Dr. Ian R. Grosse
Director of the Intelligent Modeling, Analysis, and Design Laboratory
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Office: (413) 545-1350
internet: grosse at ecs.umass.edu


  • Ph.D., 1987, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • M.S., 1983, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • B.S., 1979, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University


I teach mainly in the area of mechanics and mechanical design and analysis at the undergraduate level and FEA at the graduate level.


My current research activities are focused in two areas: finite element modeling and analysis of biological systems and web-enabled engineering design. In the former area we have developed and continue to develop finite element models for predicting the mechanical response of mammalian skulls due to loads induced by feeding. Our goal is to ascretain how the biomechanical demands of feeding may have affected skull morphology from an evolutionary perspective. My collaborators are Dr. Betsy Dumont of the UMass biology department and Dr. David Strait of the anthropology department at the University of Albany, as well as a number of other researchers from several other universities. Dr. Dumont and I have launched a website, www.biomesh.org , for supporting the community of biologists with downloadable finite element models of biological systems, as well as sharing modeling techniques, best practices, and noncommercial software tools developed in the course of this research.

In the area of web-enabled engineering design, we are engaged in research to exploit emerging semantic web technologies to facilitate the process of designing engineered products in a distributed environment. This research involves the development of a suite of customizable enterprise ontologies and specific engineering domain ontologies, as well as tools to facilitate their adoption. This research is supported by NSF and member companies of the NSF I/UCRC Center for e-Design. My collaborators in this research are Drs. Sundar Krishnamurty and Jack Wileden at the University of Massachusetts.

Click here for a list of my recent publications .

Research Opportunities

At the moment there are no funded research opportunities available in my laboratory.


Behind every faculty member actively involved in research are the real workers and sources of inspiration: our graduate students. Here's a list of graduate students that I have the distinct privilege of serving as their advisor. Godspeed to them all.


Research in our laboratory has been supported by a number of federal and private organizations, including the National Science Foundation, Raytheon, BAE Systems, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Vistagy, Inc., Engineous Software Corporation, Phoenix Integration, The General Electric Fund, and Parametric Technology Corporation