2016.

Congratulations! Chenzhao Li won the Best Student Paper Award at the AIAA Non-Deterministic Approaches Conference in San Deigo, CA in January 2016.

New research project in 2016: Validation of Time-Dependent Model Prediction (Air Force Research Laboratory)

New research project in 2016: Extrapolation Confidence Assessment and Resource Allocation (Sandia National Laboratories)

New research project in 2016: Uncertainty Quantification in Predictive Analytics for Manufacturing (National Institute for Standards and
Technology)

New research project in 2016: Fatigue Test Planning (Rolls-Royce)