B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (2014) – The University of Alabama
M.S. in Aerospace Engineering (2016) – Texas A&M University
Brent is a Ph.D. student at Texas A&M University. He graduated Manga Cum Laude with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Alabama in May 2014. In August 2016 he graduated with an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University with a focus on using smart materials for structural health monitoring applications. Brent serves as a Graduate Research Assistant at Texas A&M, and has also interned at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA as well as the Air Force Research Laboratory in Dayton, OH. He has worked on various projects including analysis of satellite structures, design and fabrication of UAVs, damage detection using shape memory alloy sensory particles, and avian-inspired morphing vehicles. Brent currently works on coupling bio-inspired design models and topology optimization to create novel reconfigurable structures.
Current Research Projects
Previous Research Projects:
- Shape Memory Alloy Sensory Particles
- Avian-Inspired Morphing Aircraft
Graduate Student Summer Contractor – Air Force Research Laboratory (2016, 2017)
Graduate Student Intern – NASA Langley Research Center (2015)
Bielefeldt, Brent Ryan. Computational Analysis of Shape Memory Alloy Sensory Particles for Structural Health Monitoring Applications. Thesis. 2016.
Bielefeldt, Brent R., A. Amine Benzerga, and Darren J. Hartl. “Analysis of shape memory alloy sensory particles for damage detection via substructure and continuum damage modeling.” SPIE Smart Structures and Materials+ Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring. International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2016.
Bielefeldt, Brent, Jacob Hochhalter, and Darren Hartl. “Computationally Efficient Analysis of SMA Sensory Particles Embedded in Complex Aerostructures Using a Substructure Approach.” ASME 2015 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems. American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2015.