NEW DATE September 29 – 30, 2020  |  Congress Park Hanau, Germany

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Jean-Christophe Allain

Jean-Christophe Allain
ESI Group

Vita

Jean-Christophe Allain graduated in 1998 in engineering at the Material Institute at Le Mans University. His first job was in ballistic impact simulation and testing at the French military agency until 2000. Then he has been working for 10 Years as advanced project engineer in ESI FRANCE applying PAM-CRASH/PAM-SAFE/PAM-SHOCK in nuclear, defense and crash. From 2011 to 2016 he has been technical account manager for RENAULT and local PAM-CRASH VP team manager. Since 2018 he is Product manager for PAM-CRASH.

Dr. Saeed David Barbat

Dr. Saeed David Barbat
Executive Technical Leader for Safety
Ford Motor Company

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Since 2011, Dr. Barbat has been The Executive Technical Leader for Safety, the highest safety technical position at Ford globally, overseeing overall vehicle safety in research, advanced product development, strategy, and regulatory, company-wide. Dr. Barbat has 34 years of engineering experience: 26 years in Automotive Safety, 2 years in the aircraft engineering, and 6 years in the academia. Dr. Barbat is an internationally recognized safety leader who sustained a record of pioneering contributions to the automotive industry and societal benefits. His past 26 years have been with Ford involved in all aspects of automotive safety, e.g. structural crashworthiness, occupant protection, alternative fuel vehicle, integrated safety and biomechanics. At Ford, he has held several technical and management leadership positions. More than 11 years as the Manager for Passive Safety Research and Advanced Engineering and as a product development Safety Manager of a large group of more than 100 engineers involved in the design, development and safety sign-off for several platforms that meet or exceed Corporate, Regulatory, and Public Domain requirements. Dr. Barbat achieved SAE and ASME Fellow Grades. He served as the Chairman of International ISO WG4 for Virtual Testing for 14 years; alternate Chairman of Crash Safety WG and member of the Safety Technical Leadership Council of the USCAR since 2000; a member of the technical advisory board at various universities; and of the ISO United State Technical Advisory Group. He serves as a co-organizer/sessions chair of various Crashworthiness and Biomechanics Symposiums such as ASME, SAE, STAPP, and Government Industry meetings. Editorial Advisory Board member for various national and international journals. Dr. Barbat hold nearly 100 issued/filed patents and wrote around 65 papers. Some of his work has been recognized with a prestigious Henry Ford Technology Award; the SAE Arch T. Colwell Merit Award, 17 SAE/ASME Recognition Awards and 4 USCAR Awards. In 2017 he was awarded the prestigious ASME Barnett-Uzgiris Product Safety Societal award (the 6th recipient of this award) for his outstanding contributions to the society and vehicle safety. Dr. Barbat holds a Ph.D. degree in Applied Mechanics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, US in 1990; M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from UMIST, Manchester, UK in 1980; and a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Baghdad, Iraq in 1976.

Dr.-Ing. Jörg Baumgartner

Dr.-Ing. Jörg Baumgartner
Fraunhofer-Institut für Betriebsfestigkeit und Systemzuverlässigkeit LBF

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Jörg Baumgartner studied mechanical and process engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt. Since 2005 he is working at the Fraunhofer-Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF. The main focus of his work is the development of advanced approaches for the fatigue assessment of welded structures and components. At Fraunhofer LBF he is heading the group “Numerical Methods and Component Design”. Since 2016 he is heading Working Group 3 “stress analysis” within Commission XIII of the International Institute of Welding IIW and since 2014 the workshop “Numerical Simulation within Structural Durability” of the German DVM “Deutscher Verband für Materialforschung und -prüfung e.V.”.

Leyre Benito Cia

Leyre Benito Cia
GNS Gesellschaft für numerische Simulation mbH

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Ms. Leyre Benito Cia studied Industrial Engineering at the "Universidad Pública de Navarra – UpNA" (Spain) from 2005 to 2011. Her thesis was on "Investigation of mass transport through membranes using the CFD method" as part of a research project in cooperation with Volkswagen AG at the TU Braunschweig. Since 2011 she works at GNS mbH first in crash simulation and since 2016 in the Generator4 management team.

Thomas Böttcher

Thomas Böttcher
ika Institut für Kraftfahrzeuge - RWTH Aachen University

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Thomas Böttcher received a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in 2014 and a M.Sc. in Automotive Engineering in 2015 from RWTH Aachen University. In 2016 he joined the Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika) at RWTH Aachen University as a scientific employee in the acoustics department. Later he has been promoted Manager Method Development in the acoustics department and Department Manager Acoustics. Since 12/2019 he heads the Research Area Vehicle Dynamics & Acoustics.

