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Manfred Zehn

Manfred Zehn - Nafems Council of Management

From an early age, my mother told me I knew what I wanted to be: an engineer. Some years later, I graduated in Mechanical Engineering/Engineering Mechanics from Otto-von-Guericke-University of Magdeburg, doctorated 1981 in Structural Dynamics, and got habilitation in engineering mechanics in 1989. In mid 1970’s, while at Otto-von-Guericke-University, I became involved in structural dynamic research based on FEM.

Since graduation I have spent over 25 years in FE code development, research and consulting for various industries. In 1990 I was one of the founders of FEMCOS Ltd , a consultancy and research company in FEA and engineering simulation, involved to a large extent in industrial problems. From the beginning I was one of the two Presidents and CEO.  Currently, as a Professor at Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg in the institute of mechanics, I am teaching in subjects associated with engineering mechanics/structural dynamics. My principle fields of research are dynamics, structural dynamics, model updating, smart structures, etc.

My first interest in NAFEMS goes back to the late eighties. I was so enthusiastic about NAFEMS that I went to the (at that time) National Engineering Laboratory in East Kilbride, Scotland, to met Bill Mair, the then Chief Executive of NAFEMS.  From that time on I become a committed and keen supporter of the NAFEMS mission. Since 1993 I have served on the German Steering Committee of NAFEMS and in 1999 I became a member of the NAFEMS council, where I have contributed to the setting of new strategic directions and the promotion of NAFEMS. I have been Vice Chairman of NAFEMS since elected in 2004.