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Yingchun Bai

Dr. Yingchun Bai received his Bachelor and PhD degree from Hunan University (China) in 2007 and 2013, respectively. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design (SMSD) lab at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada. His research interests included: Structural Optimization, Design under Uncertainty, Vehicle Crashworthiness Design, and Topology Optimization. He also did research on vehicle lightweight design by developing large-scale topology optimization methods, under the supervision of Dr. Il Yong Kim. Beyond academic research, he was interested in swimming and economics-related reading as well.

Dan Foresi

Dan Foresi graduated from Queen’s University in 2014 with a BASc. In Mechanical Engineering.  During his undergraduate degree he played a lead role in the engine development of the school’s Formula SAE race car.   For his undergraduate thesis Dan worked to design an automated racing transmission which was eventually used in competition and administered performance rivaling that of modern day supercars.  Since his second year at Queen’s, Dan has been working as a student at Magna Automotive in their powertrain division.  There, he has had a multitude of responsibilities from design work to component testing.

Dan finished his MASc. which was focused on manufacturing optimization.  Specifically, he was investigating the cold working effects of the stamping process on normal and high tensile strength steels.  Outside of the office Dan enjoyed keeping up with the FSAE team, motorcycles, cars and pretty much anything with an engine.

Ryan Pitre

Ryan graduated from Queen's University in 2013 with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. As an undergraduate student he focused primarily on solid and fluid mechanics as well as computer modelling. During the summers of his undergrad he worked for Canadian Natural Resources where he was introduced to pipe stress analysis. This lead to a complete focus on solid mechanics and computational analysis. Ryan was a lead designer for the Queen's Aero Design Team where he designed and optimized the fuselage and tail structures for the micro class plane, leading the team to place 5th out of 30 teams in an international competition. Ryan's interests include space exploration, space technologies, aerospace technologies, hockey, and socializing. Ryan Pitre
Ryan worked with Dr. Il Yong Kim and Neptec Ltd. in the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design lab on the structural and thermal design of a next generation lunar rover chassis for the NASA RESOLVE mission. His career goal is to advance humanity's capacity to explore and eventually colonize our solar system.

Chao Li

Chao graduated from Hunan University, China in June 2008 with a bachelor degree in Vehicle Engineering. With strong undergraduate standing, he was offered admission by the same university for M.Sc. Study without taking the normal entrance examination. In June 2011, he received his Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in the structural design and optimization of automotive bodies. His master's thesis subject was the Lightweight Method of Automotive Door with Tailor-Welded Blank Structure. The method proposed in his thesis overcame certain difficulties of structural design and computer aided engineering (CAE) of the automotive body, put forward some innovative thinking and gave a tentative design method for TWB structure.

Chao Li

With passion in the principles and methods of structural optimization, he decided to further his academic study abroad as a Ph.D. student and finally joined in the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design lab at Queen's University under Dr. Il Yong Kim. His research was focused on the application of topology optimization and finite element analysis (FEA) to the structural design of electric vehicles. With aspiration, inspiration, and perspiration, he believes in himself that he will create something which will someday improve factories' productivity and efficiency, and simultaneously reduce environmental pollution and energy consumption.Beyond academics, he is also interested in dancing, singing and cycling.

Michael Baker

Michael graduated from Queen's University in 2012 with a BASc. in Engineering Physics (mechanical option) and a Bachelor of Computing (general). In both these degrees Michael enjoyed the mathematical aspects being readily applied in meaningful ways to the world. During his degree in Engineering Physics he really enjoyed studying electricity and magnetism where vector calculus was readily applied; whereas in computer science he would take mathematical equations/processes and simplify them into code to be applied in various contexts.
After taking Dr. Il Yong Kim's course of computer aided design (MECH 465) in his final year, he was fascinated with the prospect of expanding his knowledge in this field. The combination of structural analysis, computer design/modeling, and the consequent improvement of said designs with the use of optimization algorithms, seemed like a perfect combination of his interests.
Michael worked with Dr. Kim in the Structural and Multidisciplinary System Design lab. His research was in the area of Multi-material topology optimization as it applies to ladder frames.

Jeremy Bakker

Jeremy started his undergraduate education in the field of physics at the University of Guelph, for which he received his Bachelor of Science. During this time he worked on a number of engineering projects which shifted his interests from the theoretical nature of physics to the more practical field of engineering. Projects such as Formula SAE and research centring on the finite element analysis of equine pulminary artery stress have given Jeremy some experience in the field of FE modeling and analysis. After completing undergrad and working with a Formula BMW America's team for a season Jeremy decided to return to the scholastic life to further develop his engineering skills and began a Master's of Engineering at Queen's University.