Jana Büttner

Jana Büttner
Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG

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From 2011-2016 Jana Büttner studied automotive engineering with specialization in automotive body engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg. In September 2016 she joined Porsche AG as body structure engineer for battery electric vehicles. After approximately 2 years, she decided to change the direction of her work from CAD-based to CAE-based development. On top of that, she started her PhD-studies at the University of Wuppertal with the topic “Reduction of the numerical resource requirement for the operational use of multidisciplinary optimization of vehicle structures”.

Marian Bulla

Marian Bulla
Altair Engineering GmbH

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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.

Dr. Ulf Bunge

Dr. Ulf Bunge
Volkswagen AG

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Dr.-Ing. Ulf Bunge is head of one of the three sub-departments Functional Design Crash at Volkswagen. He studied aerospace engineering at TU Berlin until 1996 and received his PhD in Computational Fluid Dynamics. Until 2011, he was head of the simulation department at IVM Automotive (later Semcon) in Wolfsburg. Thereafter, he became head of the sub-department for refrigerant-cycle design at Volkswagen and finally got his current position at the beginning of 2019.

Dr. Matthew L. Davis

Dr. Matthew L. Davis
Elemance, LLC

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Dr. Davis earned his BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He earned his MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering.  During his time at VT-WFU, Dr. Davis was a member of the Full Body Models Center of Expertise of the GHBMC, an industry-sponsored and government supported effort to develop a suite of industry-standard FE human body models for crash injury prediction and prevention.  His dissertation work was focused on the development of a human body FE model of a small female.  His interests span multiple areas in injury biomechanics including the development of computational human body models.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Fabian Duddeck

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Fabian Duddeck
Technical University of Munich

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Since 2010, Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Fabian Duddeck is the head of the research group on optimization and robustness at the Technical University of Munich (TUM, Chair of Computational Mechanics, www.bgu.tum.de/cm). His research is focusing on numerical methods for optimization of structures with respect of crashworthiness, NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness), durability, and other disciplines. In this framework, new methods for stochastic modeling and robustness assessments for different types of uncertainties (aleatoric and epistemic) are included. Besides standard approaches using probabilistic theory, possibilistic and special methods for early phase design are developed and applied for problems in automotive, aerospace, and civil engineering.

Georg Eichmüller

Georg Eichmüller
Volkswagen AG

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Mr. Eichmüller is working in the department for simulation methods at Volkswagen in Wolfsburg mainly concerned with FE topics in the crash domain. His focus there lies on modelling of crash barriers as well as on bringing new methods in simulation, postprocessing, and data analytics to use.

Lars Eilers

Lars Eilers
GNS mbH

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After studying automotive engineering at HAW Hamburg Mr. Lars Eilers startetd his career as CAE engineer at Karmann in Osnabrück. He left Karmann in 2010, worked as team mananger NVH at TECOSIM in Rüsselsheim until 2015. His next step was OPEL in Rüsselsheim and from 2018 Mr. Eilers has worked as branch manager at GNS mbH back in Osnabrück.

Eberhard Erb

Eberhard Erb
FFT Free Field Technologies

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Eberhard Erb studied mechanical engineering at Fachhochschule Ulm and worked for several international companies in project management and business development. He covers the role of the business development manager for DACH and Russia at FFT, providing acoustic solutions within Hexagon's Manufacturing Intelligence division.

apl. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Fehr

apl. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Fehr
University of Stuttgart

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Apl.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Fehr studied Mechatronics in Stuttgart and Mechanical Engineering in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. 2006. From 2006 till 2011 he was a research assistant and doctoral student with at the University of Stuttgart. Afterwards, as a simulation engineer at TRW Automotive GmbH, he was in charge of the development of new mechatronic vehicle safety systems. From 2014 to 2020 Jörg Fehr was a Junior Professor at the Institute for Engineering and Computational Mechanics and Cluster of Excellence Simulation Technology (SRC SimTech) of the University of Stuttgart. Since March 2020 he has a permanent position as a deputy head of the Institute for Engineering and Computational Mechanics. One goal of his current research is the development of validation and simulation strategies for active human body models for the simulation of new mobility solutions and the speedup of the simulations using linear and nonlinear model reduction methods.

Armin Gärttner

Armin Gärttner

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Armin Gärttner studied civil engineering at the University of Stuttgart and at the TU Braunschweig. His master thesis was on the simulation of material behaviour of concrete structures using FEM methods. Since 2018 he has been working as a consultant at SCALE GmbH with focus on simulation data management and process automation.

Prof. Dr. Jochen Garcke

Prof. Dr. Jochen Garcke
Fraunhofer-Institut für Algorithmen und Wissenschaftliches Rechnen SCAI

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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. rer. nat. Michael Hack

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

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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.

