2009 NCSA Private Sector Program Annual Meeting

2009 NCSA Private Sector Program Annual Meeting

Speaker Biographies

Keven Hofstetter, Caterpillar
Keven joined Caterpillar Inc. in 1988 after earning a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. Keven completed a one-year training program and then joined the Performance Analysis section within Caterpillar's Product Development Center of Excellence. He has spent most of the last 20 years in the area of virtual product development. Keven is currently a Research Program Manager responsible for the VPD Supporting Technology Research program. He develops technologies such as large-scale rigid and flexible multi-body dynamics, implement-earth interaction models, tire and track-soil interaction models and virtual operator models. His primary focus is the development of virtual tools that can be used to drive product development.

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Thomas Lange, Proctor & Gamble
Tom received a BSChE from the University of Missouri in 1978. He joined Procter & Gamble in May, 1978 as a Product Technical Engineer. Tom has spent his 30+ year career modeling and simulating products and production systems... from how the aerodynamics of peanuts affect roasting, to how baby sizes affect the probability of a urine leak in a diaper.

In 1994, Tom was recognized with a PRISM award (Professional Recognition of Individual Sustained Mastery)—P&G's highest technical recognition award for Engineering.

In 1998, Tom was appointed Associate Director for Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) in Baby Care, and Reliability Engineering responsibilities for all P&G Paper goods including Always, Charmin and Bounty.

In August 2004, Tom was appointed Director, Modeling & Simulation in Corporate R&D with responsibilities including Computational Chemistry.

July 1, 2008 Tom was named Director, Modeling & Simulation Global Capability Organization, R&D. In this position, Tom leads P&G's M&S efforts ranging from Computational Chemistry & Biology, Computer Aided Engineering (CAE), Process Reliability, and Supply Chain Analysis.

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Chris Maher, IBM
Chris Maher, Ph.D is director, HPC Development, IBM Systems and Technology Group. He is responsible for the delivery of IBM's HPC software and solutions for clusters and Blue Gene. This includes software products providing parallel runtime, systems management, scheduling, parallel file systems, math libraries and an SDK for multi-core environments. His team also manages the delivery of many large scale HPC solutions to major HPC accounts. Recently his team developed and delivered the Roadrunner hybrid supercomputer to Los Alamos National Laboratory, the first system to achieve a petaflop of performance.

He came to this position after leading software architecture in storage and server virtualization and systems management.

Previously Dr. Maher was director, Edge Server Development and IBM Pittsburgh Lab. He was also Software Group Pittsburgh Site Executive for IBM. In this role, Chris had responsibility for the development and product support work performed by the IBM Pittsburgh Lab, including development for portions of the WebSphere Edge Server, WebSphere Application Server, distributed file systems and DCE. In this time period he also served on the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Technology Council.

Prior to joining IBM, Dr. Maher held various management roles within Transarc Corporation, then an IBM subsidiary, including product management positions for DCE, AFS and DFS, director of Development for Enterprise File Systems and vice president, File Systems Business Unit.

Dr. Maher also held various positions at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, a national resource for high-performance computing for academic-based computational science. During his tenure at the Supercomputing Center, Dr. Maher formed the Scientific Support group to focus on computational science research in chemistry, biology, numerical methods and engineering fields. In addition, the group completed projects in computer graphics and distributed computing such as distributed file systems and mass storage systems.

Dr. Maher received his BS, MS and Ph.D. in Physics from Carnegie-Mellon University. His Ph.D. in medium energy physics was based on an experiment that he completed while in residence for one year at CERN, the leading European particle physics laboratory. He completed postdoctoral research at the MIT Laboratory for Nuclear Research, working on a number of experiments at the Bates Linear Accelerator Center and at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is the author of numerous papers on experimental physics and on distributed storage and file systems.

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Robert L. Meakin, DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program
As manager of the CREATE-AV project, Meakin is responsible for the gathering of requirements from stakeholder organizations; establishment of project vision and goals; definition of project tasks and schedules; allocation of project resources; development of innovative solutions to stakeholder requirements; building and management of multi-institutional (government / industry / academia) and multi-disciplinary HPC software development teams; recruitment of staff to support project strategic goals and objectives; leading combined activities of the CREATE-AV project teams; communication of vision and project status to CREATE management, senior government leaders, and stakeholders; institution of verification and validation programs for CREATE-AV software products; facilitating technology transfer to the stakeholders; ensuring that the project meets the evolving needs of the stakeholder community; and execution of all activities necessary for the success of the project and the whole of the CREATE program.

Meakin has more than 20 years of experience developing and applying large-scale multi-physics applications software, and leading and managing parallel, scalable HPC software development projects. His experience includes serving in the capacities of Director of the HPC Institute for Advanced Rotorcraft Modeling and Simulation (HI-ARMS); the DoD HPCMP Computational Technology Area Leader for computational fluid dynamics; and Principal Developer of the Scalable Dynamic Chimera Methods for Unsteady Aerodynamics Project. Meakin is the founder of Overset Methods, Inc., a small non-profit public benefit corporation established to carry out basic and applied research in the computational sciences for the purpose of expanding the spectrum of fluid and aerodynamic problems solvable via computational means. He is the author of more than 40 refereed papers, conference papers, and chapters; and author and developer of a number of software modules now in common use ranging in functionality from contact detection and collision dynamics to unsteady, compressible, viscous flow. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Senior Member of the American Helicopter Society.

Meakin serves as CREATE-AV PM as an IPA from the University of Alabama (Birmingham), where he is a professor of Mechanical Engineering. Meakin received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University in 1980 and a PhD in Civil Engineering (Computational Fluid Dynamics) from Stanford University in 1987.

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