April 21 – 22, 2020   |   Congress Park Hanau, Germany

Speakers 2019

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Dr. Filipe Andrade
Dr. Filipe Andrade
DYNAmore GmbH

Filipe Andrade has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD on Material Failure Prediction. He is since 2011 at DYNAmore in Stuttgart where he mainly works as a consultant in projects concerning material modeling with LS-DYNA.

  

Dr. André Backes
Dr. André Backes
TECOSIM Technische Simulation GmbH

Dr. André Backes studied Mathematics at the University of Duisburg. From 2000 to 2006 he was a researcher at the Institute for Mathematics at the Humboldt University in Berlin. His PhD studies at the chair for Numerical Mathematics introduced him to the field of CAE. Since 2006 he works at TECOSIM GmbH in Rüsselsheim and specialized in NVH. In the area of Virtual Benchmarking he helped developing the TECOSIM-owned process TEC|BENCH.

  

Ludwig Berger
Ludwig Berger
CFD Schuck Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH

Ludwig Berger received a degree in Chemical Process Engineering from the University of Dortmund and worked in several positions in academia and industry. Since 2002 he has been working at CFD Schuck as a CFD engineer and team leader. Since 2008 he heads the Heidenheim branch office.

  

Thomas Böttcher

Thomas Böttcher
fka Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen mbH

  

Dr. Bernhard Brunnsteiner
Dr. Bernhard Brunnsteiner
AVL LIST GmbH

Dr. Bernhard Brunnsteiner has studied mathematics at the University of Graz, Austria with specialization in numerics and optimization. As lecturer for mathematical methods in electrical engineering he gained experience. After study he worked as post-doc researcher at Mining University of Leoben, Austria, in the field of risk management and system dynamics in petroleum industry which leads him to topics of energy and transportation. After that he joined AVL List GmbH for structural and thermal simulation in the field of Electrification where he was responsible for part project management and method development in battery projects. His current position at AVL is Lead Engineer for simulation of electrified powertrain systems.

  

Marian Bulla
Marian Bulla
Altair Engineering GmbH

Marian Bulla has studied mechanical engineering in Iserlohn and at the RWTH Aachen. In his professional activities at Fraunhofer, Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen, PuZ and Imperia, he has gained extensive experience in computer crash simulation and in experimental research. Since 2008 he has been working as a specialist in crash and occupant simulation at Altair Engineering GmbH.

  

Arnaud Caillet
Arnaud Caillet
ESI Group

Arnaud Caillet received a Master on mechanical engineering with vibro-acoustics specialization from Universite de Technologie de Compiegne (France) in 2007 and from the Universite de Sherbrooke (Canada) in 2008. In October 2008 he joined ESI Germany and has been working on various positions. Since January 2014 he is the leader of the vibro-acoustics department at ESI Germany and responsible for the projects, pre-sales and support vibro-acoustics activities of the ESI’s German subsidiary.

  

Christian Cremer
Christian Cremer
Ford-Werke GmbH

Mr. Cremer studied of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences, Krefeld. From 2000 to 2013 he worked at engineering companies and conducted CAE projects for automotive and power generation companies. Since 2013 he works as CAE-Specialist “Finite Element Crash Analysis” at Ford-Werke GmbH and is responsible for method development for crash and occupant safety simulations.

  

Constantin Diez
Constantin Diez
LASSO Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH

Constantin Diez studied Aerospace Engineering at the University of Stuttgart and did a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wuppertal and Opel. During his doctoral thesis he discovered not only a passion for artificial intelligence, but also software development. Currently he is responsible for CAE Machine Learning Methods and Services at LASSO GmbH in Stuttgart Germany.

  

Alexandre Dumon
Alexandre Dumon
ESI Group

Alexandre Dumon has studied mechanical engineering in Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France and material science in Tsinghua University, China. Since 2014 he has conducted CAE projects in ESI Group Shanghai for international automotive companies to develop detailed multi-material joints models for crash applications. He has since 2018 joined the ESI Paris office.

  

Athanasios Fokylidis
Athanasios Fokylidis
BETA CAE Systems S.A.

Athanasios Fokylidis has studied Mechanical Engineering in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He is an employee of BETA CAE Systems since 2008 working in the Customer Service. He is specialized in Crash and Safety applications and he is Supervisor in the Crash and Safety department of BETA CAE Systems.

  

Prof. Dr. Jochen Garcke
Prof. Dr. Jochen Garcke
Fraunhofer Institut SCAI

Prof. Jochen Garcke is Professor for Numerics at the Institute for Numerical Simulation at the University of Bonn and heads the department "Numerical Data-Driven Prediction" of Fraunhofer SCAI. The main focus of his work is scientific computing and machine learning with applications in engineering and natural sciences.

  

Dr.-Ing. Helmut Gese
Dr.-Ing. Helmut Gese
MATFEM

Dr.-Ing. Helmut Gese founded the engineering consultancy MATFEM in 1993 (from 1999 the company has been named MATFEM partnership Dr. Gese & Oberhofer). MATFEM offers technical and scientific consultancy services at the intersection of material science and finite element methods. Besides performing FEM analysis projects the area of activity covers experimental and theoretical characterization of materials and the development of new material models for simulation.

  

Mark Gevers
Mark Gevers
TECOSIM Technische Simulation GmbH

After studying mechanical enginnering at  RWTH Aachen Mark Gevers joined TECOSIM as a CAE Engineer in 2001. Since 2008 he has been General Manager of  TECOSIMs branch office in Cologne and has been in charge of TECOSIM's e-mobility activities. For four years he has been assistant professor for material simulations.

  

Dr. Oliver Goy
Dr. Oliver Goy
ESI Engineering System International GmbH

Oliver Goy studied mechanics at the TU Darmstadt and received his a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the TU Kaiserslautern, the thesis focuses on defects in piezoelectric materials. He worked for TE Connectivity as a CAE Analyst and finally joined ESI as a CAE Application Engineer with a focus on implicit finite element analyses.

  

Dr.-Ing. Axel Hänschke
Dr.-Ing. Axel Hänschke
Ford-Werke GmbH

Dr. Axel Haenschke studied Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University Braunschweig and has done his doctoral thesis on "Computer Aided Vehicle Structure layout" at the Technical University Berlin. He joined Ford in 1994 in the Advanced Engineering area. After various management positions in Basic Design and Body Engineering, he took over the Analytical Prototype – “CAE Integration Group” in 2011 and later the “CAE Model Build” team. This group is responsible to deliver CAE models for most of the attribute teams in Safety, Durability, Dynamics and NVH. He has the lead of the VDA / FAT working group cluster "Material and manufacturing technologies, and CAE calculation methods"

  

Dr. Thomas Heubrandtner
Dr. Thomas Heubrandtner
Kompetenzzentrum - Das virtuelle Fahrzeug, Forschungsgesellschaft mbH

Dr. Thomas Heubrandtner studied Physics at the Technical University of Graz. From 1997 - 1999 he has been a researcher at the TU Grau. From 1999 - 2001 he performed magnetostatic simulations for Tyco-Electronics and from 2001 – 2003 crash simulations for Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik. In 2003 he joined the Virtual Vehicle Research Center. Here he is responsible for CAE Method Development, focusing failure of joints, crack initiation and propagation in crash simulation.

  

Klaus Hofwimmer
Klaus Hofwimmer
Magna Powertrain ECS Steyr GmbH & Co. KG

After finishing the Technical University of Vienna with a master degree in mechanical engineering in 2000, Mr. Hofwimmer joined the Engineering Center Steyr, a company of MAGNA in Austria. In the first two years he was engaged with Finite Element analyses for durability, static and dynamic problems as well as acoustics. From 2002 to 2017 he did software development for FEMFAT, especially for the WELD module. Since Sept. 2017, he heads the sales and support team of FEMFAT.

  

Dr. Vicky Iliopoulou
Dr. Vicky Iliopoulou
Flanders Make

Coming from CFD and Turbomachines with both Academic and Industrial background, I find myself happy at Flanders Make where Research targets the Industry. Revolutionary ideas are continuously being developed creating actual demonstrators and further being tested in our two main sites. Conceptual Design and Virtual Testing Methodologies are my two main expertise at Flanders Make.

  

Dr. Lennart Jansen
Dr. Lennart Jansen
SIDACT GmbH

Lennart Jansen has a degree in Mathematics and a PhD on the Modelling and Simulating of Flow Networks. He has been at SIDACT GmbH since 2016 in St. Augusin where he is employed as a Senior Software Developer who is in charge of the Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Projects.

  

Claudius Jehle

Claudius Jehle
Fraunhofer-Institut für Verkehrs- und Infrastruktursysteme IVI

  

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Udo Jung
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Udo Jung
THM University of Applied Sciences

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Udo Jung studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University Darmstadt and promoted in the field of fatigue and finite element analysis at the Institute of Materials Science at the TU Darmstadt. At Adam Opel AG, he initially worked as a development engineer in the analysis department and introduced the fatigue life analysis in virtual vehicle development. Subsequently, he took over the management of the simulation and test methodology in the central durability laboratory. Since 2005 he has been a university professor for lightweight design and durability as well as construction and FE methods at the Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen (THM) at Friedberg Campus. In the field of research, he is at the forefront of the Competence Center for Automotive, Mobility and Materials Research (AutoM). He also heads the TransMIT Center for Lightweight Design and Durability of TransMIT Gesellschaft für Technologietransfer mbH, Giessen.

  

Christian Kehrer
Christian Kehrer
Altair Engineering

From 2000 to 2006, Mr. Kehrer studied mechanical engineering focusing automotive engineering at the TU Dresden. From 2006 to 2009, he worked in the area of energy-related vehicle evaluation at BMW. From 2009 to 2017, he was Key Account Manager for Automotive and later Head of Sales for Systems Simulation Solutions at ITI GmbH. Since June 2017 he is Business Development Manager for Systems Simulation and related applications at Altair Engineering GmbH.

  

Stefan Kirschbichler
Stefan Kirschbichler
VIRTUAL VEHICLE Research Center

Stefan Kirschbichler received a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Economics from Graz University of Technology in 2008. Since January 2017 he is the teamleader of Occupant and VRU Safety group. He is working in the field of biomechanics, accident research and integrated safety. He has experience in project management of in international and national research projects.

  

Dr.-Ing. David Koch
Dr.-Ing. David Koch
DYNAmore GmbH - Gesellschaft für FEM Ingenieurdienstleistungen

David Koch studied civil engineering and got his PhD in continuum mechanics at the University of Stuttgart. Since 2015 he works at DYNAmore in Stuttgart, where his main focus is on material characterization from testing to the LS-DYNA material card.

  

Prakash Krishnaswamy
Prakash „Krish“ Krishnaswamy
Xitadel Group

Krish is CEO of Xitadel Group, a CAE company that offers transformative expertise, innovation and technologies. He co-founded EASi Engineering (1981), a leader in CAE technology and pioneered a viable global delivery model EASi (1992). Krish is passionate about impacting industry by leveraging his three decades of experience as entrepreneur, technology and business leader.

  

Dr.-Ing. Boris Künkler
Dr.-Ing. Boris Künkler
Opel Automobile GmbH

Dr. Künkler joined the CAE Department of the Opel Automobile GmbH in 2006 and has since then been dealing with strength, stiffness and durability simulation as well as numerical optimization. In 2016 he became supervisor of the Body CAE department at Opel, being responsible for the CAE-based development of body, exterior and closures structures. Dr. Künkler studied Mechanical Engineering and holds a PhD from the University of Siegen, Germany.

  

Dr. Jean Le Besnerais
Dr. Jean Le Besnerais
EOMYS ENGINEERING

Jean Le Besnerais, PhD Eng, is the CEO of EOMYS ENGINEERING, a consulting company specialized in the analysis of noise and vibrations due to magnetic forces (e-NVH). EOMYS works both at design stage and after manufacturing of electric powertrains, from simulation (using MANATEE software) to experiments.

  

Umesh Mallikarjunaiah
Umesh Mallikarjunaiah
Xitadel CAE Technologies India Pvt. Ltd.

Umesh Mallikarjunaiah is Senior Manager at Xitadel Group, a CAE company that offers transformative expertise, innovation and technologies. He received a Master on Automotive Engineering from Coventry University in 2004. Since July 2013 he is with Xitadel Group in various positions and currently responsible for Project Management in CAE Services, Method Development and Intelligent Process Automation using AI/ML.

  

Eduardo Martín
Eduardo Martín
Applus IDIADA Group

Eduardo Martín has more than 10 years of experience as an engineer. He majored in mechanics of materials and structures and is currently working in the body development department at IDIADA where combines his work in simulation, specialized in Material characterization method, with his PhD candidature. His research is focused on the simulation of composite materials under severe loading conditions.

  

Pasquale Napolitano
Pasquale Napolitano
NIO Nextev (UK) Limited

Pasquale is an engineer working in the automotive field with special focus on NVH. He had his degree in Aerospace Engineering at University of Study of Naples Federico II. After beginning his career in Italy, and a short period in Croatia, he is actually working in UK in EV company.

  

Tony Porsch
Tony Porsch
Volkswagen AG

Mr. Tony Porsch studied mechanical engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Leipzig / University of the West of Scotland and graduated with a double master degree in Master of Engineering and Master of Science in 2015. From 2015 to 2018, Mr. Porsch was employed as a Ph.D. student in research and development at Volkswagen AG. Since 01.09.2018 Mr. Porsch entered a new job in Finite Element Method development at Volkswagen technical development.

  

Aniruddha Reddy
Aniruddha Reddy
IPG Automotive GmbH

Ani is a Motorsports engineer who specialized in off-road tire modelling at Cranfield. He joined IPG in 2012 as a Support engineer, and provided application consulting for digital development. He helped redefine “support” within IPG and laid the foundation to what is now “Solutions Engineering”, which is a pro-active customer centric “best practices” approach. He joined the Sales team in 2015 and was responsible for the UK and Nordics businesses. Accelerating growth in the regions to 50+% on average over 3 years, he is supporting the setting up of local offices in the Midlands and Gothenburg. In 2018, he co-envisioned the Digital Strategy Engineering department of IPG Automotive and starting 2019 is a consultant with the primary focus on company-wide digital vehicle development roll-out within global OEMs.

  

Dr. Wojciech Regulski
Dr. Wojciech Regulski
QuickerSim

Dr. Wojciech Regulski, co-founder of Warsaw-based start-up QuickerSim Ltd., graduated from Warsaw University of Technology (WUT). His academic and industrial work concerns the lattice Boltzmann method, LBM. While studying at WUT, Dr. Regulski gained international experience at FAU Erlangen in Germany and The University of Queensland in Australia.

  

Thomas Reimer
Thomas Reimer
Dassault Systemes Deutschland GmbH

After studying mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Dresden, Thomas joined Dassault Systèmes in 2011. As a core member of the Simpack team, he has worked in product management and carried out several service projects. In his current position as SIMULIA Industry Solutions Manager, he is working on simulation applications for electric, connected and autonomous vehicles.

  

Tobias Schaffranek
Tobias Schaffranek
4a engineering GmbH

Tobias Schaffranek studied mechanical engineering at the University of Applied Science in Landshut. After he finished his studies, he started working as a CAE-Engineer at Dräxlmaier Group, where he was responsible for material characterization and for occupant safety simulations. After 3.5 years at Dräxlmaier Group, he moved to 4a engineering GmbH where he is responsible for sales of VALIMAT™/IMPETUS™. He also supports the team using his CAE experience in material characterization projects especially in the field of automotive industry.

  

Dr. Markus Schick
Dr. Markus Schick
Altair Engineering GmbH

Dr. Schick studied electrical engineering at the University of Stuttgart and received his PhD in 2004 specialising in numerical methods for electromagnetic simulation, optimisation methods and Electromagnetic Compatibility. He then started working for EM Software & Systems GmbH as sales and project management engineer and became managing director in 2009. In 2014 EMSS merged with Altair Engineering where he is today “Director for Electromagnetic Solutions” being responsible for the Electromagnetic business (Software and Services) of Altair in EMEA.

  

Dr. rer. nat. Michael Schlenkrich
Dr. rer. nat. Michael Schlenkrich
MSC Software GmbH

Dr. Michael Schlenkrich studied Theoretical Physics and Chemistry at the Technical University of Darmstadt. He joint Silicon Graphics (SGI) leading multiple technology projects. In 1999, he initiated the creation of a Simulation Process and Data Management (SPDM) Solution at BMW AG, Audi AG and VW (referred to as CAE-Bench). In 2001, he joint MSC.Software as product management for the SPDM solution (SimManager) and later led the global services team delivering the SPDM solutions. Since 2018, Michael Schlenkrich is product manager and product strategist at MSC for Artificial Intelligence (AI) / Machine Learning (ML).

  

Kai Schnabel
Kai Schnabel
Fraunhofer LBF

Kai Schnabel holds a Master of Science in mechanics (Mechanik) from the Technical University of Darmstadt and is a research associate on Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability LBF in the working group for numerical methods and component design. His focus is the fatigue assessment of additively manufactured metallic components and nodular cast iron.

  

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Schumacher
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Schumacher
University of Wuppertal

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Schumacher studied mechanical engineering at the universities of Duisburg and Aachen. He received his doctorate on structural optimization from the University of Siegen. Following research projects for Airbus were focused on the optimization of aircraft structures. Thereafter he worked in the CAE methods development department of Adam Opel AG as project leader for structural optimization. From 2003 - 2012 he was a professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg and taught structural design, passive safety and structural optimization. Since 2012 he has been professor at the University of Wuppertal, where he holds the chair for optimization of mechanical structures.

  

Dr. Martin Schwab
Dr. Martin Schwab
AVL LIST GmbH

Dr. Martin Schwab has studied mechanical engineering at the Vienna University of Technology, Austria (TU Wien) with specialization on numerical simulation and lightweight design. During his doctoral studies and his employment as post-doctoral researcher at the TU Wien, he developed simulation methodologies to predict propagating damage and failure within fiber reinforced composites. After that he joined the structural and thermal simulation group at AVL List GmbH. In his current position, he is responsible for part project management and methodology development in battery and powertrain development projects.

  

Dr.-Ing. Silke Sommer
Dr.-Ing. Silke Sommer
Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM

Silke Sommer studied Physics at the RWTH Aachen University and obtained her PhD degree at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology about modelling of the deformation and failure behaviour of spot welds. She has been working at the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM in Freiburg since 2000 in the field of damage and failure modelling of materials and joints for crash simulation. Since 2013 she is a group leader for joining and joints.

  

Dr. Dong-Zhi Sun
Dr. Dong-Zhi Sun
Fraunhofer-IWM

Dr. Dong-Zhi Sun has obtained a Master of Science at the Beijing University for Science and Technology in 1981 and received his PhD at the university RWTH Aachen Germany in 1987. Since 1987 he has been working at Fraunhofer IWM in Freiburg where he is group leader for crash safety, damage mechanics.

  

Dr. Stefan Suwelack
Dr. Stefan Suwelack
Renumics GmbH

Already during his studies in Darmstadt and Edinburgh Stefan Suwelack became enthusiastic about numerical analysis methods. He then did his doctorate in the field of real-time simulation at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. As managing director of the startup Renumics, he works on making simulation tools easier, more efficient and more accessible using machine learning techniques.

  

Marko Thiele

Marko Thiele
SCALE GmbH

  

Dr.-Ing. Dirk Ulrich
Dr.-Ing. Dirk Ulrich
carhs.training gmbh

Dr.-Ing. Dirk Ulrich studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt and stayed at the TUD to work on a government research project in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) on which subject he also received his doctorate. After that he joined Audi R&D to work in the department for computational methods and was responsible for the introduction of nonlinear FEM applications. Thereafter he worked for several international providers of simulation software for automotive applications (ESI, SOFY, TNO). Since 01.04.2007 Dr. Ulrich has been managing the CAE-training activities of carhs.training gmbh.