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Prof Vassili Toropov PhD, FRAeS, AFAIAA

Prof Toropov
Position: Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Chair of Division of Aerospace Engineering and Fluid Mechanics
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 6296
Location: E408, Engineering, Mile End
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Tuesday 11.00-12.00
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Expertise: - Development of design optimization techniques for large-scale engineering problems - Applications to various engineering systems - Improvement of reliability and robustness of engineering systems - Optimization of composite structures - Inverse problems
Research keywords: Multidisciplinary design optimization, multiobjective optimization, multifidelity optimization, stochastic analysis and optimization, structural optimization and identification, computational mechanics, aerospace, automotive and other applications.
Affiliations: Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society
Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

AIAA Multidisciplinary Optimization Technical Committee, AIAA Non-Deterministic Approaches Technical Committee, RAeS Structures and Materials Specialist Group, NAFEMS Optimization Working Group, Chairman of the Association for Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization in the UK (ASMO UK), Co-Editor of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization journal (Springer-Verlag)

Brief Biography

January 2014 - to date: Queen Mary University of London
Primary responsibility: leadership of the Division of Aerospace Engineering and Fluid Mechanics.

Research on:
- Techniques for large-scale multidisciplinary, multiobjective, stochastic design optimization.
- Techniques for composite optimisation for aeronautical structures.
- Applications to various engineering problems where disciplines could be computational structural mechanics, CFD, etc., in aeronautical, turbomachinery, space, automotive, mechanical, materials, offshore and structural engineering.

Collaboration with Altair Engineering, Rolls-Royce, DLR (German Aerospace Agency), Imperial College, Hiroshima University.

April 2006 - December 2013: University of Leeds
Professor of Aerospace and Structural Engineering, a joint appointment of the Schools of Mechanical and Civil Engineering.

Research on multidisciplinary design optimisation, applications to various industrial problems.

In Mechanical Engineering: the BEng/MEng Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering Programme Director. In Civil Engineering: Head of the Structural Engineering group, Director of Research (2006-2009).

February 2003 - March 2006: Altair Engineering
Principal Design Optimization Specialist

Development of metamodel-based optimization techniques for large problems with expensive & noisy simulation response, and implementation in Altair's generic optimization engine HyperStudy. Engineering consulting and training for automotive (including motorsport), aerospace and offshore engineering companies.

February 1993 - January 2003: University of Bradford
Professor of Computational Mechanics (since 1999, before that Reader, Senior Lecturer)

Development of optimization and metamodelling techniques, applications to industrial problems. Collaboration with Altair Engineering, Jaguar Racing F1 team, Wescol-Glosford, TU Delft, Technical University of Denmark, Hiroshima University, Swansea University.

January 1992 - June 1992
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Visiting scholar

Development of a method for identification of material parameters for large deformation plasticity models based on optimization techniques and non-trivial experiments, collaboration with Prof. Erik van der Giessen

September 1987 to August 1988
Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Visiting scholar

Development of structural optimization techniques, collaboration with Prof. Pauli Pedersen

April 1983 - December 1992: Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Associate Professor

Development of optimization techniques for industrial problems. Industrial research collaboration with companies in aerospace and energy sectors.

September 1977 - March 1983: Institute for Mechanics, Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.
Research Fellow (since 1981, before that Research Engineer).

Finite Element and optimization software development, applications to industrial problems in aerospace and energy sectors.

September 1978 - April 1981: PhD, Solid Mechanics (part-time). PhD thesis: Weight optimization of axisymmetric shells with stress, stiffness and stability constraints. Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

September 1972 - July 1977: Diploma in Mechanics. Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics, Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.
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