Chief Engineer, Honda
Eric DeHoff graduated with a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue University. He started his engineering career as a rocket scientist for NASA in 1988 working on analyses of the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. He then joined Honda R&D Americas in Ohio in 1996 in the first CAE group responsible for developing CAE activity for the company. He is now Chief Engineer and Technical Leader in the Safety Group responsible for developing new CAE methods used in crash models.
The word optimization is used by a lot of people with many different meanings. The mathematical definition is “A mathematical technique for finding a maximum or minimum value of a function of several variables subject to a set of constraints, as linear programming or systems analysis.” While many techniques and tools are available to perform an optimization analysis, during the relative quick pace of automotive development the difficulty is having the time to use these tools to find an optimal solution considering the number of variables and types of analyses that need to be included in the process. This presentation will discuss this issue and some of the ways Honda R&D Americas, Inc. is trying to “optimize” our effort.