Author Archives: Rick Matus

Beyond Automation In Your Job and In Your Meshing

The June 2015 issue of Harvard Business Review includes an article, Beyond Automation┬áby Thomas H. Davenport and Julia Kirby, about the effects of automation on the workplace. The article is not at all about mesh generation, but rather on how … Continue reading

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Pointwise User Group Meeting Fast Approaching

On top of all the other work they normally do, the Pointwise staff is busily preparing for the Pointwise 2013 User Group Meeting, which will be held in Fort Worth on March 19th and 20th. Yes, it is extra work, … Continue reading

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VINAS User Conference 2012

The VINAS User Conference 2012 was held in Tokyo on October 11th and 12th. VINAS distributes Pointwise software in Japan. That means they market, sell, and provide technical support for our products to customers in Japan. They also distribute software … Continue reading

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Ernst Mach’s Birthday, 18 February 1838

NASA image Ernst Mach was born in Chrlice, Moravia (now part of the Czech Republic) on February 18, 1838. You know him of course from the Mach number, which is the ratio of speed to the speed of sound. The … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Claude-Louis Navier

Today is the 227th birthday of one of the pioneers of fluid mechanics. Here is some historical background from last year’s post on Navier’s birthday.

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Aircraft designer, Robert Widmer, dies at age 95

Robert Widmer, a long time engineer and aircraft designer, has passed away. He led the development of the first supersonic bomber, the B-58, as well as the F-111 and F-16. When I worked at General Dynamics in the 1980’s he … Continue reading

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The Wind Tunnel That Helped Win World War II

The Atlantic magazine has a nice article about the history of the NASA Langley Full Scale Wind Tunnel, including some pictures from the Library of Congress of the tunnel’s construction and some historic aircraft tested there. Some impressive statistics on … Continue reading

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