Klaus Hofwimmer

Klaus Hofwimmer
Magna Powertrain ECS Steyr GmbH & Co. KG

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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.-Ing. habil. Jörg Hohe

Dr.-Ing. habil. Jörg Hohe
Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoffmechanik IWM

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Dr. Jörg Hohe is head of the Composite Materials Group at Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM at Freiburg. Main research interests are the mechanics of composite materials of all kinds from the experimental and numerical point of view. A specific topic for more than one decade is the probabilistic modeling of composites with disordered microstructure along all relevant scales.

Dr. Noriyo Ichinose

Dr. Noriyo Ichinose
JSOL Corporation

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Dr. Noriyo Ichinose received a Master of Engineering from Osaka University in 2001 and a PhD in Engineering from Yamagata University in 2012. Since 2001 he has been working for JSOL Corporation in the development of vehicle structure at customer site, technical sales of LS-DYNA, and consulting services for Japanese automotive OEMs. Since 2018 till present he manages the CAE Technology Department Manager at JSOL Corporation.

Jobin John

Jobin John
Chalmers University of Technology

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Dr. Jobin John is postdoctoral researcher at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. He currently works on developing open source VIVA+ family of human body models representing average men and women, and vehicle occupants and vulnerable road users. He received his PhD from Indian Institute of Technology Madras, where his work in collaboration with Medical College of Wisconsin (USA) focused on human spine biomechanics.

Dr. Kambiz Kayvantash

Dr. Kambiz Kayvantash
CADLM

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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.

Nikolai Kharaldin

Nikolai Kharaldin
CompMechLab Ltd.

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Nikolai Kharaldin received his MSc in mechanical engineering at the Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University. Following research projects in the automotive area were focused on multidisciplinary optimization, passive safety and lightweight design. Since 2013 he has worked in CompMechLab Ltd in automotive department and takes part as lead engineer in BIW development projects.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Stefan Kolling

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

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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

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Dr. Wolfgang Korte studied Mechanical Engineering and received his Ph.D. at RWTH Aachen Technical University. Since 1999 he is Managing Director of PART Engineering GmbH. Dr. Korte has more than 20 years expertise in FEA with a focus on plastic and composite materials.

Dr. Andreas Kuhn

Dr. Andreas Kuhn
Managing Partner
Andata Entwicklungstechnologie GmbH

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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.

Christian Kurzböck

Christian Kurzböck
VIRTUAL VEHICLE Research GmbH

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Christian Kurzböck studied Mechanical engineering at Graz University of Technology from 2004 to 2012. Since 2011 he works as Development Engineer at Virtual Vehicle in Graz. His fields of work are simulation methods for reinforced and unreinforced materials, pedestrian protection and occupant protection.

Yann Léost

Yann Léost
Fraunhofer-Institut für Kurzzeitdynamik Ernst-Mach-Institut, EMI

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Yann Leost worked several years in the automotive industry at EDAG and Daimler AG, Sindelfingen in the field of FEM crash simulations. Then he worked at Fraunhofer EMI first in defense department and since 2012 in automotive field, especially supporting activities at the EMI Crash Test Facility in Efringen-Kirchen with numerical simulations.

Ismail Maatouki

Ismail Maatouki
Humanetics Europe GmbH

Stefan Mertler

Stefan Mertler
SIDACT GmbH

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Stefan Mertler graduated as a Bachelor and Master (Major: Numerical Mathematics and Scientific Computing, Minor: Information Systems) in Economathematics at the University of Cologne. In parallel he started to work as a student research assistant at Fraunhofer SCAI and continued to work at the spin-off SIDACT GmbH afterwards. There, he was in charge of further development of SDMZIP, DIFFCRASH and the BMBF-BigData Project VAVID. Recently he is working on his Dissertation in the Optimization of Mechanical Structures at the University of Wuppertal.

Dr. Roland Niemeier

Dr. Roland Niemeier
Dynardo GmbH

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Dr. Roland Niemeier studied physics at the University of Stuttgart and received his doctorate from the University of Tübingen on Rydberg atoms in strong magnetic fields. From 1995 to 1998, he worked as a research assistant at the High-Performance Computing Center of the University of Stuttgart in the Visualization Department, researching volume visualization and virtual reality. From October 1998 to March 2012, he worked at science + computing ag, the last five years he was member of the executive board for sales and marketing. Since April 2012 he has been working for Dynardo GmbH in Weimar, where he is head of sales and business development.

Mahmood Rajput

Mahmood Rajput
GNS Systems GmbH

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Mahmood Rajput completed his master’s degree in Process Analysis & Technology Management from University of Reutlingen. In 2019, he joined GNS Systems in the context of Data Science and Cloud Engineering. Since his area of expertise is applied machine learning, he was involved with customers to analyse data and provide models for according use cases. His works is characterized by an HPC focus, which is also the basis for his involvements in the development of GNS Systems’ HPC-cloud solution. Currently, he is part of a joint venture AI team, who are working on exciting and challenging tasks as well as exploring new technologies.

