Meet our SIMULIA 2023 Champions


Benoît Cousin | ECCUS SA

Responsible for Thermal Management & Board Member

Benoît Cousin is a Civil Engineer who graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) with a specialization in Energy. His field of expertise covers, in particular, the aero and geothermal behavior of underground structures and infrastructures, such as transportation and industrial infrastructures, as well as building foundations. He has been active in this field, first as a researcher and then as a consulting engineer. He is now a Director at ECCUS, responsible for the thermal management of ECO Caverns as well as the relationship with higher education institutions. His use of SIMULIA deals with fluid dynamics and conjugate heat transfer for aerothermal and geothermal systems simulation for ventilation, cooling, and heat storage applications.

Country: Switzerland

Links: Benoît’s profile on LinkedIn

Dana Frye | Joby Aviation

Airframe Senior Stress Engineer

Dana Frye is a structural and mechanical analyst with Joby Aviation, working to create a more sustainable and efficient way to travel. Prior to Joby Aviation, Dana worked at General Dynamics Electric Boat, performing analysis on VIRGINIA, SEAWOLF, and COLUMBIA class submarine structures and mechanical components. Dana has used various SIMULIA tools (Abaqus, Tosca, 3DEXPERIENCE) for 10+ years to evaluate the structural integrity of composite and metallic components. Dana is an advocate for both the cutting-edge Abaqus software, and the unique capabilities for composites design and simulation on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform thanks to the SIMULIA Structural Analysis apps. Dana holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University, and a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

Country: USA

Links: Dana's profile on LinkedIn

Jan Hansen | Institute of Electronics, Graz University of Technology

Assistant Professor

Jan Hansen received a B.Sc. degree in Mathematics/Physics from Trent University, Peterborough, ON, Canada, in 1995, a Diploma in physics from Freiburg University, Freiburg in Breisgau, Germany, in 1998, and a Ph.D. degree in wireless communications from ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, in 2003. After completing his Ph.D., he worked at the Information Systems Laboratory, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA, working in digital communication theory, channel modeling, and wave propagation. In 2005, he joined Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart, Germany, where he began working with CST Studio Suite's electromagnetic field calculation software to solve electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) problems. Since 2005, Jan Hansen has participated in a fruitful interaction with CST Studio Suite/SIMULIA in the field of EMC and electronics simulation, which has led to a thorough understanding of electromagnetic modeling in industrial electronics. Being a rather exotic business in 2005, EMC simulation has since developed into an important asset creating unique design opportunities. In 2022, Jan Hansen joined the faculty of Graz University of Technology, where he continues his work on electromagnetic modeling of industrial electronics. He is particularly interested in improving the speed, accuracy, and versatility of simulation using machine learning methods. In addition, Jan integrates electromagnetic design using simulation into university teaching to train happy future simulation engineers.

Country: Austria

Link: Jan’s profile at the TU Graz 

Jim Roach | RTC - Pratt & Whitney

Structures Manager

Engineering is Jim's passion, with a not-so-successful beginning as a youth learning about a stereo system (disassembly was fine…reassembly, not so much), but he got better. Jim taught engineering courses at the University of Colorado and developed advanced wind turbine blades at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, which led to a career at Pratt & Whitney. Over the years, Jim has been able to help others advance their careers, something very important to him. He has been using SIMULIA products (primarily Abaqus and Isight) for about 20 years, performing a wide variety of finite element analysis simulations. When not in the office, Jim enjoys spending time with his family, participating in mud runs, and working on his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (where he also uses quite a bit of Abaqus).

Country: USA

Links: Jim’s profile on LinkedIn

Kilbae Park | Hyundai Rotem Company

Senior Research Engineer

Kilbae is a Senior Research Engineer at Hyundai Rotem Company and has more than 25 years of experience in railway vehicle dynamics. He has been involved in developing bogies for various speed ranges, from the 3-axles bogie for the locomotive to bogies for high-speed trains with an operating speed of up to 300 kph. The simulation results for the vehicle running safety were validated using static and dynamic test results following GMRT2141 & GMRC2641. Investigation of the effect of traction on vehicle dynamics was done by co-simulation with Matlab and Simpack. In Kilbae's current work, he is developing a new generation of high-speed trains that travel at up to 400kph, focusing on the wheel/rail interface in high-speed running conditions and the vehicle dynamics on various infrastructures, such as the ballasted track and the DFF track. Simpack and Abaqus have been used for these investigations.

