Meet Senior Decision Makers From International OEMs With The Following Job Titles:

Directors, Chiefs, Heads of, Supervisor, Managers And Specialists In The Following Areas:

  •     Lightweighting
  •     Lightweight Design
  •     CAE
  •     Virtual Design
  •     Staff Researcher
  •     Material Scientist        
  •     Technical Specialist
  •     Technical Lead
  •     Structural Analysis
  •     Simulation
  •     Modeling
  •     Mechanical Design
  •     R&D
  •     Materials
  •     Crashworthiness
  •     Vehicle Safety
  •     Simulation Technical
  •     FEA
  •     Metallic Materials
  •     Safety Performance
  •     Vehicle Engineering
  •     Concept Development
  •     Durability
  •     NVH
  •     Virtual Simulation
  •     Data Scientist
  •     CAE Modeling
  •     Crash Safety
  •     Advanced Vehicle
  •     Group Engineering
  •     Body Structures
  •     Lightweight Construction 
  •     Vehicle Weight
  •     Composites
  •     Polymers and Fluids
  •     Materials Concepts
  •     Lifecycle Assessment
  •     Sustainability

Dr. Zafer Gürdal

Ronald E. McNair Endowed Chair Holder

McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation & Research

Prof. Gürdal is the inaugural holder of the Ronald E. McNair Endowed Chair at the McNAIR Center.  Previously, he held the Chair of Aerospace Structures and Computational Mechanics at TU Delft, The Netherlands.  He also holds Professor Emeritus appointment at Virginia Tech, where he was a Professor for more than 20 years.

Prof. Gürdal's research interests are in design and optimization of composite materials and structures, and computational methods for structural design with manufacturing emphasis. His research has been funded by NASA Langley Research Center, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and European Research Frame work programs. He has more than 300 publications and author of 4 books in the field.

Zafer Gudal


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