COMSOL Day South & Midwest - USA (Online)

June 18, 2020 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM EDT

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Join us and fellow engineers from your region online for COMSOL Day South & Midwest. Listen to experts in the field of simulation, engage in product demonstrations, and ask questions to COMSOL technical staff. There will be interactive Tech Cafés run in parallel with the main sessions, covering high-frequency electromagnetics and structural mechanics.

View our preliminary schedule below, and note that some sessions are subject to change. Register for free today!


8:50 a.m.

Please join us 10 minutes before the presentation starts to settle in and make sure that your audio and visual capabilities are working.

9:00 a.m.

To start, we will briefly discuss the format of the day and go over the logistics for using GoToMeeting.

9:05 a.m.

See how you can deploy the power of high-fidelity simulation to engineers, designers, operators, and scientists throughout your organization.

9:30 a.m.

Learn the fundamental workflow of COMSOL Multiphysics®. This introductory demonstration will show you all of the key modeling steps, including geometry creation, setting up physics, meshing, solving, and postprocessing.

10:15 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
Acoustic-Structure Interaction

Learn about the Acoustics Module and how it can be used to model sounds waves, their propagation, and their interaction with solids at both small and large scales. Use cases include nondestructive testing, speakers, microphones, and sonar.

Tech Café: High-Frequency Electromagnetics

Antennas, waveguides, metamaterials, and filters are just some of the high-frequency and microwave devices that will be discussed in this Tech Café. COMSOL engineers will be available to take your questions and suggest modeling techniques for simulating these and other devices.

11:15 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
Invited Speaker
12:00 p.m.
Break for Lunch
12:30 p.m.
Welcome Back: Some Useful Resources
12:45 p.m.

Industry and government organizations will showcase how they are using multiphysics simulation to improve products and solve problems.


  • Henry Diaz-Alvarez, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Prashant Jain, ORNL
  • David Gross, MED Institute
  • Kyle Koppenhoefer, AltaSim Technologies
1:30 p.m.
1:45 p.m.
Low-Frequency Electromagnetics

Learn about the capabilities of the AC/DC Module for modeling Maxwell's equations in the low-frequency regime. Use cases include resistive and capacitive devices, inductors and coils, as well as motors and magnets.

Tech Café: Structural Mechanics

Structural analysis is often an integral part to many multiphysics applications, such as FSI; acoustics-structure interaction; piezoelectric effects; and, of course, thermal stresses. Join this Tech Café to discuss the different varieties of structural analyses and material models supported by the COMSOL® software and how they pertain to your multiphysics-based applications.

2:30 p.m.
2:45 p.m.

Get an overview of using the CFD Module for laminar, turbulent, non-Newtonian, and multiphase flows as well as flow in microfluidic devices. We will discuss conjugate heat transfer with the combination of heat transfer in solids and heat transfer in fluids, including thermal radiation effects. These phenomena could also be coupled with structural mechanics, chemical reactions, and particle tracing.

3:30 p.m.
3:45 p.m.

Get an overview of the shape and topology optimization capabilities available in the COMSOL® software for producing lightweight and more efficient designs. Shape optimization involves the free-form deformation of a CAD part by means of the mesh and geometry deformation tools in COMSOL Multiphysics® and the Optimization Module. Using just a few control variables, you can quickly come up with improved designs. Topology optimization is used to come up with entirely novel designs by allowing the material distribution within the modeling domain to vary.

