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Rodney Dreisbach

Dr. Rodney L. Dreisbach -  Nafems Council of Management

Independent Consultant: Engineering Analysis & Simulation
Senior Technical Fellow at Boeing (retired)
Computational Structures Technology

With more than 46 years of experience in the aerospace industry, Dr. Dreisbach has been a leader, engineer, professor and advisor who has pursued his assignments and objectives with passion. He has led pioneering efforts in the development, validation, application, support and maintenance of large-scale multitechnology computing systems, spanning linear and nonlinear response of metallic and advanced-composite structures due to static and dynamic load environments, fracture mechanics, flutter, and structural/acoustic interaction.  

He has been the STF Advisor to the Boeing Enterprise Structures Technology Domain in leading the Commercial Airplanes Computational Structures Technology Group as system manager of a cross-functional initiative; its objective being the implementation of enterprise-wide cross-functional lean computing systems for optimizing conceptual and detailed structural designs of innovative aerospace vehicles.

Dr. Dreisbach holds a B.S. and an M.S. in engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in structural mechanics from the University of Colorado (Boulder). He is a registered (licensed) Professional Engineer, an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA), a Fellow of The Royal Aeronautical Society in London, England, and a member of ASME, the International Council of Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS), and the Sigma Xi National Scientific Research Society. 

He has been an active member of several NAFEMS Working Groups and the Technical Advisory Board for their World Congress symposia since 1997; a charter member and current chairman of the NAFEMS Americas Steering Committee since 2000; and the only non-European member of the NAFEMS Council of Management since 2008. Dr. Dreisbach has published more than 100 technical papers since 1963.