Multidiscipline Design Optimization Textbook

VR&D is offering the optimization textbook written by our founder, Dr. Garret Vanderplaats, titled Multidiscipline Design Optimization. This eminently readable book is an updated version of his textbook titled Numerical Optimization Techniques for Engineering Design, which is widely used in both academic and industrial environments. This hard bound volume includes download instructions for free trial versions of VR&D software.

From the Preface, “The concept of optimization is intrinsically tied to humanity’s desire to excel. Though we may not consciously recognize it and though the optimization process takes different forms in different fields of endeavor, this drive to do better than before consumes much of our energy, whether we are athletes, artists, business-persons, or engineers. The field we are concerned with is that of engineering and, while the emphasis here is on mechanical, aeronautical, automotive and civil engineering, this is by no means the limit of applicability; it simply reflects my own experience and interest.”


  • Chapter 1: Basic Concepts
  • Chapter 2: Functions of one variable
  • Chapter 3: Unconstrained Functions of N Variables
  • Chapter 4: Constrained Functions of N Variables: Linear Programming
  • Chapter 5: Constrained Functions of N Variables: Sequential Unconstrained Minimization Techniques
  • Chapter 6: Constrained Functions of N Variables: Direct Methods
  • Chapter 7: Approximation Techniques
  • Chapter 8: Discrete Variable Optimization and Multi-Objective Optimization
  • Chapter 9: Structural Optimization
  • Chapter 10: General Design Applications
  • Chapter 11: Multidiscipline Design Optimization
  • Appendix A: Basic Matrix Theory
  • Appendix B: Optimization Theory

The list price is $110. Shipping and handling is $17 inside the U.S. and Canada, and $35 for shipments outside the U.S. Sales tax will apply for Colorado, and Michigan residents.

Demonstration versions of the following software are included with the textbook:

  • Design Studio for GENESIS
  • VisualDOC
  • DOT

ISBN: 0-944956-04-1

We do offer bookstore and reseller discounts. For more information please contact:

Pam Hoskinson
Phone: 719-473-4611 x105

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