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Title: Introduction to Uncertainty Quantification for Engineers

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018

Time: 12:00 PM MT

Venue: A227 Conference Room, Engineering Building, UTEP

Duration: 1 hour

Anyone who builds complex, mission critical systems knows that real-world performance is hard to simulate and test. This is due to uncertainty. It may arise from approximations or variations in boundary and initial conditions in models, or deviations in materials, assembly, operating conditions and wear in finished products.

Uncertainty Quantification (UQ) tools can quantify these uncertainties while significantly reducing the number of simulations or tests required to get meaningful results. UQ tools help engineers analyze the difference between models and real-world performance, so they avoid premature failure, costly warranty payments and emergency redesigns. Using case studies and SmartUQ software for illustration, this webinar will introduce and demonstrate:

  • Basics of common UQ and probabilistic methods
  • The role UQ plays in Verification, Validation and Uncertainty Quantification (VVUQ) process
  • How to apply UQ methods to an engineering system
  • How to use UQ techniques to drastically save design time
  • How to develop a robust and reliable design with UQ techniques
  • How to interpret UQ results when making decisions

There will be a Q&A session at the end of the program.





Dr. Mark Andrews
UQ Technology Steward


Dr. Mark Andrews is responsible for advising SmartUQ on the industry’s UQ needs and challenges and is the principal investigator for SmartUQ’s project with Probabilistic Analysis Consortium for Engines (PACE) developed and managed by Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI). Before SmartUQ, Dr. Andrews spent 15 years at Caterpillar as a Senior Research Engineer, Engineering Specialist in Corporate Reliability, and Senior Engineering Specialist in Virtual Product Development. He has been a member of ASME for over 20 years and is currently a member of the Probabilistic Methods, a subcommittee of Structures & Dynamics committee for ASME Turbo. He holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from New Mexico State University.





Alan Brown
Senior Editor
Mechanical Engineering


Alan Brown has written about a broad range of engineering topics since joining Mechanical Engineering as an editor 12 years ago. Prior to that, he was a freelancer writer who specialized in engineering, technology, science, and business topics.