My first real involvement with Computer Aided Engineering came
shortly after completing my Post Doctorate, when I was asked to
investigate the Dynamic behaviour of the backplate of a washing
machine that was experiencing centrifugal loads due to high spin
rates. It was my first job around 1979, when I spent a few weeks to
draw the mesh, punch the cards and then wait for some time for the
solution. It seemed at the time that it was going to be the only
computational analysis that I would be asked to perform in
Little was I to know in 1980, that FEM was to be a start of a new technological road that I had to plan and build Analysis Groups that were eventually going to automate the AeroMechanical facilities at the Marconi and now SELEX sas-(A Finmeccanica Company) at Stanmore. I worked long hours, often well into the night to familiarise with Finite Element codes and its commands. This eventually gave me extensive structural design and analysis experience on a wide range of military, commercial and civil aviation products.
Over the period of the last twenty four years, I have been the main focal point in steering and directing much of Finite Element Techniques/ Methods development within the Marconi Group which has earned me international experience in the field of Aerospace, Marine and Space Technologies across our sites in the UK and North America. Over the period of time I have championed the use of FEM through chairing of Specialist Interest Groups within GEC Marconi, BAE Systems, Defence Committees and various International Technical Boards.
Today, I am classified as a Systems Computational Analysis Domain Expert with SELEX sas-(A Finmeccanica Company) whose primary role is to provide support on domain issues within our business and to influence business planning in line with our customer and industry requirements.