Western Pennsylvania ANSYS User Group


9:00 AM - 3:30 PM (EST)

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Left Field Meeting Space
116 Federal Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Krista Loeffler

Innovation enables organizations to open new avenues of product differentiation by customizing products. In today’s rapidly changing business environment, engineers must innovate quickly to incorporate new features while reducing development costs and delivering new products to the market before the competition. Simulation plays a key role in helping engineers drive innovation, enabling complete virtual prototypes of complex systems to be validated across all physics and engineering disciplines.

On December 15th, join us for the Western Pennsylvania ANSYS User Group in Pittsburgh. You will learn how to incorporate various productivity enhancement tools and techniques into your engineering department’s workflow as well as network with other technical professionals in the area. ANSYS application engineers and current users will share their experience with simulation, including a keynote address from John Zinn of Uber Advanced Technologies Center.


Time Topic
8:30 - 9:00 AM Registration & Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 AM ANSYS Welcome
9:15 - 10:15 AM Industry Keynote: Thermo-Mechanical Analysis of a Circuit Board
John Zinn, Lead Analyst, Uber Advanced Technologies Center
10:15 - 10:30 AM Networking Break
10:30 - 11:00 AM Roll Ingots Life Cycle: Design, Manufacturing and Applications
Konstantin V. Redkin, PhD, Corporate Research Metallurgist, Mechanical Engineer, WHEMCO Inc.
11:00 - 12:00 PM An Introduction & Demonstration of ANSYS EnSight - 3D Post Processing & Visualization
Kurt Svihla, Senior Application Engineer, ANSYS
12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 - 1:30 PM Analysis of Steam Turbine Buckets
Paul Smith, Senior Engineer, Research and Development, Elliott Company
1:30 - 2:00 PM Discovery Live Demo
Andrew Stankovich, Senior Application Engineer, ANSYS
2:00 - 2:15 AM Networking Break
2:15 - 2:45 PM Carnegie Mellon Hyperloop Team
Karthik Venkiteswaran and Samarth Ramesh Koundinya, Engineering Leads, Carnegie Mellon Hyperloop Team
2:45 - 3:15 PM Panther Racing Simulation
Logan Tuite, Panther Racing, University of Pittsburgh Formula SAE team

Keynote Speaker

John Zinn
Lead Analyst, Uber Advanced Technologies Center

John has been the Lead Analyst at Uber’s ATC in Pittsburgh since January 2016. The ATC is the R&D hub of Uber’s engineering team dedicated to self-driving technologies, mapping and vehicle safety. This team is responsible for developing long-term technologies that advance Uber’s mission of bringing safe, reliable transportation to everyone, everywhere. John is responsible for the design analysis of autonomous hardware, focusing on component performance and safety. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.