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WCSMO Women's Lunch
June, 2017

This first of its kind event, co-organized Prof. Wei Chen from Northwestern University & Prof. Kim, was a luncheon held during the WCSMO 12 conference. An assembly of 35 people conducted informal networking meetings and discussed issues facing women researchers in optimization. The meeting was supported by Springer.

WCSMO-12 Conference
June, 2017

The 12th World Congress of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimisation (WCSMO-12) was held in Braunschweig, Germany from 5 June to 9 June, 2017. The M2DO lab presented on three topics:

  • Fast level set topology optimization using OpenVDB (Carolina Jauregui)
  • Multiscale, stress-based topology optimization (Renato Picelli)
  • Optimization of plate-like aircraft wings under flutter constraints (Scott Townsend)

Professor Kim Elected as AIAA Associate Fellow
October, 2016

The grade of Associate Fellow recognizes individuals “who have accomplished or been in charge of important engineering or scientific work, or who have done original work of outstanding merit, or who have otherwise made outstanding contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics.” More info: https://www.aiaa.org/2017AssociateFellows/

Professor Kim gives Semi-Plenary Lecture at WCCM XII
July, 2016

The talk centered on "Multiscale Design via Topology Optimization". The congress, held this year in Seoul, Korea, is a forum to communicate and share new ideas and methods that will foster the development across all aspects of computational methods and their applications in mechanics, engineering and applied sciences.

A Minisymposium on Topology Optimization for Additive Manufacturing
July, 2016

Professor Kim organised a two-session minisymposium at WCCM XII which attracted interesting, high-quality papers. Some of the discussion topics included:

  • Multi-Objective Topology Optimization for SLS/SLM: Minimizing Thermal Effects during Build Process while Maximizing In-Field Structural and Thermal Performance, by Andrew T Gaynor, Raymond A Wildman, Curtis L Decker and Terrence E Johnson (U.S. Army Research Laboratory)
  • Topology optimization for additive manufacturing considering cost of support, by Ming Zhou, Michael Bogomolny and Raphael Fleury (Altair Engineering)
  • A PDE based approach to constrain the minimum overhang angle in topology optimization for additive manufacturing, by Emiel van de Ven (Technical University Delft & Netherlands Aerospace Centre)
  • Level-Set Topology Optimization for Additive Manufacturing, by Raghavendra Sivapuram and H Alicia Kim (University of California, San Diego)
  • Worst-Case Topology Optimization for Uncertain Material Parameters in Additive Manufacturing, by Jannis Greifenstein and Michael Stingl (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)
  • Multi-scale topology optimization for polycrystalline metals applying a multi-phase-field method, by Junji Kato, Yoshiki Kamo and Takashi Kyoya (Tohoku University), Tomohiro Takaki (Kyoto Institute of Technology), Kenjiro Terada (Tohoku University)
  • Estimating Fluid Permeability-Porosity Bounds Using Topology Optimization, by Seung-Hyun Ha (Korea Maritime and Ocean University), Vivien Challis (The University of Queensland), James K Guest (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Porous composite with negative thermal expansion obtained by multi-material topology optimization and additive manufacturing, by Akihiro Takezawa (Hiroshima University), Makoto Kobashi (Nagoya University), Mitsuru Kitamura (Hiroshima University)

New Fellowship Awards for Female Early Career Researchers
July, 2016

Professor Kim recently instigated new fellowship awards for female early career researchers which were recognized at the award ceremony during WCCM XII.

Professor Kim also organized a female researchers forum on Tuesday 26 July, whereby 40 females researchers in computational mechanics at all stages in their career got together for a panel discussion and networking event, sponsored by Elsevier. These female researchers initiatives led to establishing a female researchers in computational mechanics chapter in the International Association of Computational Mechanics. Interested female researchers in computational mechanics that wish to participate in future events, please email alicia@ucsd.edu.