APRIL 1998

A newsletter for alumni, students, and friends of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Faculty Highlight

Vadim  Shapiro

Vadim Shapiro
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Assistant Professor Vadim Shapiro has been invited to spend two summer months at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics of the University of Cambridge, UK. His visit and appointment are supported by a fellowship from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and will allow Shapiro to collaborate with academic teams in UK on new techniques and standards for geometric modeling.

In ME's Spatial Automation Laboratory Shapiro and his students are currently pursuing three distinct but closely related lines of research: geometric modeling, design automation, and mutli-disciplinary integration. Examples of new software technologies that are currently being developed in the laboratory include new tools for parametric solid modeling, shape design and analysis of moving parts and assemblies, and meshless engineering analysis and simulation directly from solid models. The modeling and computational research is carried out concurrently with case studies of real industrial design and processes, in an attempt to improve them wherever possible and to understand the more fundamental issues. Much of the work is supported by the National Science Foundation and private sector grants. Shapiro received the NSF CAREER award in 1995.

Before joining the staff of General Motors Research Laboratories in 1983, Shapiro received his B.A. in both mathematics and computer science from New York University, and an M.S. degree in computer science from the University of California-Los Angeles. In 1986 he returned to his graduate studies as a General Motors Fellow and obtained both an M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Cornell University in 1989 and 1991 respectively. He remained with General Motors Research until 1994, when he joined the UW-Madison faculty. "I missed the interaction with students, thought that I would enjoy teaching, and hoped that I could achieve more in an academic environment. Four years later, I am enjoying teaching as much as my research, and I know that I made the right decision. "

Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Shapiro came as a refugee with his family to New York City in 1978. He became a U.S. citizen in 1984. He is married to Lora and has two sons, Gregory (12) and Benjamin (4). His biggest challenge: find that "extra" time to spend with his family!


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