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Dr. Kent L Lawrence

Name

[Lawrence, Dr. Kent L]
  • Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Biography

Kent L. Lawrence, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington is a Life Fellow of ASME. He has both industrial and academic experience and expertise in applied mechanics, finite element methods, vibration and structural dynamics. He is the author/coauthor of three text books related to finite element methods and dynamic systems.

Professional Preparation

    • 1965 Ph.D. in Mechanical EngineeringArizona State University
    • 1959 B.S. in Mechanical EngineeringTexas Tech University
    • 1960 M.S. in Mechanical EngineeringTexas Tech University

Appointments

    • Sept 1972 to Present Professor
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • June 1965 to Aug 1973 Engineer
      Bell Helicopter (Summers)
    • Sept 1968 to Aug 1972 Associate Professor
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Sept 1961 to Aug 1968 Assistant Profeesor
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • June 1961 to Aug 1961 Engineer
      Texas Instruments (TI)

Memberships

  • Fellow
    • Sept 1964 to Present American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Awards and Honors

    • Nov  2014 UTA Awards sponsored by UTA
      Description:

      Academy of Distinguished Teachers 2016

      Most Valuable Professor by UTA MAE Senior Class 2009-2010.

      Kalpana Chawla S.T.A.R. Award Winner 2007-2008 (Service-Teaching-Advising-Role Modeling)

      Texas Piper Professor Nominee, 2005.

      UTA MAE Dept Mechanical Engineering Teacher of the Year-1983

      Joint Council of Student Engineers-Outstanding Engineering Teacher, 1982.

      UTA Student Chapter, Pi Tau Sigma Outstanding Teacher Award, 1981

      Halliburton Education Foundation Award, 1981

      AMOCO Outstanding Teacher Award Finalist, 1980

      College of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award, 1974

    • Mar  2006 Piper Professor sponsored by Minnie Stevens Piper FoundationMinnie Stevens Piper Fuundation Award Details
      Description:

      Piper Professor

      Ten awards of $5,000 each are made annually to professors for superior teaching at the college level. Selection is made on the basis of nominations submitted by each college or university in the State of Texas.

      Begun in 1958, with eight awards, the roster of Piper Professors includes outstanding professors from two and four-year colleges and universities, public and private.

      Participation & Eligibility:

      Participation is by invitation only. To be eligible, candidates must be nominated through college/university President's Office. Guidelines regarding the number of nominations an institution may make, as well as eligibility based on full-time equivalent student body enrollment are outlined in the letter of invitation sent to the President.

    • Apr  1983 The Academy of Mechanical Engineers, Texas Tech University sponsored by Texas Tech University
      Description:

      The Texas Tech University Academy of Mechanical Engineers was organized during the 1991−92 academic year. The Academy recognizes alumni, supporters, and friends who have distinguished themselves through professional, civic and community accomplishments and who are personally willing to involve themselves in contributing to the continued development of the department and the success of its graduates. The Academy provides enrichment and support of mechanical engineering education through the involvement of and interaction with experienced professionals in the educational programs provided by the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Membership is limited to approximately 10% of the living department alumni.

    • Jun  1962 National Science Foundation (NSF) Summer Institute in Advanced Mechanics - Awardee sponsored by NSF - National Science Foundation
      Description:

      Room, board, tuition and books provided for 30 US graduate student applicants. Faculty from leading US universities were brought in teach courses in advanced engineering mechanics over the ten week session in Boulder, Colorado.

Research and Expertise

  • AREAS OF EXPERTISE

    Stress and vibration analysis, structural analysis, structural dynamics, finite element methods, and computer aided engineering

Publications

      Conference Proceeding 2015
      • B.P. Wang, S. Nomura, B.H. Dennis and K.L. Lawrence, "The Ritz Method for Beam Vibration Analysis Revisited", Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing, J. Kruis, Y. Tsompanakis and B.H.V. Topping, (Editors), Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, Scotland, Sept. 2015.

