Keynote Talks

During General Session presentations, world-leading researchers and scientists shared their journeys of discovery and progress through multiphysics simulation.

Marco Cati


Marco Cati, Electronic Engineer, Ph.D.,  Research & Development,  Esaote

Piezoelectric Transducers and Ultrasound Imaging:
Impact of Materials Properties and Multiphysics Aided Design

Marco Cati graduated cum laude and encomium citation in electronic engineering in 2001 from the University of Florence, where in 2005 he also received a Ph. D. degree in electronic engineering. In 2005 he joined the Research & Development Department of Esaote where he is currently in charge of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) design and testing activities on ultrasound and magnetic resonance devices. Dr. Cati is a member of IEEE and also an expert member of the IEC MT23 committee for the maintenance and development of IEC 60601-1-2 international standards. Since 2011 Dr. Cati serves as technical inspector for ACCREDIA (Italian Accreditation System). Dr. Cati is the author for over 50 scientific and technical works published in international journals and conference proceedings.


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Ercan Dede

Toyota Research Institute

Ercan Dede, Principal Scientist,  Electronics Research Department,  Toyota Research Institute

Multiphysics Modeling Solutions for Advanced Vehicle Research & Development

Ercan Dede currently works as a Principal Scientist for the Toyota Research Institute of North America, where his research involves the multiphysics simulation and optimization of electromechanical systems for advanced vehicle applications. Dr. Dede received his Ph.D. and B.S., respectively, in 2007 and 1998 in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. From 1998 to 2003 he concurrently worked for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company on spacecraft solar array and mechanisms design while earning an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in design at Stanford University.

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Alan Leewood

MED Institute

Alan Leewood, Director of Advanced Engineering,   MED Institute

Use of COMSOL Multiphysics to Simulate RF Heating
of Passive Conductive Implants in MRI Scanners

Dr. Leewood joined MED Institute (a Cook Medical Company) in January 2004. He came to MED from AC Engineering, Inc.(ACE) which he founded in 1986. ACE provided consulting services in the field of Computer Aided Engineering with specialty in solving a wide range of industrial problems requiring expert use of nonlinear FEA, in particular the ABAQUS® program. Dr. Leewood was brought into MED to kick-start its own CAE capabilities as well as create an R-Phase new product development team. Current responsibility as Director of Advanced Engineering requires that Dr. Leewood keep the most current technologies, including advanced simulation software, available for use in the new product design process. Dr. Leewood received his PhD in AeroSpace Engineering from Purdue University in 1985.

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Tim Poole

JDR Cable Systems

Tim Poole, Design Automation Engineer,  Design Automation,  JDR Cable Systems

Testing and Analyzing Complex Loading Conditions and Designs to Improve Subsea Cable Life

Tim Poole graduated from Cambridge University with a Masters degree in Engineering in 2008 and immediately joined JDR Cables Systems, a leading supplier of custom subsea oil and gas umbilical systems and renewable energy cables. He started in the Research and Development team, working on creating new products lines and testing umbilicals, which included fatigue, tensile and bend stiffness testing. He was then leading the introduction of FEA analysis of the umbilicals, focusing mainly on the mechanical and thermal characteristics.


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Matthias Richwin


Matthias Richwin, Dr.,  Technology Development/Qualification - Simulation,  KOSTAL

Multiphysics Simulations in Automotive Product Development: Concept and Beyond

Matthias Richwin joined KOSTAL, a worldwide automotive first-tier supplier, in 2003 where he started working on the design of optical sensor systems. In 2007 he took over responsibility for simulation methods in the series product development and since then leads the simulation engineering group. Besides his interest in the haptics of car-driver interfaces, his main focus is currently on multiphysics simulations, HPC integration and simulation process development. Dr. Richwins received his Diploma in Experimental Physics in 1999 from RWTH Aachen in the field of X-ray focusing and imaging optics. Working on instrumentation for X-ray absorption spectroscopy with synchrotron radiation, he earned his doctor’s degree at the University of Wuppertal in 2003.

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Rajveer Shekhwat

Secure Meters

Rajveer Shekhwat, Mr,   Secure Meters

Innovating New Products using Multiphysics Modeling

Dr. Shekhawat is currently the General Manager for New Products Development at Secure Meters Ltd., Udaipur. Prior to this, he was with CEERI, Pilani for 23 years. He has a Ph.D., MS, M. Sc. (Physics) and BE (EEE) from BITS, Pilani. He is the recipient of several honours including the DAAD Fellowship, Germany and National Science Talent Fellowship. His areas of research include Ultrasonic Transducers and Flow Measurements, Acoustics and Computational Fluid Dynamics.

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K.K. Singh

Bhabha Atomic Research Centre

K.K. Singh, Scientific Officer,  Chemical Engineering Division,  Bhabha Atomic Research Centre

Two-Phase Flow and Multiphysics Simulations in COMSOL

Dr. Singh has been working at the Chemical Engineering Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai since 2000. He has a Ph.D. from the Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay. He is a recipient of the Homi Bhabha Medal of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in year 2000, Young Engineer Award of the Department of Atomic Energy in year 2008 and Award for Excellence in Thesis Work at IIT Bombay. His research interests are in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling of process equipment, droplet hydrodynamics, microfluidics and chemical micro processing

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Asim Tewari

IIT Bombay

Asim Tewari, Dr,   IIT Bombay

Modeling Micromechanics of Eigenstrain in Heterogeneous Media

Dr. Tewari is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at IIT Bombay. Prior to this he was a staff researcher at the General Motors Global R&D Center, Bangalore. He graduated with a B.Tech degree from IIT Kanpur followed by an MS and Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA. His area of research is in mathematical models for microstructural-mechanics. He has extensively published in international journals and has 10 international patent applications. His pioneering work in 3D microscopy has been widely cited including reproduction in ASM handbooks. He is on the review board of Metallurgical and Materials Transactions and is a reviewer for several international journals, to name a few prominent ones: Proceedings of Royal Society of London, Acta Materialia, and International Journal of Fracture.


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William Vetterling

ZINK Imaging

William Vetterling,   ZINK Imaging

COMSOL Multiphysics and The Library of Babel

William T. Vetterling, Ph.D., is a Research Fellow of ZINK Imaging, Inc. and manager of its Image Science Laboratory in Bedford, Massachusetts. He received his Ph.D. in condensed-matter physics from Harvard University, and joined the Harvard faculty in 1976. In 1984 he began working with Polaroid Corporation, where he remained for over 20 years performing research and modeling studies of imaging systems, including CCD, CID and CMOS imagers, photodiodes, color liquid-crystal displays, solid state lasers and several novel printing technologies. Since 2005, he has been collaborating in the development of a new color thermal-imaging process known as ZINK. In addition to his work in experimental physics and computer modeling, Dr. Vetterling is co-author of the Numerical Recipes series of books and software. He has published over 60 scientific articles and books, and has 30 U.S. patents.

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