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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 a Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and a 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. More recently, his research has been focused on: co-design (optimization of system's design and control together), including optimal vehicle routing and control; optimization- and learning-based health monitoring of oil/gas pipelines; verification and validation of  the operations of autonomous systems; dynamic data-driven prediction with simulation and sensor data; planning multi-agent systems with variable communication availability.  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, Black & Decker, UAE and numerous other organizations.   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 was 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 currently Publication Chair of the DED. 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 Life 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. More recently, my research has been focused on: co-design (optimization of system's design and control together), including optimal vehicle routing and control; optimization- and learning-based health monitoring of oil/gas pipelines; verification and validation of  the operations of autonomous systems; dynamic data-driven system performance prediction with simulation and sensor data; planning multi-agent systems with variable communication availability


Below is a listing of the projects I am involved with a number of colleagues and students:

> Co-design (optimization of system's design and control together), including optimal vehicle routing and control (funded by ONR)

> Optimization- and learning-based health monitoring of oil/gas pipelines (funded by UAE)

> Verification and validation of the operations of autonomous systems (funded by Lockheed Martin)

> Dynamic data-driven prediction with simulation and sensor data (funded by AFOSR)

> Panning and meta-reasoning for multi-agent systems with variable communication availability (funded by AFRL)

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.

Eight mechanical engineering students accepted to Future Faculty Program

The program prepares students to achieve career-long success in academia as educators and researchers.

Clark School team wins AFRL funding for swarm autonomy planning and metareasoning

The researchers will develop and evaluate hybrid centralized and decentralized multi-agent task allocation methods.

Azarm Finishes Tenure as Technical Editor of ASME JMD

Azarm has served as TE for the journal since 2013.

Spotlight on NAVAIR-Funded Research at Maryland

Cooperative agreement between UMD and NAWCAD helps support research projects in Mechanical Engineering.

Graduate Students Selected as Future Faculty Fellows

Seven graduate students were chosen as Clark School Future Faculty Fellows this year.

Azarm Awarded ASME Robert E. Abbott Award

Mechanical Engineering Professor Shapour Azarm named recipient of 2016 ASME Robert E. Abbott Award.

ME Alumni Alex Mehr Receives Clark School Early Career Award

UMD alumni and Zoosk Founder Alex Mehr (Ph.D., '03) receives one of three inaugural Clark School Early Career Awards

UMD Researchers Win $1.5 Million Department of Energy Award to Improve Home Cooling Efficiency

The Center for Environmental Energy Engineering to collaborate with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Professor Shapour Azarm Appointed as Editor-in-Chief of ASME Journal of Mechanical Design

Professor Azarm will begin the appointment at prestigious journal on January 1.

DeWALT Donates Tools, Equipment to Mechanical Engineering Department

Longtime ME supporter provides the department with tools to build the future.

ASME Welcomes Shapour Azarm as Faculty Advisor

ME professor will assist the UMD student chapter.

PI Holds 1st Annual Research Workshop

ME delegation travels to Abu Dhabi to promote research collaborations.

Professor and Co-authors Win ASME Award

Azarm and former students receive "Best Paper Award."

Clark School Sweeps OTC Awards

Thin battery, nano-velcro and key exchange system named top UM inventions.

Azarm Selected as Review Editor for Prestigious Journal

Professor Shapour Azarm selected to be Review Editor of SMO

Energy Education and Research Collaboration Conducts First Workshop

Maryland faculty and Petroleum Institute review cooperation success of past year.

ME Grads Join University Faculty Across the Nation

Department congratulates ME alumni who recently joined the faculty of universities across the nation.

Azarm Awarded Prestigious ASME Award

Azarm to be Awarded ASME Design Automation Award during IDETC2007.

Mechanical Engineering Recognizes Faculty Accomplishments

Edward B. Magrab honored at reception recognizing distinguished service to campus and department.

Professor Shapour Azarm Begins Tenure as ASME Division Chair

Professor Shapour Azarm has begun his tenure as ASME Division Chair serving through June 2007.

Mechanical Engineering Honors Prof. James Wallace & Faculty

Mechanical Engineering faculty were honored at the Faculty Recognition Event and Dinner on Friday, May 12.

ME Professor Shapour Azarm Appointed Associate Editor of ASME Journal

He is also the Associate Editor of Mechanics Based Design of Structures and Machines since January 1998.

DR. SHAPOUR AZARM ELEVATED TO ASME FELLOW

Dr. Shapour Azarm has been elevated to the status of Fellow within the ASME.

Professor Shapour Azarm Receives Grant from National Science Foundation

Professor of Mechanical Engineering Shapour Azarm received a grant for $370,363 from the National Science Foundation.

Eight Mechanical Engineering Faculty Present at ASME Conference

Eight faculty members from the Department of Mechanical Engineering attended, presented, and were divisional chairs at the 2001 ASME Conference.

2001 NSF Design, Service & Manufacturing Grantees & Research Conference Faculty Presentations

Five ME faculty present their research at the 2001 NSF Design, Service & Manufacturing Grantees & Research Conference.

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