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Leading the Future of Engineering Simulation with ASSESS and NAFEMS

Leading the Future of Engineering Simulation with ASSESS and NAFEMS

Thursday, 18 August 2022
4:00 pm GMT | 11:00 am EDT | 8:00 am PDT


NAFEMS acquired the activities and assets of the ASSESS Initiative in June 2022. The ASSESS Initiative will continue as a self-contained thought leadership effort focusing on “The Future of Engineering Simulation” under the overall NAFEMS umbrella.

The activities of NAFEMS and ASSESS have always been very complementary. Bringing the two organisations together will see the ASSESS activities benefit from the infrastructure, experience, knowledge, reputation, and network that NAFEMS has built over the past nearly 40 years, and NAFEMS will benefit from further extending its longer-term view of engineering simulation.

The ASSESS Initiative will act as a part of NAFEMS with an expanded vision: “To lead every aspect of engineering simulation toward a more valuable and accessible future in the medium to long-term, leveraging the expertise and knowledge of top-level figures in industry, government, and academia.”

ASSESS will have the autonomy to chart its own course, make independent recommendations, and decide on which initiatives to pursue. Joe Walsh, ASSESS founder, will continue to lead the initiative under the auspices of NAFEMS. The expectation is that ASSESS activities will continue, only bigger, better, and bolder because of the support and assistance of NAFEMS.

Tim Morris, NAFEMS CEO, and Joe Walsh will discuss the reasoning behind the acquisition and the path forward for the ASSESS Initiative as part of NAFEMS.


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Tim Morris, NAFEMS CEO

Tim Morris

Tim Morris joined NAFEMS in 2003. Since then he has been driving the organization forward to achieve:

  • improved international participation with branches now established across Europe, North America and India
  • increased coverage of the range of engineering simulation technologies that are embraced
  • the continued supply of high quality guidance on the use of simulation for professional engineering practitioners through a variety of different media

Prior to joining NAFEMS, Tim worked for 16 years in industry, and held a number of different roles before reaching the position of Associate Director at one of the UK’s leading engineering simulation companies.

During this time, he developed expertise in a variety of simulation technologies including dynamic analysis and advanced non-linear analysis.

Tim is qualified as a Chartered Engineer and is a graduate of Oxford University.


Joe Walsh, ASSESS Initiative

Joe Walsh

Joe Walsh founded intrinSIM in late 2009 to enable rapid next-generation application development for engineering software, and he also co-founded the ASSESS Initiative in mid-2016 to significantly increase the usage and benefit of Engineering Simulation. Mr. Walsh brings over 40 years of experience, expertise, relationships, and collaborations in the CAE, CAD, interoperability, and component software industries. Before founding intrinSIM, He was the VP of Business Development for Simmetrix, where he was responsible for sales, marketing, and business relationships. Before joining Simmetrix, he was VP of Worldwide Sales for IronCAD LLC, VP of North American Sales for DS/Spatial and Spatial Corp., Partner and Founder of New Renaissance, President/CEO and co-founder of FEGS Inc. the North American subsidiary of FEGS, Ltd. of Cambridge UK, President/CEO of PAFEC Inc. the North American subsidiary of PAFEC Ltd. of Nottingham UK, Director of Engineering Applications for Clevenger Corporation and Mr. Walsh has almost ten years experience in engineering analysis positions specializing in CAD/CAE integration, CAE automation, and design optimization. Joe Walsh holds an Architectural Engineering degree from Milwaukee School of Engineering.