Following the completion of his coursework Jeremy began working with Dr. Kim in the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design lab working on the optimization of Electric Vehicle (EV) battery cooling systems alongside Anthony Jarrett and Ben Banks on their respective projects. This research focused on the full battery pack level thermal control for the purpose of extending the life and range of EV battery packs.

Jeremy is an avid motorsports fan, and competed with the Queen's University FSAE team and enjoys motorcycling and astronomy (weather permitting!).

Ben Banks

Ben graduated from Queen;s University in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. As an undergraduate student he was interested in many fields spending summers working for Ontario Power Generation, and Component Repair Technologies. However later in his degree he found a passion for structural analysis and aerospace design and for his fourth year project he helped design a landing gear for a lunar lander module. During his fourth year he also took a Finite Element Method course peaking his curiosity in optimization and structural analysis and lead to his desire to do a Master's.

At present Ben is working with Dr. Il Yong Kim and Anthony Jarrett in the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design lab on an Auto 21 project for analysis of cooling plates. The research involves optimizing cooling plates for an electric vehicle battery pack. This research involves the use of computational fluid dynamics and multidisciplinary optimization and is leading on from Tony's previous research.

Sun Yong Kim

Sun Yong received his mechanical engineering undergraduate degree in 2005 from Dong-eui University in Busan, South Korea. Throughout this period, he expressed great interest in the reduction of noise and vibration using optimization and participated in an associate research project with Dr. Doo Ho Lee. This later strongly motivated him to pursue graduate studies in mechanical engineering also at Dong-eui University. His research focus was material parameter identification for noise reduction materials using FEA and experimental testing. He has been involved in several industry commissioned projects including Hyundai Heavy Industries and the Korean Science and Engineering Foundation.

Sun Yong worked with Dr. Il Yong Kim and Dr. Chris Mechefske at Queen's University as a Ph.D student. His research focus was effective damping material placement using topology optimization to reduce the vibration/acoustic amplitude of MRI gradient-coil.

After graduating from Queen's in 2011, Sun Yong returned to Korea to take a position with Samsung.

Sun Yong Kim

Ryan Willing

Ryan graduated from Mechanical Engineering at Queen's University in May 2005, filling his fourth year of Undergrad with classes in bio-engineering, bio-mechanical design, stress / strain analysis and manufacturing methods. Ryan and his MECH 460 / 462 group-mates were awarded the L.M. Arkley prize for the best paper, supported by an oral presentation, on their Active Noise Suppression device.

Ryan spent his first 2 summer vacations working as a machinist in the Research and Business Development building at Dupont's Kingston site. During those summers, he learned the importance of designing parts for manufacturability and maintenance, as well as gaining first hand experience with various manufacturing methods.

During his Master's, Ryan will be applied the tools of Multi-Disciplinary Optimization to Bio-Mechanical design. Ryan's first project was optimization of an artificial knee, where Ryan's experiences with CAD software, in the machine shop, and in bio-mechanical design were of great help.

Outside of school, Ryan likes boating, camping, Seadooing, skiing, snowboarding, skating, music, movies, and going out on the town.

Ryan Willing

Since completing his doctoral studies with the SMSD group at Queen's, Ryan has moved on to post-doctoral studies at the Bioengineering Research Lab at the Hand and Upper Limb Centre which is affiliated with the University of Western Ontario, the Lawson Health Research Institute, and St. Joseph's Health Centre in London, Ontario. Ryan is developing computational models to compliment the cadaver based in vitro experiments performed in the lab, for studies focused on improving implant designs and surgical techniques. Ryan is supported in part by the Joint Motion Program (JuMP) - A CIHR training program in musculoskeletal health research and leadership.

Hossein Kashani Zadeh

Hossein Kashani Zadeh got his Bachelor of Science from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Amir Kabir University, Tehran, Iran on August 2003. As an undergraduate student he was interested in fluid mechanics and heat transfer and did his final thesis on the design of micro heat pipes.

For his Master's degree he moved to University of Tehran, Iran on September 2003. During his Master's program he became more interested in finite element analysis and optimization of manufacturing processes and worked on Tube Hydroforming process under the supervision of professor Mosavi. In collaboration with industry, he did experiments as well as finite element analysis, and published four journal and four conference papers. During his Master's he worked for Iran Marine Industrial Company (SADRA) for the project "Development of shipyards", doing project management working with vendors, consultants and contractors and collaborating in the maintenance of equipment with project contractors. He also worked for POUYA Research Company studying technology foresight initiatives in five countries.

