Michael Bruyneel, Scientific Director - GDTECH ENGINEERING
Michaël Bruyneel graduated in 1995 as Mechanical Engineer at the Faculté Polytechnique de Mons (Belgium). He obtained his PhD in 2002 at the University of Liège (Belgium) in the field of optimization of composite structures. From 2002 to 2015, he worked at Samtech (A Siemens Company), as a developer of the SAMCEF finite element code and of the BOSS Quattro optimization toolbox, first as a research engineer, then as project manager and finally as senior manager, head of the Samcef Solvers development team. Since July 2015 he is Scientific Director at GDTech Engineering (Global Design Technology, Belgium) where he is in charge of the R&D projects. His fields of expertise and scientific interests are structural optimization using the finite element method, optimization algorithms, computational fracture mechanics, design of composites structures, and multi-body simulations. Over the last 20 years, he’s been involved in more than 25 R&D projects with top industrial players of the aeronautics, space and automotive industries. He is senior member of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), member of the European Aeronautics Science Network (EASN), and member of the NAFEMS Composite Working Group. He is author and co-author of more than 160 publications in books, journals, conferences and scientific workshops. He serves as a referee for several international journals. He is also Professor at the University of Liège (Belgium), where he teaches Mechanics of Composites, and Visiting Professor at ISMANS-CESI Engineering School (France) for the classes on Computational Fracture Mechanics and Structural Optimization.