NAFEMS World Congress 2015
NAFEMS World Congress 2015

Registration for the NAFEMS World Congress 2015 is now open, and with over 250 presentations spread across 80 sessions in three days, the congress will be the most comprehensive and technically focused event on the simulation and analysis calendar.

The full preliminary program is available to download today from, featuring a world-class lineup of keynote and invited speakers, opportunities to take part in a number of NAFEMS training-courses, a dedicated forum on 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing and attendance at the 2nd International Conference on SPDM.

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Keynote Speakers

Ferdinand Dirschmid, BMW Group
The CFRP Lightweight Structure of the BMW i8

Dr.-Ing. Ferdinand Dirschmid has been part of BMW Group in Munich, Germany since 2000. Having held various leading positions in the fields of structural design and passive safety, since 2010 Ferdinand has been responsible for structural design within “BMW I” (i3 and i8), which the company describes as “an all-encompassing, groundbreaking concept for sustainable mobility”.His presentation will give a fascinating insight into the how simulation and virtual methods were used in the development of the innovative BMW i8.

The BMW i8 will also be onsite at the Congress - full details to follow.

Dr. Ahmed Noor, Old Dominion University
Potential of Cognitive Computing for Engineering Analysis and Design

Dr. Ahmed Noor has taught at numerous highly prestigious academic institutions including Stanford University, Cairo University, University of Baghdad, the University of New South Wales, George Washington University and the University of Virginia before joining Old Dominion University. Dr. Noor was also adjunct Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida, and the Florida Space Research Institute Distinguished Scholar of Advanced Learning Systems.This cutting-edge presentation will identify some of the characteristics of theupcoming intelligence / convergence / mass customization era, the future cognitive cyber-physical engineering systems (beyond today’s autonomous systems), and their implications on product creation tools, facilities and environments. 
Klaus-Jürgen Bathe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Advanced Finite Element Analysis and its Future

Klaus-Jürgen Bathe is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at M.I.T. He teaches and performs research in the areas of applied and computational mechanics of structures, fluids, and electromagnetics. He is also the Founder of ADINA R & D, Inc. where he leads the development of the ADINA system. He has been honored by ASME, ASCE, U.S. National Academy of Engineering, M.I.T. for his achievements and for bridging the gap between academia and industry. His presentation will look at the current use of simulation, and how FEA will continue to develop and enrich our lives. 
Johan Jergeus, Volvo Cars 
Safety CAE in the development of the all new Volvo XC90

Since 1998, Dr. Johan Jergeus has been working with Crashworthiness and Safety CAE at Volvo Cars Safety Centre. He worked with roof crush resistance and rear impact in the previous generation of V70 and S60 and was responsible for frontal impact CAE in the recently discontinued XC90. He is currently Technical Specialist with responsibility for all method development within Crashworthiness and SafetyCAE. His presentation will focus on the ever-developing role of simulation and CAE in the development and safety testing of new vehicles. 

Zlatko Penzar, Continental AG
How Small (but fine) Simulations can also Radically Improve Industrial Products

Dr. Zlatko Penzar has been active in the field of CAE at Continental AG since 1991,and is currently a Senior Expert for Mechatronic Simulation. His role focusses on the simulation of new mechatronic brake systems, specifically system performance and its coupling to vehicle dynamics, and component properties such as hydraulic,mechanical, thermal, electro-magnetic and sensors. The role of improvisation capabilities and unusual solutions in simulation will be the focus of Dr. Penzar’s presentation, highlighting several relatively small CAE examples, which despite their simplicity led to radical product improvements.

Walter SchmidtWalter Schmidt, Stryker Orthopaedics
The Drive to make Healthcare Better One Patient at a Time - Challenges and Opportunities for Modeling and Simulation

Walter Schmidt is a Senior Manager of the Modeling & Simulation group within the Advanced Technology department at Stryker Orthopaedics. Walter received a Master of Science degree from Columbia University & holds a Professional Engineer’s license as a Civil/Structural Engineer. He has been employed by Stryker for the past 13 of his 25+ year professional career, responsible for the development of clinically relevant orthopaedic implant performance test methods & analytical corollaries, having authored numerous publications in orthopaedic research. Walter is currently a co-chairman of the American Society of Testing & Materials International (ASTM) “FEA in Orthopaedics” subcommittee, which is dedicated to the development of finite element analysis procedural standards for orthopaedic implants used in Food and Drug Administration (FDA) device submissions.

Walter Schmidt

Peter Coleman, Airbus Operations
Reflections on SPDM for collaborative, multidisciplinary and agile Aircraft Product Development

Peter joined Airbus in 1999 and is based at the Bristol site in the United Kingdom. His current role in the Airbus Engineering Research and Technology organisation has a focus on next generation aircraft design definition and evaluation capabilities. This includes PLM, DMU, multi-physics and systems modelling & simulation technologies, as well as related interoperability standards and ICT infrastructure.

The role involves collaborative partnerships across the transnational Airbus Engineering and ICT organisations together with wider Airbus Group and external industry, solution providers, research centres and academia worldwide. Besides several other collaborative RTD projects co-funded by the European Commission, Peter was responsible as overall coordinator for the delivery of the 55 million euro CRESCENDO project from 2009 to 2012, with a consortium of 59 partners from 13 countries

Invited Presenters

Constantinos Stavrinidis, European Space Agency, ESTEC
Space Vehicle Development and Verification

Dennis Nagy, BeyondCAE
Engineering Simulation: The Road Ahead

Louis Komzsik, Siemens PLM
Five Decades of Finite Element Analysis

Joe Walsh, intrinSIM
The Changing Role of Simulation

U. Chandrasekhar, Institution of Engineers (India)
3D Printed Components for Quick Validation and Verification of FEM and CFD Results - Case Studies of Complex Aeronautical Systems


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