Department of Computing and Software, Faculty of Engineering
Doctorate in Engineering (2001) Civil Engineering Department, McMaster University, Thesis: Simulating the cast film process using an updated Lagrangian finite element algorithm
Masters of Engineering (1997) Civil Engineering Department, McMaster University, Thesis: Nonisothermal film casting of a viscous fluid
Bachelors of Engineering and Computer Systems (1995) Civil Engineering Department, McMaster University
Engineers and scientists rely heavily on the use of scientific computation to aid in their design decisions. The decisions that are made have far reaching consequences in terms of financial resources, environmental impacts and possibly the health and welfare of the community. Given the importance of the decisions, it is necessary that the computational tools used by engineers perform efficiently and reliably. Some ideas for reaching these goals are as follows:
1) Application of Software Engineering Principles to Scientific Computation
-Requirements documentation for modelling of physical phenomena
-Module interface specification for numerical methods, such as the finite element method
-Use of the principles of information hiding and encapsulation in numerical software
-An open framework for finite element code
2) Improvement in the Application of Numerical Algorithms to Practical Engineering Problems
-Implementation of the finite element method using different descriptions of motion
-Investigation of new finite elements, such as the average strain element
-Investigation of computational problems in polymer processing and metal forming
Software Engineering 2AA4: Software Design I - Introduction to Software Development
Computer Science 2ME3: Introduction to Software Development
Software Engineering 3XA3, Software Engineering Practice and Experience: Software Project Management
Engineering 1D04, Introduction to Engineering Computation
Software Engineering 4G06, Software Design IV - Capstone Design Project
Software Engineering 3X03, Scientific Computation and Continuous Optimization
Software Engineering 3I03, Communication Skills
Software Engineering 2AA4, Software Design I - Software Component Design
Computer Science 4ZP6, Capstone Project
Computing and Software 741, Development of Scientific Computing Software
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W. Spencer Smith, Zheng Zeng and Jacques Carette. (2018) Seismology Software: State of the Practice. Journal of Seismology
W. Spencer Smith and Samantha Chan. (2017) Collaborative and Competitive Video Games for Teaching Computing in Higher Education. Journal of Science Education and Technology
W. Spencer Smith, Adam Lazzarato and Jacques Carette. (2016) State of the practice for mesh generation and mesh processing software. Advances in Engineering Software, Vol 100, Pages 53-71
W. Spencer Smith and Nirmitha Koothoor. (2016) A Document Driven Method for Certifying Scientific Computing Software Used in Nuclear Safety Analysis. Nuclear Engineering and Technology, Vol 48, Issue 2, Pages 404-418
ElSheikh, Ahmed, Samir E. Chidiac and W. Spencer Smith. (2008) A posteriori error estimation based on numberial realization of the variational multiscale method. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 197:3637-3656
Jacques Carette, Spencer Smith, John McCutchan, Christopher Anand and Alexandre Korobkine (2007) Model manipulation as part of a better development process for scientific computing code, Technical Report 48, Software Quality Research Laboratory, McMaster University.
W. Spencer Smith, Lei Lai and Ridha Khedri. (2007) Requirements analysis for engineering computation: A systematic approach for improving software reliability Reliable Computing, Special Issue on Reliable Engineering Computation, 13:83-107.
W. Spencer Smith (2006) Systematic development of requirements documentation for general purpose scientific computing software, Proceedings of the 14th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference, RE 2006, pages 209-218, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.
Smith, W. Spencer and Chien-Hsien Chen. (2004) Commonality analysis for mesh generating systems. Technical Report CAS-04-10-SS, Computing and Software Department, McMaster University.
ElSheikh, Ahmed, W. Spencer Smith, and Samir E. Chidiac. (2004) Semi-formal design of reliable mesh generation systems. Advances in Engineering Software, 12: 827-841
W. Spencer Smith and Chien-Hsien Chen. Commonality and requirements analysis for mesh generating software. In Proceedings of the Sixteenth International Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering (SEKE 2004), pages 384-387, Banff, Alberta, Canada, June 2004. Knowledge Systems Institute Graduate School, KSI, Skokie, IL, 60076, USA.
Dieter F. E. Stolle and W. Spencer Smith. (2004) Average strain strategy for finite elements. Finite Elements in Analysis and Design, 40(13-14):2011-2024.
Smith, W. Spencer, and Dieter F. E. Stolle. (2003) Numerical Simulation of Film Casting Using an Updated Lagrangian Finite Element Algorithm, Polymer Engineering and Science, May 2003, Vol. 43, No. 5, pp. 1105-1122.
