Composites Manufacturing Simulation Center (CMSC), a department at Purdue University, is part of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) IACMI.org. Dr. Byron Pipes, Director of the Composites Design and Manufacturing HUB (cdmHUB), directs the IACMI Design, Modeling and Simulation Technology Area. This technical area provides modeling and simulation tools and expertise to help address the need to shorten the development cycle of composite parts. Funded by DOE and led by the University of Tennessee, IACMI aims to decrease the cost of composites manufacturing and allow for more time and financial effort to be spent on innovation throughout the manufacturing supply chain.
Through this DOE funded institute, the Composites Virtual Factory HUB (cvfHUB) was developed on cdmHUB, as a super group as a cost-effective method, to provide a simulation community space for industry composite projects in conjunction with IACMI. Brian Rohler, Director of Information Technology for CMSC, supports cvfHUB and its development efforts. cvfHUB serves projects as part of IACMI and is a place for industry partners to bring their problems to IACMI. Members can access commercial tools provided on cvfHUB and share the results with other team members for further analysis through the shared storage space. Some of the commercial tools included are 3D Experience from Dassault, SwiftComp from AnalySwift, Digimat from MSC Software and other composite commercial tools. These tools are accessed through Citrix receivers connected to Amazon Web Services (AWS). Additional university partners through IACMI are focusing on composite materials and processes, compressed gas storage, automotive components and wind turbine blades.
HUBzero team members have helped with the design and integration of Windows tools, AWS and Citrix into cvfHUB. David Benham, HUBzero Senior Software Engineer, has supported these efforts for running Microsoft Windows on cvfHUB, which is a major feat for a Linux based environment. Dave will be speaking at the Gateways 2017 Conference on October 24th about cvfHUB and supporting engineering workflows the challenges of integrating and supporting Microsoft Windows in the HUBzero environment.
We welcome Rick Mouser to the HUBzero team as our new Business Development Specialist. As a way to get to know Rick, we asked him a few questions.
Q: What aspect of this position excites you?
A: When I researched HUBzero I was excited to learn how HUBzero can help create a platform for researchers across the globe to collaborate and build strong scientific communities that can drive endless learning and discovery. I’m happy to know that this is all taking place right here in my backyard at my alma mater. I feel there is a great team here to work with and I’m looking forward to the future of building more Hub communities.
Q: Can you tell us about some challenges you plan to face in this new position?
A: Knowing that this is a new position it will take some time to establish a development foundation along with policy and procedures but I’m confident that with this team and my experience that we’ll create a formula for success.
Q: Do you have any hobbies?
A: My wife and I enjoy traveling, attending Purdue sporting events and going to concerts. Also, each year I go with a group of friends to the Indy 500 and I’ve been going since I was a kid starting in 1995.
Q: What is the best professional advice you have received in your life?
A: I have always been a fan of the Boilermaker and Coach John Wooden and there’s a quote from him that I apply to both my personal and professional life. “Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.” Note: it’s also said that this quote came from Winston Churchill but I’m familiar with it from Coach Wooden
Q: If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: There are two places on my bucket list that I hope to one day visit. I’d like to visit Ireland and the other would be a vacation in Fiji.
Please join us in welcoming Rick!