Kenji Shimada Receives Prestigious Engineering Award
Carnegie Mellon University's Kenji Shimada was recently awarded the 2011 International Meshing Roundtable Fellow Award by the New Mexico-based Sandia National Labs for developing novel meshing software for the manufacturing industry.
"It is an honor to receive this award. I also see the award as recognition of excellent work by all my former and current lab students," said Shimada, the Theodore Ahrens Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon.
At CMU, Shimada has explored a novel physically-based approach to key geometric problems in engineering and medical applications, such as finite element mesh generation, interactive curve and surface design, three dimensional shape reconstruction, robotic path generation and surgical planning.
"Our physically-based mesh generation method, BubbleMesh, has been licensed to and used by over 50 companies," said Shimada. "BubbleMesh automatically creates a higher-quality mesh mimicking nature's shape-fining processes. The auto sector is just one of many manufacturers tapping into Shimada's work which addresses industry's needs for increased design efficiency, higher product quality and cost reductions in manufacturing.
"This is an outstanding award for Kenji because it recognizes his innovative, pragmatic approach to solving real-world problems," said Nadine Aubry, the Raymond J. Lane Distinguished Professor and head of CMU's Mechanical Engineering Department.
In other research, Shimada developed software that lets engineers design new products by simply sketching their ideas on a tablet computer. The software, dubbed SketchCAD, is a digital pen-based computer system that can be used to design 3D products for a variety of industry sectors.Shimada received his bachelor degree in 1983 and his master's degree in 1985 in mechanical engineering, both from the University of Tokyo. He earned his Ph.D. degree in 1993 in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.