Apr 5, 2018 Bethesda, Maryland8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

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You are invited to join us at COMSOL Day Bethesda for a day of minicourses, panel discussions, and the opportunity to exchange ideas with other simulation specialists in the COMSOL community.

New to the program this year are panel discussions on acoustics modeling and electromagnetics. Attend these sessions to participate in conversations with industry leaders on design challenges and best practices.

Acoustics Modeling

Moderator: John Dunec, JohnDunec Simulation

Panelists: Jinlan Huang, COMSOL, Inc.
Reza Malek-Madani, U.S. Naval Academy
Sam Wanis, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems
Yitian Zhang, W. L. Gore & Associates


Moderator: Kyle Koppenhoefer, AltaSim Technologies

Panelists: Naresh Das, Army Research Laboratory (ARL)
Bjorn Sjodin, COMSOL, Inc.
Corey Stambaugh, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Andrew Strikwerda, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)

View the schedule for minicourse topics and presentation details. Register for free today.

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8:00 a.m.
8:30 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks
8:40 a.m.

Learn how to use the Application Builder and the Method Editor to automate your model building, including setting up the geometry, material properties, loads and boundary conditions; meshing; solving; and extracting data.

9:00 a.m.
Coffee Break
9:15 a.m.
Parallel Minicourses
Introduction to COMSOL Multiphysics® and the Model Builder

This introductory demonstration will show you the fundamental workflow of the COMSOL Multiphysics® modeling environment. We will cover all of the key modeling steps, including geometry creation, setting up physics, meshing, solving, and postprocessing.

News in COMSOL Multiphysics® Version 5.3a

Get a quick overview of the most significant news from the release of COMSOL Multiphysics® version 5.3a. The release highlights include new interfaces for the boundary element method, shape memory alloys, accelerated solvers, and much more.

10:00 a.m.
Coffee Break
10:15 a.m.
Parallel Minicourses
CFD and Heat Transfer Minicourse

Get a quick overview of using the CFD Module and Heat Transfer Module within the COMSOL® software environment.

Low-Frequency Electromagnetics Minicourse

Explore the capabilities of COMSOL Multiphysics® for electromagnetics in the static and low-frequency regime with a focus on the AC/DC Module.

11:00 a.m.
Coffee Break
11:15 a.m.
Parallel Minicouses
High-Frequency Electromagnetics Minicourse

Learn about modeling high-frequency electromagnetic waves using the RF Module, Wave Optics Module, and Ray Optics Module.

Structural Mechanics

Get a brief overview of using the Structural Mechanics Module and its add-on modules within the COMSOL® software environment.

12:00 p.m.
Break for Lunch
1:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion
Panel Discussion: Acoustics Modeling

Acoustics simulations are widely used in the design of sensors, actuators, loudspeakers, noise control devices, and musical instruments, to name a few. In this session, a panel of users from industry and COMSOL will share their experiences working with modeling and simulation and answer technical questions related to the use of the COMSOL Multiphysics® software.

Panel Discussion: Electromagnetics

Electromagnetics simulations are widely used to design and optimize electromagnetic devices that work at low and high frequencies. In this session, a panel of users from industry and COMSOL will share their experiences working with modeling and simulation, as well as answer technical questions related to the use of COMSOL Multiphysics®.

1:45 p.m.
Coffee Break
2:00 p.m.
Parallel Minicourses
Optimization Minicourse

Learn to use gradient-based optimization techniques and constraint equations to define and solve problems in shape, parameter, and topology optimization, as well as inverse modeling. The techniques shown are applicable for almost all types of models.

Acoustics Minicourse

Get a brief overview of using the Acoustics Module within the COMSOL® software environment.

2:45 p.m.
Coffee Break
3:00 p.m.

Learn the fundamental numerical techniques and underlying algorithms related to linear and nonlinear multiphysics simulations. We will cover the difference between iterative and direct solvers as well as the different study types including stationary, transient, and eigenfrequency analysis.

3:45 p.m.

COMSOL Day Details


Hyatt Regency Bethesda
One Bethesda Metro Center (7400 Wisconsin Ave)
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

*One minute walk from Bethesda Metro

*Free parking is available for attendees

COMSOL Speakers

Angela Straccia
Angela Straccia is an applications engineer specializing in thermal and fluids engineering. She studied mechanical engineering at Brown University, where she received her BS degree.
Bjorn Sjodin
Bjorn Sjodin is the VP of product management at COMSOL. He has been with COMSOL since 1995 and started out as a member of the development team in Stockholm, Sweden. He joined the COMSOL office in Burlington in 2002.
Gilbert Kiyingi
Gilbert Kiyingi joined COMSOL in 2015 and currently works as a technical sales engineer, covering accounts in DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware. He received a BS in aerospace engineering from Boston University.
James Christopher
James Christopher joined COMSOL in 2017 and is currently working as an inside sales associate. He helps to service accounts in Washington, D.C.; Maryland; Virginia; Delaware; New York; and Florida.
Jeanette Littmarck
Jeanette Littmarck has 25 years of sales experience at COMSOL and is the sales manager for governmental accounts in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. She joined COMSOL AB in Sweden in 1992 and became the first sales representative for all Scandinavian customers before moving to the Burlington office in 2000.
Jinlan Huang
Jinlan Huang is an applications engineer for vibrations and acoustics and instructs acoustics and heat transfer training courses. She received her PhD from Boston University, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, investigating acoustic wave propagation in complex-tissue environments and ultrasound-induced tissue heating and bleeding control. She joined COMSOL in 2011.
Temesgen Kindo
Temesgen Kindo works at COMSOL as an applications engineer, specializing in structural mechanics and equation-based modeling. Before joining the Burlington, MA office, Temesgen received his PhD in civil engineering from Duke University. He is interested in nonlinear mechanics, multiphysics problems, and applied mathematics.

