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, conducting research on efficient gradient-based optimization algorithms tailored for large-scale 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.

I am hoping to defend my thesis in early 2017, on the subject of developing a matrix-free reduced-space Newton-Krylov optimization algorithm for the lift-constrained drag-minimization of a commercial airliner wing using multi-disciplinary aero-structural simulations.

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