Civil Engineering Alum's PhD Dissertation among Top 25 in the World
Antonio Velazquez studies wind energy and wind turbines. And the dissertation that earned him his PhD in Civil Engineering from Michigan Tech in 2014 has just been named one of the 25 most-accessed dissertations by ProQuest, an international database of scholarly research.
The title of the dissertation is "Model updating and structural health monitoring of horizontal axis wind turbines via advanced spinning finite elements and stochastic subspace identification methods."
In simpler terms, Velazquez and his faculty advisor in civil engineering, Assistant Professor R. Andrew Swartz, use mathematical models of wireless sensor data to monitor the structural integrity and efficiency of wind turbines.
"One of the strengths of this work is the formulation of a clear, formal, practical, integral and reproducible mathematical/numerical framework that anyone can follow from start to finish, specially designed for easy programming in microcomputers, wireless-sensing and mobile devices," Velazquez explains. "This work certainly serves as a tool for new upcoming emerging technologies such as cloud-assisted mobile sensing applications, distributed mobile sensing and computing, or participatory sensing, crowd-sensing, and human centric sensing."
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