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Aerospace Simulation Engineering: The Big Issues

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 | Wichita, KS

Update: "Week of Learning" Just Announced!

As we make every effort to maximizing your learning experience, we are excited to announce our "Week of Learning" initiative. Leading up to and following this conference, we will be offering four one-day courses. Bundle and single purchase options are available. Join us for a full week of learning in Wichita! Additional details, including the courses offered and dates, can be found in the right column


Aerospace manufacturers and suppliers are facing an increasingly challenging and competitive marketplace as their products are becoming more complex via tighter integration of systems and cyber-physical environments. The current industry demands that engineers design safe and reliable aircraft, meet increasingly stringent fuel-economy standards, invent cost-effective approaches for exploiting new fabrication techniques such as additive manufacturing and use of cutting-edge design-for-purpose materials. Utilizing the latest engineering simulation tools effectively, accurately and efficiently to meet business goals has never been more critical, as aerospace engineering continues to move into a highly-advanced technological space. 

NAFEMS Americas and NIAR are co-hosting a one-day event to facilitate awareness and a deeper discussion into how the following “Big Issues” identified by NAFEMS can address these challenges:

  • Simulation Governance
  • Democratization
  • Certification by Simulation
  • Systems Simulation
  • SDM Implementation
  • Manufacturing Process Simulation
  • HPC Deployment
  • Simulation & Additive Manufacturing

This conference will cover a wide range of topics, addressing every aspect of analysis & simulation in engineering in the aerospace industry. 


Located at the NIAR training facility in Wichita, KS, “Aerospace Simulation Engineering: The Big Issues," will cover these topics and more, gathering attendees from the aerospace industry in a non-competitive environment to exchange ideas, identify best practices, and drive the near-future direction of engineering simulation technology and utilization strategy.

This event aims to deliver information and insights on critical topic areas in a manner that maximizes the “take-away” value for attendees. An event agenda and concept championed by several leading figures in the aerospace industry will provide the opportunity to learn about the latest technologies and practices, which attendees can later share and apply within their own organizations.

Keynote Speaker



 Lecture Hall


 Room S-210


 Welcome & Introduction
 (A. Wood, NAFEMS) 


 Finite Element Analysis Validation Requirements and Methods
 (P. Safarian, FAA)


 Smarter Testing Through Simulation for Efficient Design and
 Attainment of Regulatory Compliance

 (J. Castro, The Boeing Company)




 Collaborative MDO in Aerospace
 (R. Van De Velde, ESTECO)


 Case Study


 Multi-Disciplinary Simulation of the
 Deployment and Operation of a Roll-
 up Solar Array

 (B. Ross, MotionPort)


 Case Study
 (Dassault Systèmes 


 Aircraft Design for the Electric

 (H. Tummescheit, Modelon)


 Case Study


 The Role of Simulation Governance in
 the Democratization of Simulation
 Through Sim Apps Used in the A&D

 (R. Actis, ESRD)


 Case Study




 Uncertainty Quantification and Digital
 Engineering in the Aerospace and
 Defense Industry

 (R. Goffee, SmartUQ)


 Case Study
 (Altair Engineering)


 Multiscale Modeling of Fiber-
 Reinforced 10-Degree Coupon Tests

 (F. Souza, MultiMechanics)


 Case Study 


 Design & Optimization of Composites
 Skin-stringer Panels Subjected to
 Barely Visible Impact Damage to
 Accelerate Innovation in Aerospace

 (D. Goyal, Dassault Systèmes


 Case Study


 Structural and Manufacturing
 Optimization of Composite Structures  Produced by AFP

 (R. Jopson, Altair Engineering)


 Case Study




 A Simulation Methodology for Metallic Structure to Enable Smarter

 (M. Chengalva, The Boeing Company)


 Finite Element Methodologies for Certification by Analysis
 (L. Gomez, NIAR/Wichita State University)


 Dynamic Simulation for Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission Capture
 Restraint System Flexible Capture Arms

 (Y. Li, NASA Langley Research Center)


 Panel Discussion




You can register to attend using the "order" button on the right.

Members of NAFEMS: FREE* 
Members of NAFEMS without sufficient seminar credits: $149
Non-members of NAFEMS: $349

*subject to availability of sufficient seminar credits – this event will utilize two (2) seminar credits per delegate. If you would like confirm your seminar credit balance, please contact the event manager, and reference "Engineering Analysis & Simulation in the Aerospace Industry" in the subject line. 

These fees include attendance at the conference, morning and afternoon refreshments, and lunch. Hotel accommodation is not included

Conference Venue

National Center for Aviation Training

4004 N Webb Rd.
Wichita, KS 67226
316.677.9400 / 866.296.4031


Purchasing Details

Members Price
£110 | $149 | €125

Non-Members Price
£258 | $349 | €292
Order Ref: Aero_US_NOV2017
Event Type: Conference
Location: Wichita, KS United States
Date: November 8, 2017

Member Places

Free places are available on this event for NAFEMS member companies, subject to membership type and remaining credits. Please login to request free places.

Conference Pages



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    "Week of Learning"

    Join us in Wichita for all, or some part, of the week of November 6th - 10th. For the first time ever, we are offering five consecutive days of learning with multiple training courses and a conference. Below is the schedule: 

    Monday, November 6th: 

    TrainingFatigue & Fracture Mechanics Analysis

    Tuesday, November 7th:

    TrainingModeling Joints & Connections

    Wednesday, November 8th: 

    ConferenceAerospace Simulation Engineering: The Big Issues

    Thursday, November 9th: 

    TrainingAerospace FEA Modeling Techniques

    Friday, November 10th: 

    TrainingNonlinear Analysis

    Note: We will be providing substantial discounts to individuals interested in attending more than one of the above options. For those bundle options, please choose one of the following: 

    If you would like to enroll multiple people in one, or more, of the options mentioned above, please contact us at, or call 1.614.360.1922. 


    Please contact the NAFEMS Americas office with any questions. 

    Free Special Edition Copy of Benchmark Magazine: 

    Simulation in the Aerospace Industry