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Cherri Porter
Conference Coordinator
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Professional Development Session

Click this link for the job information that was discussed during the Professional Development Session at the IMR Conference.

John Chawner - Pointwise

John Chawner is president and cofounder of Pointwise, makers of the Pointwise and Gridgen mesh generation software for CFD. He earned a B.S. in mechanical/aerospace engineering from Syracuse University in 1984 and an M.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1990. He has served on the International Meshing Roundtable steering committee, has chaired the AIAA technical committee for Meshing, Visualization, and Computational Environments, and is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA.

Dr. Jean-Christophe Weill - CEA

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.

Katie Lewis - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Katie Lewis is the project leader for a massively parallel meshing project at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She has 15 years of experience with mesh generation and partitioning. Her work has been used to successfully support simulations on over one million processors. Katie received her B.S. in Mathematics from the University of San Francisco in 1998.

Dr. David L. Marcum - Mississippi State University

Dr. Marcum is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Mississippi State University (MSU) and Chief Scientist for CFD within the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS). He has over 25 years of experience in development of CFD and unstructured grid technology. Before joining MSU in 1991, Dr. Marcum was a Scientist and Senior Engineer at McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories and Boeing Commercial Airplane Company. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1985. Prior to that he was a Senior Engineer from 1978 through 1983 at TRW Ross Gear Division.

Dr. Trevor Robinson - Queens University Belfast

Trevor is a lecturer in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Queen's University of Belfast in Northern Ireland. He completed his PhD titled "Automated creation of mixed-dimensional finite element models" in 2007 under the supervision of Prof. Cecil Armstrong. After this he worked as a Post Doc on a number of industrially focused projects on topics related to integrating analysis into the design process. Trevor took up his lecturing position in 2009 and is currently responsible for coordinating modules in Engineering Design and Mechanical Design taken by Product Design, Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering undergraduate students. His research interests include design, analysis and the integration of the two, including the creation of algorithms for generating efficient analysis meshes from geometry models.

Dr. John Verdicchio - Cambridge Flow Solutions

John Verdicchio is currently developing parallel mesh generation software and application support at Cambridge Flow Solutions Ltd (Cambridge , UK). He got a BA in Mathematics from Cambridge University (1989-1992), a MSc in Numerical Analysis and Mathematical modeling from Oxford University (1992-1993), and his PhD from the University of Sussex (1997 – 2003). From 1988 to 2010 he worked at Rolls-Royce plc (Derby, UK) carrying out CFD and heat transfer analysis in secondary air systems. In addition he helped introduce PLM into Rolls-Royce and developed mesh generation capability for Rolls-Royce in-house analysis code SC03. He represented Rolls-Royce and now CFS on the NAFEMS CFD working group and in the NAFEMS UK Steering group. He won the Rolls-Royce Young Engineer of the year award in 1999.


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