Faculty Profile

Kai James

Aerospace Engineering
Kai James
Kai James
Assistant Professor
319G Talbot Laboratory MC 236
104 S. Wright
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 300-3270

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Toronto, Aerospace Engineering, 2007-2012
  • M.A.Sc., University of Toronto, Aerospace Engineering, 2004-2006
  • B.A.Sc., University of Toronto, Engineering Science, 2000-2004

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015 - present
  • Affiliated Faculty, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Computational Science and Engineering, 2016 - present
  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Columbia University, 2012 - 2015

Resident Instruction

  • AE 420 - Introduction to Finite Element Analysis; Fall, 2016
  • AE 598 - Nonlinear Solid Mech Design; Spring, 2016
  • AE 321 - Mechanics of Aerospace Structures; Fall, 2015; Spring, 2017

Research Interests

  • Multidisciplinary design optimization
  • Topology optimizaion
  • Aeroelasticity
  • Computational solid mechanics
  • Nonlinear mechanics
  • Additive Manufacturing

Selected Articles in Journals

  • K.A. James and J.R.R.A. Martins. An isoparametric approach to level set topology optimization using a body-fitted finite element mesh. Computers and Structures, 90￿91:97￿106, 2012.
  • E. Lee, K.A. James, and J.R.R.A. Martins. Stress-constrained topology optimization with design-dependent loading. Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 46:647￿661, 2012.
  • K.A. James, E. Lee, and J.R.R.A. Martins. Stress-based topology optimization using an isoparametric level set method. Finite Elements in Analysis and Design, 58:20￿30, 2012.
  • K.A. James and H. Waisman. Failure mitigation in optimal topology design using a coupled nonlinear continuum damage model. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 268:614￿631, 2014.
  • K.A. James, G.J. Kennedy, and J.R.R.A. Martins. Concurrent aerostructural topology optimization of a wing box. Computers and Structures, 134:1￿17, 2014.
  • K.A. James and H. Waisman. Topology optimization of structures under variable loading using a damage superposition approach. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering. 101(5):375-406, 2015.
  • K.A. James and H. Waisman. Topology optimization of viscoelastic structures using a time-dependent adjoint method. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering. 281:166-187, 2015.
  • K.A. James and H. Waisman. Layout design of a bi-stable cardiovascular stent using topology optimization. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering. 305:169-890, 2016.
  • K.A. James and H. Waisman. On the Importance of Viscoelastic Response Consideration in Structural Design Optimization. Optimization and Engineering. Accepted June, 2016.