Country: Republic of Korea

Links: Kilbae's profile on LinkedIn

Liu Ying | FAW-VW

Senior Engineer

Liu has been engaged in automobile development for 14 years, with 17 years of experience applying Abaqus and 11 years of experience using Isight. His strengths are in the multi-physical field coupling analysis, multidisciplinary optimization, and lightweight analysis. Liu has written more than 40 papers and nine patents. He was a speaker at the Global 3DEXPERIENCE Modeling & Simulation Conference and a speaker at the SIMULIA users' conference, obtaining the excellent paper award.

Liu's awards include: Second prize of the Liaoning Province Natural Science Academic Achievement Award (2 items); Second prize of Shenyang Natural Science Academic Achievement Award (2 items); Third prize of Shenyang Natural Science Academic Achievement Award (2 items); ALCE 2019/2020 Speaker of the 14th Automobile lightweight Conference; ALCECEE 2020 Speaker of China Automotive Engineering Annual Conference and Exhibition; 2021 Training instructor in Lightweight Alliance; specialty construction expert of Liaoning Toyota Jinbei Technician College.

Country: China

Matteo Cendamo | CommScope

RF Engineer

Matteo Cendamo received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Telecommunication Engineering with a specialization in Radio-Frequency and Microwave from Politecnico di Milano. He is also licensed as a Professional Engineer. He started to use CST Studio Suite, and electromagnetic simulation software in his previous work experience as a Ground Segment Engineer designing antennas and feeds for satellite communication systems. He has been with the CommScope Research and Development department for about four years, where he is in charge of the design of filters, multiplexers, TMAs, and, in general, passive devices operating in the RF/Microwave range.

Country: Italy

Links: Matteo’s profile on LinkedIn

Michael Brown | Jaguar Land Rover

Technical Specialist - CAE Automation

Graduating from the University of Sheffield in June 2013 with a First Class Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Michael joined Jaguar Land Rover as a graduate in September 2013. Throughout his time within the business, Michael has spent most of his time working in virtual engineering, leading the way in digital engineering automation within the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. In July 2019, Michael was elected to be a member of the IMechE as a Chartered Engineer. In December 2021, Michael was promoted to the position of Technical Specialist – CAE Templates, and continues to lead the transformation to empower engineers to carry out their own analysis.

Country: UK

Links: Michael's profile on LinkedIn

Ming Cheng | Central-south Architectural Design Institute Co., Ltd.

Civil Engineer

Ming graduated from the South China University of Technology in 2014 with a Master's degree in Structural Engineering. He has been an Abaqus user for applied research and consulting applications of nonlinear behavior analysis and simulation of building structures and building toughness evaluation for over 8 years, and he is very familiar with the concrete constitutive model. He has been with Central-south Architectural Design Institute, China, since 2017, where he is a civil engineer.

The UMAT subroutines of civil engineering materials developed by Ming Cheng have been applied to many large and complex engineering problems. His team also developed a general Pre-processing and Post-processing software based on Abaqus for nonlinear analysis of building structures. During the last 2 years, he devoted himself to CFD simulation based on XFlow, from pollutant diffusion for hospitals to FSI simulation of buildings. Relevant achievements helped him win the first prize in the BRICS simulation contest. Future research of his team will be on multi-hazard simulation in urban areas.

Country: China

Links: Ming's profile on Github

Parag Pradeep Dol | Kalyani Powertrain Ltd

Sr. Manager CAE

Parag is a senior manager in the CAE department at Bharat Forge Ltd, India. He holds a Master's degree in Design Engineering from IIT Mumbai, India. Parag has more than 23 years of experience in the automotive industry. He has been using Abaqus for more than 18 years. His main interests include durability, NVH, DFSS, elastomer modeling, MDO, digital twin, light weighting using Al-intensive structures, and manufacturing simulations. Currently, his focus areas are virtual validation of E-axles and E-drives for electric vehicles.

Country: India

Rich Albert | ConocoPhillips

Staff Reservoir Geomechanicist

Rich is a Staff Reservoir Geomechanicist at ConocoPhillips Company and has used the finite element numerical technique to solve problems in geomechanics for about 30 years. Rich has spent the past 20 years in the oil and gas industry. He has used Abaqus for most of this time, and some notable projects have involved coding user subroutines involving material nonlinearity in classical, rate-independent plasticity, salt deformation, and fracturing of rock. Rich's most recent work involves hydraulic fracturing in porous rock, the XFEM technique, and extensive Python scripting within pre- and post-processing. Rich holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the Universities of Rochester, Wisconsin, and Washington (St. Louis) in Geosciences and Mechanical Engineering, and post-docs at Northwestern and Sydney. His hobbies are playing drums and piano, history, and his primary text editor will always be improved vi.

