I’m Patrick Mills and This Is How I Mesh

I was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and moved to Katy, Texas when I was five years old. I grew up loving sports, and played football and soccer in high school. After I graduated high school I moved back to Montreal to obtain my BEng in mechanical engineering at Concordia University. While at Concordia, I joined the football team and played for two years. I graduated from Concordia in 2018 and decided to stay and get my MS in aerospace engineering, where I am currently researching high order numerical methods for computational aero-acoustics

  • Location: Fort Worth, TX
  • Current position: Applied Research Intern
  • Current computer: Intel Xenon CPU E3-1270 v2 @ 3.50GHz with 32.0GB RAM Windows 10
  • One word that best describes how you work: Diligent

What software or tools do you use every day?

Pointwise, Visual Studio, Atom, gVim, ParaView, Gmsh, and Outlook.

What does your workspace look like?

I don’t like having clutter on my desk, so I keep my workspace very clean.

What projects are you currently working on?

I am currently working on improving the ability to export curved meshes into visualization programs, such as ParaView.

What has become your meshing specialty?

While I do not consider myself an expert at Pointwise, I have become very familiar with the curved mesh aspects of the software.

Do you have any tips or tricks to share with our users?

The video tutorials are a great place to start for new users. They cover everything from starting a new project in Pointwise to creating overset meshes and Glyph scripting.

What project are you most proud of and why?

For my final engineering project in my undergraduate studies, I was part of a team that designed and built an automotive chassis along with many other mechanical subsystems. I led the design, manufacturing, and testing of the suspension system. I also aided in the manufacturing of the steering system. It was extremely rewarding to apply everything I learned in my classes to a real-world application. After all the manufacturing and testing was completed, we entered our project into a competition against universities all across Canada. We placed fifth overall and second in suspension performance. It was amazing to see the cultivation of all our hard work come to fruition.

Are you reading any interesting technical papers we should know about?

I am currently reading “Comparison of High Accuracy Finite Difference Methods for Linear Wave Propagation” by David Zingg (https://epubs.siam.org/doi/10.1137/S1064827599350320).

What are your plans after you complete your internship?

After I complete my internship, I plan to finish my master’s degree and then pursue a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering.

What do you do when you’re not generating meshes?

I love playing sports and being outside. During the summer I enjoy fishing and mountain biking, and in the winter, I enjoy playing hockey and snowboarding.

What is some of the best engineering advice you’ve ever received?

Never stop learning.

If you had to pick a place to have dinner, where would you go?

I would go to the Taste of Texas. Living in the north has taught me that no one does barbecue better than Texas.

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A Pointwise engineer helping other engineers solve their meshing problems.
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