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Steering Committee

The SMSWG Steering Committee Members are:

  • Frank Popielas (Chair), Dana Holding Corporation
  • Conrad Bock, NIST
  • Roger Burkhart, John Deere
  • Peter Coleman, Airbus
  • Jian (John) Dong, Boeing
  • Rui Gao, Modelon
  • Christopher Hess, Airbus Space and Defence
  • Edward Ladzinski, E.A. Ladzinski & Associates
  • Mark Sampson, Siemens PLM Software
  • Will Stuart, JLR

Executive Mentors:

  • Rod Dreisbach, Boeing
  • Ralf Hartmann, Airbus Space and Defence
  • Ahmed Noor, Old Dominion University

    Chairman: 

    Frank Popielas

    Dana Holding Corp.

    Frank started his career with Dana at the Sealing Products Group, Victor Reinz in Europe in1994. He worked as a project engineer in the R&D center and was responsible for the MLS (Multi Layer Steel Gaskets) team in the development and of the FEA capabilities in the Victor Reinz Group. In 1999, Frank moved to the Victor Reinz facility in North America in 1999.


    He is currently Sr. Manager for System Engineering and CAE at Dana Holding Corp., responsible for the SE and CAE strategy and activities, as well as the development of new technologies, processes and infrastructure in this space to enable virtual engineerng for Dana in this space. 


     In addition  Frank has been a member of the NAFEMS Steering Committee Americas since 2011. He has produced several publications over the last few years in Germany, India, Russia and the USA covering topics including CAE, material development and product technology for sealing and shielding application. Frank holds over 30 patents.