Rudolf Reichert

Rudolf Reichert
George Mason University

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Rudolf Reichert is a Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Collision Safety and Analysis at the George Mason University, responsible for a variety of research projects with NHTSA, industry partners, and rating agencies. He previously worked for Mercedes-Benz in the field of passive safety, where he was responsible for optimizing interiors, restraints, and full vehicle systems to achieve excellent occupant protection for different vehicle platforms.

Peter Reithofer

Peter Reithofer
4a engineering GmbH

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DI Peter Reithofer studied Plastics Engineering at the Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria. Since 1999 he has been working at 4a engineering GmbH. Since several years he works in R&D for plastics and composites focusing simulation methods and material models, software development for CAE – VALIMAT™ and dynamic testing with IMPETUS™.

Dr. Alessandro Scattina

Dr. Alessandro Scattina
Politecnico di Torino

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Alessandro Scattina has always worked at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of the Politecnico di Torino in the research group “Vehicle structure and safety: design, simulation, optimization”. He took Ph.D. in Mechanics in 2009 then he covered research fellow and assistant professor positions. Now he is an associate professor.

Claudius Schöne

Claudius Schöne
GNS Gesellschaft für numerische Simulation mbH

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Claudius Schöne studied Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University Braunschweig and received his Diploma in 1992. In 1995 Mr. Schöne and several colleagues founded GNS mbH, where he is General Manager from the beginning. Mr. Schöne worked many years in crash simulation and has longtime experience in Simulation Process and Data Management.

Dr. Pawel Sobczak

Dr. Pawel Sobczak
Dassault Systemes UK Limited

Dr. Joachim Sprave

Dr. Joachim Sprave
Mercedes-Benz AG

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Joachim Sprave, has a degree in computer science. He joined - what is now Mercedes-Benz AG - in 1999 after completing his doctorate in the field of Evolutionary Algorithms. His main focus was on processes at the CAD-CAE interface and multidisciplinary optimization in vehicle development. After an excursion into pre-development crash simulation, he joined the Artificial Intelligence Research team, where he develops AI methods for CAE pre- and post-processing.

Dr. Alfred J. Svobodnik

Dr. Alfred J. Svobodnik
Mvoid Group | Mvoid  Technologies GmbH

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Dr. Alfred J. Svobodnik is President & CEO of the Mvoid Group, specializing in providing consulting services and innovative technologies for Automotive, Consumer and Professional Audio as well as the developer of Mvoid® methodology. He has been researching for more than 25 years in the areas of Multiphysics and virtual as well as computational acoustics.

Cornelia Thieme

Cornelia Thieme
MSC Software GmbH

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Cornelia Thieme studied Aerospace Engineering at the Technical University of Munich. Then she worked as CAE engineer at MAN Technologie (today MT Aerospace), on thermal analysis for Ariane 5 and other space vehicles. She’s been working at MSC Software since 2001, in presales and business development for FEM analysis software.

Peter Ullrich

Peter Ullrich
ESI Engineering System International GmbH

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Peter Ullrich studied mechanical engineering at the Ruhr University of Bochum in the field of technical mechanics. After completing his studies, he worked with the Rope Testing Center, today TÜV Nord, in the area of non-linear FE simulations for mining equipment. Following this, he worked with Audi in CAE methods and occupant safety in the car safety department. In June 2003, he took over the position of a Product Manager for PAM-CRASH and later Virtual Performance Solution at ESI  Group. Since 2018, he has held the role of Technical Manager at ESI GmbH for engineering services in the field of virtual testing in the domains of crash-worthiness, occupant safety, statics, NVH and acoustics.

Willem van Hal

Willem van Hal
ESI Group

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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.-Ing. Matthias  Weinert

Dr.-Ing. Matthias Weinert
Ford-Werke GmbH

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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.

Dr. Tsuyoshi Yasuki

Dr. Tsuyoshi Yasuki
Toyota Motor Corporation

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Dr. Tsuyoshi Yasuki joined Toyota Motor Corporation in 1980. He initiated crash simulation at Toyota Motor Corporation in 1988. In 2011 Dr. Yasuki received the "Ralph H. Isbrandt Automotive Safety Engineering Award" from SAE and in 2017 the "Arnold W. Siegel International Transportation Safety Award" from SAE.

Dr.-Ing. Olgierd Zaleski

Dr.-Ing. Olgierd Zaleski
Novicos GmbH

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Dr. Olgierd Zaleski studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Hamburg. Following was a scientific activity at the Institute for Mechanics, where he wrote his doctoral thesis in the field of numerical methods in acoustics. He is founder and CEO of Novicos GmbH in Hamburg. Novicos is an engineering service provider with a focus on acoustics and a channel partner of Siemens PLM.