Mark Jakiela

Urbauer Hall, Room 314G

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1988
MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1984
BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1983

Mark Jakiela

Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

The Lee Hunter Professor of Mechanical Design

Program Director for WUSTL/UMSL Joint Undergraduate Engineering Program


Engineering design, optimization, computer-aided design, assembly and manufacturing


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.


Professor Jakiela came to Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) 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 WashU, 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.

Collaborates on research projects with Polaroid, Ford, Nissan & Boeing

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