Prof Vassili Toropov

Prof Vassili Toropov

Professor of Aerospace Engineering

+44 (0)20 7882 6296
E408, Engineering, Mile End

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support hours:
Wednesday 11.00-12.00
Expertise: - Development of design optimisation techniques for large-scale engineering problems - Applications to various engineering systems - Improvement of reliability and robustness of engineering systems - Optimisation of composite structures - Inverse problems
Research Centre:
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 Optimisation Working Group, Senior Advisor to Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization journal (Springer-Verlag)

Brief Biography

January 2014 - to date: Queen Mary University of London

Research on:
- Techniques for large-scale multidisciplinary, multiobjective, stochastic design optimisation
- Techniques for composite optimisation for aeronautical structures
- Applications to various engineering problems with various disciplines including computational structural mechanics, fluid mechanics, acoustics, electromagnetics, etc., in aeronautical, turbomachinery, space, automotive, mechanical, materials, offshore, structural engineering.

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

Leadership of the Division of Aerospace Engineering and Fluid Mechanics (2014-2022).

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 Optimisation Specialist

Development of metamodel-based optimisation techniques for large problems with expensive & noisy simulation response, and implementation in Altair's generic optimisation 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 optimisation 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 optimisation 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 optimisation techniques, collaboration with Prof. Pauli Pedersen

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

Development of optimisation 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 optimisation software development, applications to industrial problems in aerospace and energy sectors.

September 1978 - April 1981: PhD, Solid Mechanics (part-time). PhD thesis: Weight optimisation 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.