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Dr. Richard Johns Joins CD-adapco
Posted Mon May 16, 2005 @03:43PM
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News CD-adapco, the world leader in automotive CFD solutions, is pleased to announce that Dr. Richard Johns, a globally recognized expert in bringing advanced automotive engine CFD to industry for over 30 years at Ricardo, AVL, and Perkins Engines, has joined the company as Director, Automotive Sector. Dr. Johns will spearhead all CD-adapco activities aimed at further strengthening our global market leadership in automotive CFD, starting with his first formal appearance at CD-adapco’s STAR American 2005 Conference, May 17-18 in Detroit (Novi), Michigan.

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“Richard represents an optimal blend of proven technical excellence and business marketing acumen that makes him ideal to further strengthen and drive our Automotive Sector leadership position in CFD,” said Dr. Dennis Nagy, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at CD-adapco. “His well established global relationships with key CAE management at most automotive OEMs and suppliers align very well with CD-adapco’s major customers and prospects to insure that we continue to meet their strategic needs for CFD and related CAE solutions.”

Dr. Johns joined Perkins Engines in 1969 as a student and, after graduating in 1973 with a degree in mechanical engineering, joined their research department. After 2 years of developing cycle simulation and thermal analysis software, Perkins supported his PhD study at Imperial College under Prof. David Gosman in engine CFD. During his 5 years at Imperial College he developed computational methods for the flow in diesel engine cylinders and the first discrete droplet spray model applied to in-cylinder flows. He was awarded his PhD in 1980 for this work.

He subsequently joined AVL in Graz, Austria where he established the CFD software group and was also responsible for the laser diagnostics used for validation of the computations.

In 1987 he joined Ricardo where, again, he established a CFD software group and was subsequently responsible for both the commercial software business and engineering CAE applications. He was appointed President of Ricardo Software in 1995 and, in 1998, to the Board of Ricardo Consulting Engineers Ltd.

Richard is married, with 2 daughters, and is based at CD-adapco’s London Headquarters.

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