In 2007, I started a blog with the loose goal of helping companies get the most value from investments in CAE (Computer Aided Engineering). I hit it hard for about 5 years, then started to peter out. In 2013, I was was briefly reinvigorated by podcast interviews.
In 2017, I decided to close this chapter of my expository life. This site is now an archive of musings from my first 20 years in the CAE industry.
I grew up in a small town in Southern Indiana, got a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and worked as a “Real Engineer” for a few years in the Automotive space.
By complete fluke, I joined a CFD startup, Blue Ridge Numerics, as employee #7 and moved into a Sales career. Around the same time, I met a great girl from Rhode Island and resettled in New England.
Since then, I’ve worked at some of the top names in CAE– always learning about new technologies and industries, and always looking for the next big solution to offer my customers.
I’ve explored just about every aspect of CAE simulation, including: CFD, CAD, FEA, 1D MBSE, Casting, Welding, Composites, Optimization, Electromagnetic, Metal Forming, Acoustics, Virtual Reality, Additive Manufacturing, Multi-body Dynamics, and SPDM.
While my curiosity is now turning to the “Digitilization of the Enterprise” in higher level areas like PLM, MBSE, and IoT… I’ll always be a CFD nerd at heart.
I welcome your questions, comments, and ideas. Reach out anytime!
– Jeff Waters, March 27, 2017