Taking Aerospace Engineering to New Heights with the Power of Data
ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series
Dr. Eric Muir
Abstract: A valuable resource is becoming increasingly available to engineers across all disciplines: data. Data is changing the way society lives and works from social media to automobile safety to smart manufacturing. While data has always played a key role in engineering, the volume and variety now available enables new insights on the behavior of complex systems and their environment. When leveraged properly, this influx of data provides an opportunity for significant advancement in engineering solutions that benefit society.
In this seminar, the impacts of big data and machine learning technologies on data-driven engineering are explored with emphasis on the aerospace industry. Modern aircraft are outfitted with thousands of sensors and produce hundreds of gigabytes of data each flight. Combined with data collected during design, build, and testing, engineers have a wealth of information to increase safety, enhance value, and improve future designs. Engineers will be instrumental in harnessing the power of all this data, collecting the right information and making it available to the right person at the right time.
Bio: Eric Muir earned his Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and currently works at the Boeing Company in Seattle, WA. He recently started a new role as a data scientist integrating his passion for engineering and aviation with the power of data analytics and machine learning. Prior to this role, Eric was a structural dynamics engineer within the Propulsion Systems Division where he advanced fan blade-out and windmilling dynamic analyses of turbofan engines, particularly the GE9X on the 777X. In addition to his work at Boeing, he also teaches a structural dynamics course at the University of Washington.
Eric’s interests as an aerospace engineer center on tackling challenging and complex problems using cutting-edge technologies. His work spans structural dynamics and fluid-structure interaction and is expanding into the areas of machine learning and autonomous flight. He is enthusiastic about the impact of these advanced technologies on the design, manufacture and operation of the next generation of sophisticated aerospace systems.
Eric lives in Seattle with his wife and is an avid outdoorsman and pilot who enjoys taking full advantage of the recreation in the Pacific Northwest.
Thursday, November 9 at 4:00 pm
Electrical Energy Resources Center (EERC), 103
1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931