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Azarm, Shapour

Azarm, Shapour

Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Professor of Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and Scientific Computation Program
Director, Design Decision Support Lab
Mechanical Engineering
Center for Risk and Reliability
2155 Glenn L. Martin Hall, Building 088
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EDUCATION:

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

BACKGROUND:

Dr. Azarm received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He then joined the University of Maryland where he is Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Professor of Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and Scientific Computation Program. His research areas are centered on engineering optimization and decision making models and methods, including (i) design optimization, (ii) decision support systems, (iii) design for market systems. With his research group, he has published extensively in these areas in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. His research program has been funded by organizations such as NSF, NASA, ONR, AFOSR, AFRL, NAVAIR, ADNOC (UAE), Black & Decker and numerous other organizations.   He has graduated as adviser or co-adviser 25 Ph.D. students. Many of his former students have been employed as a faculty member or scientist at universities and research organizations and industry in the US and overseas, including Johns Hopkins University, Naval Postgraduate School, Washington State University, Seattle University, University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute, AFRL, Amazon, Boeing, Facebook, Ford, General Motors, Stryker.

He has Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Mechanical Design (ASME Transactions), Review Editor and Senior Advisor of [journal of] Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, Associate Editor of (journal of) Mechanics-Based Design of Structures and Machines, and Editorial Board Member of International Journal of Reliability and Safety. He was  a member of the Board of Editors of the ASME Transactions, member and chair of the Advisory Board for the Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering (ASME Transactions). He was an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design (JMD), and Guest Editor of special issues of JMD on Robust and Reliability Based Design, and on Designing Complex Engineered Systems.

Dr. Azarm was an Operating Board member of the ASME Systems and Design Group, one of the largest groups in ASME, member-at-large of the ASME Committee on Division Operations and Training, and a member of the ASME Design Engineering Division (DED) Advisory Committee. He is a past Chair of the ASME DED Advisory Committee, past Chair of the ASME DED, one of the largest divisions in ASME, past Chair of the ASME Design Automation Committee, past Conference Chair and Paper Review Chair of the ASME Design Automation Conference. Among numerous awards, he received the ASME Design Automation Award for his “sustained and meritorious contributions to research in Design Automation, specifically in computational design optimization and engineering decision making.” Dr. Azarm is a Fellow of the ASME.

SELECTED HONORS AND AWARDS:

  • ASME Robert E. Abbott Award. Awarded annually a Design Engineering Division (DED) society member who has “served the Division beyond the call of duty," 2016.
  • ASME/Ford Best Paper Award. Co-author of a paper that received the ASME/Ford Best Paper Award in the 2009 ASME Design Automation Conference, 2009.
  • ASME Design Automation Award. The award citation reads: “For his sustained and meritorious contributions to research in Design Automation, specifically in computational design optimization and engineering design decision making,” 2007
  • Fellow of the ASME International, February 2007.
  • ASEE Faculty Fellowships: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Summer 1994; Naval Surface Warfare Center-Carderock Division, Summer 1995.
  • Procter & Gamble Paper Award, 2nd National Applied Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1991. 
  • Procter & Gamble Paper Award, 1st National Applied Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1989. 
  • Westinghouse Professorship, 1988.

EDITORSHIP POSITIONS:

  • Editor-in-Chief, Transactions of the ASME, Journal of Mechanical Design
  • Review Editor & Senior Advisor, Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization
  • Associate Editor, Mechanics Based Design of Structures and Machines
  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Reliability and Safety
  • Associate Editor, Transactions of the ASME, Journal of Mechanical Design
  • Guest Editor, Transactions of the ASME, Journal of Mechanical Design, Special Issue on “Designing Complex Engineered Systems”
  • Guest Editor, Transactions of the ASME, Journal of Mechanical Design, Special Issue on “Robust and Reliability Based Design”

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP:

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Fellow)
  • International Society of Multiple Criteria Decision Making
  • International Society for Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

