About Gilles Eggenspieler

Gilles is the Director Academic Program (North America) at ANSYS. Before that, he worked for Fluent and ANSYS in different roles: fluid product line manager, consulting, technical services, training, etc. Gilles has a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master's of Science from Ecole Nationale des Mines de Nancy, and a MBA from the Tepper Business School- Carnegie Mellon University.

National Engineers Week – Dreaming of a Better World

national engineers weekIn the United States, National Engineers Week is always the week in February which encompasses George Washington’s actual birthday, February 22. It is observed by more than 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies, and more than 50 corporations and government agencies. ~Wikipedia

When I graduated in 2005 with a Ph.D. in Engineering I did what many of us did at the time: flew to New York City to interview for Quant jobs. That is what was cool and sexy. Financial engineering, not engineering, was all the rage. How times have changed — for the better IMHO. Continue reading

Students Leverage Engineering Simulation to Succeed

ansys blog highlights 2015It’s that time of year, when many university students are about to graduate and high-school students are reviewing the universities they were accepted to and making a key choice about which university will they be attending in the Fall. One of these students is Raymond Wang. Many of you may remember him for winning 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (1,700 students were competing for this prize) thanks to his amazing innovation in aircraft cabin airflow design to curb disease spread. Continue reading

Students Innovate at SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Contest

spacex hyperloop pod contestAs many of our readers know, SpaceX launched an exciting hyperloop pod contest to design a revolutionary pod for the Hyperloop system. Hundreds of teams have assembled worldwide to compete and ANSYS is proud to sponsor this contest by providing simulation tools and support. Simulation is critical for this contest because the deadlines are short and the need to innovate is very high and more than 100 students teams around the world are using ANSYS simulation to design their entry in the Hyperloop Pod contest.
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More Thoughts on the Future Trends of CFD Simulation

A few days back, I wrote about the future trends of CFD. But this was from an engineer perspective. When my friends or family ask me what I do, I always relate CFD and simulation to everyday product. How CFD is used to design a fan, a milk warmer, etc.

In the future, people will be using CFD, actually running simulation live…without even knowing it. Here is one example of my vision of the future of CFD used by people in their everyday life… Continue reading

The Future of CFD Simulation? Think big!

future of cfdAt many conferences and simulation events I attend people ask: “What is next for CFD?” or “What is the future of CFD simulation”. Often people discuss topics like pre-processing, meshing, solver speed, etc. Some venture into the applification of simulation tools or even broader cloud computing capabilities. While all those points are valid, I would argue that those are well-known topics. Those topics are related to a very short term future.

Here is how I like to answer when speaking about the future of CFD. While this vision won’t be realized in the next year, I am convinced that this is where CFD, and simulation in general, are heading. CFD and simulation have a very bright future, here is my vision.
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Ready-to-Use ANSYS Tutorials Available for Professors

AcademicProgramThere is a quote often attributed to Albert Einstein that I am very fond of.

In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not.

In my humble opinion, they are complementary. I have seen many great classes and books teaching the theory of CFD and FEA — how to discretize the governing equations, the difference between different numerical schemes, implicit vs. explicit formulations, etc. But when engineers are trained, we need to make sure we also give them the tools and tutorials to put the theory to work and help them practice how to use CFD and FEA to develop better products, solve complex challenges.

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Santa Puts ANSYS to the Test for New Sleigh Design!

Dear ANSYS Blog readers,

I need to share a story with you that began on the 25th of December, 2013. Every Christmas Day, I wake up very excited to discover what Santa has brought me. But on this particular Christmas, I was extremely disappointed: no present from Santa, even though I sent my letter to the North Pole very early in November. How strange!

(Yes, some friends tell me that he doesn’t exist. I am a serious, grown-up man and, of course, do not believe them — another rumor, that is all.) Continue reading

And Another Victory for Ferrari – Hats Off!

image of Ferrari with ANSYS logoThe entire ANSYS Family congratulates Ferrari for their World Endurance Championship drivers’, teams’ and manufacturers’ titles in the GTE Pro class. The stats are pretty amazing:

  • 17th World endurance world title for Ferrari
  • 3rd title in a row for the Ferrari-run AF Corse Team
  • AF Corse Team drivers Gimmi Bruni and Toni Vilanderhad from the Ferrari-run AF Corse finish 1st and 2nd of the 2015 World Endurance Championship

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Simulation Confirms Your Mom Was Right – Cover Up When Sneezing!

sneezing in airplaneWinter is coming to the Northern Hemisphere and, with it, lots of travelling for Thanksgiving and the holidays. Did you ever notice that upon traveling you sometimes end up getting sick afterwards? Ever wonder why? Researchers at the FAA Center of Excellence at Purdue University, created this simulation of a sneezing passenger using ANSYS to study the mechanics of pathogen travel in airplane cabins. Continue reading

Computational Fluid Dynamics can be HOT HOT HOT!

computational fluid dynamics combustion LES natural gasLets talk combustion simulation. I know you dear readers, you are smart! So I will not bore you with explaining what combustion is. Rather, I want to give you some fun facts. As you will see, combustion is really everywhere. Continue reading