Panel Discussions

Topic: Automation Issues for Users

Panel Members:
Dave Marcum is the Director of the ERC Computational Simulation and Design Center, and a Professor, since 1991, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Mississippi State University. Prior to that he was involved in CFD research as a Scientist and Senior Engineer at McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories and Boeing Commercial Airplane Company. At Mississippi State University he leads a team of multi-disciplinary researchers working on CFD related projects for DoD, NASA, NSF, and industry. His research contributions have focused on unstructured grid generation and solution algorithms. He is the author of the AFLR meshing libraries that use a unique blend of advancing front, Delaunay, and local-reconnection techniques.

Hal Morgan is Group Manager of Solid Mechanics and Structural Dynamics in the Engineering Sciences Center at Sandia National Laboratories. In this role he is responsible for stewarding the solid mechanics and structural mechanics disciplines that reside in seven departments at Sandia. Computational mechanics support of design and qualification of nuclear weapon systems and components is a major activity in these departments. Reducing the time it takes to produce computational mechanics models is critical to his group's success.

Hugh Thornburg received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 1984, and his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1985 and 1991, respectively. Dr. Thornburg performed Post-Doctoral research under the direction of Professor Urmila Ghia and Professor Bharat Soni. He was a NASA Summer Faculty Fellow in 1995, and a research scientist With McDonnell Douglas Space Systems. Since 1986 Dr Thornburg has served as the CFD CTA on-site lead at the Aeronautical Systems Center Major Shared Resource Center (MSRC). He is responsible for support, training and tools and methods development for grid generation and computational fluid dynamics applications to DoD users of the MSRC. He is an active member of the American Association of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Darby Vicker - After earning a B.S in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University in 2000, Darby has spent the past 3 years working in the Applied Aerospace and CFD group, EG3, at NASA's Johnson Space Center. Here he has obtained significant experience in generating Chimera overset-overlapped structured grids, which are the primary grid type used in this group. His recent experience includes applying the Chimera technique to the X-38 Crew Return Vehicle and the Space Shuttle Launch Vehicle.


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August 28, 2003