Dr. Oubay Hassan
Dr. Oubay Hassan is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Wales Swansea. He obtained his MSc in 1986 and his PhD in 1989 from the University of Wales. Dr. Hassan has been working in the field of Computational modelling and mesh generation for the last 13 years. His main areas of research are the generation of unstructured meshes, Computational Fluid Mechanics, Computational Electromagnetic and the parallel implementation of the various computational tools used in the previous fields. In 1998 Dr. Hassan was awarded an MBE for his contribution to the success of the analysis of the design of the THRUST SSC supersonic car.
Ted D. Blacker
One of the original founders of the Sandia CUBIT meshing research group and the International Meshing Roundtable, Dr. Blacker has been an active researcher in mesh generation for many years. He developed the paving algorithm for quadrilateral meshing and has made significant contributions with various hexahedral meshing algorithms. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1983 with a Masters in Civil Engineering, and later obtained a Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Northwestern University. He is currently employed by Fluent and is responsible for the Gambit software product, a preprocessor tool for geometry and mesh generation for the Fluent suite of analysis tools. Dr. Blacker will speak about hexahedral mesh generation; its history, the state of the art, and some musings about the future of this research area with a particular emphasis on the practical application of the various techniques.
David L. Marcum
Dr. Marcum has developed an established research program in unstructured grid technology for computational field simulation (CFS). This research program is an integral part of the Mississippi State University/National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Computational Field Simulation. Dr. Marcum has also developed the AFLR technique for tetrahedral mesh generation, a highly successful method which has been incorporated into several commercial software packages. Dr. Marcum will speak about current issues related to robust triangle and tetrahedral mesh generation.
Charlie is a Senior Staff Engineering in the Caterpillar Technical Center working in the Center of Manufacturing Excellence. He graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Engineering Science and a Masters in Engineering Mechanics. Previous affiliations include the U.S. Department of Energy working in ultrasonic spectroscopy and Cummins Engine Co working in Applied Mechanics prior to joining Caterpillar in 1981. He has spent the last 19 years developing, implementing, and applying measurement and simulation methods for structural design and evaluation and has worked on virtually all Caterpillar product lines.