  • Member, International Scientific Committee of EngOpt 2018 - 6th International Conference on Engineering Optimization, Instituto Superior Tecnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal 
  • Member, International Scientific Committee, 4th International Conference in Engineering Optimization (EngOpt 2014), Lisbon, Portugal
  • Member of ASME Design Automation Award Selection Committee
  • Chair, International Papers Committee, 10th World Congress on Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (WCSMO-10), Orlando, Florida, May 19-25, 2013
  • Member, International Scientific Committee, 3rd International Conference in Engineering Optimization (EngOpt 2012), Rio de Janeiro, July 1-5, 2012
  • Operating Board Member, ASME Systems & Design Group (S&DG), one of the largest ASME groups consisting of seven divisions, including: Computers and Information in Engineering Division (CIE); Design Engineering Division (DED); Dynamic Systems & Control Division (DSCD); Electronic & Photonic Packaging Division (EPPD); Fluid Power Systems & Technology Division (FPST); Information Storage & Processing Systems Division (ISPS); Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems Division (MEMS)
  • Member-At-Large (2010-2013): ASME Committee on Division Operations and Training
  • Member of International Papers Committee, World Congress in Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (WCSMO9), Shizuoka, Japan, June 13-17, 2011
  • Member of International Scientific Committee, World Congress in Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, Shizuoka, Japan, June 13-17, 2011
  • Member & Chair of Advisory Committee, ASME Journal of Computing and Information Science In Engineering (2010)
  • Member, ASME Design Engineering Division’s Advisory Committee, Chair (July 2007 - June 2008), Member, 2008 - 2012
  • International Organizing Committee Member, Third International Conference on Evolutionary Multi-criterion Optimization (EMO 2005), Mexico
  • Member, ASME Design Engineering Division’s (DED’s) Executive Committee
  • Paper Review Co-Chair and Foreign Paper Review Chair, 1993 ASME Design Automation Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 19-22, 1993
  • Chair, ASME Design Automation Committee, August 1996-September 1997
  • Executive Committee Member, ASME Design Automation Committee, September 1993-September 1997
  • Conference Chair, 22nd ASME Design Automation Conference, Irvine, CA, August 18-22, 1996
  • Papers Review Chair, 21st ASME Design Automation Conference, Boston, MA, September 17-21, 1995
  • Member, ASME Design Engineering Division Abbot & Machine Design Award Committees

 

 

Design Optimization: Design optimization under uncertainty with: (i) single or multiple design objectives; (ii) multiple coupled subsystems Product Design for Market Systems: Design of competitive single products, product lines, and bundled products with upstream (parts/modules suppliers) and/or downstream (manufacturers, retailers) supply chain Approximation Assisted Simulation-Based Design: Approximation strategies combined with multi-objective optimization for engineering design that requires computationally intensive analysis like CFD, FEA Decision Support Systems: Interactive multi-attribute decision analysis strategies that facilitate selection from multiple alternatives Applications: Examples include consumer electronics (smart phones, tablet computers); heat exchangers; power tools; power electronics; data centers; oil refineries; unmanned vehicles (walking machines; UAVs, UUVs); network infrastructure planning