Hossein Kashani Zadeh

Being interested in numerical analysis of manufacturing processes and their optimization he came to Queen's University on September 2006 to pursue his studies in a Ph.D. program under the supervision of Dr. Kim and Dr. Jeswiet.

He worked on numerical simulation and experimental analysis of metal powder compaction. He won the outstanding paper award at NAMRC 37 (North American Manufacturing Research Conference).

Some of the research projects that he did were: the design of a brake system for an electric car, automobile exterior design, CAD modeling of hood and trunk and their assembly for a government funded AUTO21 project, study of analytical formulations to find stress intensity factors in functionally graded materials, finite element simulation and optimization of the structure of Boushehr Dry Dock under critical loading conditions using ANSYS, coding genetic algorithm and steepest descent optimization methods using Borland Delphi and applying them to numerous optimization problems during his Master's degree and programming using Borland Delphi to develop a software for heat-pipe design as his undergraduate final project.

Besides work he enjoys playing soccer, hanging out with friends, and any outdoor activities.

Chris Boyle

Chris Boyle

Chris graduated from Queen's University in 2008 with a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering. He has always been interested in mechanical systems; constantly wondering how and why they work. He learned mechanical engineering theory during the school years of his undergrad degree and applied it during the summers, working as an outboard engine mechanic at his family's marina.

Chris then participated in a 16-month internship at Honda of Canada Mfg. before completing 4th year. Working with both the weld maintenance and weld engineering groups, he was able to learn a variety of skills including: advanced computer modeling and finite element analysis using CATIA (a high performance computer aided design package), project management of equipment installations, and communication skills via daily meetings, oral presentations to management, and written technical documents. This position allowed him to gain an intimate understanding of the design and manufacturing of the monocoque automotive chassis and body.

Chris' research will focus on multi-scale Structural Topology optimization using the finite element method and how it can be applied to practical problems in the fields of Bio-mechanics and automotive design to create robust and cost effective design solutions.

Outside the research, Chris likes to hang out with family and friends, particularly at his family's cottage.

Paolo Nava

Paolo Nava

Paolo graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in Italy in 2006. As an undergraduate student he was mainly interested in Computer Aided Engineering; he was introduced to Finite Element Analysis during an automotive project on a six-wheel car carried out together with Covini Engineering.

During 2006-2007, Paolo worked at Fumagalli SRL, a leading company in plastic lighting, where he was in charge of injection mould design and engineering. His experience as a teacher of Mechanical Technology for high school students and as a trainer in Ficep, an Italian CNC Machines and Systems for steel construction industry, improved his communication and organization skills.

Paolo started working as a research assistant in the SMSD laboratory in May 2008 and will begin his Master's in September 2008, co-supervised by prof. Il Yong Kim and prof. Jack Jeswiet. During his Master's he'll be applying FEM and Optimization to sustainability for manufacturing processes.

Outside his research, Paolo enjoys playing basketball, travelling, camping and playing music.

Dr. In Gwun Jang

In Gwun graduated from mechanical engineering in KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) in Feb 1997. During his undergraduate course In Gwun was interested in structural design and optimization. This strongly motivated him to get a master's and doctoral degree in mechanical engineering in KAIST under prof. Byung Man Kwak who is a worldwide specialist in the field of structural optimization. In detail, master's thesis was about optimal design of a nuclear fuel rod support structure based on contact stress analysis. During second year of master courses and first year of Ph. D courses, In Gwun cooperated with KAERI (Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute). His doctoral thesis was about evolutionary topology optimization using design space adjustment and refinement. During his Ph. D studies, In Gwun had been involved in several industrial and commissioned projects including Samsung Heavy Industries, Samsung Electronics, and the Ministry of Science and Technology.

In Gwun's recent interest is in biomechanics, especially bone remodeling and its simulation. In Gwun focused his research on the optimal design of hip implants, where his knowledge of structural optimization and experience with various CAE softwares proved to be positively beneficial.

In Gwun Jang

Nicolas Lalonde

Nicolas graduated from McGill University in Montreal in May 2007 with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. Throughout his last year at McGill, he worked as a Mechanical Designer at Mechtronix Systems in Montreal, who were also collaborators with his final school project, designing a seat shaker for an ATR flight training device. His time there allowed him to gain extensive knowledge and experience with Pro Engineer Wildfire, group dynamics and problem solving. He completed the Value Engineering Module 1 in his last year at McGill, working with the McGill electric snowmobile team to optimize the drive train system.

He was enrolled as a Master's student under Dr. Il Yong Kim at Queen's University, focusing his research on the design of an automotive chassis for a zero emission vehicle. His research considered crashworthiness, mass, and sustainability, using multiple design tools: topology optimization, finite element analysis and design under uncertainty. This was his first venture in sustainability, which was the center piece of his thesis research.

Nicolas Lalonde

Outside of Mechanical Engineering, Nicolas' interests lie in camping, skiing and other outdoor activities.

Chris Manu

Chris Manu graduated from Queen's University in May 2006 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Chris' current Master's research work is being co-supervised by Dr. Birk and Dr. Kim. The project's objective is to create a material model that will simulate the high temperature failure of SA 455 steel using a FEA package such as ANSYS or ABAQUS. This time dependent non-linear material model will then be applied to predict failure times in propane tanks that are exposed to accidental fires. Material models will be verified with high temperature tensile creep tests performed with an instron machine and a specimen furnace. Predicted propane tank failure times will be verified with Dr. Birk's experimental BLEVE (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapour Explosion) results. Chris was the proud recipient of a McLaughlin Fellowship Award for the 2006-2007 school year.

Chris has had great work experience, working with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited for two summers. He spent most of his time working on simulating manufacturing processes such as shrink fitting, welding and rolling using ANSYS FEA computer code.


Chris spent the 2005 summer term studying at the International Centre in Herstmonceux, East Sussex, England and loves to travel. Other favourite pass times include snowboarding, hiking and rock climbing.

Shane Smith

Shane graduated from Queen's in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. In fourth year, Shane was able to focus on his areas of academic interest: automotive design, stress and strain analysis, and the business of manufacturing. Shane first became exposed to FEA and design optimization when taking MECH 465 with Dr. Kim.

Shane's automotive design interest stems from his active involvement in the Queen's Baja SAE Student Design Team. In fourth year, Shane and his MECH 460/462 group members took on the task of designing, optimizing, and manufacturing the chassis for the 2006 Queen's Baja. The optimization portion of this project coincided with Shane's participation in MECH 465, resulting in modeling and optimization experience in ANSYS.


As a Baja team member, Shane was also involved in suspension design and extensive CNC manufacturing, gaining experience in Solid Edge and Mastercam. Shane has participated in a total of eight Baja competitions all across North America since first joining the team in 2003. At the conclusion of the 2006 competition season in Elkhorn, WI, the Queen's Baja team was awarded the Iron Car Award for the highest cumulative score at the three North American competitions.

Shane began working as a research assistant under Dr. Kim in July 2006, and started his Master's in September of the same year. Shane's Master's focus was on automotive chassis design, with investigation into structural stiffness, crashworthiness, and weight.

Outside of school, Shane was actively involved in the Queen's Baja Team. He enjoys watching nearly every sport, particularly college basketball and baseball, and watches too many TV shows to list. He also enjoys the occasional BEvERage.

George Matsoukas

George graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Queen's University in May 2004. In September 2004, George registered in the course work Master's Program at Queen's, and took 4 courses in the fall term and 4 in the winter term. One of the courses George took in the winter term was MECH 465, a Finite Element Analysis and Design Optimization course with Dr. Kim. For the project portion of the course, George and group members Charlie Man and Chris Sager performed a finite element analysis and design optimization of a femoral component in total hip arthroplasty. This allowed George to gain experience in the use of ANSYS 9.0, and an interest in design optimization applied to biomechanical devices.

George began working under the direction Dr. Kim in May 2005 in the area of MDO applied to biomechanical systems. Although George's research goal has not yet been formally defined, George is looking at applying MDO to the design of an artificial hip. George's other interests include mechatronics and robotics. While an undergraduate at Queen's, George and group members Charlie Man, Mark Couillard and Larry Li designed and constructed an autonomous robotic

George Matsoukas

fish as part of the MECH 460/462 undergraduate design project course. This won the group a first place prize in the Procter and Gamble design competition held at Queen's in April 2004.

Nick Cristello

Nick's main research interest is in MDO applied to Mechatronics; with a particular interest in Kinematics, Dynamics and Control. Primary applications include automotive and robotic engineering.

A graduate of the University of Waterloo, Nick completed his Bachelor of Applied Science in May of 2003. Graduating in the field of Systems Design Engineering, Nick also specialized in Mechatronics - a synergistic interaction of electronics, mechanics and computing.

