Arend Schwab

Biomechanical Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Delft University of Technology
The Netherlands
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Professor Arend Schwab has a bicycle dynamics lab and teaches mechanics, advanced dynamics, and applied math. He is interested in classical rigid-body dynamics with contacts (collisions, friction, non-holonomic constraints). He works in multibody dynamics, biomechanics, bicycle dynamics and control, sports engineering, and speed skating. He has also worked in robotics and legged locomotion. He uses Occam’s razor in his work choosing simple models over complex ones. Professor Schwab has degrees from Engineering at Dordrecht and Delft (BSc. 1979, MSc. 1984, PhD. 2002). The work on bicycle dynamics started during his sabbatical (2002/2003) at Cornell University with Andy Ruina.

Johannes Gerstmayr

Department of Mechatronics
University of Innsbruck
Innsbruck, Austria
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Johannes Gerstmayr started his career in 1998 as a researcher in the special research area SFB13 on Numerical and Symbolical Mathematics within the project Structural Dynamics of Elasto-Plastic Multibody Systems and received his doctoral degree at the Johannes Kepler University Linz in 2001. After several research visits to UIC Chicago, IST Lisbon and University Duisburg-Essen with research focus on computational methods for flexible multibody systems, he finished his habilitation in Technical Mechanics in 2007. After a short research visit to Lappeenranta University of Technology in 2007 he joined the Linz Center of Mechatronics as a key researcher and became leader of the business unit Dynamics and Control. In 2013 he received the offer for the chair of Machine Elements and Design at the newly funded Department of Mechatronics at the University of Innsbruck, which he joined in 2014. He received the Wilhelm Macke-Prize in 2005, the Upper Austrian Innovation Award in 2013 and several best paper awards. He is member of the editorial board of Multibody System Dynamics and Acta Mechanica and Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics. He served as a reviewer for more than 20 scientific journals and co-authored more than 50 papers in scientific journals, more than 120 papers in book chapters and proceedings and 6 patents.

Jamie Hyneman

School of Business
Professor of Practice
LUT University
Lappeenranta, Finland
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Jamie Hyneman is best known as host and Executive Producer of Discovery Channel’s long running series Mythbusters, which ran for about a decade and a half and aired world-wide. Ha also had a very diverse range of jobs and skills prior to that. They ranged from farming, wilderness survival, Russian linguist, sailboat captain, dive master, film effects technician, engineer, inventor, small business owner, to being a lifetime member of both the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators, as well as the National Science Teachers Association in the United States. He has worked in a concrete testing lab and as a cook in restaurants. The bulk of Jamie’s activity was in running a business producing special effects for over 800 commercials and movies.

The film effects work and then the intense experimentation he did on testing unusual and dangerous situations on Mythbusters in particular was both figuratively - and literally at times - a trial by fire, and was a fantastic education. As a result he is also a bona fide contingency planning expert.

Now that the series is over and Jamie is kind of over being in front of the camera, he instead has spent most of his time developing a range of things from remotely controlled forest fire fighting tanks that can go right into fires and stay there, to designing and building one of the most agile aircrafts ever conceived, for the US Department of Defense. He has a particular interest in materials sciences around environmental issues, but most of the prototype development he has been involved with lately has been centered in robotics. Jamie lectures regularly at universities around the world, in particular on rapid prototyping, innovation and problem solving. He has also recently been given the Professor of Practice position at LUT University under the school of business, where he will be teaching regularly.

Juho Peltola

Senior Scientist in Process Modelling
VTT Technical Research Centre
Espoo, Finland
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Juho Peltola works as a Senior Scientist in Process Modelling team at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. He joined VTT in 2010 and has since focused his work on CFD modelling of multiphase and reacting flows related to process and chemical industry, energy and nuclear safety with emphasis on applications involving granular flows, phase change and heat transfer. In his work the main modelling tool has been the open source CFD code OpenFOAM. He coordinates OpenFOAM related work at VTT and he is a frequent code contributor to the OpenFOAM Foundation release and main author of multiphase thermal phase change models in the release.