Andres Tovar, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Purdue School of Engineering and Technology
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Kai Liu, Ph.D.

  • Software Engineer
  • Google

Engineering Design Research Laboratory

  • The Engineering Design Research Laboratory (EDRL) was funded in 2011. It focuses on engineering systems, structures, and material design optimization algorithms. Our research aims to exploit and develop synergies among structural engineering, engineering mechanics, material science, and manufacturing to introduce new insights and capabilities to engineering design.
  • Our long-term vision is to develop multidisciplinary, multiscale design methodologies to address challenges in the design of novel materials, products, and systems in a highly integrated manner. Research topics include: topology optimization, design under uncertainty, multiscale design, metamodel-based design, and design for additive manufacturing.
  • Applications include vehicle structural optimization (e.g., crashworthiness, ballistic penetration, and blast mitigation), materials for energy storage, and composite material optimization, and their integration in a multiscale material and structure design methodology.