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Yonatan Afework Tesfahunegn
Yonatan Afework Tesfahunegn

Postdoctoral Fellow
Engineering Optimization & Modeling Center
School of Science and Engineering
Reykjavik University
Menntavegur  1
IS-101 Reykjavik
Tel. +354 5996587
E-mail: yonatant@ru.is


  • PhD, Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Mechanical Systems Engineering (Dissertation title: FEM Approach to Spur and Helical Gears: Effect of Micro Geometries and Misalignments on Gear Mesh Characteristics), 2010
  • MSc, Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), Mechanical Engineering, (Thesis title: Variable Mesh Stiffness of Spur Gear Teeth using Finite Element Method), 2004
  • BSc, Bahir Dar University (Ethiopia), Mechanical Engineering, 2001
  • 2013-present: Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Science and Engineering, Reykjavik University
  • 2013(Spring): Teaching Assistant, Reykjavik University
  • 2013(Jan)-2013(Feb): Feet Engineer, Össur Iceland 
  • 2010-2012: Research Associate, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
  • 2005-2006: Department Head of Mechanical Engineering, Arba Minch University (Ethiopia)
  • 2004-2006: LecturerArba Minch University (Ethiopia)
  • 2002-2004: Assistant LecturerArba Minch University (Ethiopia)
  • 2001-2002: Graduate AssistantArba Minch University (Ethiopia)
Honors and Awards
  • 2007: PhD scholarship, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
  • Teaching Assistant at RU
    • Fluid mechanics and heat transfer (VT STV1003) - Spring 2013
    • Heat transfer (T-863-HEAT) - Spring 2013
  • Teaching at Arba Minch University 
    • Introduction to FEM
    • Numerical Methods
    • Strength of Materials
    • Theory of Machines
    • Machine Elements
    • Machine Design
    • Technical Drawing
    • Metal Forming Processes
    • Vibrations
Research Outline

My research interests are in the fields of finite element method, computational fluid dynamics, multidisciplinary design optimization, surrogate-based optimization, and developing numerical simulation procedures for industrial applications. Current research project include:
  • Aerodynamic shape optimization by physics-based surrogate.
Research Grants
  • 2013: People Marie Curie Actions, Intra-European Fellowships (IEF), Call: FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IEF, “Aerodynamic Shape Optimization by Physics-Based Surrogate” 

Journal Articles
  1. Y.A. Tesfahunegn, F. Rosa, and C. Gorla, The effects of the shape of tooth profile modifications on the transmission error, bending, and contact stress of spur gears, Proc. IMechE, Part C: J. Mechanical Engineering Science, 2010, 224 (C8), 1749-1758.
  2. Yonatan A., F.Rosa, and C.Gorla, Influenza della forma delle modifiche di profilo sull’Errore di Trasmissione, Organi di Trasmissione, Vol.4,April 2009, pp.84-88.
Refereed Conference Papers
  1. Yonatan A. Tesfahunegn, F.Rosa, and C.Gorla, The Influence of Profile Modifications on Root Stress, Proceedings of MPT2009-Sendai, JSME International Conference on Motion and Power Transmissions, May 13-15, 2009, Matsushima Isles Resort, Japan, pp.407-412.
Conference, Workshop and Seminar Presentations
  1. S. Koziel , L. Leifsson, and Y.A. Tesfahunegn Aerodynamic Shape Optimization Using Space Mapping,” Second International Workshop on Advances in Simulation-Driven Optimization and Modeling (ASDOM) (Reykjavik University, Iceland, August 9-10, 2013)
  2. Yonatan A. Tesfahunegn, F.Rosa, C.Gorla, The Influence of Profile Modifications on Root Stress, MPT2009-Sendai, JSME International Conference on Motion and Power Transmissions, May 13-15, 2009, Matsushima Isles Resort, Japan.

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