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Staff Profile: Dr. Gengsheng ("George") Wei

Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of profiles of Flow Science staff. Through these profiles, we hope to give you a good feel for the people behind FLOW-3D. Our first profile is of George Wei, who is the lead developer for the new general moving objects model discussed in another part of this newsletter.

Dr. Gengsheng ("George") Wei
Dr. Gengsheng ("George") Wei

Education: 2002, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station.
1997, M.S., Ocean Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station.
1988, M.S., Physical Oceanography, Ocean University of China.
1985, B.Eng., Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University

Why did you choose Flow Science? I had known Flow Science for many years before I joined the company, due to its excellent accomplishments and its outstanding international reputation in CFD, and especially due to the pioneer work by its founder, Dr. Hirt. It was my strong desire to work in such a company and do challenging work in CFD.

So what do you do all day? Well, I work. And fend off the little foam balls that are always being tossed around here.

What helps you get out of bed each morning? An alarm clock. Oh, and the challenges that face me at Flow Science.

Who was your greatest influence? My father. He was my mentor. He taught me the value of life, especially how to be a sincere and caring person. Although he passed away when I was 18 year old, his influence on me is still great and will stay with me the rest of my life. I miss my father very very much.

How would you describe yourself? I am some kind of workaholic. I love my work and work very hard. I also love art and history. I am honest, caring and conservative, and I hold traditional values.

What are your important accomplishments? My valued accomplishments are all in CFD. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, my colleagues and I developed a numerical system to nationally forecast storm surges and tides over the whole coast of China. I also finished other projects to numerically predict mass transport and water quality in a marine environment. At Texas A&M University, I accomplished CFD researches in bridge scour prediction, a multi-block chimera FANS method for compressible turbulent flow and heat transfer, a low Reynolds number second moment turbulence model for compressible flow, and combustion of coal-biomass mixture in a swirl burner. Along with other researchers, I was awarded a patent from the USA for the scour prediction work. At Flow Science, I applied my knowledge of the chimera methods to help improve the multi-block method in FLOW-3D. Now I hope that the moving object capability I am working on will bring great benefits for many users (see Development Preview).

What is your favorite pastime? Swimming. When I was a graduate student and later a university lecturer, I spent many years in Qingdao, a beautiful coastal city of China. In the summertime, I swam in the sea with my friends. We enjoyed the waves, the beach and the sunshine. We swam even in winter when the sea water was very cold.