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Noor to Lead International 'Webinar'

Ahmed Noor, the Old Dominion University William E. Lobeck Professor of Aerospace Engineering and director of the university's Center for Advanced Engineering Environments (CAEE), will lead a "webinar" on Thursday, Jan. 29, for NAFEMS, the influential international arbiter of standards in computer-aided engineering.

The Web presentation, titled "Pathway to Future Computer-Aided Engineering Technologies and Their Role in Ambient Intelligent Environments," will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. More about it can be found at www.nafems.org/events/nafems/2009/caee.

Noor was instrumental in NAFEMS holding its 2008 North American Regional Summit in Hampton in October, and his keynote address at that meeting focused on the topic he will present in the webinar.

NAFEMS is an independent, not-for-profit organization that helps to maintain standards in computer-aided engineering analysis, and, more specifically, in finite-element analysis. The organization was founded 25 years ago as the National Agency for Finite Element Methods and Standards by the United Kingdom's National Engineering Laboratory. It has since adopted the acronym for its name and become an independent, vendor-neutral organization.

In the early 1980s, with industry turning increasingly to computers to solve practical engineering problems, questions arose about the reliability of software implementations. NAFEMS sprang from the UK's desire to promote the safe and reliable use of finite-element and related technologies. Initial efforts concentrated on developing benchmarks against which stress analysis codes could be tested. NAFEMS published the results of these benchmarks for a variety of codes, and the software industry responded by adopting the tests as a method of improving and verifying the accuracy of codes. Today, NAFEMS is the premier global organization dedicated to the advancement and improvement of engineering simulation.

Noor's presentation will describe the frontiers and the future of computer-aided engineering and simulation technologies and their role in virtual product creation and learning environments.

This article was posted on: January 21, 2009

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