Bio

Hi!

I’m currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prior to starting my doctoral program, I graduated from Washington International School in 2006 with an IB Diploma, and earned my B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2012 from University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

As a graduate researcher, I work with Prof. Jason E. Hicken at RPI’s Optimal Design Lab, focusing on developing efficient gradient-based optimization algorithms tailored for multi-disciplinary engineering design problems. My research aims to help engineers come up with novel and efficient air vehicle designs, in pursuit of addressing climate change concerns and the impact of depleting fossil fuel reserves on the aviation industry.

You can contact me at alp.dener@gmail.com.