is a engineer and RPI mechanical engineering professor specializing in large dynamic systems.
His research includes dynamics and control of complex multibody systems (with emphasis on large flexible
aerospace systems) through use of efficient low operational order algorithms and parallel computing.
Kurt specializes in mechanical, aerospace, and bio-mechanical engineering. and is frequently engaged by government and large mechanical, aerospace, and defense companies.
Kurt has received numerous prestigious awards and is well known as a leader in the fields of multibody dynamics and high-performance computing.
Kurt's current research areas include: Efficient modeling of complex multi-body systems and the use of parallel computing in these applications; Development and extension of Divide and Conquer Algorithms (DCA)-based methods for the optimal (in the sense of maximum aggregate throughput) numerical simulation of the dynamic behavior of complex multibody systems; Systems design optimization; Multiscale-multiphysics dynamical systems analysis; Multi-rate integration methods; Molecular dynamics; MEMS modeling, simulation, assembly and control; Biomechanical dynamic modeling; and, land vehicle dynamics and simulation.
Kurt has served as a professor at Santa Clara University, Ohio State University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in various departments, including Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering, Applied Mechanics, and Aviation. Kurt served as an advisory board member for Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research. Kurt's professional work includes Institut fur Mechanik, Technische Hochschule-Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany and TRW Space and Technology Group.