Bob Yancey

Author Archives: Bob Yancey

Bob has degrees from MIT, Virginia Tech, and University of Dayton with a focus on Aerospace Composites. His current role is to define the strategic direction of Altair to meet the growing and changing needs of the Additive Manufacturing market including laminated composites. He is an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington where he teaches on the topic of Additive Manufacturing for Aerospace Applications. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences and webinars, and a frequent author of technical papers, articles, and trade publications.

Improving Aircraft Seating

In September I spoke in Seattle, Wash., at the High Performance Composites in Aircraft Interiors Conference, sponsored by CompositesWorld.  It was an excellent conference, with representatives from the OEMs and suppliers from the interiors, seating, component and materials industries.  My … Read More

Farnborough and Japan

I intently watched the news coming out of the Farnborough Air Show held recently, and I was happy to see the positive reviews of the Qatar Airlines 787.  People were raving about the comfortable cabin layout, the seating, the unique … Read More

Aerospace Engineering Shortage

Various articles have appeared recently on the current global shortage of aerospace engineers.  One such article in Industry Week outlines how this is particularly difficult for the aerospace suppliers who don’t have OEM name recognition to attract talent. With all … Read More

Aviation Industry Strengthened by Composites

I recently shared my thoughts on how composites are strengthening aviation with IndustryWeek. The article touches upon the pros and cons of the advanced material, as well as the importance of simulation for design and testing. Here’s a preview of the … Read More

Composites Conversation Continues at SAMPE

Last week I attended the International SAMPE Conference and Exhibition in Baltimore, MD.  It was another excellent conference highlighting the continued growth of advanced materials and composites. One of the conversation topics that came up repeatedly in my interactions with attendees … Read More

The Benefits of PLM

A good article appeared recently in Aerospace Manufacturing and Design on the benefits of PLM.  I provided the Altair perspective but you can see comments from several others in the industry in this article.  Altair continues to gain traction with our … Read More

Simulation: A Bird Strike’s Unsung Hero

Another bird strike event is in the news, this time with a Delta aircraft forced to perform an emergency landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport.  Fortunately, the plane landed safely and passengers were unharmed. Check out my blog post from … Read More

Composites Grow

Composite use continues to grow in the aerospace field.  My recent article in Aerospace Manufacturing and Design  discusses some of the benefits and challenges with the use of composites and notes that simulation will continue to play a critical role … Read More