The Reddick Lecture
The Reddick Lecture 2022
Date: Monday 27 June 2022, 16:15
Where: St Catherine's College, Bernard Sunley Theatre
Speaker: Dr Uwe Beuscher, W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
Title: The Benefits of Applied Mathematics in Product Development
About this lecture: Throughout a product development project, many decisions must be made. These include whether to start, stop, continue, or re-direct a project based on the learnings of the project team. Some of these decisions are related to the risk of achieving certain product performance attributes and they are often based on experimental observations in the laboratory or in field applications of early prototypes. Sometimes, these observations provide sufficient insight but often a significant uncertainty remains. Mathematical simulation can provide deeper insight into the mechanisms, may indicate limiting parameters and transport steps, and allows exploration of novel prototypes without actually making them. This talk will illustrate how Mathematics have been used to inform project development projects and their guiding decisions at WL Gore by describing examples from three very different applications.
Dr. Uwe Beuscher is a Technical Leader at W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., the world leader in fluoropolymer materials for a wide variety of applications. Dr. Beuscher received his Diplom-Engineer degree in Mechanical Engineering from RWTH Aachen (Germany) and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University. After joining W.L. Gore & Associates, Dr. Beuscher contributed for over 25 years to developments in a wide variety of membrane and separation applications including polymer fuel cells, gas-liquid contactors, barrier materials, gas separation, liquid purification, advanced microfiltration, adsorption, catalysis, and chromatography. Currently, Dr. Beuscher is developing new product ideas and applications for improved sustainability and environmental remediation. He is also leading the Modeling and Simulation Team for the Performance Solutions Division, which develops multiscale mathematical models and simulation/analysis tools to understand and optimize the performance of Gore's materials, products, and manufacturing processes. Dr. Beuscher has authored or co-authored more than thirty technical papers, book chapters, and presentations. He has served on various advisory boards and as the president of the North American Membrane Society (NAMS).
About Chris Reddick
Chris Reddick was instrumental in setting up the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Industrially Focused Mathematical Modelling (InFoMM CDT). After helping secure the EPSRC funding he chaired the Industrial Engagement Committee and supported the CDT in all its Industrial relations. The success of the CDT, as evidenced by the current size of the industrial partnership and the vibrant programme we have developed, is in no small part due to Chris' charm, vision, and tenacity. He tragically passed away in 2015.
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