The University of Waterloo affords its engineering students with a co-operative education program that provides invaluable industrial work experience. Through a combined two-year total of industry experience, Nick became well versed in several standard engineering software applications such as Unigraphics, ADAMS, AutoCAD and Pro-Engineer.

A particular interest in Kinematics, led Nick to work on a project known as "Hexplorer" at the University of Waterloo. Hexplorer - a continuing project in the

Nick Cristello

Systems Design Department - is a 6-legged walking robot, with a circular body to facilitate motion in any direction. Nick and fellow UW classmate Damian Kwok, worked on electrical and mechanical modifications required to achieve the necessary walking gait. Information on the 2002-2003 Hexplorer project, can be found here.

After graduation from Waterloo, Nick worked in Belleville, Ontario in the Research and Development department at Halla Canada. A manufacturer of automotive air-conditioner components, Halla conducts business with all North-American automotive manufacturers. This experience allowed Nick to gain further experience with such CAD tools as EFD.Lab, SolidWorks, Unigraphics, CATIA and IDEAS. After approximately one and half years, Nick registered at Queen's University to continue education at the Master's level.

Registered in September, 2004 Nick began studies at Queen's University under the direction of Dr. Kim. Nick's research at Queen's was divided into two separate, but equally important projects. The first portion of his research concentrated on the shape optimization of a universal joint (as an assembly), and more information can be found here. The second portion of his research (and basis for his thesis) considered the optimization of a zero emission vehicle chassis, by incorporating crashworthiness and hydroformability, and more information can be found here. During this time, Nick was also a TA for Dr. Kim's MECH465 course. These responsibilities have given Nick expert experience in ANSYS, MATLAB, and LS-DYNA.

Since graduation in September of 2006, Nick has taken up full time employment with DEW Engineering and Development, in Ottawa Ontario.

While "all-work-and-no-play" makes Nick a dull boy, Nick's hobbies and interests include Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, Rock-Climbing, Mountain Biking and general fitness. Living in Kingston near the lake, summers are typically filled with boating, swimming, canoeing and other water-oriented activities.

Dr. Jin Sun Hong

Jin Sun Hong received his Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering) at Seoul National University in Korea (1989). He has worked as a Researcher for R & D Center of Daewoo Heavy Industries Co. (1983-1984), as a Research Engineer for Iljin Electric Co. (1984-1985), as a Researcher for the Engineering Research Institute of Seoul National University (1989-1990), and as a Senior Researcher for Agency for Defense Development in Korea (1990-1992). He is currently a professor in the Department of Precision Mechanical Engineering at Gangnung National University in Korea.

He is a Mechanical Engineer specialized in Dynamics and Vibration of solid elements. His research interests include vibration of nearly axi-symmetric structural elements, such as a circular ring or an axi-symmetric shell. One of his earlier research topics was 'Vibration and Acoustic Characteristics of an Axi-symmetric Shell with Local Deviation'. In this study, he found out analytically that there occurs beat phenomenon by the presence of local deviation of mass and/or stiffness. The results can be used in frequency tuning of a circular ring or axi-symmetric shell. He is also interested in the study of vibration of a rotating ring and its application to Gyroscope.

He visited Queen's University to work with Dr. Kim in July 2005. His expertise lies in dynamics and vibration methods as it pertains to MDO. He will stay approximately one year in Kingston.

Anthony Jarrett

Tony graduated from The University of Birmingham, UK in 2002 with a degree in Mechanical and Materials Engineering. Following a fourth year industrial project investigating the influence of foreign object damage on aero-engine gas turbine blades, he found a job with QinetiQ, the UK defence research agency. This included work in material testing and characterisation, and aircraft structural integrity assessments.

After three years, Tony moved to the north of England and took a position in Newcastle-upon-Tyne at Siemens Power Generation as a steam turbine design engineer. Here he became experienced in the use of the finite element method for stress and thermal analysis of turbine components, and saw first hand the typical industrial design process. In 2007/2008, he spent seven months in Germany contributing to the design of Siemens' next generation nuclear turbines.

Having developed an interest in the use of computer aided design, Tony was keen to further his knowledge in an academic environment, and found an opportunity at Queen's University in the Structural and Multidisciplinary Design Lab. His research here involved the optimisation of cooling systems for electric vehicle batteries, using computational fluid dynamics and multidisciplinary numerical methods.

Tony has been playing the double bass for many years and got involved with several of the music groups at Queen's. In his first year here he is played in the opera company's production of Hansel and Gretel.

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