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Sept. 7, 2007

UI engineer receives $220,000 grant for computational dynamics

Sharif Rahman, professor in the University of Iowa College of Engineering Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and researcher in the Center for Computer Aided Design (CCAD), has received a three-year, $220,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for studies in computational dynamics.

Rahman says that his NSF-funded research will involve the development of an innovative computational method, referred to as the "dimensional decomposition method," for solving random eigenvalue problems commonly encountered in dynamic systems. "Potential engineering applications include vehicle dynamics, acoustic emissions in high-speed trains, vibration of viscoelastic materials, and reliability of nano-electro-mechanical systems," he says. "Beyond the field of engineering, potential applications include nuclear physics, number theory, computational biology and computational finance, among others, where random eigenvalue analysis plays a vital role."

Rahman, who joined the UI faculty in 1995, is an expert in the fields of computational mechanics, advanced materials, and stochastic computing. In 2007, he was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

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