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May 17, 2023 at 9:00am ET

Barna Szabó

Dr. Barna Szabó
Engineering Software Research and Development, Inc

Presentation Title: Simulation Governance: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Dr. Barna Szabó is Co-Founder and Chairman of Engineering Software Research and Development, Inc. a company whose mission is to create and market software tools for the advancement of the quality, reliability and timeliness of information that serves engineering decision-making processes.

Dr. Szabó was a full-time member of the faculty of the School of Applied Science and Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis from 1968 until his retirement as the Albert P. and Blanche Y. Greensfelder Professor of Mechanics. His areas of expertise include mathematical modeling techniques, error estimation and quality control procedures in finite element analysis, methods for controlling modeling errors in numerical simulation and assurance of the reliability of engineering decisions based on computed information.

Dr. Szabó is the principal author of three textbooks on finite element analysis (John Wiley & Sons, 1991 2011, 2021) and has published over two hundred technical papers, mostly on the finite element method.

Dr. Szabó is an external member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the St. Louis Academy of Sciences, holds an honorary doctorate and is a founding member and fellow of the US Association for Computational Mechanics. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Missouri.

May 18, 2023 at 9:00am ET

Chris Stanek

Chris Stanek
U.S. DOE, Office of Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) program and Los Alamos National Laboratory

Presentation Title: Integrating VVUQ into Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation

Chris Stanek is the National Technical Director of the U.S. DOE, Office of Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) program and a staff scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He was previously the focus area lead of Materials Performance Optimization for the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of LWRs (CASL) Energy Innovation Hub. Stanek received his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University and his Ph.D. in Materials from Imperial College London. His research focuses on multiscale simulation of nuclear fuel performance, and he has published over 120 papers on this and related topics.

May 19, 2023 at 9:00am ET

Scott Sidener

Scott Sidener
Chief Engineer of Digital Technology
Westinghouse Electric Company

Presentation Title: Can VVUQ keep up with AI/ML? Practical Application Needs for ML Models

Scott Sidener is the Chief Engineer of Digital Technology for Westinghouse Electric Company. He has 27 years of experience in the nuclear industry innovating and applying probabilistic modeling and simulation, V&V, data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence, statistical analysis, and materials science. He leads the Westinghouse digital enablement, digital twin, and data science strategies.