Professor & Program Director for WUSTL/UMSL Joint Undergraduate Engineering Program
The Lee Hunter Professor of Mechanical Design
Professor Jakiela came to Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At MIT, he was named a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator in mechanical engineering and served as Associate Director of the MIT Computer-Aided Design Lab.
At WUSTL, Professor Jakiela teaches courses related to engineering design, including Introduction to Mechanical and Structural Engineering (design contest project course), Mechanical Design and Machine Elements, Engineering Design Optimization, and Fluid Power Systems.
Professor Jakiela specializes in the application of evolutionary computation to problems in design and manufacturing. Together with associated researchers, he has developed systems that perform structural topology optimization, shape pattern nesting, finite element mesh generation, antenna design, as well as several other applications. His recently completed projects include composite layup optimization and the optimal arrangement of piezoelectric actuators on aerodynamic surfaces. His current research focus is the development of computer-based systems that allow engineering design and product development to be done by web-based user communities.
He has had collaborative research projects with many industry partners, including Polaroid, Ford, Nissan, Hitachi, and Boeing.
Jakiela, M. J.
, with Chapman, C., Duda, J., Adewuya, A., Saitou, K., "Continuum Structural Topology Design with Genetic Algorithms," Invited submission for a special issue on Evolutionary and Genetic Algorithms in Computational Mechanics and Engineering, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
, 186 (2000) pps 339-356.
Krishnasamy, J. Jakiela, M. J.
, "Resonance Induced Failure of Entrapment: Application to Industrial Parts Feeding," International Journal of Robotics Research
, Vol. 19, No. 5, Sage Publications Inc., Thousand Oaks California, May 2000.
Saitou, K., Jakiela, M. J.
, "On Classes of One-Dimensional Self-Assembling Automata," Complex Systems
, Vol. 10, No. 6, pp. 391-416, December, 1996.
Duda, J. W., Jakiela, M. J.
, "Generation and Classification of Structural Topologies with Genetic Algorithm Speciation," (technical brief), ASME Journal of Mechanical Design
, Vol. 119, No. 1, pp. 127-131, March, 1997.