Bob Yancey

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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.

Could Crash Modeling Have Saved the Concordia?

Event simulation helps automobile manufacturers design safer vehicles — and it can do the same for shipbuilders. I recently discussed my views on the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster with Cadalyst, providing commentary on how the marine industry can look … Read More

International Co-opetition

There have been several recent articles about cooperation among rivals in the aerospace field.  Boeing and Comac just agreed to set up a research center in China to focus on energy conservation.  Boeing also announced cooperation in Brazil to better … Read More

The International Aerospace Industry

Brazil-based Embraer recently opened its first North American facility in Florida, a development that highlights the international nature of the aerospace industry. In years past, Boeing planes were built in Seattle, and Airbus planes were built at a few facilities across … Read More

Commercial Aviation Competition

For many years, the duopoly for Boeing and Airbus has produced healthy competition that has resulted in better airplanes, innovation, and efficiency. We all agree that healthy competition benefits everyone. Yes, there have been some squabbles between Boeing and Airbus, … Read More

Topology Optimization Makes Its Mark

The news keeps rolling in on how topology optimization is having an impact in the aviation industry, including this recent article in High-Performance Composites. Topology optimization is proving to be an excellent technology for weight reduction of metallic and composite … Read More

Have we Optimized our Designs?

Everyone that designs products claims that they have optimized their designs.  It is true that companies generally iterate on their design concepts to achieve a better result, but is this truly optimized? A few years ago, I went to Disneyland … Read More

Can we Trust FEA Results in Aerospace?

One of the recent discussions in an Aerospace Stress Engineers Linked In group was about the reasons behind the delays in new airplane programs such as the A380 and 787.  See the following link for more details: View the LinkedIn … Read More