Invited Speakers


Jon Gunner, Technical Director at Koenigsegg has been confirmed as the opening Industrial Keynote Speaker on Thursday, 24th October. The Swedish hypercar developer is using the open source solver based service iconCFD to push the boundaries of their aerodynamic development, for both in-house and third party projects.

Virginia Tech

Dr. Eric G. Paterson is professor and department head of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Previous to joining Virginia Tech, he held positions at the Pennsylvania State University as Senior Scientist at the Applied Research Laboratory and Professor of Mechanical Engineering. As an expert in computational fluid dynamics (CFD), Paterson has conducted research in the broad fields of ship hydrodynamics, wind and marine energy, conventional hydropower, bioinspired trace detection, and hemodynamics of cardio-vascular assist devices. He has secured more than $18 million in external funding as principal investigator or co-principal investigator from federal agencies and from industry, and he has published over 130 peer-reviewed journal papers, reports, and conference papers. Paterson received his doctoral degree from The University of Iowa, IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, a worldrenowned center for education, research and public service focusing on hydraulic engineering and fluid mechanics.

General Motors

Dr. Ron Grover is employed as a Staff Researcher at General Motors Research and Development, Propulsion Systems Research Lab in Warren, MI for the past 9 years. Ron’s areas of expertise are modeling gasoline fuel sprays, air-fuel mixing, and combustion within advanced internal combustion engines using computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Ron completed his doctoral degree at the University of Michigan in 2005. Ron and his wife currently reside in suburban Detroit. Ron is very active at his church and enjoys sports, computers, and traveling.