Maninder Sehmi

PhD Research Student - Research Institute for Future Transport and Cities, Dr

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    I am an Assistant Lecturer in Automotive Engineering at Coventry University with an academic and industrial background in mechanical engineering. I have a first class MEng degree in Mechanical Engineering from Coventry University and have completed a PhD titled, “Parameterised Post-Processing of Topology Optimisation Results” with no corrections. This title, along with my research area, is dedicated to the integration of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and computer programming to produce more innovative, sustainable and efficient structures that are suitable for manufacture. This has led to the creation of a Python-scripted methodology that can refine Topology Optimised FEA solutions so they are suitable for manufacture, providing a systematic and methodological approach where there was none before. My current role as an Assistant Lecturer has led me to further develop this topic through creating final year student projects based on my research, as well as supporting members of the Future Transport and Cities (FTC) research centre with projects relating to sustainability and crash test safety. My research has also influenced my lecture delivery, in which I have contributed to the development and successful delivery of new lecture material with a particular focus on FEA post-processing.

    Recent achievements have included the publication of a review paper based on my PhD titled, “Review of topology optimisation refinement processes for sheet metal manufacturing” in a Q1 journal. Additionally, an overview of my PhD methodology and test case validation is provided in the research paper, “Development of an Automated Post-Processor for Sheet Metal Component Manufacturing”. I am also an Associate Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and have presented my research at the 2018 IMechE Simulation and Modelling Conference to industry professionals.

    Recent experience has included working at Honda R&D in Tochigi, Japan, providing simulation analysis and optimisation for the 2017 Civic models. I have also worked as a programmer creating medical-based applications and websites for a small company, and followed on from this as a Research Associate at Coventry University before being an Assistant Lecturer. My Research Associate role allowed me to further develop concepts and connections for my research, as well as present these finding to a group of academics at the WCSMO Conference in Colorado (2021).


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