Emily Johnson

Assistant Professor, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Friday, May 5
11:15-11:45 a.m. 

“Parametric Modeling and Isogeometric Analysis of Complex Engineering Structures”


Despite numerous technological developments over the last few decades, considerable obstacles remain in the practical design and scientific analysis of complex engineering structures. Additionally, for many applications, real-world engineering systems can be difficult or prohibitive to study experimentally due to the scale, cost, and accessibility of the systems. In such cases, computational methods provide a suitable alternative for scientific investigation. This talk will discuss approaches for addressing some of the fundamental challenges associated with the modeling and analysis of various complex science and engineering applications. Specific applications include wind energy systems, aerospace structures, and bioprosthetic heart valves. Effective simulation approaches for numerous science and engineering problems are proposed, and innovative solutions are also presented for the design and parameterization of engineering structures, which can facilitate data-oriented research, including design optimization, sensitivity analysis, uncertainty quantification, and machine learning.


Prof. Emily Johnson joined the College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame as an assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering in 2021. She received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and WESEP from Iowa State University and her B.A. in Physics and Mathematics from St. Olaf College.

Her research interests are in the areas of computational mechanics, parametric design, isogeometric modeling, structural analysis, and high-fidelity computation. Her work focuses on computational mechanics investigations of engineering structures, emphasizing parametric modeling and performance-based design of complex engineering systems using isogeometric methods. Her research includes computational modeling for renewable energy, aerospace engineering, and healthcare applications.

Relevant Energy Publications
  1. Johnson, E. L., & Hsu, M. C. (2020). Isogeometric analysis of ice accretion on wind turbine blades. Computational Mechanics66(2), 311-322.
  2. Herrema, A. J., Johnson, E. L., Proserpio, D., Wu, M. C., Kiendl, J., & Hsu, M. C. (2019). Penalty coupling of non-matching isogeometric Kirchhoff–Love shell patches with application to composite wind turbine blades. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering346, 810-840.

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