2012

  • Hu, W., A. Almansoori, P.K. Kannan, S. Azarm, and Z. Wang, 2012, “Corporate Dashboards for Integrated Business and Engineering Decisions in Oil Refineries: An Agent-Based Approach,” Decision Support Systems, 52, pp. 729-741, doi: 10.1016/j.dss.2011.11.019.
  • Siddiqui, S., S. Azarm, and S. Gabriel, 2012, “On Improving Normal Boundary Intersection Method for Generation of Pareto Frontier,” Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (online since May 8, 2012, doi: 10.1007/s00158-012-0797-1).
  • Hu, W., S. Azarm, and A. Almansoori, 2012, “New Approximation Assisted Multi-objective collaborative Robust Optimization (New AA-McRO) Under Interval Uncertainty,” Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (online, doi: 10.1007/s00158-012-0816-2 ). (Also, Proceedings of the 13th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference, Fort Worth, TX, Sept. 2010.)
  • Saleh, K., O. Abdelaziz, V. Aute, S. Azarm, and R. Radermacher, 2012, “Approximation Assisted Optimization of Headers for New Generation of Air-Cooled Heat Exchangers,” Applied Thermal Engineering, (online since June 12, 2012).
  • Wang, L., B. Youn, S. Azarm, P. K. Kannan, 2012, “Customer-Driven Product Design Selection Using Web Based User-Generated Content,” Journal of Mechanical Design (submitted/under revision). (Also, in Proceedings of the 2011 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Washington D.C., 2011.)
  • Aute, V., K. Saleh, O. Abdelaziz, S. Azarm, and R. Radermacher, 2012, “Cross-Validation Based Single Response Adaptive Design of Experiments for Kriging Metamodeling of Deterministic Computer Simulations,” Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (submitted/under revision).
  • Mortazavi, A., S. Azarm, and S. Gabriel, 2012, “Adaptive Gradient Assisted Robust Design Optimization under Interval Uncertainty,” Engineering Optimization (accepted with minor revisions).
  • Hu, W., K. H. Saleh, S. Azarm, and G. E. Mosier, 2012, “Approximation Assisted Multiobjective Optimization with Combined Global and Local Metamodeling,” Journal of Mechanical Design (submitted).
  • Siddiqui, S., S. Gabriel, and S. Azarm, 2012, “Solving Mixed-Integer Robust Optimization Problems with Interval Uncertainty Using Benders Decomposition,” Journal of the Operational Society of America (submitted).

2011

  • Hamel, J., and S. Azarm, 2011, “Reducible Uncertain Interval Design by Kriging Metamodel Assisted Multi-Objective Optimization,” Journal of Mechanical Design, 133(1), pp. 011002-1 to 011002-10.
  • Wang, Z., S. Azarm, and P. K. Kannan, 2011, “Strategic Design Decisions for Uncertain Market Systems Using an Agent Based Approach,” Journal of Mechanical Design, 133(4), pp. 041003-1 to 041003-11.
  • Williams, N., P. K. Kannan, and S. Azarm, 2011, “Retail Channel Structure Impact on Strategic Engineering Product Design,” Management Science, 57(5), pp. 897-914.
  • Li, M., S. A. Gabriel, Y. Shim, S. Azarm, 2011, “Interval Uncertainty-Based Robust Optimization for Convex and Non-Convex Quadratic Programs with Applications in Network Infrastructure Planning,” Networks and Spatial Economics, 11, pp. 159-191.
  • Hu, W., M. Li, S. Azarm, and A. Almansoori, 2011, “Multi-Objective Robust Optimization with Interval Uncertainty Using Online Approximation and Constraint Cuts,” Journal of Mechanical Design, 130(6), pp. 061002-1 to 061002-9.
  • Siddiqui, S., S. Azarm, and S. Gabriel, 2011, “A Modified Benders Decomposition Method for Efficient Robust Optimization under Interval Uncertainty,” Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 44(2), pp. 259–275.
  • Wang, Z., P. K. Kannan, and S. Azarm, 2011, “Customer-Driven Design Decision for Convergence Products,” Journal of Mechanical Design, 133(10), pp. 101010-1 to 101010-10. Designated as one of “10 best papers” in the 2011 ASME Design Automation Conference.
  • Allen, J., S. Azarm, and T. Simpson, 2011, “Designing Complex Engineered Systems,” (Special Issue) Journal of Mechanical Design, 133(10), pp. 100301-1 to 100301-2. (Guest Editorial)

2010

  • Li, M., J. Hamel, and S. Azarm, 2010, “Optimal Uncertainty Reduction for Multi-Disciplinary Multi-Output Systems Using Sensitivity Analysis,” Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 40, pp. 77-96.
  •  Li, G., V. Aute, and S. Azarm, 2010, “An Accumulative Error Based Adaptive Design of Experiments for Offline Metamodeling,” Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 40, pp. 137-155.
  •  Williams, N., S. Azarm, and P. K. Kannan, 2010, “Multicategory Design of Bundled Products for Retail Channels under Uncertainty and Competition,” Journal of Mechanical Design, 132, pp. 031003-1 to 031003-10.
  •  Hamel, J., M. Li, and S. Azarm, 2010, “Design Improvement by Sensitivity Analysis (DISA) Under Interval Uncertainty Using Multi-Objective Optimization," Journal of Mechanical Design, 132, pp. 081010-1 to 081010-10.
  •  Abdelaziz, O., V. Aute, S. Azarm, and R. Radermacher, 2010, “Approximation Assisted Optimization for Novel Compact Heat Exchanger Designs,” HVAC&R Research, 16(5), pp. 707-728.

