Keynote Talks

During General Session presentations, world-leading researchers and scientists share their journeys of discovery and progress through precision multiphysics simulation. We will also hear from the makers of COMSOL, as they provide insight into their vision and present sneak previews of upcoming versions of the software.

Dawn Bernardi

Ford Motor Company

Dawn Bernardi,   Ford Motor Company

Lithium-Ion Battery Simulation for Greener Ford Vehicles

Dr. Bernardi is a Research Engineer with Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI. Her research focuses on the analysis and simulation of electrochemical energy-storage and conversion systems. In particular, Dr. Bernardi develops mathematical models that predict system behavior and identify governing physicochemical processes. Experimental investigations support model development, analysis, and validation. At Ford she is currently working in the area of batteries for vehicle propulsion. She has published in the areas of lithium-ion batteries, lead-acid batteries, high-temperature lithium molten-salt batteries, nickel electrodes, and fuel cells. She received her doctorate degree from the University of California at Berkeley under the direction of John Newman in 1985.

Svante Littmarck


Svante Littmarck,   COMSOL

Introducing COMSOL Version 4.2a

Svante Littmarck is the President and CEO of COMSOL, Inc. He cofounded the COMSOL group in 1986. In 2004, Littmarck received an honorary doctoral degree from the Royal Institute of Technology for the development and international reach of high quality software for scientific computations through his company COMSOL.

John Lovell


John Lovell,   Schlumberger

Near-Wellbore Physics of Non-Isothermal Flow Into a Wellbore and its Application to Hydrocarbon Production

John Lovell received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Delft University in 1993 as well as MA's in Mathematics from Oxford and Cornell. He is currently a Business Development Manager for Schlumberger. His numerical expertise includes the creation and application of finite element algorithms for problems relating to the near-wellbore physics of hydrocarbon production from subterranean reservoirs. His Ph.D. research concentrated on numerical algorithms for electromagnetic wave propagation, but more recently he is investigating interface conditions between porous media and turbulent flow.

Rick Nopper

Sr Res Assoc, Engineering Dept, DuPont Company

Rick Nopper, Sr Res Assoc,  Engineering Dept,  DuPont Company

Computational Science and Engineering at DuPont

Rick has a BS in Physics, a ScM in Geological Sciences, and a PhD in Physics. He worked at Air Force Geophysics Laboratory, Conoco Petroleum Exploration Research, and, since 1989, has been at the DuPont Experimental Station. In this industrial setting, Rick has had opportunity to work on a great diversity of problems ranging from traditional engineering studies, using commercial finite-element packages, to computational material science and environmental issues, which require specialized codes. Many of these efforts are facilitated by high-performance computing platforms. Rick’s current interests are in modeling solids-handling operations, particle aggregation and breakage, and properties of composite media.

Darrell Pepper

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

Darrell Pepper,   University of Nevada - Las Vegas

Large Scale Simulation on Clusters Using COMSOL

Darrell Pepper is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Nevada Center for Advanced Computational Methods at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). He was recently appointed Distinguished Visiting Professor at the US Air Force Academy where he will be in residence until May 2012. In 2004, Dr. Pepper was appointed ASME Congressional Fellow and worked as a senior legislative staff member for US Senator Dianne Feinstein in Washington, DC. In 2008 he was awarded the Eric Reissner Medal for his work in computational heat transfer and in 2010 he received the Harry Reid Silver State Research Award. In 2011 he received the outstanding researcher award from the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering at UNLV. He has published over 300 technical papers on fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and environmental transport topics, and co-authored five textbooks on the finite element method, boundary element method, and indoor air quality.

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