James Guest Named 2017 Huber Award Winner

ASCE Cites Leading Research in Topology Optimization

May 10, 2017 · News
Zoë Macintosh

NBM Technologies Principal Engineer Dr. James Guest has won a highly prestigious engineering research award “for research at the forefront of topology optimization, focusing on the rigorous interaction of mechanics, optimization, manufacturing, and uncertainty quantification.” On April 11, the American Society of Civil Engineers named him the 2017 recipient of the Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize.

Topology optimization is the computational discovery of the non-intuitive, objectively best design for a structure given designated constraints. Guest and his research group at Johns Hopkins University have published papers on the topology optimization of: additively manufactured components and mechanisms, magnetic sources for diamagnetic levitation, 3D phononic band-gap crystals, fluidic diodes, and many further systems.

Guest’s “talent and creativity through careful study” were noted by the selection committee, stated a formal letter announcement. Further remarks are expected at the annual convention to be held on October 8-11 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The career milestone for Guest caps more than a decade of personal advancements into the hotbed of computational design which he helped illuminate.