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Release: Sept. 26, 2001
Two UI engineers win Black and Decker best paper award
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two University of Iowa College of Engineering researchers
have received the Black and Decker Best Paper Award in the American Society
of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Design Automation Conference during the 2001
ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences in Pittsburgh.
The two are K.K. Choi, professor of mechanical engineering and director of
the Center for Computer-Aided Design (CCAD), and his mechanical engineering
and CCAD doctoral student, Byeng-Dong Youn.
The paper, titled "Hybrid Analysis Method for Reliability-Based Design
Optimization," describes a new methodology for integrating manufacturing
and multidisciplinary design processes. The methodology, called "six-sigma
quality control," can be used to fabricate products in diverse manufacturing
environments. Choi says that six-sigma quality control involves the use of
design and manufacturing processes of such high quality that they can produce
less than 3.4 defects, or mistakes, per million opportunities. He adds that
these processes, if used by industry, will produce not only high-quality products,
but also optimized designs.
The conference, held Sept. 11, 2001, attracted some 600 researchers.