Harold Thomas

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Dr. Thomas is in charge of the determining the product development direction of Altair’s solver product OptiStruct. Dr. Thomas interacts with customers around the world to envision market directions and software trends, and then works with the Altair software development teams to implement important capabilities. In addition, he frequently gives talks on conferences and technical events to promote Altair’s solver technology. Dr. Thomas has been working in the areas of Structural Optimization, Finite Element Analysis, and Computational Fluid Dynamics for more than 25 years. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the Columbia University in New York City and received his Ph.D. in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). His Ph.D. dissertation is entitled Improved Approximations for Simultaneous Structural and Control System Synthesis. Besides a number of refereed journal papers, Dr. Thomas has over 40 conference papers and has been on the organizing committee of many AIAA and Altair Engineering conferences. He is an Associate Fellow in the AIAA.