Distinguished Speaker Series

Connecting with Industry Leaders

Reaction Design presents thought leaders in the industry to encourage dialogue and raise awareness about issues impacting our world today. Reaction Design introduces Gary Smyth, Professor Rolf Reitz, Dr. Hasan Karim and Dr. Charlie Westbrook.

Gary Smyth

Executive Director of GM's Science Labs

GM Powertrain Innovation: Driven by Modeling and Simulation

Gary Smyth discusses the successes GM has made and continues to make in developing advanced powertrain systems and vehicles, in large part due to increasing reliance on combustion modeling and simulation.

Meeting Global ICE Requirements with Modeling and Simulation

Gary Smyth explores two key challenges to developing powertrain systems for global markets -- energy efficiency and fuel diversity -- as well as how combustion modeling and simulation help GM to overcome those challenges.

The Art of Modeling and Simulation in GM Science Labs

Gary Smyth reviews the current and future state of combustion modeling and simulation techniques needed to develop advanced powertrain systems for GM vehicles.

Modeling and Simulation is Critical to GM Powertrain Development

Gary Smyth discusses the role that combustion modeling and simulation play in the research and development of advanced powertrain systems at GM.

Professor Rolf Reitz

Wisconsin Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and member of the Wisconsin Engine Research Center (WERC).

Combustion Modeling - Interview with Wisconsin Distinguished Professor Rolf Reitz

Professor Reitz discusses how combustion modeling allows improvements to engine design, enabling vehicles to take advantage of alternative fuels.

3D Simulation on Fuel Chemistry - Interview with Distinguished Professor Rolf Reitz

Professor Reitz discusses how advances in combustion modeling has led to advances in research.

RCCI and Other Highly Efficient Engine Concepts - Interview with Wisconsin Distinguished Professor Rolf Reitz

Professor Reitz discusses the benefit that accurate spray modeling and combustion simulation can have in bringing forth new engine concepts like RCCI.

Spray Modeling for Fuel Efficiency - Interview with Wisconsin Distinguished Professor Rolf Reitz

Professor Reitz discusses how his research in spray modeling could help in the design of highly efficient, low-emission vehicles.

Combustion Modeling and Simulation - Interview with Wisconsin Distinguished Professor Rolf Reitz

Professor Reitz discusses how combustion modeling and simulation help his research.

Dr. Hasan Karim

Technical leader for combustion and emissions in the advanced technology organization of GE Energy.

GE Energy uses combustion and simulation for gas turbine fuel flexibility - Interview with Dr. Hasan Karim

Dr. Karim discusses the use of detailed chemical reaction mechanisms with Equivalent Reactor Network (ERN) models.

Dr. Charlie Westbrook

Senior scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, president of the Combustion Institute, and chief scientist of the Model Fuels Consortium.

What is the Model Fuels Consortium? - Interview with Dr. Charlie Westbrook

Dr. Westbrook discusses the work of the Model Fuels Consortium (MFC).

Solving Grand Challenge Problems - Interview with Dr. Charlie Westbrook

Dr. Westbrook explains that the best way to solve grand challenge problems is with large-scale computational models.

Modeling Hydrocarbon Fuels: From 5 to 50 Atoms - Interview with Dr. Charlie Westbroook

Dr. Westbrook tells us how powerful computers allowed him to simulate the chemistry from methane in 1980 to hexadecane today.

Importance of Combustion Simulation - Interview with Dr. Charlie Westbrook

Dr. Westbrook believes combustion simulation is critical to quickly discovering how to burn fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently.

Hydrocarbon Combustion or Alternative Fuels? - Interview with Dr. Charlie Westbrook

Dr. Westbrook discusses the need for clean combustion of hydrocarbon fuels.