        {Peer Reviewed} [Refereed/Juried]
      2015
      • A. Akbariyeh, B.H. Dennis, B.P. Wang and K.L. Lawrence, "Comparison of GPU-Based Parallel Assembly and Assembly-Free Sparse Matrix Vector Multiplication for Finite Element Analysis of Three-Dimensional Structures", Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing, J. Kruis, Y. Tsompanakis and B.H.V. Topping, (Editors), Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, Scotland, Sept. 2015.

        {Peer Reviewed} [Refereed/Juried]

      Conference Proceeding 2014
      • B.H. Dennis, B.P. Wang and K.L. Lawrence,"Light-Weight, Client-Side Engineering Computational Utilities," Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Computational Structures Technology, B.H.V. Topping and P. Iványi, (Editors), Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, United Kingdom, September, 2014.

        Conference Proceeding

        Published

        {Peer Reviewed} [Refereed/Juried]

      Conference Proceeding 2013
      • Raman, T., Mirza, F., Agonafer, D., & Lawrence, K. (2013, March). Feasibility of non-linear analysis of the BEoL structure in a flip chip package under thermal shock. In Semiconductor Thermal Measurement and Management Symposium (SEMI-THERM), 2013 29th Annual IEEE (pp. 130-136). IEEE.

        {Conference Proceeding} [Refereed/Juried]

      Conference Proceeding 2012
      • W. S. Chan, F. Alamgir, X. Tan, K. L. Lawrence, "Modeling for Composite Structures by Finite Element Method, Proceedings ECCM - 15th European Conference on Composite Materials, Venice, Italy, 24-28 June 2012.
        {Conference Proceeding} [Refereed/Juried]
      2012
      • Akbariyeh, A., Carrigan, T.J., Dennis, B.H., Chan, W.S., Wang, B.P., Lawrence, K.L. "Application of GPU-Based Computing to Large Scale Finite Element Analysis of Three-Dimensional Structures," Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Engineering Computational Technology, B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, United Kingdom, September, 2012.
        {Conference Proceeding} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 2012
      • Sara E. McCaslin, Panos S. Shiakolas, Brian H. Dennis, Kent L. Lawrence, “Closed-Form Stiffness Matrices for Higher Order Tetrahedral Finite Elements”, Advances in Engineering Software, Volume 44, Issue 1, February 2012, Pages 75-79.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Book 2012
      • ANSYS Workbench Tutorial Release 14, SDC Publications, 176 Pages, ISBN: 978-1-58503-761-2
        {Book} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2012
      • ANSYS Tutorial Release 14, SDC Publications, 302 Pages, ISBN: 978-1-58503-754-4
        {Book} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Conference Proceeding 2011
      • McCaslin, S.E., Shiakolas, P.S., Dennis, B.H., Lawrence, K.L. “A new approach to obtaining closed-form solutions for higher order tetrahedral finite elements using modern computer algebra systems,” Proceedings of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC/CIE 2011), No. DETC2011-48406, August 28-31, Washington, DC,2011.
        {Conference Proceeding} [Refereed/Juried]

      Book 2011
      • ANSYS Tutorial Release 13, SDC, 178 Pages, ISBN: 978-1-58503-660-8
        {Book} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2011
      • ANSYS Workbench Tutorial Release 13, SDC Publications, 260 Pages, ISBN: 978-1-58503-671-4
        {Book} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Journal Article 2011
      • Sara E. McCaslin, P. S. Shaikolas., Brian, H. Dennis, K. L. Lawrence, "Closed-Form Stiffness Matrices for Higher Order Tetrahedral Finite Elements," Advances in Engineering Software
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Conference Proceeding 2010
      • S.E. McCaslin, B.H. Dennis, P.S. Shiakolas, W.S. Chan, S. Nomura, B.P. Wang, K.L. Lawrence, "The Use of Symbolic Processing and Explicit Formulations in Computational Mechanics", Computational Technology Reviews, vol. 2, pp. 83-102, 2010.
        {Conference Proceeding} [Refereed/Juried]
      2010
      • W.S. Chan, K.L. Lawrence, F. Alamgir, "Issues in Finite Element Modelling for Laminated Composites", in B.H.V. Topping, J.M. Adam, F.J. Pallarés, R. Bru, M.L. Romero, (Editors), "Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Computational Structures Technology", Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, UK, Paper 77, 2010.
        {Conference Proceeding} [Refereed/Juried]

