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 NAFEMS 2020 Keynote Presenters

Prof. Ahmed Noor

Old Dominion University

Dr. Ahmed NoorEminent Scholar and William E. Lobeck Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. He is also the Director of the Old Dominion University’s Center for Advanced Engineering Environments, funded by NASA in Hampton, Virginia. He is also adjunct Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, and the Florida Space Research Institute Distinguished Scholar of Advanced Learning Systems. He taught at Stanford University, Cairo University (Egypt), University of Baghdad (Iraq), the University of New South Wales (Australia), George Washington University and the University of Virginia before joining Old Dominion University.

He is a Fellow of the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) and of five professional societies: the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Academy of Mechanics, and the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics. He is a Founding Member of both the International and U.S. Associations of Computational Mechanics, and is a Past President of USACM.

His current professional activities focus on intelligent design and synthesis environments, advanced learning technologies, aerospace structures, structural and computational mechanics, multiscale modeling, simulation and visualization, and new computing systems.

Prof. Thomas J.R. Hughes

University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Hughes holds B.E. and M.E. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Pratt Institute and an M.S. in Mathematics and Ph.D. in Engineering Science from the University of California at Berkeley. He began his career as a mechanical design engineer at Grumman Aerospace, subsequently joining General Dynamics as a research and development engineer. Upon receiving his Ph.D. at Berkeley, he received the Bernard Friedman Prize in Applied Mathematics, and thereafter taught at Berkeley eventually moving to California Institute of Technology and then Stanford University before joining the University of Texas at Austin. At Stanford he served as Chairman of the Division of Applied Mechanics, Chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chairman of the Division of Mechanics and Computation, and occupied the Mary and Gordon Crary Family Chair of Engineering. At the University of Texas at Austin he is Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics and occupies the Computational and Applied Mathematics Chair III. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, co-editor of the international journal Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics  and Engineering , a Founder, Fellow and past President of the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM), a Founder, Fellow and past President of the International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM), a past Chairman of the Applied Mechanics Division of ASME, and is licensed to practice as a Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.

Dr. Hughes has been a leading figure in the development of the field of computational mechanics. He has published over 300 works on computational methods in solid, structural and fluid mechanics and he is one of the most widely cited authors in the field. Dr. Hughes was identified by ISI as among the 15 most highly cited authors in Scientific Computing and the original 100 most highly cited authors in Engineering (all fields). His research has included many pioneering studies of basic theory as well asdiverse applications to practical problems. He received the Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize in 1978 from ASCE, the Melville Medal in 1979 from ASME, and the 1993 Computational Mechanics Award of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers. In 1995 Dr. Hughes was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering. In 1997 he was awarded the Von Neumann Medal, the highest award of USACM, and in 1998 he received the Gauss-Newton Medal, the highest award of IACM, and was named the recipient of the Worcester Reed Warner Medal fromASME. He was the first engineer to occupy the Cattedra Galileiana (Galileo Galilei Chair), Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, in 1999, and he held the Eshbach Professorship, Northwestern University, in 2000. In 2003, Dr. Hughes received a Doctorat honoris causa from the Universite catholique de Louvain, Belgium. In 2007 he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Istituto Lombardo Accademia di Scienze e Lettere, he received honorary doctorates from the universities of Pavia and Padua, in Italy, and the Timoshenko Medal, the highest award in Applied Mechanics, from ASME. His seminal studies on contact-impact, plate and shell elements, time integration procedures, incompressible media, algorithms for inelastic materials, nonlinear solution strategies, iterative equation solvers, parallel computing, and finite elements for fluids have had a major impact on the development of software used throughout the world today.

His most recent work includes the development of patient-specific simulation technologies for cardiovascular disease, variational multiscale methods for complex fluid flows and turbulence, and Isogeometric Analysis: geometrically exact methods in computational mechanics that hold promise to unify computer aided design and engineering analysis methodologies.

Dr. Takeshi Abe

Ford Motor Company

Dr. Takeshi Abe was appointed as a Henry Ford Technical Fellow, NVH,  in 2002. Dr. Abe is responsible for Powertrain NVH (Application, Development of hardware, methods, tools, facilities and capabilities) and Advanced NVH technology development.

Dr.Abe joined to Ford in 1997 as a Senior Technical Specialist of Powertrain NVH. He was appointed to Staff Technical Specialist in 1999, Corporate Technical Specialist in 2001.

Before joining Ford, Dr.Abe had been working for Nissan Motor Co. Ltd for more than 20 years with experience in Vehicle NVH, Chassis NVH, Engine NVH, Transmission NVH, Driveline NVH and Pass-by Noise.

Dr. Abe also chaired the Pass-by Noise Committee of JSAE (Society of Automotive Engineers, Japan) for 11 years. As chairman, he led all Japanese auto and motorcycle manufacturers to liaison with ISO to contribute major standard creations such as ISO 10844 (Road Surface) and to revise multiple ISO Standards for pass-by noise.

