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.

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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 Minicourse

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.

Dr. Reza Malek-Madani - United States Naval Academy
Dr. Sam Wanis - Northrop Grumman
Dr. Yitian Zhang - W. L. Gore and Associates

Jinlan Huang - COMSOL, Inc.
Dr. Kyle Koppenhoefer - AltaSim Technologies

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®.

Dr. Andrew Strikwerda - Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)

Bjorn Sjodin - COMSOL, Inc.
Dr. John Dunec - JohnDunec Simulation

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

Dr. 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.
Dr. 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.
Dr. 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.
Dr. 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.
Dr. Sam Wanis
Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Sam Wanis' research activities span the range from basic (e.g., understanding the physics of scalable particle manipulation using forces induced by acoustic and electromagnetic fields) to fairly applied (e.g., developing solutions for contamination control of optical surfaces, scalable approaches to nanomanufacturing, and tailorable engineered materials) in the areas of aerospace and mechanical engineering and bioengineering. Since 2006, Sam has worked in industrial R&D at Northrop Grumman, spending the first year there solving high-temperature gas flows (nonequilibrium and multiphase) and shock wave dynamics of hypervelocity impact. He then initiated a research program made up of several projects to advance field-induced forces for noncontact particle assembly and object manipulation in 3D at multiple size scales. He currently has project leadership, program management, business development, and capture responsibilities as laboratory lead for the Mechanical Systems Group.
Dr. 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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