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Gerald P Backer http://
Tel: 248 350 8785 Fax:
24249 Tamarack Circle
Southfield, MI 48075

Computational analysis of industrial products and processes.
Salary Requirements
Employment History
Contract Engineer 1/2004-3/2009
GM Powertrain
Pontiac, MI
Developed a new method for numerical prediction of microporosity in aluminum alloy castings. The method is currently used at GM Powertrain for advanced structural design.
Contract Engineer 10/2001 - 1/2004
GM Powertrain
Pontiac, MII
Simulated oil sloshing in oil pans to ensure that pickup tubes remain covered during high lateral acceleration. Calculated flow through water pumps, block and head water jackets to determine flow losses and heat transfer coefficients for thermo-structural analyses. Calculated temperatures in the Saturn VUE starter-generator to avoid thermal breakdown of the electrical insulation.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
MSc., Materials Science, Jan. 1985, supvr Dr. J. Szekely.
Thesis consisted of an analysis of heat transfer in an electric arc, conducted experimentally and by computer simulation. Maintained a 4.0 GPA for courses in materials, aerospace and chemical engineering.

University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK
B. Sc. (with Great Distinction) in Chemical Engineering, May 1983. Studies provided comprehensive exposure to heat and mass transfer, kinetics, thermodynamics and computational techniques.

Description Proficiency Experience
CFD analysis Expert >5 Years
FORTRAN programming Expert >5 Years
Automotive design Expert >5 Years
Chemical process design Expert >5 Years
Free surface modeling Expert >5 Years
Additional Skill Info
Fluent, StarCD, StarCCM, Flow3D, Abaqus, Ansys, ProE, UG, Solidworks
Available on request.
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