Washington University in St. Louis


Mark Jakiela

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 conducts research related to engineering design and design optimization.  He has specialized 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, and the optimal arrangement of piezoelectric actuators on aerodynamic surfaces. More recently, he has investigated computer-based systems that allow engineering design and product development to be done by web-based user communities, as well as comprehensive cost models for remanufacturing processes.

He has had collaborative research projects with many industry partners, including Ford, Nissan, Hitachi, and Boeing.

Selected Publications
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.
Selected Research
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Contact Mark Jakiela
Address 1 Brookings Drive
Campus Box 1185
City/St/Zip St. Louis, MO 63130
Office Jolley Hall, Room 304
Phone (314) 935-4966
Fax (314) 935-4014
Email mjj@wustl.edu
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PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1988
MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1984
BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1983
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