Pete Backlund

Main research topic:

Metamodel-based design optimization of thermal and electrical energy  distribution systems.

Current research work:

  • Modeling energy distribution systems aboard all-electric surface ships and using metaheuristic optimization methods to identify energy efficient configurations.

  • Investigating the scalability of alternative metamodeling techniques to determine performance characteristics in high-dimensional space.


Backlund, P. B., 2008, "Flexibility for Future Evolution: Validation and Development of Design Guidelines," Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas, Austin, TX.

Tilstra, A. H., P. B. Backlund, C. C. Seepersad and K. L. Wood, 2008, "Industrial Case Studies in Product Flexibility for Future Evolution: An Application and Evaluation of Design Guidelines", ASME IDETC/CIE Design Theory and Methodology Conference, New York, NY. Paper Number: DETC2008-49370.

Graduate Coursework:

Systems Design and Optimization

  • Design of Complex Engineering Systems

  • Large Scale Systems Optimization

  • Metaheuristics

  • Design Optimization and Automation

Product Design and Manufacturing

  • Engineering Design Theory and Mathematical Techniques

  • Product Design, Development, and Prototyping

  • Machine Tool Operations for Engineers

  • Computer Aided Geometric Design

Other Engineering Courses

  • Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer

  • Dynamics of Mechanical Systems

  • Advanced Engineering Analysis

  • Modeling Physical Systems

  • Regression and Analysis of Variance


BS Mechanical Engineering - Cum Laude, Mathematics Minor

The University of Arizona, 2006.

MS Mechanical Engineering

The University of Texas at Austin, 2008.

PhD Mechanical Engineering

The University of Texas at Austin, 2012 (expected).

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