Country: USA

Links: Rich’s profile on LinkedIn

Roman Tkadlec | CommScope

Principal RF Engineer

Roman is a Principal RF Engineer in the Base station antenna department at Commscope, where he is with the "Future technology team" exploiting novel filter designs and technologies. He received his Ph.D. in electrotechnical engineering from the Brno University of Technology in 2006 in the field of Radioelectronics and Antennas. Roman's experience with simulation tools goes back to his Master's and Ph.D. studies, where he used CST Microwave Studio for antenna near-field radiation modeling. After a short period dealing with EMC and cable harness-related tasks of passenger vehicles at Skoda-Auto, he joined the Andrew (later acquired by CommScope) R&D group and focused his attention on R.F./microwave filters and multiplexers. Roman helped to introduce several innovative simulation approaches and to improve the modeling fidelity and workflow of complex filters. Besides everyday challenges at work, he enjoys outdoor activities and good food.

Country: Italy

Links: Roman’s profile on LinkedIn

Shree Krishna | Blade Energy Partners

Senior Engineering Advisor

Shree is a results-oriented engineering professional with an impeccable history of achieving desired results in cutting-edge solutions development, rapid and reliable engineering problem resolution, large-scale research operations, and first-rate client service. He possesses superior expertise in failure investigation management, asset integrity practices, tactical project implementation, and all facets of computational mechanics. He was repeatedly recognized for his robust knowledge base in fracture mechanics, intricate computer-aided engineering (CAE) techniques, and state-of-the-art structural analysis software.

Country: USA

Links: Shree's profile on LinkedIn

Sungjin Yoon | Hyundai Motor Company

Senior Research Engineer

Sungjin Yoon received a graduate degree in finite element analysis in 1992. During the 30 years since that time, he has worked in the CAE department of Hyundai Motor Company. Currently, his main task is to predict the structural performance of vehicle chassis systems. He mainly uses Abaqus and fe-safe. Sungjin has a history of participating in SIMULIA events, such as the global and local conferences in the USA, Spain, and Korea, where he presented a number of his studies as author and co-author. He also shared his studies in Dassault Systèmes' SIMULIA Community News (February/March 2012). He has also submitted papers and presentations to JSAE (Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan) three times (1997, 2004, 2016).

Even at the age of 55, he is still developing new analysis methods using Abaqus and passing on his experiences to younger researchers. He still enjoys his job and wants to keep doing this until he retires. Sungjin's current interests are rubber analysis and co-simulation (nonlinear-multi body dynamics) in the automotive field.

Country: Republic of Korea

Thomas Bressner | Ericsson

RF Developer

Dr. Thomas A. H. Bressner obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and information technology from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, in 2012. During his bachelor studies, he gained his first experience with SIMULIA. This knowledge was then solidified during his Master's studies. He obtained his Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden, in 2015, an M.S. degree in electronic engineering from the Politecnico di Torino (POLITO), Italy, in 2015, and an M.S. degree in electrical engineering with a focus on R.F. technologies from KIT, in 2016. Subsequently, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE), Netherlands, to start his Ph.D. on energy-efficient base stations for mobile communications ( In 2020, Thomas started working as an R.F. developer and expert in CST Studio Suite at Ericsson in Rosenheim. His current focus is on base station antenna for mobile communications.

Country: Germany

Links: Thomas' profile on LinkedIn

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Woocheol Park | LG Electronics

Professional Researcher

Woocheol has about 20 years of experience using Abaqus. Over the past 10 years, he has conducted tire-related analysis and gained expertise in nonlinear and composite material-related analysis. Currently, he's working at L.G. Electronics, conducting analysis related to clothes dryers and vacuum cleaner products. He specializes in nonlinear analysis, simulation process automation, and customization in in-house code. He has rich experience in large deflection analysis using Abaqus Standard/Explicit and fluid-structure interaction analysis using XFlow and Abaqus co-simulation. He's also very interested in robust design using Isight and applying optimization techniques.

Country: Republic of Korea

Links: Woocheol's profile on LinkedIn

Ying GUAN | Great wall motors company

NVH Simulation Leader

Ying joined Great Wall Motors Company in 2011. His first job was as a CAE engineer in FAW Dalian diesel engine company after graduating in 2003 with a Master's degree in Vehicle Engineering. Then he worked at AVL List (Shanghai) technical center in 2006 and at Shanghai diesel engine company in 2009. Ying has been using Abaqus for 12 years. In 2021, he selected SIMULIA's MBS tool Simpack in NVH simulation. Using SIMULIA brought a high-efficiency and high-fidelity way to the team and they have completed many NVH prediction and troubleshooting issues.

Country: China