Smith, W. Spencer, and Dieter F. E. Stolle. (2002) A comparison of updated Lagrangian and Eulerian finite element algorithms for simulating film casting, Finite Elements in Analysis and Design, March 2002, Vol. 38, No. 5, pp. 401-415.
Smith, W. Spencer, and Dieter F. E. Stolle. (2000) Draw resonance in film casting as a response problem using a material description of motion, Journal of Plastic Film & Sheeting, January 2000, Vol. 16, pp. 1-13.
Smith, W. Spencer, and Dieter F. E. Stolle. (2000) Nonisothermal two-dimensional film casting of a viscous polymer, Polymer Engineering and Science, August 2000, Vol. 40, No. 8, pp. 1870-1877.
Smith, W. Spencer, Fred L. Hall and Frank O. Montgomery. (1996) Comparing the speed-flow relationship for motorways with new data from the M6, Transportation Research A, Vol. 30, No. 2, pp. 89-101.
Drasil framework for Literate Scientific Software
Mesh Generation Toolbox MGT and Documentation by Wen Yu
Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO)
Software Quality Research Group (SQRL)
Algorithms Research Group (ARG)
Software Engineering Course Projects (SWECP) with Scott Tilley, Kenny Wong and Shihong Huang, 2005 - 2007
Canadian Software Requirements Symposium '03 with Dr. Ridha Khedri, Monday, May 26, 2003
Daniel Szymczak (Ph.D. Candidate) (with Jacques Carette)
Steven Palmer (Ph.D. Candidate) (with Jacques Carette)
Malavika Srinivasan (M. A. Sc. Candidate) (with Sumanth Shankar)
Devi Prasad Reddy (M. Eng. Candidate) (with Jacques Carette)
Yuzhi Zhao (M. Eng. Candidate) (with Jacques Carette)
Grace CHEN (M. Sc.) "A Software Engineering Approach to Developing Mesh Generators"
Huanchun GAO (M. A. Sc.) "A Framework for a Virtual Material Testing Laboratory"
Lei LAI (M. A. Sc.) (with Ridha Khedri) "Requirements Documentation for Engineering Mechanics Software: Guidelines, Template and a Case Study"
Fang CAO (M. A. Sc.) "A Program Family Approach to Developing Mesh Generators"
Ahmed EL-SHEIKH (Ph. D.) "Multiscale A Posteriori Error Estimation and Mesh Adaptivity for Reliable Finite Element Analysis" (Civil Engineering (co-supervised))
Wen YU (M. Sc.) "A Document Driven Methodology for Improving the Quality of a Parallel Mesh Generation Toolbox"
John MCCUTCHAN (M. Sc.) "A Generative Approach to a Virtual Material Testing Laboratory"
Jin TANG (M. A. Sc.) "Developing Scientific Computing Software: Current Processes and Future Directions"
Wen YU (Ph. D.) "Validation of Program Families of Finite Element Solvers"
Alicja HANEBACH (M. Eng.) (with Dieter Stolle) "Pavement Crack Behaviour Using the Boundary Element Method"
Mustafa EL-SHEIKH (M. A. Sc.) (with Jacques Carette) "A Generative Approach to Meshing Geometry"
Gonzalo SANCHEZ (M. Eng.) "Virtual Material Testing Laboratory"
Hesham EL-SEWIFY (M. Eng.) (with Christopher Anand) "Multi-Particle Collision Dynamics"
Jessica PAVLIN (M. Sc.) (with Christopher Anand) "Symbolic Generation of Parallel Solvers for Unconstrained Optimization"
Nirmitha KOOTHOOR (M. A. Sc.) "Software Certification for Nuclear Safety Analysis Software"
Vasudha KAPIL (M. Eng.) (with Jacques Carette) "Assessment of Quality of Software Tools for Medical Imaging and Spatial Analysis"
Yue SUN (M. Eng.) (with Jacques Carette) "Assessment of Quality of Software Tools for Psychometrics and Oceanography"
Zheng ZENG (M. Eng.) (with Jacques Carette) "Assessment of Quality of Software Tools for Seismology and Radio Astronomy"
Adam LAZZARATO (M. Eng.) (with Jacques Carette) "Assessment of Quality of Software Tools for Remote Sensing and Mesh Generation"
Samantha CHAN (M. A. Sc.) (with Christopher Anand) "The Educational Effectiveness of a Cooperative and Competitive Video Game for Teaching Introductory Programming"
Thulasi Jegatheesan (M. Sc.) (with Ned Nedialkov) "Case Studies in Document Driven Design of Scientific Computing Software"
Mojdeh Sayarinejad (M. Sc.) "A Case Study in Assurance Case Development for Scientific Software"
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Spencer Smith, revised February 12, 2013