Horea Ilies is a Castleman Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of Connecticut, where he established the Computational Design Laboratory. Prior to that, he spent several years with Ford Motor Company in research, manufacturing, and product design and development.
His current research interests focus on the development of new engineering models, representations, algorithms, and design semantics to enable systematic and efficient design, analysis and manufacturing of engineering artifacts. His research group currently focuses on fundamental and applied problems in geometric and physical computing, engineering design, shape synthesis and geometric reasoning, virtual reality, as well as biomolecular engineering. Horea received the NSF CAREER award in 2007, currently serves on the editorial boards of Computer-Aided Design as well as CAD and Applications, and is a member of the scientific advisory board of Journal of Endodontics.