After joining Ford, he worked within Powertrain NVH for product support, method/deleted-files/process/capability enhancement and NVH awareness/training such as  "Driveline NVH Course" started since 2000, and "Design for Powertrain NVH " in 2007.

Also Dr.Abe has been leading NVH development support and problem solutions on a vast majority of Ford group main products world wide. (FNA, Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo, Mazda, Aston Martin, Ford South America Operation and Ford of Australia). Based on these accomplishments, Dr. Abe has been leading Ford Global Powertrain Sound Quality Symposium (1999~ annual) and Ford Global Noise & Vibration Conference (2000~, bi-annual) very successfully to grow to really global activities among Ford group companies establishing highly effective global SME network.

He has been publishing and presenting technical papers continuously internationally, and been invited many key note speeches from various companies worldwide.

Dr. Abe awarded  Henry Ford Technology Award in 2002. He also awarded  "On Wheels, 2008 Urban Wheel Awards,  Asian-American Executive of the year" in 2008.

Dr. Abe has a BME degree from Keio University, Japan, MSc degrees from Keio Univ. and ISVR (Institute of Sound & Vibration Research), University of Southampton, UK) and PhD degree (ME/Acoustics) from Osaka University, Japan. 

Prof. Mary Boyce


Professor Mary C. Boyce is the Gail E. Kendall (1978) Professor and Department Head of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Professor Boyce earned her B.S. degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Virginia Tech; and her S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Professor Boyce joined the M.I.T. faculty in 1987. Professor Boyce teaches in the areas of mechanics and materials. Her research areas focus primarily on the mechanics of elastomers, polymers, polymeric-based micro- and nano-composite materials, lattice- structured materials, natural materials, and biological macromolecular networks, with emphasis on identifying connections among microstructure, deformation mechanisms, and mechanical properties.

Professor Boyce has published over 100 journal papers in the field of mechanics and materials; and has mentored 36 SM Thesis students and 18 PhD students. Professor Boyce has been the recipient of several awards and honors recognizing her research and teaching efforts, including the MIT MacVicar Faculty Fellow, the Department of Mechanical Engineering Keenan Award for Teaching, the Spira Award for Teaching, the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, the ASME Applied Mechanics Young Investigator Award, Member-at-Large of the USNCTAM, Chair of the ASME Applied Mechanics Division, Fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics, Fellow of the ASME, and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  

Dr. Joel Orr

Cyon Research

Dr. Joel N. Orr is a futurist, speaker, and writer, specializing in engineering automation and computer technologies. He is vice president and chief visionary of Cyon Research Corporation, a publishing and consulting firm.

Much in demand as a keynote speaker, Joel has addressed conferences, companies, and associations around the world, often sharing the platform with speakers such as Tom Peters, George Gilder, Jack Kemp, and others. Autodesk Corporation named Orr a “Distinguished Fellow” for a three-year period that ended in 1993. From 1997 to 2001, Bentley Systems, Inc. designated him their “Engineering Laureate.”

Dr. Orr’s most recent book is "Every Man a Hero, Every Woman a Coach," published in September, 2005. The one before it is “Structure is Destiny: The Dandelion Paradox,” published in April, 2004.

Many of the Fortune 500 manufacturers see Dr. Orr as a major resource in the areas of business restructuring, automation, and the future of technology. He counts among his clients Ford, IBM, Chrysler, Lockheed, Xerox, Apple, General Foods, Dow Corning; Becton-Dickinson, US Surgical, the US Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, and Army, NASA, government agencies in several countries, and many other organizations.

Orr has coached many executives in the engineering world, helping them achieve their personal and business goals.

Dr. Orr’s PhD is in abstract math, from SUNY, 1973. He is listed in “Who’s Who,” and is internationally known as a speaker. He lives in Mountain View, California.

Dr. Jeffrey Cipolla

Weidlinger Associates Inc.

Dr. Cipolla has spent the last sixteen years developing computer codes and performing calculations for the transient and time-harmonic dynamic analyses of complex, coupled structural systems, such as ships, automobiles, aircraft, and hardened structures. Dr. Cipolla was the principal developer of the Abaqus Acoustics and Undex software. This general-purpose finite element code was extended to analyze structures and the acoustic wave propagation effects through the surrounding media under his supervision. He led research in iterative solution methods for non-Hermitian coupled fluid-solid forced-response and in innovative finite elements for the Office of Naval Research. He has also led the development and validation of finite element software enhancements for the analysis of rolling tires for Yokohama Rubber Corporation. Dr. Cipolla led and managed the development of Undex software for the QinetiQ corporation. He led the developments in heat transfer and proof-of-concept research in electromagnetics for Dassault Systemes Simulia Corporation.


PhD, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1992, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

BS, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, 1985, Mechanical Engineering

BA, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, 1985, Applied Science