      Textbook 2010
      • Lawrence, K. L. (2010). ANSYS Tutorial Rel 12.1, SDC Publications, 252 Pages, ISBN: 978-1-58503-580-9
        {Textbook} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2010
      • Lawrence, K. L. (2010). ANSYS Workbennch Tutorial 12.1, SDC Publications, 188 Pages, ISBN: 978-1-58503-579-3
        {Textbook} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Conference Proceeding 2009
      • S. E. McCaslin and K. L. Lawrence. "An Algorithm for Reducing the Size of Finite Element Closed-Form Source Codes Files," in ASME 2009 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, IMECE2009 (Lake Buena Vista, FL, 2009), pp. 7.
        {Conference Proceeding} [Refereed/Juried]
      2009
      • S.E. McCaslin, P. Shiakolas, B. Dennis, K.L. Lawrence, "Closed-Form Matrices for Higher Order Tetrahedral Finite Elements", in B.H.V. Topping, L.F. Costa Neves, R.C. Barros, (Editors), "Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing", Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, UK, Paper 286, 2009.
        {Conference Proceeding} [Refereed/Juried]
      2009
      • S.E. McCaslin, B. Dennis, P. Shiakolas, K.L. Lawrence, "Control of Expression Growth in Symbolic Processing of Finite Element Stiffness Matrices", in B.H.V. Topping, L.F. Costa Neves, R.C. Barros, (Editors), "Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing", Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, UK, Paper 287, 2009. 
        {Conference Proceeding} [Refereed/Juried]
      2009
      • Subbarao, Kamesh, Abhijit H. Supekar, and Kent Lawrence. "Investigation of Morphable Wing Structures for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Performance Augmentation." & Proceedings AIAA Infotech@Aerospace Conference and Exhibit and AIAA Unmanned...Unlimited Conference and Exhibit, 6–9 April 2009, Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Seattle, Washington. AIAA 2009-1829

        {Conference Proceeding} [Refereed/Juried]

      Textbook 2007
      • Lawrence, K. L. (2007). ANSYS Workbennch Tutorial 11.0, SDC Publications, 236 Pages, ISBN: 978-1-58503-397-3
        {Textbook} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2007
      • Lawrence, K. L. (2007). ANSYS Tutorial Rel 11.0, SDC Publications, 184 Pages, ISBN: 978-1-58503-400-0
        {Textbook} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Journal Article 2006
      • Vinayak Shamanna, Sharmita Das, Zeynep Çelik-Butler, Donald P Butler and Kent L Lawrence,Micromachined integrated pressure–thermal sensors on flexible substrates,” Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, Vol. 16, No. 10, 2006.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Textbook 2006
      • Lawrence, K. L. (2006). ANSYS Workbennch Tutorial 10, SDC Publications, 230 Pages, ISBN: 978-1-58503-269-3 .
        {Textbook} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2006
      • Lawrence, K. L. (2006). ANSYS Tutorial, Release 10.0, SDC Publications, 186 Pages, ISBN: 978-1-58503-268-6 .
        {Textbook} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Conference Proceeding 2005
      • Roksana Akhter, Bhavani P.D. Sandur, Mohammad Hossain, Abhijit Kaisare, Dereje Agonafer, Kent Lawrence and Terry Dishongh, “Design for Stackability of Flash Memory Devices Based on Thermal Optimization”, Proceedings of 24th Digital Avionics Systems Conference, Washington, D.C., October 30 – November 3, 2005

