Collaborator Alumni
Yong Hoon Lee

Assistant Professor
University of Memphis

Postdoctoral Research Associate
PhD ME (2020)

Industrial and Enterprise System Engineering

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2020)
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Ajou University, Suwon, South Korea (2010)
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Ajou University, Suwon, South Korea (2008)

Research interests: Wind and ocean energy systems · Control co-design · Multidisciplinary design optimization · Viscoelastic materials · Surrogate-based optimization · Multiobjective optimization · Computational fluid dynamics

Dr. Yong Hoon Lee received his B.S. (2008, Mechanical Engineering) and M.S. (2010, Mechanical Engineering) from Ajou University, Suwon, South Korea. He received Ph.D. (2020, Mechanical Engineering) from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, under Dr. Randy Ewoldt (ME) and Dr. James Allison (ISE, AE). Before he joined the ESDL, he worked as a CAE and CFD research engineer in Korea Nuclear Engineering and Services Corp. and worked as a lecturer at Masan University. He is currently working as a postdoctoral research associate in ESDL at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a technical lead in two Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (DOE ARPA-E) funded projects, developing a control and plant co-design framework for integrating systems and their design disciplines of large-scale floating offshore wind turbine systems.

Dr. Yong Hoon Lee’s research is engineering design optimization of complex systems. The primary research is investigating engineering design knowledge to support the systematic exploration of new and unconventional designs. His research contributions promote design researchers and engineers to further enhance their design processes by capitalizing on advanced design optimization methodologies that account for complex interactions between disciplinary domains. Understanding interfaces between disciplinary areas opens opportunities for design improvement via a deep understanding of interacting mechanisms across the fields, and the discovery of novel designs and concepts, leading toward unprecedented design innovations. He develops mathematical and computational design methodologies and tools for solving engineering design problems with sophisticated domain interfaces, utilizing his expertise in physics-based computational modeling and simulation-based design optimization. His research goals often involve discovering nonobvious synergy in system performance and benefits by analyzing interdisciplinary design couplings from the system-level viewpoint.

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Albert E. Patterson

Assistant Professor
Texas A&M University

Research Scientist
PhD IE (2021)

Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering

Research Interests:

  • Design for additive manufacturing
  • Generative algorithms
  • Topology optimization

Albert Patterson’s research focus is the intersection between design principles/methods, experimental solid mechanics, and manufacturing science.

Daniel R. Herber

Assistant Professor
Colorado State University

Postdoctoral Research Associate
PhD SEE (2017)

Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering

Daniel R. Herber is a design researcher and systems engineer. His primary area of research interest is engineering design, especially formal design methods and design automation for dynamic engineering systems. He has focused on integrated architecture, plant, and control design of dynamic engineering systems. A majority of his research has been concentrated around the development of both the theory and tools needed for rigorous, system-level design utilizing techniques from dynamic system modeling and analysis, optimization, optimal control, combinatorics, and algorithmics. He has collaborated with the NSF center for Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems (POETS), Deere & Company, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.


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Christian M. Chilan

Rochester Institute of Technology

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Aerospace Engineering

Christian Chilan received his Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include optimal control, optimization, orbital mechanics, combined plant and control design (co-design), parallel computing, and scientific data management. Currently, he is conducting research on spacecraft attitude control using strain-actuated solar arrays for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

Syeda Persia Aziz

Senior Software Engineer


Computer Science

Design Automation Conference (DAC) Network Analysis – 
Yefei Li

Visiting Scholar

Research Interests:

  • Design methodology and Automation
  • Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
  • Modeling & Opt of Complex Systems
Graduate Alumni
Anand P. Deshmukh

Director of AI/ML Research
American Express AI Labs

PhD SE (2016)

Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering

Anand P. Deshmukh received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2008 from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India and M.S. in Industrial Engineering in 2013 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently working towards his Ph.D. in Systems and Entrepreneurial Engineering. His research interests include optimal control, non-linear optimization, model-based controls, co-design, power grid frequency regulation markets, renewable energy and demand response management in smart grid. His project areas include algorithms for optimal integration of renewables in the power grid and theoretical treatment of co-design.

Adam Cornell

Mechatronics Engineer
Janome Industrial Equipment USA, Inc.

MS SEE (2015)

Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering