Bio

Hi!

I’m currently a Ph.D. candidate 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 Summer 2017, on the subject of developing a matrix-free reduced-space Newton-Krylov optimization algorithm for large-scale PDE-constrained multi-disciplinary engineering problems. I will be demonstrating this algorithm on the lift-constrained drag-minimization of a commercial airliner wing using high-fidelity coupled simulations.

As I near the end of my PhD studies, I am actively looking for employment or post-doc opportunities in scientific computing and numerical optimization related fields. You can contact me at alp.dener@gmail.com.