Program Manager on the Composite Solutions team, Altair Engineering GmbH
André Mönicke is a Program Manager on the Composite Solutions team at Altair Engineering GmbH. He graduated from Dresden University of Technology as Dipl.-Ing. in mechanical engineering with aerospace as major in 2008. Subsequently he has worked as an Engineering Consultant at Componeering Inc., the original developers of ESAComp - software for analysis and design of composite structures, where he concentrated on ESAComp development and composites optimization. In 2017 he joined Altair as a Program Manager for ESAComp and took his current role in 2019, focusing on composite stress toolbox and design certification workflows as well as draping simulation.
Professor of Engineering
Carleton Chaired Professor of Engineering, Columbia University
Dr. Fish is the Carleton Chaired Professor of Engineering at Columbia University and Chief Scientific Advisor to Altair.He received a Ph. D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Northwestern University in 1989. Dr. Fish is a founder of Multiscale Design Systems, which was acquired by Altair in 2015. He serves as a Director of Multiscale Science and Engineering at Columbia University, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Multiscale Computational Engineering, Editor of the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering and is on editorial boards of numerous journals. Dr. Fish is a past President of the United States Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM). He is a recipient of the 2010 Computational Mechanics award from the International Association for Computational Mechanics and the 2005 Computational Structural Mechanics award from the US Association for Computational Mechanics. Dr. Fish has written over 200 journal articles and several textbooks including, A First Course in Finite Elements and Practical Multiscaling, both from Wiley. The former has been integrated into curriculums at more than 100 universities across the globe including Stanford and Imperial College.It has been translated into Japanese and Portuguese and is currently being translated into Persian and French. Dr. Fish is a Fellow of American Academy of Mechanics, United States Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM) and the International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM).
working as technical specialist, Altair
Frank Ehrhart’s is working as technical specialist for Altair Multiscale Designer as part of the global technical team. He is focused on helping customers applying multiscale technology in their processes.
One major part of this field of application, besides continuous reinforced materials, are the short-fiber reinforced materials.
VP – Composite Technology
VP – Composite Technology, Altair
After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Structures from Purdue University in 1998, Jeff worked for The Boeing Company in St. Louis within the Boeing Defense & Space (BDS) and Boeing Research & Technology (BR&T) organizations. At Boeing, Jeff was primarily responsible for the development of detailed composite analysis methods and was one of the co-developers on the Boeing Onset Theory with Dr. Jon Gosse. Jeff received his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in Solid Mechanics from Washington University in 2002. While at Washington University, and in conjunction with The Boeing Company, Jeff worked on extending the p-version FEA theory with Dr. Barna Szabo and the ESRD StressCheck development team to applications of detailed composite bonded joint analysis. Jeff joined Altair Engineering in 2005 as a Product Line Manager for the Aerospace Industry and soon thereafter became the Altair HyperMesh™ Program Manager and ultimately the Director of Modeling and Visualization overseeing Program Management of the Altair HyperWorks modeling and visualization products. Jeff is currently
VP – Composite Technology at Altair Engineering helping industry customers implement multiscale material modeling, design optimization, and design certification technologies into current and future composite design projects. Jeff oversees the Composites Technology team within Altair which includes Altair Multiscale Designer™, Altair ESAComp™, and all Altair HyperWorks™ composites capabilities. Jeff is also an Affiliate Associate Professor at the University of Washington teaching Composite Design I & II and Additive Manufacturing 500 level courses.
Director of Global Composites Business Development, Altair
Markku Palanterä joined Altair in 2017 through the acquisition of Componeering Inc. and its ESAComp software. He was a founder member of the team that started the ESAComp software development at Helsinki University of Technology in the early 1990’s as a project for the European Space Agency (ESA). In 2000, Markku along with a few colleagues established Componeering to continue the software development and to commercialize ESAComp. Currently he works in a business development role in the Composite Solutions Team that oversees Altair’s composites related developments. Markku holds a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology.
Program Manager, Composite Solutions
Program Manager on the Composite Solutions team, Altair Engineering
Robert Jopson is a Program Manager on the Composite Solutions team at Altair Engineering. Upon graduation from the University of Washington with an aerospace engineering degree in 2013, he spent a year at a small start-up company focusing on composite design and manufacturing of UAV structures. In 2014 he joined Altair as an Application Engineer, working with aerospace companies in the United States. Since 2019 he has focused on finite element pre-processing solutions for composite structures. Robert lives in Spokane, Washington.
Strategic Development Consultant
Strategic Development Consultant, LMAT Limited
Graham’s involvement in composites simulation goes back to the early 90s where he pioneered the analysis techniques for applying layups in the analysis of composite structures, something we all take for granted today. Most of his work has been involved in the development of automotive structures, particular for crash applications in motorsport, supercars and volume automotive. Graham has joined LMAT to assist clients in realising their designs with confidence that they will be up to the dimensional accuracy they expect. Having spent many years commissioning tooling and parts for components, he knows that distortion is time consuming and costly to solve as an afterthought, but through LMAT is something that can be reliable eliminated during tooling design.
General Motors Global Research and Development
Staff Researcher in Polymer Composites group, General Motors Global Research and Development
Dr. Venkat Aitharaju is a Staff Researcher in Polymer Composites group at General Motors Global Research and Development. He is currently responsible for development of advanced math modeling tools for simulation of composite materials. He has over 22 years of experience in General Motors in the area of design, manufacturing and CAE of metals and composites. Dr. Aitharaju is currently the Principal Investigator for a multi-year Department of Energy funded project to develop computational simulation tools to accelerate the implementation of composites in automobiles for next level of lightweighting
R&D Engineer, CIKONI Gmb