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Engineering Design Optimization
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  • Title Engineering Design Optimization
  • Author(s) Joaquim R. R. A. Martins and Andrew Ning
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (January 20, 2022); eBook (MDO Lab/GitHub, 2021)
  • Permission: This is a working draft that we are updating frequently. Once the book is finalized and published, we will continue to provide an electronic copy free of charge.
  • Hardcover 651 pages
  • eBook PDF (640 pages)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1108833411
  • ISBN-13: 978-1108833417
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Book Description

Optimization is a human instinct. People constantly seek to improve their lives and the systems that surround them. Optimization is intrinsic in biology, as exemplified by the evolution of species. Birds optimize their wings' shape in real time, and dogs have been shown to find optimal trajectories.

Even more broadly, many laws of physics relate to optimization, such as the principle of minimum energy. As Leonhard Euler once wrote, "nothing at all takes place in the universe in which some rule of maximum or minimum does not appear."

The philosophy of this book is to provide a detailed enough explanation and analysis of optimization methods so that readers can implement a basic working version. Practical tips are included throughout the book to alert the reader to common issues encountered in practical engineering design optimization and how to address them.

The target audience for this book is advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students in science and engineering.

About the Authors
  • Joaquim R. R. A. Martins is a Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, where he heads the MDO Lab. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
  • Andrew Ning is an Associate Professor at Brigham Young University
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