Invited Speakers

Naresh Das
U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL)
Dr. Naresh Das is a physicist at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Adelphi, MD. His specializations are in field of semiconductor device physics and technology. Recently, he started using the COMSOL Multiphysics® software to model plasmonic particle interaction to improve semiconductor device performance. Prior to joining ARL, he worked at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque, NM.
John Dunec
JohnDunec Simulation
John Dunec is a consultant specializing in multiphysics simulation, customized COMSOL training, and support. His experience with COMSOL spans 20 years, most recently as COMSOL’s VP of Sales for the NW USA. He was COMSOL’s first customer and has been teaching a wide variety of COMSOL courses since 2003. John has a Ph.D. from Stanford in Aeronautics and Astronautics. He started his career at IBM as a product engineer, then joined an early multiphysics startup, and finally ran a product development firm prior to joining COMSOL. He returned to consulting in early 2017.
Kyle Koppenhoefer
AltaSim Technologies
Kyle Koppenhoefer has been one of the principals and leaders at AltaSim Technologies for 15 years. He works with customers to identify how computational analysis can be used to further develop their products and manufacturing processes. Prior to cofounding AltaSim, Kyle worked for the Department of Defense and the Edison Welding Institute. He holds a PhD in civil engineering from the University of Illinois.
Reza Malek-Madani
U.S. Naval Academy
Dr. Reza Malek-Madani is a professor of mathematics and the director of research and scholarship at the U.S. Naval Academy. He also serves as the program officer for the Applied and Computational Analysis program at the Office of Naval Research. His research interests are in the numerical modeling of physical phenomena that span multiple physics and multiple scales. He also has a special interest in exploring the potential of using the COMSOL® software in advanced undergraduate courses for applied mathematics and scientific computing.
Corey Stambaugh
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Corey Stambaugh has over a decade of experience in experimental physics. He currently works as a staff physicist in the Mass and Force Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). His current focus is on using magnetic suspension to realize a vacuum-to-air mass comparator for high-precision mass metrology; he uses finite element modeling (FEM) to analyze the relevant magnetic fields and forces in the mass comparator. In the past, he has used FEM to gain insight into the structural mechanics of electromechanical devices, among other work. He holds a PhD in physics from the University of Florida and has conducted postdoctoral research at both Seoul National University and NIST.
Andrew Strikwerda
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)
Andrew Strikwerda has over a decade of experience in solving complex multiphysics problems. He currently works at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), performing numerical modeling in the Research and Exploratory Development Department. Prior to joining APL, he worked as an applications engineer at COMSOL, specializing in electromagnetics and coupled multiphysics simulation. He holds a PhD in physics from Boston University and conducted his postdoctoral research at the Technical University of Denmark.
Sameh Wanis
Northrop Grumman Mission Systems
Sameh S. Wanis is a research manager at Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Mission Systems sector, leading contract R&D programs that focus on emerging technologies with a horizon timeline of 5–7 years. A few examples of the programs in his portfolio are nanoelectronics, acoustic particle manipulation, and synthetic biology. Previously, he led the Rapid Innovation Program and the Center for Innovative Solutions. As a research scientist in the Aerospace Research Laboratories, he was the mechanical systems lab lead, managing a research portfolio that spanned a range of applications based on noncontact, scalable 3D particle assembly using acoustic- and electromagnetic-field-induced forces. He served as a systems engineer and future technical leader for Northrop Grumman’s Mission Systems sector in the Missile Defense Division, where he performed CFD analysis on various bodies of revolution. He holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he also completed postdoctoral work.
Sergei Yushanov
AltaSim Technologies
Sergei Yushanov has extensive experience in multiphysics mathematical modeling applied to a wide range of product design and manufacturing applications. Dr. Yushanov has solved complex analyses for the consumer products, automotive, heavy, and defense industries. His work for AltaSim over the last 15 years includes the use of computational analysis to solve electromagnetics, structural behavior, acoustic-structure interaction, and thermal analysis problems. He holds a PhD from the Institute of Hydrodynamics & Applied Mechanics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk, Russia.
Yitian Zhang
W. L. Gore and Associates
Yitian Zhang is an acoustic technologist at W. L. Gore and Associates with 2 years of experience using the COMSOL® software. Yitian graduated with a PhD degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky in 2016, with a research focus on muffler design. His current research includes the measurement and simulation of acoustic systems in portable electronic devices, with an emphasis on the characterization of waterproof acoustic membranes.

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