2009

  • Li, G., M. Li, S. Azarm, S. Al Hashimi, T. Al Ameri, and N. Al Qasas, 2009, “Improving Multi-Objective Genetic Algorithms with Adaptive Design of Experiments and Online Metamodeling,” Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 37(5), pp. 447-461.
  • Li, M., N. Williams, and S. Azarm, 2009, “Interval Uncertainty Reduction and Single-Disciplinary Sensitivity Analysis with Multi-Objective Optimization,” Journal of Mechanical Design, 131(3), pp. 031007-1 to 031007-11. (Best Paper of the 2009 ASME Design Automation Conference.)
  • Li, M., S. Azarm, N. Williams, S. Al Hashimi, A. Almansoori, and N. Al Qasas, 2009, “Integrated Multi-Objective Robust Optimization and Sensitivity Analysis with Irreducible and Reducible Interval Uncertainty,” Engineering Optimization, 41(10), pp. 889–908.

 2008

  • Li, M., G. Li, and S. Azarm, 2008, “A Kriging Metamodel Assisted Multi-Objective Genetic Algorithm for Design Optimization,” Journal of Mechanical Design, 130(3), pp. 031401-1 to 031401-10.
  • Williams, N., S. Azarm, and P. K. Kannan, 2008, “Engineering Product Design Optimization for Retail Channel Acceptance,”Journal of Mechanical Design, 130(6), pp. 061402-1 to 061402-10.
  • Li, M., and S. Azarm, 2008, “Multiobjective Collaborative Robust Optimization (McRO) with Interval Uncertainty and Interdisciplinary Uncertainty Propagation,” Journal of Mechanical Design, 130(8), pp. 081402-1 to 081402-12.
  • Azarm, S., 2008, “Journal Impact Factor: What It Is and It Is Not,” Journal of Mechanical Design, 130(10), pp. 100301-1. (Invited Guest Editorial)

2007

  • Maddulapalli, K., S. Azarm, and A. Boyars, 2007, “Sensitivity Analysis for Product Design Selection with an Implicit Value Function,” European Journal of Operational Research, 180, pp. 1245-1259.
  • Li, G., M. Li, S. Azarm, J. Rambo, and Y. Joshi, 2007, “Optimizing Thermal Design of Data Center Cabinets with a New Multi-Objective Genetic Algorithm,” Distributed and Parallel Databases, 21(2-3), pp. 167-192.

2006

  • Li, G., S. Azarm, A. Farhang-Mehr, and A. Diaz, 2006, “Approximation of Multi-Response Engineering Simulations: A Dependent Meta-Modeling Approach,” Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 31, pp. 260-269.
  • Li, M., S. Azarm, and A. Boyars, 2006, “A New Deterministic Approach using Sensitivity Region Measures for Multi-Objective and Feasibility Robust Design Optimization,” Journal of Mechanical Design, 128(4), pp. 874-883.
  • Besharati, B., L. Luo, S. Azarm, and P. K. Kannan, 2006, “Multi-Objective Single Product Robust Optimization: An Integrated Design and Marketing Approach,” Journal of Mechanical Design, 128(4), pp. 884-892.
  • Besharati, B., and S. Azarm, 2006, “Deterministic Feasibility and Multi-Objective Robustness Measures for Engineering Design Optimization,” International Journal of Reliability and Safety, 1(1/2), pp. 40-58.
  • Maddulapalli, K., and S. Azarm, 2006, “Product Design Selection with Preference and Attribute Variability for an Implicit Value Function,” Journal of Mechanical Design, 128(5), pp. 1027-1037.
  • Besharati, B., S. Azarm, and P. K. Kannan, 2006, “A Decision Support System for Product Design Selection: Generalized Purchase Modeling Approach,” Decision Support Systems, 42(1), pp. 333-350.

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