April 17–18, 2018   |   Congress Park Hanau, Germany


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Jean-Christophe Allain
Jean-Christophe Allain
ESI Group

Jean-Christophe Allain is Business Development Manager with ESI Group (France).


Filipe Andrade
DYNAmore GmbH - Gesellschaft für FEM Ingenieurdienstleistungen

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.


Lars Aschenbrenner
Volkswagen AG

Lars Aschenbrenner studied Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Braunschweig from which he also received his PhD on material modeling for structural analysis. During his post doc at DLR Braunschweig he developed a simulation method for thick walled fibre reinforced structures. Since 2007 he has been working in the FEM method development department at Volkswagen AG on occupant safety applications like airbag simulation and dummies.


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.


Richard Peter Brown
Jaguar Land Rover Ltd.

Richard P. Brown studied Mechanical Engineering at Cambridge University. In his employments at Rover Cars, IAD Consulting and BMW he specialized in CAE. Since 1997 he has been working at Jaguar Land Rover where he is a Technical Specialist for vehicle safety CAE and in charge of CAE method development.


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.


Ivan Cuevas-Salazar

Mr. Cuevas-Salazar studied Mechanical Engineering and worked as a CAE-Safety engineer at Ford‘s Product Development Center in Mexico. He continued his studies at the Technical University of Munich obtaining a master’s degree in Computational Mechanics. Currently he is conducting his doctoral research on the creation of simplified models for crashworthiness design of passenger vehicles structures in cooperation with the BMW group.


Helmut Dannbauer
Magna Powertrain ECS GmbH & Co. KG

After a finishing the Technical University of Vienna with a master degree in mechanical engineering in 1990, Helmut Dannbauer started his career at the automotive company Steyr-Daimler-Puch (SDP). Corresponding to his specialization for numerical methods, he performed Finite Element analyses for durability and dynamics and software development for FEMFAT and other codes for several years. Since 1998, he heads the structural analysis department at MAGNA engineering center (successor company of SDP) in St. Valentin, Austria with 50 specialist working in the field of structural durability, strength, crash, vehicle dynamics, acoustics and method development for fatigue and dynamics related topics.


Elham Sahraei Esfahani
GMU George Mason University & MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Elham Sahraei is an Assistant Professor and Beck Foundation Faculty Fellow at George Mason University. She has also 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 companies such as Daimler, Jaguar Land-Rover, Groupe PSA, and AVL. Her current research is focused on characterization and computational modeling of advanced energy storage systems (Li-Ion batteries) for electric vehicles.


Kamila Flidr
Altair Engineering GmbH

Kamila Flidr, former crash and safety support and methodology engineer at PSA Group, joined Altair Engineering GmbH in 2014 as technical lead working closely with Ford of Germany on CAE topics. Since September 2017 she is supporting Altair channel partners in Eastern Europe on technical topics related to simulation driven design. She holds doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering from Ecole Centrale de Lyon.


Michael Hack
Siemens Industry Software GmbH & Co KG

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.


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"


Zalikha Murni Abdul Hamid
Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoffmechanik IWM

Born and raised in Malaysia, Zalikha has always been interested in the damage and fracture of materials. After completing her Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Aeronautics) in one of the local university in Malaysia, she then decided to further her studies for a Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering, majoring in Materials and Fracture under scholarship from Korea University, Seoul, South Korea. Currently, she is working on her Ph.D. in Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM on a project that focuses on development of damage models for structural composite, funded by Hector Fellow Academy.


Martin Hanke

Study of Physics at Humboldt-University, Berlin, graduated as Dipl.-Phys. With a thesis about electronic structure of defects in solid microstructures at Humboldt-University, graduated as Dr. rer. nat.
During his professional career he worked as a scientific assistant at Humboldt University, the Academy of Sciences, as a freelancer for FEM analysis and as multiphysics analyst at Siemens Relay.
Since 2001 he is a Multiphysics professional at CADFEM.


Shinya Hayashi
JSOL Corporation

Shinya Hayashi started a career as a CAE engineer since 1993. He has carried out consulting work on vehicle crash safety / occupant protection simulations and has experience of many CAE projects with all major Japanese automobile manufacturers. He is currently responsible for developing new CAE technology as a senior engineering leader. His notable works include a development of prototype flexible pedestrian legform impactor (Flex-PLI) model, a polymer strength analysis considering stress triaxiality, a FRP molding / strength analysis and a development of simulation base airbag folding system JFOLD.