        {Conference Proceeding} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 2000
      • Michael Seifert, Parag Parkhi, Vijay Tandra Sistla, and Kent L. Lawrence. "Developing and Distributing Network Based Engineering Solutions." Advances in Engineering Software Vol 31, No 7 (2000).
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 1998
      • R. Thomas, M. Ganesa-Pilla, P. B. Aswath, and K. L. Lawrence A. Haji-Sheikh. "Analytical/Finite Element Modeling and Experimental Verification of Spray Colling Process in Steel." Metallurgical and Materials Transactions 29A.5 (1998).
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 1996
      • M. A. Moetakef, S. P. Joshi and K. L. Lawrence. "Elastic Wave Generation by Piezoceramic Patches." AIAA Journal 34.10 (1996): 2110-2117.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 1995
      • S. N. Muthukrishnan, P. S. Shiakolas, R. V. Nambiar, and Kent L. Lawrence. "A Simple Algorithm for Adaptive Refinement of Three-Dimensional Finite Element Tetrahedral Meshes." AIAA Journal 33.5 (1995): 928-932.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      1995
      • S. N. Muthukrishnan, R. V. Nambiar and K. L. Lawrence. "Refinement of Three Dimensional Meshes at Surface Intersections." Computer-Aided Design 27.8 (1995): 637-645.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      1995
      • K. T. Schuetze, P. S. Shiakolas, R. N. Muthukrishnan, and K. L. Lawrence. "A Study of Adaptively Refined Finite Element Problems Using Higher Order Tetrahedra." Computers and Structures 54.2 (1995): 279-288.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      1995
      • Mohammad A. Moetakef, Kent L . Lawrence, Shiv P. Joshi, and Panayiotis S. Shiakolas. "Closed-Form Expressions for Higher Order Electroelastic Tetrahedral Elements." AIAA Journal 33.1 (1995): 136-142.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      1995
      • Moetakef, M. A., Joshi, S. P., and Lawrence, K. L., "Three-Dimensional
        Finite Element Simulation of Bulk Elastic Waves in Piezoceramic Transducers
        Using Interdigital Electrodes," Smart Structures and Materials 1995—
        Mathematics and Control in Smart Structures, edited by V. V. Varadan, Vol.
        2442, Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, Bellingham, WA,
        1995, pp. 182-187.

