Staff Profile: Michael Barkhudarov
Title: Vice President of Research & Development
Education: B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering/Fluid Dynamics from Moscow State University, Russia, in 1985; Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield, UK, in 1995 in Casting Process Simulation
Tell us about your family and what they're up to: My wife, Natasha is a ballroom dance instructor with a Master's degree in chemistry. Her mom used to tell her to concentrate on the important things in life, meaning chemistry. Well, she has been teaching dance for seven years now and has a very loyal group of dance students, and friends, with ages anywhere between 6 and 90. Our son Philip is a second year science student at the University College Utrecht in Holland. He also sings in a choir and does part-time work at Flow Science. Our daughter Sophia starts fifth grade this year. She plays piano and soccer and spends a lot of time with our young cat Katyusha. She is also a big traveler (runs in the family) and visits her grandparents in Russia every summer.
How long have you worked for Flow Science? Eleven years
Why did you choose to come to work for Flow Science? I used FLOW-3D for my doctoral work in Sheffield to model casting processes, and even manage to develop a model or two. I learned about its unique strengths and a huge potential as a general purpose code, and was thrilled to receive an invitation from Tony Hirt to work for Flow Science after completing the degree.
Would you make the same decision again, knowing all you know about these folks now? Let me think… Definitely!
If there were one part of my job I'd like to jettison, it would be: can't think of any.
The customer requests I most like seeing are: The easy ones!
What is it that motivates you to get out of bed each morning? Smell of coffee most of the time, breakfast burrito on Friday and the guilt of sleeping in on weekends.
Who was your greatest influence (and how/why)? This is a hard question to answer in only few words because throughout my life so many people have helped me grow professionally and spiritually. At Flow Science it was certainly Tony Hirt who inspired me with his vast knowledge and experience in CFD, but also with the trust he put into me to do the code development.
Looking back over your career, what accomplishment(s) are you most proud of? The biggest thing I was involved in was the development of the multi-block model for FLOW-3D a few years ago. If I look further back in time I can think of getting a scholarship from the Soros Open Society Foundation in 1989 to go to Oxford University in England that helped us to get where we are now as a family.
What is your favorite pastime? Volleyball, music, movies.