Clément Hayer
Volkswagen AG

Clément Hayer studied applied mathematics in Paris at the ENSTA ParisTech. In 2014, he completed his studies with a diploma thesis at Volkswagen AG on quenching simulation. There he also began his doctoral project. One of the focal points of his doctorate is the robustness optimization of components in chassis development.


Reinhard Helfrich

Dr.-Ing. Reinhard Helfrich studied aerospace engineering at the Technical University of Stuttgart. There he also attained a doctorate. Dr. Helfrich is a co-founder of INTES GmbH and has been the Managing Director for 33 years. Today, he is Chief International Officer with responsibility for international business at INTES.


Dr. Johan Jergeus
Volvo Car Corporation

Johan Jergeus graduated in Mechanical Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden and has a PhD in Solid Mechanics  from the same university. Since 1997 he is working at Volvo Cars Safety Centre and was appointed Technical Specialist in Safety CAE in 2005.


Christoph Kaulich
GNS Gesellschaft für numerische Simulation mbH

Christoph Kaulich studied mechanical engineer at the TU Braunschweig and at the University of Southampton. After that, he started working at GNS mbH, where he first worked in engineering projects and software development. Since some time he is now in charge of the global software sales and the product development of Animator4.


Nikolai Kharaldin
CompMechLab Ltd.

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.


Ruslan Latfullin
fka Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen mbH

Ruslan Latfullin studied Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University. Since 2017, he has been working as a research associate at the Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika), RWTH Aachen University. His fields of activities are structure-borne and airborne noise measurements as well as CAE based simulation methods for NVH investigations.


Dominik Laveuve
Dominik Laveuve
Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF

Dominik Laveuve received his diploma in mechanical engineering from Clausthal University of Technology in 2007. Since then he has been an employee at Fraunhofer LBF in Darmstadt, where his research is focused on developing computational fatigue life assessment methods for reinforced polymers based on experimental material characterization.


Werner Leitgeb
Kompetenzzentrum - Das virtuelle Fahrzeug, Forschungsgesellschaft mbH

Werner Leitgeb is lead researcher developing vehicle, structural and occupant crash safety simulation methods at VIRTUAL VEHICLE with more than 10 years of experience in the field. One main research focus lies on the development of safety related evaluation methods and tools for Li-Ion batteries and HV-components crash simulation and vehicle integration.


Thomas Liebernickel
Dassault Systemes Deutschland GmbH

After studying Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Dresden, Thomas Liebernickel joined Dassault Systemes in 2011. As a core member of the Simpack team, he is involved with the Simpack product management and has been working on several customer projects. In his current role as solution consultant for industry solutions, he is working on developing and enhancing new applications for the combined SIMULIA product portfolio of the transport and mobility industry.


Petros Michos
Key to Metals AG

Petros Michos studied at the Technical Faculty in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and has a Master in Surveying Engineering. At Key to Metals AG he is responsible as an area sales and key account manager for the markets Austria, Germany and Switzerland.


Christian Mühlstätter
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH

Christian Mühlstätter received his Master degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Upper Austrian University of applied Sciences in 2015. He has been working for Light Metals Technologies Ranshofen since 2015 as a scientist in the field of numerical simulation. He is experienced in Material Modeling and Material Characterization for structural FE simulations. Furthermore, he works on simulations for primary metal processing with Computational Fluid Dynamics.


Mads Werner Nielsen
Jaguar Land Rover Limited

Since 2003 I have worked as a CAE Engineer for Jaguar Land Rover focussing mainly on safety simulations and, as a CAE Technical Specialist, I have over the past 7 years led the development of numerous Capability Growth Projects such as Mechanism Analysis, Advanced Lightweight Materials and SEA Optimisation Methods.


Gyung-Jin Park
Hanyang University

Professor Gyung-Jin (GJ) Park is teaching in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Hanyang University, Ansan, Korea. He developed a nonlinear dynamic response structural optimization method named as the Equivalent Static Loads Method (ESLM) and applied the method in various fields.