COMSOL Speakers

Gilbert Kiyingi
Gilbert Kiyingi joined COMSOL in 2015 and currently works as a technical sales engineer, covering accounts in DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware. He received a BS in aerospace engineering from Boston University.
Phil Kinnane
Phil Kinnane is the VP of sales at COMSOL, Inc. He has previously worked within the Business Development, Operations, and Marketing departments. Phil has 20 years of experience with modeling and simulation for all fields of engineering. He earned his PhD in electrochemical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
Viswajith Hanasoge
Viswajith Hanasoge joined COMSOL in 2015 and currently works as a technical sales engineer. He received a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Arizona State University and his interests include solar energy, fluids, and thermal engineering.
Jinlan Huang
Jinlan Huang is an applications engineer for vibrations and acoustics and instructs acoustics and heat transfer training courses. She received her PhD from Boston University, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, investigating acoustic wave propagation in complex-tissue environments and ultrasound-induced tissue heating and bleeding control. She joined COMSOL in 2011.
Walter Frei
Walter Frei leads the applications team in COMSOL's Burlington office. He received his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, working on the optimization of photonic crystal microcavity lasers. He has been with COMSOL since 2008.
Chandan Kumar
Chandan Kumar is an applications engineer specializing in structural mechanics and the analysis and design of microelectromechanical systems. He joined COMSOL in 2009. He earned his PhD from Penn State University, where he studied the dynamics of the self-assembly of semiconductor quantum dots. He is a senior member of IEEE.
Ali Nojoumi
Ali Nojoumi joined COMSOL in August, 2018, as an applications engineer in the Los Angeles office. Ali finished his PhD in structural mechanics at UCLA. His area of expertise is structural solid mechanics.
Keshni Sharma
Keshni Sharma has been with COMSOL since 2016 and currently works as an account manager for North Carolina, South Carolina, and Kentucky.
Bjorn Sjodin
Bjorn Sjodin is the VP of product management at COMSOL. He has been with COMSOL since 1995 and started out as a member of the development team in Stockholm, Sweden. He joined the COMSOL office in Burlington in 2002.
Jaymin Patel
Jaymin Patel is an applications engineer at COMSOL. His focus is on products related to CFD, heat transfer, and chemical engineering. He received his master's degree in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Invited Speakers

Henry Diaz-Alvarez
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Mr. Henry Diaz-Alvarez is a research civil engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He specializes in the area of structural assessments for bridges and concrete dams. In the past, he was tasked with developing, coordinating, and executing an integrated worldwide plan and investment strategy for evaluation, maintenance, and rehabilitation of bridge structures to provide guidance on repair and improvement of defected features of the bridge system. Currently, he is leading a program conducting applied research to develop techniques and methodologies in the area of structural health monitoring (SHM) using infrasound technologies. Mr. Diaz-Alvarez earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 2005 and his master’s degree in structural engineering in 2011 from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez.

Prashant Jain

Dr. Prashant Jain is a group leader and an R&D staff member for thermal hydraulics research in the Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He received his MS (2006) and PhD (2010) in nuclear engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and his BTech (2004) in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He has more than 10 years of experience in nuclear thermal design and safety analyses, computational fluid dynamics, single- and two-phase turbulent flows and heat transfer, advanced multiphysics models, analytical benchmarks, lattice Boltzmann methods, and parallel scientific software development. Dr. Jain is a recipient of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) Mark Mills Award for his doctoral research on lattice Boltzmann methods and UT-Battelle’s 2019 Mission Support Award for his contributions to the HFIR event causal analysis.

David Gross
MED Institute

David Gross currently manages the MRI safety evaluations group and computational modeling and simulation (CM&S) group at MED Institute, Inc., a medical device consulting company. He graduated from Purdue University with a BS in biomedical engineering and MSE in interdisciplinary engineering. He also holds MS and PhD degrees in biomedical engineering from Ohio State University and is a licensed professional engineer.

James Knox
Dynetics Technical Solutions

James Knox has worked as a subject matter expert at Dynetics Technical Solutions since 2018, where he works on two International Space Station (ISS) technology demonstration flight projects. He previously worked at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center as a life support engineer. Knox received his BS in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado and his MS and PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Alabama. His research interests include adsorption kinetics in pelletized beds for gas-solid adsorption systems; microscale gas flows and novel separation techniques; and developing applications with COMSOL®, MATLAB®, Visual Basic® for Excel®, and FORTRAN. More recently, he has expanded scope to develop analytical tools using Python and apply optimization routines to models based in COMSOL® and LiveLink™ for MATLAB®.

Kyle Koppenhoefer
AltaSim Technologies

Kyle Koppenhoefer has been one of the principals and leaders at AltaSim Technologies for 15 years. He works with customers to identify how computational analysis can be used to further develop their products and manufacturing processes. Prior to cofounding AltaSim, Kyle worked for the Department of Defense and the Edison Welding Institute. He holds a PhD in civil engineering from the University of Illinois.