Dr. James Newman is a Professor and Department Head of Mechanical Engineering. He has been active in the areas of multidisciplinary analysis, sensitivity analysis, and computational design optimization since 1994. Prior to this, Dr. Newman's focus area was in the simulation of complex-steady and unsteady moving boundary configurations using both unstructured grid and structured grid domain-decomposition techniques. Dr. Newman has developed software to perform computational fluid-structure, and fluid-thermal, interaction and analysis as well as pioneered new algorithms for evaluating multidisciplinary sensitivity derivatives and for uncertainty analysis. Additionally, he and fellow researchers have created a high-order finite-element based framework enabling multiphysics simulations encompassing fluid dynamics, structural dynamics, electromagnetics, and acoustics. Dr. Newman has worked closely with government agencies to incorporate these techniques into software to provide multidisciplinary analysis and computational design capabilities, and has utilized them in industrially relevant applications.
Research Interests: Multidisciplinary Analysis and Design Optimization, Sensitivity Analysis, Fluid-Structure Interaction, Computational Structural Dynamics
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