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NAFEMS Launches World-Class Keynote Line-up for 2015 Congress

Keynote Presenters Announced for the International Congress on Simulation Technology for the Engineering Analysis Community. 

Glasgow, UK, February 17th 2015:

NAFEMS, the International Association for the Engineering Analysis Community, has launched the initial keynote line-up for the 2015 NAFEMS World Congress, incorporating the 2nd International SPDM (Simulation Process and Data Management) Conference, being held in San Diego, USA, from June 21st–24th 2015.

Keynote speakers from around the globe will be part of the event, showcasing best-in-class simulation and analysis usage in many different industries. With more keynotes and invited presenters still to be announced, the event is shaping up to be the most important dedicated, independent conference on CAE of the year.

The biennial world congress will bring together the leading visionaries, developers, and practitioners of CAE-related technologies and business processes to share relevant trends and roadmaps, and to address these issues in an open forum. The aim of the congress is to provide attendees with perceptive content and perspective on the best way to position their organizations to realize the full potential of CAE both now and in the future.

Trends, Challenges & Opportunities 

“The keynotes presenting at the 2015 NAFEMS World Congress represent companies that have successful implemented CAE to provide competitive advantage. Attendees to the NWC can expect to learn how engineering analysis has been used to design cutting edge products such as the BMW i Series.” commented Ian Symington, Technical Officer at NAFEMS. “The speakers cover a range of industries and provide the opportunity for attendees to see what ‘best practise’ looks outside of the confines of their own technical area. The role of engineering analysis has evolved significant over recent decades and the keynotes will offer their view on current trends and on what lies ahead in terms of challenges and opportunities.”

The Keynotes

Ferdinand Dirschmid  BMW Group  The CFRP Lightweight Structure of the BMW i8Ferdinand 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.

Dr. Ahmed Noor Old Dominion University Potential of Cognitive Computing on Engineering Analysis and DesignDr. 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 the upcoming 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 FutureKlaus-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 XC90Johan Jergeus, Volvo Cars
Safety CAE in the development of the all new Volvo XC90

Since 1998, Dr. Johan Jergeus has been working with Crash worthiness and SafetyCAE 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 Crash worthiness and Safety CAE. 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

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 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.

Full details, as well as details on further invited speakers, are available at, where further keynote presenters will also be announced in the coming weeks.

One Registration – Two Conferences

The World Congress will also host the 2nd International Conference on Simulation Process and Data Management. After an impressive turnout for the first event in Salzburg, Austria in 2013, this ground-breaking conference will bring together industrial users, technology experts, academics and software vendors alike, allowing all those with an interest to take part in the only truly independent, international forum dedicated to SPDM. Attendees, speakers and exhibitors have free access to both events under one registration.

The Congress will cover a wide range of topics, addressing every aspect of engineering simulation in a packed three-day programme. There are also numerous sponsorship and exhibition opportunities available. Visit the congress website for full details.


NAFEMS is a not-for-profit organization aimed at promoting best practices and fostering education and awareness in the engineering analysis community. In line with its objectives to promote the effective use of simulation technologies, NAFEMS is continually seeking to create awareness of new analysis methodologies, deliver education & training, and stimulate the adoption of best practices and standards by offering a platform for continuous professional development. For more information, visit:


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Date: February 17, 2015