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Engineering Physics Colloquium

Tuesday, November 13

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

106 Engineering Research Building

Speaker:   Dr. John C. Brigham, University of Pittsburgh
"From Concrete to the Cardiovascular System: Computational Mechanics for Engineering Inverse Problems"
Abstract:  Advancements in computational mechanics and computing technologies have led to dramatic improvements in the ability to simultaneously simulate several physical processes through multiple spatial and temporal scales. Furthermore, opportunities for leveraging these forward modeling advancements are highly prevalent for the optimization, control, and/or characterization of increasingly complex systems through the development and utilization of sophisticated computational inverse solution strategies. This talk will present strategies to utilize computational mechanics for the solution of problems in characterization of material properties in manmade structures as well as diagnosis of variations in organ function related to disease. In particular, examples will be provided to show how the same tools used to efficiently characterize structural material properties from nondestructive testing can be applied to identify patterns in the kinematic function of the human heart that could potentially provide metrics for improved disease diagnosis and prognosis.
Biography:  Dr. John Brigham received a BE in civil and environmental engineering and mathematics from Vanderbilt University in 2003, and a MS and PhD in civil and environmental engineering from Cornell University in 2006 and 2008, respectively. In the fall of 2008 Dr. Brigham joined the University of Pittsburgh as an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Bioengineering. His research interests are centered around advancing the fields of computational mechanics and inverse problems, to create novel techniques for the characterization, control, and optimization of physical processes.