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Anne Marie Raich, assistant professor of civil engineering at Texas A&M University, will speak on “Solving Inverse Problems in Structural Engineering Using Genetic Algorithms” noon today in Acopian Engineering Center room 315.

The talk is sponsored by the civil and environmental engineering department. Lunch is provided.

Raich received a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship for research at University of Illinois at Urbana after earning a B.S. in civil engineering from West Virginia University, a M.S. in civil engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana.

Her sponsored research projects have included:

  • CAREER: Enhancing Conceptual Design Using Multi-Objective, Dynamically Encoded Genetic Algorithms to Optimize Structural Topology, Geometry, and Size, sponsored by a $475,000 National Science Foundation CAREER Award;
  • Research Experience for Undergraduates Supplement to the NSF CAREER Award, a $13,600 grant from the National Science Foundation;
  • Development of a Two-step Methodology to Identify Localized Structural Damage Using Neural Networks and Genetic Algorithms, sponsored by the Research Innovation Program, department of civil engineering at Texas A&M University, graduate assistantship support.

Raich has served as a research assistant at University of Illinois at Urbana and the U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory; an engineering scientist and co-director of the Transportation Systems Rehabilitation and Maintenance Institute at West Virginia University; a structural engineer at Lantz, Jones, Nebraska Inc., Columbus, Ohio; and a research and teaching assistant at Carnegie Mellon University, among other positions.

She has submitted seven articles to journals in her field since 2002 and published other articles and a book chapter. She has presented her work at numerous conferences, publishing conference papers since 2003 in Proceedings of the Artificial Neural Networks in Engineering Conference, Intelligent Engineering Systems Through Artificial Neural Networks; Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring; Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference – GECCO 2003; andMetal Structures – Design, Fabrication, and Economy.

Raich has taught courses such as Traditional and Heuristic Optimization Methods, Behavior and Design of Steel Structures, Steel Structures, Structural Reinforced Concrete, Senior Capstone Design, and Foundations of Engineering.

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