NTS Justin McKennon to be Keynote at COMSOL Conference 2018 Boston

September 5, 2018

We are excited to announce that Justin McKennon of our Pittsfield laboratory has been selected as one of this year’s keynote speakers for the COMSOL Conference 2018 Boston on October 3-5, 2018.

Justin will be presenting “The Role of Multiphysics Modeling in Lightning Protection Design and Certification”.

In the aerospace and wind turbine fields, implementing a suitable lightning protection design is paramount. Lightning, and other electromagnetic effects (precipitation static, radiated fields, etc.), can seriously degrade performance, damage, or even destroy objects without an acceptable protection design. In the past, to determine the threat that lightning poses, several iterations of engineering testing were required to obtain data, which drives the protection features an object must have to survive. This is a high-risk path and can result in tremendous program costs and setbacks. Multiphysics modeling allows for the effects of lightning to be understood without having to perform dozens of test iterations and frequently results in large time and cost savings for programs that use it. In this talk, the role of multiphysics in the development of lightning protection designs and the certification of these designs is discussed as well as the benefits of this approach.

About Justin McKennon

Justin McKennon is the manager of engineering, simulation, and modeling at NTS Pittsfield, MA Lightning Technologies laboratory. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and he has published dozens of research papers on the use of simulation tools, particularly in the fields of lightning, electromagnetic effects, and computational astrophysics. Outside of work, he enjoys golfing and building furniture.

Other Keynote Speakers

“Building a Better Pump for Heart Failure Patients” – Freddy Hansen, Abbott Laboratories

“Simulation-Based Approach to STEM Challenges” – Ivana Milanovic, University of Hartford

Participants also have the opportunity to hear directly from Svante Littmarck, president and CEO of COMSOL, Inc., on new developments within multiphysics simulation and application deployment.

To read the full keynote abstracts and register, visit×2.

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