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May 15, 2017

PhD Final Defense – Erhu Du

Assessing the Role of Human Behaviors in the Management of Extreme Hydrological Events: an Agent-based Modeling Approach

Advisors: Barbara Minsker and Ximing Cai

Date: Tuesday May 30, 1:00 pm

Location: Newmark 1311


May 15, 2017

To ensure that you receive Summer 2017 health coverage and benefits, please make sure you read the health coverage information online and take action as appropriate. 

The Enrollment / Change period for Summer 2017 is May 12, 2017 through June 2, 2017. During this time, students can go to the Student Health Insurance website and waive the Student Health Insurance fee. Can also go to their MyAccount where they can add dependents online. Students who wish to reinstate back into the plan, must visit the Student Health Insurance Office located in McKinley Health Center, lower level Room 29 and fill out the appropriate paperwork, in person.  For more information, contact (217) 333-0165 or

May 15, 2017

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May 9, 2017

Zhejiang-University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute (ZJUI)

Faculty Candidate Seminar


Inverse/Optimal Design of the Built Environments

Wei Liu

Ph.D. Candidate

School of Mechanical Engineering

Purdue University

Thursday, May 11, 2017

10:00 AM

1311 Newmark Civil Engineering Lab


A thermally comfortable and healthy indoor space is very important for its occupants. To create such an indoor space with low energy consumption requires proper design and control of its air distribution. This talk first introduces the validation of turbulence models and fast fluid dynamics for indoor air distribution prediction. This talk then introduces a validated computational fluid dynamics (CFD)-based adjoint method to inversely identify an optimal air distribution system, such as the air supply location, size, and parameters, for creating the desired space. Further, we will discuss the enhancements of the CFD-based adjoint method by fast fluid dynamics and coarse grid techniques. This seminar will outline the future challenges and opportunities.



Wei Liu is a PhD candidate in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. Wei received his B.Sc. degree from Tianjin University, China in 2009 and M.Sc. degree from Purdue University in 2014. He has conducted research on simulations and measurements of airflow and contaminant dispersion in enclosed spaces, such as building and airplanes. Inverse design of air distributions in enclosed environment is his Ph.D. thesis topic. Wei has published more than 20 journal papers. He was a recipient of ASHRAE Grant-in-Aid award, won the first prize for a computational-fluid-dynamics shootout contest from ASHRAE, and is a Bilsland Dissertation Fellow at Purdue University.