        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 1993
      • R. K. Rajan, R. V. Nambiar, K. L. Lawrence, and T. J. Lawley. "A Description of an Expert System for Finite Element Modeling and Analysis." Computing Systems in Engineering 4.2-3 (1993): 169-177.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      1993
      • P. S. Shiakolas, K. L. Lawrence and R. V. Nambiar. "Closed-Form Expressions for the Linear and Quadratic Strain Tetrahedral Finite Elements." Computers and Structures 50.6 (1993): 743-747.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      1993
      • R. V. Nambiar, R. S. Valera, K. L. Lawrence, R. B. Morgan and D. Amil. "An Algorithm for Adaptive Refinement of Triangular Element Meshes." International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering 36.3 (1993): 499-509.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      1993
      • P. S. Shiakolas, K. L. Lawrence and R. V. Nambiar. "Closed-Form Error Estimators for the Linear Strain and Quadratic Strain Tetrahedron Finite Elements." Computers and Structures 47.6 (1993): 907-915.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 1992
      • B. P. Wang, D. Babu, R. V. Nambiar, and K. L. Lawrence. "Shape Design Sensitivity Analysis Using Closed-Form Stiffness Matrix for Hierarchic Triangular Elements." Computers and Structures 43.1 (1992): 69-75.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      1992
      • Panayiotis S. Shiakolas, Rajiv V. Nambiar, and Kent L. Lawrence. "Closed-Form Stiffness Matrices for the Linear Strain and Quadratic Strain Tetrahedron Finite Elements." Computers and Structures 45.2 (1992): 237-242.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      1992
      • Kent L. Lawrence, Victor Yee, Richard Knipe, and Rajiv V. Nambiar. "C Routines for FEM Applications." Computers and Structures 44.5 (1992): 1149-1167.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      1992
      • R. V. Nambiar and K. L. Lawrence. "The Zienkiewicz-Zhu Error Estimator for Multiple Material Problems." Communications in Applied Numerical Methods 8 (1992): 273-277.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      1992
      • W. S. Chan, K. L. Lawrence, Y. F. King, and C. Tang. "Design of Composite Angle Clips." J. Finite Elements in Analysis and Design 11 (1992): 247-255.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 1991
      • Kent, L. Lawrence, Rajiv V. Nambiar, and Brad Bergmann. "Closed Form Matrices and Error Estimators for Plane Triangular Elements." International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering 31 (1991): 879-894.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      1991
      • B. P. Wang, Y. K. Chang, K. L. Lawrence, and Y. T. Chen. "Optimum Design of Multiple Configuration Structures for Frequency Constraints." AIAA Journal 29.10 (1991): 1761-176.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 1990
      • R. P. Bhatia and K. L. Lawrence. "Two-Dimensional Finite Element Mesh Generation Based on Stripwise Automatic Triangulation." Computers and Structures 36.2 (1990): 309-319.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 1989
      • Kent L. Lawrence and Rajiv V. Nambiar. "Explicit Expressions for Element Coordinate Transformations by Symbolic Manipulation." Computers and Structures 32.2 (1989): 272-280.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 1988
      • William, T. Springer, Kent L. Lawrence and Tom J. Lawley. "Damage Assessment Based on the Structural Frequency Response Function." Expreimental Mechanics 28.1 (1988): 34-37.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 1987
      • Robert W. Bucholz, Steven E. Ross and Kent L. Lawrence. "Fatigue Fracture of the Interlocking Nail in the Treatment of Fractures of the Distal Part of the Femoral Shaft." J. of Bone & Joint Surgery (1987): 1391-1399.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      1987
      • William T. Springer, Kent L. Lawrence and Tom J. Lawley. "The Effect of a Symmetric Discontinuity on Adjacent Material in a Longitudinally Vibrating Uniform Beam." Experimental Mechanics (1987): 168-171.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 1986
      • R. E. Jones, M. G. Strauss, R. W. Bucholz and K. L. Lawrence, "Quantifying Fracture Healing by Impulse Transfer Functions." Rehabilitation R & D Progress Reports (1986).
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 1984
      • M. G. Strauss, R. W. Bucholz, A. F. Tencer and K. L. Lawrence, "Resonance Frequency Evaluation of Patients with Closed Tibia Fractures." Biomedical Engineering III, Recent Developments (1984): 63-66.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 1983
      • R. E. Jones, A. F. Tencer, R. W. Bucholz, K. L. Lawrence, K. D.  Johnson, V. Mooney, A. R. Potvin, T. Carmichael, and M. G. Strauss. "Fracture Fixation and Healing." Rehabilitation R & D Progress Report (1983): 22-23.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      1983
      • M. G. Strauss, R. W. Bucholz, A. F. Tencer and K. L. Lawrence, "Identification of Variables in the Measurement of the Resonant Frequencies of Human Tibiae in Vivo." Biomedical Engineering II, Recent Developments (1983): 120-123.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 1975
      • Alexander, R. M. and K. L. Lawrence. "Experimentally Determined Dynamic Strains in an Elastic Mechanism." J. of Engineering for Industry (1975): 791-794.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 1974
      • Alexander, R. M. and K. L. Lawrence. "An Experimental Investigation of the Dynamic Response of an Elastic Mechanism." J. of Engineering for Industry (1974): 268-274.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 1971
      • Lawrence, Kent L. "Twisted Beam Element Matrices for Bending." Applied Mechanics Review 137 (1971).
        {Journal Article} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Journal Article 1970
      • Lawrence, Kent L. and C. E. Larson. "Wave Propagation in a Finite-Length Bar with Variable Cross Section." Trans. ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics (1970): 1206.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      1970
      • Lawrence, Kent L. "Twisted Beam Element Matrices for Bending." AIAA Journal (1970): 1160-1162.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 1967
      • Myklestad, N. O. and Kent L. Lawrence. "Transient Beam Response Calculations Using Euler's Method." AIAA Journal (1967): 376-378.

        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 1966
      • Lawrence, Kent L. "Bending-Torsion Transfer Matrices Associated with Swept Surfaces." Journal of Aircraft (1966): 478.

        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

Courses

Administrative Appointment

  • 1990
    • Sept 1990 to Aug 1994 - Chair Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington