July 05 – 06, 2022  |  Hanau, Germany

Speakers & Chairmen

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Dr. André Backes

Dr. André Backes
TECOSIM Technische Simulation GmbH

Vita

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 and among other topics specialized in NVH. In the area of Virtual Benchmarking he helped developing the TECOSIM-owned process TEC|BENCH where also the Python language was used. In current research projects he investigates the use of Python-based methods for data analysis and machine learning in the CAE process. Since 2020 he has been working at TECOSIM Stuttgart.

Markus Brandstetter

Markus Brandstetter
Hexagon

Vita

Dipl.-Ing. Markus Brandstetter holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Technical University of Vienna. After a one-year employment at the Technical University of Vienna, he moved to Hexagon – Acoustic Center of Excellence, where he has been working for more than 7 years. Markus works as Technical Presales Coordinator and Senior Application Engineer in NVH and Aeroacoustics projects, mainly in the automotive and aerospace industries. Typical topics are Measurement and Simulation, Porous Materials, Statistical Energy Analysis (SEA) and Finite Element (FE) applications. He regularly publishes on these topics in relevant conferences.

Frank Braunroth

Frank Braunroth
SEGULA Technologies GmbH

Vita

Frank Braunroth studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt specializing in materials science. Since 1992, he has been responsible project manager for OPEL/ GENERAL MOTORS, leading several Road Load Data Acquisition and Durability Program Development projects on world- wide OPEL/GM and OEM Proving Grounds, pushing the Road to Lab to Math Concept. In August 2019, he took over the position on Business Unit Manager AI, CAE, RLDA & Calibration at SEGULA Technologies GmbH, focusing on the development of CAE and Artificial Intelligence competencies in the global SEGULA network.

Laurent Chec

Laurent Chec
DATADVANCE SAS

Vita

Laurent Chec has more than 25 years’ experience in CAE. He graduated from Evry-Val-d’Essonne University in 1995 with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. He worked with major European aerospace companies as simulation expert before orienting his career towards business development. Over the past 10 years, Laurent has held different director positions. In 2016, he joined Datadvance HQ in France as CEO. Datadvance is a former spin-off of Airbus research and now independent software company. It is specialized in deployment of Digital Twin via low-code Cloud architecture based on ML/AI foundations.

Ulrich Esselborn

Ulrich Esselborn
Altair Engineering GmbH

Vita

Mr. Ulrich Esselborn studied at the Rheinische Fachschule Cologne and obtained a Master's degree in mechanical engineering. From July 2013 to August 2018, he worked on crash simulation projects for Ford plants at P+Z Engineering GmbH. Since September 2018, he has been working in numerical crash simulation at the software manufacturer Altair Engineering GmbH.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Darius Friedemann

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Darius Friedemann
HTW-Berlin

Vita

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Darius Friedemann is the chair of Automotive Simulation Systems at the HTW Berlin University of Applied Sciences since 2017. He studied Automotive Engineering at the Technical University of Berlin (1999-2005). From 2005 to 2008 he worked at IATmbH, carrying out vehicle dynamic simulations. Afterwards (2008-2011) he earned a doctorate at the Department of Automotive Engineering at the Technical university of Berlin where he researched real-time simulation systems by proxy of Daimler. Starting in 2011 he worked as a project manager for numerical simulations at IATmbH until 2017. His 17 years of experience in research and development of automotive components were in most parts achieved by FEM simulations of passive safety of passenger cars in cooperation with BMW. The main focus of his current research encompasses the enhancement of virtual development processes in automotive companies and the research in passive safety of transportation systems.

Mark Gevers

Mark Gevers
Director Business Development
TECOSIM Technische Simulation GmbH

Vita

After studying mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen Mark Gevers joined TECOSIM as a CAE Engineer in 2001. From 2008 to 2019 he has been General Manager of TECOSIMs branch office in Cologne. Since 2019 he is in charge of TECOSIM's e-mobility and benchmarking activities as Director Business Development. For four years he has been assistant professor for material simulations.

Dr. Bartosz Gorecki

Dr. Bartosz Gorecki
CEO
QuickerSim

Vita

Bartosz Górecki is the CEO and founder of QuickerSim. He holds a PhD degree in Computational Fluid Dynamics. He has been educated at Warsaw University of Technology, RWTH Aachen University, he attended HPC courses at supercomputing centres in Stuttgart, Munich, Gothenburg and Bologna. Currently, he focuses on business development of QuickerSim's e-mobility software. Also, he works with German OEMs on applications of Q-Bat and with large software vendors on coupling of QuickerSim's simulation model with software packages well established in automotive.

Dr. Hannes Grimm-Strele

Dr. Hannes Grimm-Strele
Fraunhofer-Institut für Techno- und Wirtschaftsmathematik ITWM

Vita

Hannes Grimm-Strele is a research associate at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics (ITWM) in Kaiserslautern. Previously, he worked as a development engineer at Numeca Int. in Brussels and received his PhD in computational fluid dynamics from the University of Vienna. His current research focus is the efficient numerical characterization of the mechanical behavior of fiber-reinforced plastics using multiscale simulation.

Norman Günther

Norman Günther
IAV GmbH Ingenieurgesellschaft Auto und Verkehr

Vita

Norman Günther studied mechanical engineering with specialization of automotive engineering at the TU Dresden. In 2003 he graduated with a work at BMW focusing on vibration analysis of the valvetrain. From 2003 to 2009 he worked as a test engineer for driveline vibration analysis and acoustics at Volkswagen in Wolfsburg. Since 2009 on he has changed his focus from testing to simulation regarding powertrain und driveline analysis with Dassault SIMPACK (3D MBS) at IAV GmbH. The special topic is to predict structure born and air born noise for electric drives incl. gear excitation with full flexible models.

Dr. rer. nat. Michael Hack

Dr. rer. nat. Michael Hack
Siemens Industry Software GmbH

Vita

Michael Hack is business product line manager for durability simulations. He graduated and obtained his PhD at Kaiserslautern University in applied mathematics. Combining customer needs with academic research he followed numerous research projects, and he presented and published on hysteresis operators, rainflow counting, thermal fatigue, composite fatigue as well as reliability and optimization topics.

Dr.-Ing. Axel Hänschke

Dr.-Ing. Axel Hänschke
CPS Pekka Stuckert Consulting Unternehmensberatung

Vita

Dr. Axel Hänschke studied mechanical engineering at the TU Braunschweig. In 1989 he received his PhD on „Computer Aided Vehicle Structure Layout” from TU Berlin. Thereafter he worked 5 year as manager CAE-projects at VW Gedas in Berlin. Following were 25 years experiences at Ford Werke GmbH. In his last position he was responsible for all Virtual Prototypes as Supervisor Analytical Prototypes, CAE Integration and CAE Model build. Since December 2019 he is “Head of Business Development for Simulation projects and Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)” at CPS Consulting. During his time at Ford he taught at the TU Berlin and headed the Working Group 27 "Simulation Methods and Virtual Validation" of the German Automotive Research Association (FAT). Last but not least he is a member of the Scientific Committee of the automotive CAE Grand Challenge.

Prof. Dr. Lothar Harzheim

Prof. Dr. Lothar Harzheim
Opel Automobile GmbH

Vita

Prof. Dr. Harzheim worked in the Group of Professor Mattheck on the development of the optimization programs CAO and SKO, before joining the simulation department of Opel. At Opel he is responsible for optimization, bio engineering and robustness. In this position he not only introduced and applied optimization methods but has also developed software for topology optimization. Prof. Dr. Harzheim regularly holds seminars for applied structural optimization and teaches at the Technical University of Darmstadt. He is the author of the book "Strukturoptimierung: Grundlagen und Anwendungen".

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dietmar Jennewein

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dietmar Jennewein
Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences

Vita

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dietmar Jennewein studied mechanical engineering at the University of Kaiserslautern. He received his PhD in 1998 in the field of vibration technology. He then joined the Adam Opel AG in the "Vehicle Simulation" department and worked in the NVH group on the analysis of vehicle vibration and vehicle acoustics using the FEM. Since 2001, Mr. Jennewein has been responsible as a group leader for all NVH simulation activity at Opel. He also led a multidisciplinary team for the metrological validation of the calculation procedure. Since 2011 he has been a professor at the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt and lectures in the subjects of engineering mechanics, control and automotive engineering.

Dr. Kambiz Kayvantash

Dr. Kambiz Kayvantash
Sr. Director of ML/AI solutions for Design and Engineering
Hexagon

Vita

Kambiz Kayvantash has a PhD from University GHS of Essen, Germany, and an executive MBA from HEC, Paris, France. In the past he has occupied various technical and managerial positions both in academia and industry (University of Essen, MECALOG, ALTAIR, Cranfield University/Cranfield Impact Centre, CIVITEC, CADLM/ École spéciale des travaux publics. He is currently the CTO of CADLM and develops Artificial Intelligence based solutions for predictive, real-time industrial applications such as Autonomous Vehicle, Crash and Safety, Health Monitoring, etc.

Dr. Dirk Kehrwald

Dr. Dirk Kehrwald
Stellantis

Vita

In 1999 Dr. Dirk Kehrwald received his Diploma in Technomathematics from the University of Kaiserslautern, from where he also received his Doctorate in Mathematics in 2002. From 2002 – 2008 he worked as a Scientist at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics (ITWM). From 2008 – 2021 he worked as a CAE specialist at Opel in different departments. Since 2020 as Lead Technical Engineer for CAE Methods and Specialist for Aeroacoustics CAE. Since 2021 he has the same role at Stellantis.

Dr. Philip Klaus

Dr. Philip Klaus
Segula Technologies GmbH

Vita

Dr. rer. nat. Philip Klaus studied chemistry at Ruprecht‐Karls‐University of Heidelberg. After his diploma thesis on performing quantum mechanical calculations, he developed during his PhD thesis a detailed reaction mechanism for formation of nitrogen oxides in flame fronts, based on elementary reaction equation concept. After a post‐doctoral position at Lund University in Sweden in the field of combustion chemistry, he joined in December 1999 project center Fuel cell Activities of GM/Opel. In 2014 he changed to Aero & Thermal CAE group. At both departments, he was performing single‐ and multi‐phase flow CFD simulations for fuel cell vehicle, battery cooling and heating, thermal propagation, aerodynamics, under hood compartment flow, water fording, droplets and soiling. In January 2020, he joined Segula Technologies as a team leader responsible for CFD‐ and thermal CAE.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Stefan Kolling

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Stefan Kolling
TH Mittelhessen University of Applied Sciences

Vita

Stefan Kolling is Professor for Mechanics at the TH Mittelhessen University of Applied Sciences (THM). Previously he worked as a simulation engineer at the Mercedes Technology Center in Sindelfingen. He was responsible for methods development in crash simulation. In particular he was involved in the modeling of non-metal materials such as glass, polymers and plastics. Prof. Kolling graduated from the Universities of Saarbrücken and Darmstadt, from where he also received his Ph.D. He is author of numerous publications in the field of material modeling.

Dr. Wolfgang Korte

Dr. Wolfgang Korte
PART Engineering GmbH

Vita

Wolfgang Korte is managing director at PART Engineering – a CAE software company and services provider. In addition to his primary professional functions, one of his issues is to combine innovative technology and usability of simulation software. He is frequently involved in R&D projects with scientific and academic institutions and has been active in the simulation world for more than two decades. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering.

Dr. Andreas Kuhn

Dr. Andreas Kuhn
Technologist Safety & Automation & AI
Andata Entwicklungstechnologie GmbH

Vita

Dr. Andreas Kuhn studied Technical Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Vienna. After his dissertation on the simulation of special satellite formations for the European Space Agency, he began his professional career in crash simulation at BMW. After further years as a consultant for stochastic simulation at EASI Engineering GmbH (today carhs), he founded ANDATA in 2004, where he is responsible for development and research as managing partner. Since 2009 he has also been co-owner of Automotive Safety Technologies GmbH in Gaimersheim. His professional interests are founded in effective and efficient development, validation and assessment methods for complex, safety-critical systems. In particular, he has been working for more than 20 years on the development and combined application of methods from the fields of artificial intelligence, machine learning, advanced simulation methods, scenario-based approaches and according process models in the virtual development of vehicles and autonomous robots. His current activities are the development and implementation of cooperative, networked, automated driving strategies for effective traffic automation.

Dr. rer. nat. Jörg Kuhnert

Dr. rer. nat. Jörg Kuhnert
Fraunhofer-Institut für Techno- und Wirtschaftsmathematik ITWM

Vita

Dr. Joerg Kuhnert studied Mechanical Engineering from 1990 to 1996 at RWTH Aachen and from 1994 to 1996 he studied Applied Mathematics at Oregon State University. From 1996 to 1999 he was PhD student at the University of Kaiserslautern. Since 2000 he is leading “Meshfree Numerical Methods” at Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics in Kaiserslautern, Germany. From 2006 to 2011 he was Scientific director of NOGRID Mainz, Germany. Since 2012 he is a member of the Scientific Committee of ESI-group Paris, France.

Mark Lamping

Mark Lamping
Siemens Digital Industries Software

Vita

Mark started his career with Siemens by way of SDRC in 1995. He is currently assigned to the Simcenter Mechanical business development group, focusing on CAE applications in Simcenter 3D. His past roles have included simulation product management, software support, and enablement with a focus on meshing, CAD/CAE interactions, and demo support. These roles often reflect being the conduit between customers and product development. Main areas of expertise include engineering desktop pre/post, Simcenter Nastran, and Simcenter 3D Multiphysics applications. Mark received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics from the University of Cincinnati.

Armin Lohwasser

Armin Lohwasser
Rafinex S.à r.l.

Vita

Armin Lohwasser has completed master degrees in languages, business administration and computer sciences at the University of Tübingen, the Reutlingen University and the University of Bamberg. Armin has held several senior management positions at Siemens PLM, Exa Corporation and Dassault Systémes in Industry Consulting, Sales and as Managing Director. Since January 2020 he is Chief Business Manager at Rafinex.

Dr. Arnauld Malak

Dr. Arnauld Malak
CT-Sim GmbH

Vita

Arnauld MALAK, PhD Mechanical Engineering from INSA Lyon (France) is founder of CTSim GmbH. Established since Dec. 2010 and headquarters in Heidelberg (Germany); CTSim is developing business activities in the field of passive safety. Qualified by advanced degrees in Mechanical engineering, Dr. Arnauld MALAK has over 20 years experience in passive safety, CAE and occupant protection. He started has biomechanical engineer (IFSTTAR - INRETS) followed by 10 years within MECALOG and then ALTAIR Engineering in Europe & US in charge of FE ATD developments. In 2009 he joined Denton COE GmbH as VP Manager and later Humanetics Europe GmbH. Since 2010 Dr. Arnauld MALAK is acting as Managing Director for CTSim GmbH. From 2017, Dr. Arnauld MALAK is also in charge of technical development for ARGOSY-XAC of the Crash Test Barriers.

Dr. Masahiro Okamura

Dr. Masahiro Okamura
JSOL Corporation

Vita

Dr. Masahiro Okamura received a M.D. in 2000 and a PhD in 2004 both from Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan. He has more than 15 years’ experience as crash and safety engineer with several crash codes in the automotive industry. Currently his main obligation at JSOL is business development in Digital twin, Digital homologation, and data-driven product development. His research fields are in Robust design process, Test-Simulation integration, Digital twin, Digital homologation.

Bart Peeters Weem

Bart Peeters Weem
BMW AG

Vita

Bart Peeters Weem studied mechanical engineering at the University of Technology in Eindhoven with focus on system and control. Since 2003 he has worked at BMW on passive safety development. First as Simulation Engineer, later as team leader and project referent. Since 2015 he is head of the development of full vehicle side impact protection for BMW 1-, 2- and 3-series, MINI and BMW-i.In 2019 he was elected as Pilot of the new ACEA-Expertgroup on virtual testing of passive safety.

Harish Kalyan Ram Pothukuchi

Harish Kalyan Ram Pothukuchi
4a engineering GmbH

Vita

Harish Pothukuchi M.Sc. is the team leader for simulation and material modelling at 4a engineering. He obtained his master’s degree in computational Mechanics of Materials and Structures at the University of Stuttgart. He is currently pursuing his PhD in plastics technology. Harish Pothukuchi has a strong background in the fields of Finite Element Method and constitutive modelling with a specialization in adhesives and has published various scientific papers and presentations up to now.

Jörg Rademann

Jörg Rademann
HTW-Berlin

Vita

Jörg Rademann studied mechanical engineering with specialization in automotive engineering at TU Cottbus where he graduated in 2015. Afterwards he has been working as a project engineer in technical computation at IAT mbh. In 2018 he joined HTW Berlin. Here he is working on the project "Development of a universal description language for simulation models for automatic translation in industrial, multidisciplinary development environments (SMILE)" about which he is additionally currently writing his doctoral thesis.

GaneshRam Rajagopal

GaneshRam Rajagopal
Senior Project Manager (Digital Transformation)
Onward Technologies Ltd.

Vita

GaneshRam R received M. Tech (CAD/CAM) from Vellore Institute of Technology in 2007.He Completed Post Graduation Program Artificial Intelligence Machine Learning from University of Texas. He has overall 17 years of experience in Automation, Machine Learning, Deep Learning domain for CAE/CAD related activities. He has vast experience in different Programing Languages like Python, TCL/C++ and other machine learning algorithms. He has experience on developing Web applications, Apps. He completed Agile Scrum Master Project Management certification. He is currently working as Senior Project Manager (Digital Transformation) at ONWARD TECHNLOGIES LTD.

Dr. Marc Rocas Alonso

Dr. Marc Rocas Alonso
Data Scientist
SEAT SA - Centro Tecnico

Vita

Dr. Marc Rocas Alonso received his BSc. degree in mechanical engineering from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in 2016, a MSc. in applied and industrial mathematics in 2018 from Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (USC) and a PhD in SEAT and in the LaCàn research group lead by Prof. Pedro Díez and Alberto García at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. He is currently the main data scientist in the calculus department in SEAT supervised by Xabier Larráyoz. His research and implementation focuses on the development of robust methodologies for uncertainty quantification in the field of automotive using artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Dr. Philipp Römelt

Dr. Philipp Römelt
Ford-Werke GmbH

Vita

Dr. Philipp Römelt studied aeronautical engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Aachen and Cranfield University in the UK. He spent two years at Fraunhofer's Ernst-Mach-Institute before receiving a PhD from Loughborough University working on modelling crack initiation and propagation in composite materials. Following a brief stint as a safety CAE engineer at RLE International, he joined the body durability and strength CAE group at Ford Motor Company.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klemens Rother

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klemens Rother
Munich University of Applied Sciences

Vita

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klemens Rother studied mechanical engineering at Munich University of Applied Sciences and the Department of Mechanics, Metallurgy and Materials Science at Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA. He earned his doctorate in the field of computational durability at University of Dortmund. Since 1986 he has been working in various positions in industry, e.g. more than 15 years in senior management for structural integrity and CAE consulting services. Since 2008 he has been professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, faculty of mechanical, automotive and aircraft engineering. He teaches strength, lightweight design, durability and conceptual design. He is also head of a master’s program in computational engineering. His main research focuses on CAx-supported product development and structural integrity.

Dr. Elham Sahraei Esfahani

Dr. Elham Sahraei Esfahani
Assistant Professor and Director of Electric Vehicle Safety Lab (EVSL)
Temple University

Vita

Elham Sahraei joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Temple University in Fall 2018. Dr. Sahraei has been a Research Scientist at the Impact and Crashworthiness Lab of Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 2014. She is the co-director of the MIT Battery Consortium, a multi-sponsor industrial program supported by major automotive and battery manufacturers such as Daimler, Jaguar Land-Rover, LG Chem, and Boston Power. She has also been a co-investigator of multiple Ford-MIT Alliance projects, and a DOE project with National Renewable Energy Lab on safety of Li-Ion batteries. Her current research is focused on characterization and computational modeling of advanced energy storage systems (Li-Ion batteries) for electric vehicles. She earned her PhD degree from the George Washington University in 2011, and completed two years of post-doctoral training at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2013, where she became a Research Scientist afterwards. Besides characterization and modeling of Li-Ion batteries, her expertise includes full-scale vehicle crash analysis, occupant protection, and analysis of roadside safety structures.

Fabian Leonov Santoyo Lopez

Fabian Leonov Santoyo Lopez
LURI Engineering

Vita

Fabian Leonov Santoyo Lopez holds a Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has over 13 years of experience in CAD-CAE, Product Development, Direction, Controlling and Executing Automotive International Projects in R&D Departments in countries such as Mexico, USA, Japan and India to design and validate sheet metal and plastic parts, such as, Rear and Front Bumpers, Rear and Front Cradles, Twist Axels, Body in White, Underbodies, Tailgates, Front End Carriers, IP-Beams, Full Vehicle Development and working as a CAE Lead and CAE Manager Engineering.

Benjamin Schmelzle

Benjamin Schmelzle
AVL Deutschland GmbH

Vita

Benjamin Schmelzle studied mechanical engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. He started working at AVL Deutschland GmbH in 2016. Since then, he is working on customer projects as well as customer software support for the multibody simulation software tool AVL EXCITE. He therefore focuses on transmission system, starting from passenger car vehicles until wind turbine transmissions.

Dr.-Ing. Benjamin Schneider

Dr.-Ing. Benjamin Schneider
Robert Bosch GmbH

Vita

From 1999 to 2004 Dr.-Ing. Benjamin Schneider studied Civil Engineering at Stuttgart University. From 2001 to 2002 he studied Ingenieria de Caminos, Canales y Puertos, Universidad Polytecnica de Madrid, pain. From 2005-2011 he has been a PhD student at the Institute for Structural Mechanics at the University of Stuttgart, from where he received his PhD. Since 2011 he is research engineer for simulation plastics at Corporate Sector Research and Advance Engineering at Robert Bosch GmbH in Waiblingen/Renningen, Germany.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Schumacher

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Schumacher
Chair for Optimization of Mechanical Structures
University of Wuppertal

Vita

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
CEO
4a engineering GmbH

Vita

Dr. Martin Schwab (CEO 4a-engineering) is an expert in the field of material modelling and characterization, as well as battery technology. He obtained his PhD in mechanical engineering at the Vienna University of Technology and is actively contributing to various international research consortia. Dr. Schwab has a strong background in the fields of Finite Element Analysis and constitutive modelling and published more than 22 scientific papers and presentations up to now.

Timo Schweiger

Timo Schweiger
Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoffmechanik IWM

Vita

Timo Schweiger is a research associate at the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials (IWM) in Freiburg. Previously, he studied physics and focused on friction via atomistic simulations. Currently he is working towards his Ph.D. with the subject of failure simulation of fiber reinforced plastics. Besides that, his research focus is the simulation of additive manufacturing processes.

Dr. Daniela Steffes-Lai

Dr. Daniela Steffes-Lai
Fraunhofer-Institut für Algorithmen und Wissenschaftliches Rechnen SCAI

Vita

Dr. Daniela Steffes-lai is a senior researcher at Fraunhofer SCAI, department of numerical data-driven prediction, Germany. She graduated from University of Cologne, Germany with a PhD in Mathematics. Her current research is focused on the development of data analysis methods for CAE data. She has many years of experience in leading projects in the field of data analysis for engineering applications. Furthermore, she is the main developer of the SCAI Software product SimCompare which provides a comparison of two FE simulation results.

Simon Thel

Simon Thel
TU Braunschweig

Vita

Simon Thel received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from TU Braunschweig in September 2019. The final thesis has been on: „Comparative evaluation of mesh- and particle-based methods for the simulation of the ditching behavior of aircraft structures“. Currently he is working on his Master Thesis at Volkswagen AG in collaboration with TU Braunschweig and is researching how neural networks can be used to predict forces and deformations in the crash of hybrid plastic and metal components. In this context he is developing an abstract machine learning pipeline in Python for the intended application, enabling the parallelization of time-consuming methods.

Clemens-August Thole

Clemens-August Thole
SIDACT GmbH

Vita

Diploma in mathematics and author of more than 50 scientific publications and three patents. 1984-2001 Scientist at GMD – Forschungszentrum Informationstechnik. 2001-2012 Fraunhofer Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing (SCAI), Head of Department "Numerical Software" (NUSO), Head of SCAI's Lab at University of Cologne. The Josef von Fraunhofer Preis 2007 was awarded to his colleagues and him for FEMZIP.

Willem van Hal

Willem van Hal
ESI Group

Vita

Willem van Hal, studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University Eindhoven in the field of Pedestrian Safety. After completing his studies, he was involved in customer support, pre-sales and project management in various NVH related topics at MSC.Software. Since 2009 he is product manager at ESI for their NVH related solver and pre-post solution.

Dr. Marco Veltri

Dr. Marco Veltri
Business Development Manager EMEA
MSC Software

Vita

Marco Veltri, PhD has been involved with fatigue analysis for a large part of his academic and working career. He holds a PhD from the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at the University of Southampton, and a M.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Naples University. A fatigue and dynamics specialist, he has 20+ years of experience in delivering simulation solutions in multiple mechanical environments. At MSC Software, part of Hexagon, he is Fatigue Business Development Manager for EMEA.

Dr.-Ing. Matthias Weinert

Dr.-Ing. Matthias Weinert
Ford-Werke GmbH

Vita

Dr. Matthias Weinert has studied mechanical engineering at the University of Siegen where he also received his PhD on “Decomposition Method for Large Scale Optimization Problems on Parallel Computers” in 1994. From 1997 to 2012 he worked as a CAE specialist at Ford US. Since 2013 he is manager “Body CAE” at Ford-Werke GmbH in Cologne. Since 1997 he is member of the FAT working group “Joining Technology”, which he heads since 2012.

Axel Werkhausen

Axel Werkhausen
Engineering Center Steyr GmbH & Co KG

Vita

Dipl.-Ing Axel Werkhausen visited a mechanical engineering school and studied technical mathematics at the University of Linz (Austria) where he also worked as a researcher for 2 years. He then joined Magna Powertrain Engineering Center Steyr GmbH & Co KG (short ECS) where he first worked in the structural analysis department. Since, 20 years he works in the technical support and has sales responsibility for FEMFAT.

Christopher Woll

Christopher Woll
Managing Director
GNS Systems GmbH

Vita

Christopher Woll has been managing director of GNS Systems GmbH since 2015. Since then, he has massively pushed the company in the business areas HPC and Cloud Business to support customers with innovative solutions for virtual product development. From 1998 to 2004 Christopher Woll studied at University of Cooperative Education Mannheim, the Technical University of Braunschweig, the Federal University of Pernambuco/Brazil and the German Aerospace Center (DLR). He completed his studies with Diplom-Ingenieur (BA) for Information Technology and Master of Science in Computational Sciences in Engineering. Christopher Woll has been working for GNS Systems since 2004. As a HPC specialist and CAE-IT consultant, he has extensive experience with well-known international customers from the industrial manufacturing, automotive and life science sectors.

Dr.-Ing. Olgierd Zaleski

Dr.-Ing. Olgierd Zaleski
Novicos GmbH

Vita

Dr.-Ing. Olgierd Zaleski is the founder and CEO of engineering service provider and Siemens Smart Expert Partner Novicos GmbH in Hamburg. He studied mechanical engineering at Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), where he also completed his doctoral degree at the Institute for Mechanics in the field of numerical methods in acoustics.

Philip Zimmermann

Philip Zimmermann
CAE Crash & Safety Engineer
Volkswagen AG

Vita

Philip Zimmermann received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Aerospace Engineering and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering, both from the Technical University Braunschweig, Germany. Currently he is working at Volkswagen on his Pd.D. Thesis on “Calibration of hybrid joints under complex loading conditions using neural networks”. This work is done in collaboration with the institute of joining and welding, at the Technical University Braunschweig. As a CAE Crash & Safety Engineer at Volkswagen he is responsible for side impact and battery safety of Trinity. In this role he leads a task-force: Mechanical requirements for the unit battery cell.

Program and speaker lineup subject to changes.