McMaster University

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4th Annual McMaster Optimization Conference: Theory and Applications

July 28-30, 2004

    McMaster University, Hamilton, ON Canada


Garret N. (Gary) Vanderplaats, PhD, PE

Vanderplaats R&D Inc.
Colorado Springs, CO

Dr. Vanderplaats received his Ph.D. in Solid Mechanics from Case Western Reserve University in 1971. He worked as Research Scientist for 8 years at NASA Ames Research Center. He then taught for 5 years at the Naval Postgraduate School and in 1984 joined the faculty at U.C. Santa Barbara as professor of Mechanical Engineering where he twice received the outstanding professor award in Mechanical Engineering. In 1987, he left the university to devote full time to industrial R&D in design optimization, as president of Vanderplaats Research & Development. Dr. Vanderplaats is author of several optimization programs and has directed the development of the GENESIS structural optimization and VISUALDOC general-purpose optimization software. He has applied optimization techniques to a wide variety of design problems in aeronautical, civil, mechanical and automotive engineering. He has authored many papers, as well as a textbook, and has lectured extensively, worldwide. He is a member of ASME and SAE and a fellow of AIAA.

Dr. Vanderplaats is the 2002 recipient of the AIAA Multidiscipline Design Optimization Award "For his great impact on the application of optimization to engineering design through teaching, algorithm development, and the creation of outstanding software."

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