Carlos López Rodríguez
Flanders Make vzw

Dr. López completed his PhD in Civil Engineering at Universidade da Coruna (2017), with the thesis “Reliability-based design and topology optimization of aerospace components and structures”. He has worked as a researcher at Imperial College London (UK) and Universidade da Coruna before joining Flanders Make vzw. in November 2017.


Uroš Rožič
Elaphe Propulsion Technologies Ltd

Uroš Rožič received his M.Sc. in mechanical engineering from the University of Cranfield in the UK in 2013. Both, the subject of the course and the final thesis have mostly concentrated on numerical simulations using Finite element method. Uroš is a head of the CAE department and has 4 years of experience in the industry. Main responsibilities of the CAE department within the Elaphe are to analyze the structural integrity of all the vital parts together with NVH, asses their thermal and cooling performance and use numerical optimization to come up with the most suitable design for the application.


Robert Schilling
Ford-Werke GmbH

Dr. Robert Schilling studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Dortmund. Here he also received his PhD on Finite Element Analysis of Sheet Metal Bending. From1994 he joined Ford Germany to work as analyst for Vehicle Safety and CAE. Since 2000 he is a Technical Specialist for Finite Element Crash Analysis and responsible method development for crash analysis with focus on material and connection modelling techniques, robustness of CAE analyses, coupling of CAE analyses. In this position he has been involved in several external FAT and FOSTA research projects on crash method development.


Michael Schimmelpfennig
Dynardo GmbH

Michael Schimmelpfennig gained his first insights into the CAE world in the study of biotechnology at the EAH Jena and in bioengineering at the MLU Halle Wittenberg. He deepened this during the PhD in the field of microfluidic flow simulation in cooperation with the TU Dresden. For 5 years he has been working for Dynardo in Sales, Service and is responsible for the pilot projects


Jutta Schlosser
ESI Engineering System International GmbH

Jutta Schlosser studied aerospace technology at the Technical University of Stuttgart and received her diploma in 1990. Since then Jutta Schlosser worked on occupant safety simulation at Autoliv B.V., ESI GmbH and as a consultant. Since 2006 she is in charge of safety projects and support at ESI Germany.



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



Steffen Slavetinksy
Renumics GmbH

Steffen Slavetinsky did his master thesis on geometry understanding based on deep neural networks at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. As a Co-Founder of Renumics he is working on the combination of engineering tools and Artificial Intelligence to make those tools easier to use, more efficient and more accessible.


Alexander Sporbert
IAT Ingenieurgesellschaft für Automobiltechnik mbH

In 2008 Alexander Sporbert finished a professional education as an Associate Engineer in Data-technology from Siemens Technik Akademie Berlin. In 2015 he received his Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Technical University Berlin. Since 2015 he has been a project engineer at IAT and works on the design of occupant safety systems, child protection and Battery simulations.


Dong-Zhi Sun
Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials 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 and he is group leader for crash safety, damage mechanics.


Alfred J. Sovobnik
MVOID Group | MVOID Technologies GmbH

Dr. A. J. Svobodnik, President & CEO of the MVOID-Group has been researching for more than 25 years in the areas of virtual acoustics and sound design. Amongst others he is honorary member of NAFEMS as well as Vice-Chairman of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) Technical Committee for Automotive Audio.


Nicolas Vallino
Groupe PSA

Nicolas Vallino joined Groupe PSA 17 years ago. After 8 years working on material constitutive laws and assembly modeling for crash, he joins the Vehicle Digital Engineering department, responsible for numerical modeling in crash simulations. He holds a PhD in numerical simulation applied to mechanical engineering from the French engineering school Université de Technologie de Compiègne (UTC). He is currently CAE Specialist in numerical methods for crash simulation.


Klaus Wolf
Fraunhofer Institut SCAI

In 1989 Klaus Wolf received his diploma in computer science. Today he heads the business area Multiphysics at Fraunhofer SCAI. In the early 90ies he worked on neural network systems and parallel computer systems. Since 1996 he is responsible for the Multiphysics co-simulation interface MpCCI and related mapping tools (e.g. stamping-to-crash simulation workflows). He is initiator and coordinator for the ITEA VMAP project