Diane Villanueva

This website showcases my work as a graduate research assistant in a joint program between the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida and Ecole des Mines in Saint-Etienne, France. More recent publications on optimal data collection for multi-physics systems from appointment as a Research Engineer (post-doc) at the Air Force Research Laboratory via Universal Technology Corporation are also available.


I received my Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering in May 2008 from UF. I continued as a graduate student under Dr. Raphael Haftka as part of the Structural and Multidisciplinary Group, with Dr. Bhavani Sankar as co-advisor. As part of the joint program in Saint-Etienne, I worked under Dr. Rodolphe Le Riche and Dr. Gauthier Picard.

My PhD research was in the area of reliability-based design optimization. I worked on methods to include the effect of future uncertainty reduction mechanisms (specifically tests and redesign) on reliability estimates made at the initial design and optimization stage. In addition, my research involved optimization using surrogates and dynamic partitioning of the design space to find multiple candidate designs.

I spent three years as a (post-doctoral) Research Engineer in the Structural Sciences Center at the Air Force Research Laboratory via Universal Technology Corporation. I investigated methods for optimal data collection to improve computational models.

Currently, I work at a not-for-profit company that operates Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) out of the Greater Boston Area.

Research Interests:

active learning, sequential design of experiments, interactions of multi-physics/multi-disciplinary models, design under uncertainty, uncertainty quantification, data visualization techniques, and transformative approaches for digital engineering