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Professional Development Session

The 20th IMR will have an hour and fifteen minutes professional development session targeted towards students and postdocs. This is a discussion type session where seven panel members, who are experts from academia, industry, and labs, address questions from the audience and session chair. The potential topics include forthcoming trends in meshing, desired skill-profile for university/industry/lab jobs, impact of alternate methods (meshless methods, isogeometric analysis, etc.), meshing jobs growth in currently economy, etc.

Panel Members

Cecil Armstrong is Professor of Computer Aided Engineering at the Queen’s University in Belfast in Northern Ireland. He attended the very first International Meshing Roundtable at Northwestern University in Chicago in 1992. He is probably best known for suggesting the use of the Medial Axis Transform for recognising geometric features of significance in meshing and modelling. The projects he is associated with currently include CRESCENDO, a large consortium of European aerospace companies, research institutes and universities.

Ted Blacker has been active in the meshing and pre-processing arena for most of his career. He joined Sandia National Labs in 1983 with an MS degree from BYU. Initial successes in automating existing 2D meshing algorithms led to the break-through paving technology for all-quad meshing of arbitrary surfaces. This technology eventually won an R&D 100 award in 1992. Dr. Blacker established the CUBIT project at Sandia, a successful and vibrant pre-processing research and development effort now in its 20th year. He also founded the Meshing Roundtable conference now in its 20th year. Ted completed his PhD at Northwestern, worked in private industry for Fluent, Inc., for 8 years and then returned to SNL to manage CUBIT and related programs. He has published extensively, served on temporary assignment to the DoD CREATE program in Washington DC, and currently manages a department with several HPC computational analysis development teams.

Loic Marechal graduated from CNAM university in 1997 and joined the Gamma team at INRIA to work on adaptive quadtree mesh generation (work published in IMR 7). In 1999 he moved to Bertin where he developed a hex mesh refinement software and went back to INRIA in 2000 to work on a full scale hex mesher project called Hexotic (IMR 10 & 18). In 2010, he began working in Meshing I-Lab - a common laboratory shared by Distene and INRIA – in the areas of surface mesh cleaning, hex meshing, multi-threading and GPU computing.

Nilanjan Mukherjee is a Senior Research & Software Development Engineer at Siemens PLM Software where he worked since 1999. Dr. Mukherjee’s research areas include surface meshing with special focus on quad & transfinite meshing, discrete and void geometry idealization for mesh generation, meshing process engineering and many niche areas of hex mesh generation. A BE & ME with honors in Mechanical Engineering from Jadavpur University, he received his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1995. Dr. Mukherjee has many years of association with the International Meshing Roundtable and is presently a working committee member.

Josep Sarrate is an associate professor at the Laboratori de Calcul Numeric (LaCaN) of the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya. He got his Bachelor degree in Physics from the Universitat de Barcelona in 1985. He spent over five years as programmer and system manager at the computer center of the Civil Engineering School of Barcelona. He received a PhD degree in sciences from Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in 1996.  He has collaborated in several research projects developing computational methods for applied sciences and engineering. In addition, his research activity is focused on developing new algorithms and applications that facilitate the discretization process in numerical simulations. He has developed several algorithms and tools for mesh generation and optimization. In particular, he has worked on both semi-structured and unstructured hexahedral algorithms.

Suzanne Shontz is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University.  Dr. Shontz received her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Cornell University in 2005. Professor Shontz is the recipient of a 2011 NSF CAREER Award for her research on parallel dynamic meshing algorithms, theory, and software for simulation-assisted medical interventions. In 2009, she received an Office of Naval Research Summer Faculty Fellowship for her research in computational materials science. Prof. Shontz received a National Physical Science Consortium Fellowship from 1999-2004 and an Honorable Mention for the Alice T. Schafer Prize for Women in Mathematics in 1999. Prof. Shontz has been actively involved with International Meshing Roundtable (IMR) and served as the IMR conference chair in 2010.

Jean-Christophe Weill is a researcher and software developer at CEA who has been working in the field of unstructured mesh generation for over 10 years. He is currently leading a group dealing with mesh and input set tools for numerical codes. Dr. Weill has been a student at the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Cachan in Mathematics from 1986 to 1990. He received his BS in Mathematics from the University of Paris XI in 1987, his MS in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Paris VIII in 1989. He received his Ph. D from the University of Paris VIII in Artificial Intelligence in 1995.


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