Staff Profile: John Ditter
Title: VP of Engineering and Customer Support
Education: BS Mechanical Engineering, Milwaukee School of Engineering, MS Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Why did you choose Flow Science? I started working with FLOW-3D in 1987 while working at McDonnell Douglas Space Systems. I had many opportunities to collaborate with the Flow Science staff and was always impressed with their way of working through problems. I learned an enormous amount from Tony Hirt and always thought it would be great to be able to work more with him. When the opportunity arose, I jumped.
What helps you get out of bed each morning? My Doberman, Joey, jumps on me and lets me know the alarm has been going off for 5 minutes.
What do you do all day? I spend most of my day answering customer questions and then working with the staff to incorporate improvements into FLOW-3D. Most of the improvements are in response to customer requests or seeing ways to make the customers’ job easier.
Who was your greatest influence? I would have to say my graduate advisor, Dr. Ronald Adrian, at the University of Illinois. Aside from being a tremendous human being, he also taught me a great deal about fluid mechanics and how to think about problems. He had an amazing ability to break down problems logically and to look at them from many angles. I've always felt he inspired me to consider every possible solution to a problem.
How would you describe yourself? A royal pain! I always feel obligated to bug the developers and programmers about customer problems and make sure we are focused on addressing specific customer problems.
What are your important accomplishments? I never really feel like things I work on are completed. I always have this sense that there is more work out there that needs to be done.
What is your favorite pastime? Too many to name – Fly fishing, mountain biking, poker....