Multidisciplinary Optimization (MDO) Group Leader, Cummins
Kevin Brittain worked for Cummins in structural analysis for 6 years. He received his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2011 with an emphasis on structural optimization. Currently he is leading a global MDO team within the Power Systems Business Unit and also leading cross functional initiatives across the company to proliferate the use of optimization within analysis-led design.
Moving from a test centric culture to an analysis centric culture requires the right combination of people, tools and processes. Strong leadership along with appropriate technical skills are needed to make sure the tools and processes are used in a manner that leads to impacting design effectively early and throughout the development cycle. Appropriate and continual development of tools is needed to cover past, current and future potential failure modes as well as in aiding in the development of customer unexpected features that become delighters and future requirements. Deploying optimization tools and methods across the enterprise has been a key enabler for Cummins to continue our analysis centric culture maturation. This presentation covers many of the factors that have led to success in Cummins becoming more analysis led with specific focus on optimization.