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