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Management Team
Charles Wu, Ph.D., President and CEO, received his Masters and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from National Taiwan University. Prior to co-founding eFunda, Dr. Wu worked for AeroGen, Inc. as Engineering Manager and holds 7 key patents that enabled the commercialization of AeroGen's technologies.
Vijay Kumar, Chief Operating Officer, received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and his MBA from Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Kumar has over 25 years experience and holds several patents in engineering design, manufacturing, and research. He also has extensive experience with computer networks and Internet connectivity. Mr. Kumar has held various management positions at AMP, Amdahl, Mercedes-Benz, Applied Materials, and AeroGen before co-founding eFunda.
Jiunjie Liau, Ph.D., Director of Software Development, received his Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University. He received his M.S. degree in Applied Mechanics from National Taiwan University and a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. Dr. Liau's area of expertise is in non-invasive measurements with applications in biomedical engineering. Dr. Liau has extensive experience in structural dynamics, composite materials, and experimental mechanics.
Francis L'Esperance, P.E., Director of Engineering, received his B.S.E. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University. He received an M.S.M.E. and an M.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. Prior to joining eFunda in September 1999, Mr. L'Esperance accumulated over ten years of experience in mechanical engineering and has worked for such companies as Hewlett-Packard, Honeywell, and Plantronics. Mr. L'Esperance is also a highly accomplished free-hand artist and serves as eFunda's Art Director.
Gary Baker, Ph.D., Director of Technology, received his Masters and Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics from Stanford University, supplementing bachelor degrees in ME and Physics from Southern Methodist University. During the past 6 years Dr. Baker has worked in both the medical device and internet media fields, where he has acquired a blend of experience ranging from micro-mechanical aerosolization product development to website content creation and support.
Technical Advisors
Charles Steele, Ph.D., is a Professor in Mechanical Engineering Department of Stanford University. Professor Steele received his Ph.D. degree in Engineering Mechanics from Stanford University and a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A.and M. University. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Solids and Structures and a Fellow of the ASME. Professor Steele is also in the ASME Applied Mechanics Reviews Advisory Committee and Publications Committee. He is a Fellow and past President of the American Academy of Mechanics. His current research interests include asymptotic analysis and computation, biomechanics, mechanics of hearing, noninvasive mechanical measurement of bone and soft tissue, and plant morphogenesis.
Peter Pinsky, Ph.D., is a Professor in Mechanical Engineering Department of Stanford University. Professor Pinsky received his Ph.D. degree from University of California at Berkeley and his M.S. degree from University of Toronto. Professor Pinsky specializes in computational aspects of structural and solid mechanics with a particular interest in the finite element method applied to nonlinear and dynamical problems. Current research includes: finite element analysis of fluid-structure interaction, structural acoustics and the analysis of plates and shells; computational methods for biomechanics, with a particular interest in the human eye, including constitutive modeling of the cornea and computational simulation of novel surgical procedures; computational methods for semiconductor process and device simulation; computational methods for analysis of micro-electrical-mechanical systems (MEMS); and computational prototyping and simulation-based design methodologies.
Advisory Editors
Herman Chu, received his M.S. from the University of Southern California, and his B.S. from the University of California at San Diego. Mr. Chu has more than 15 years of experience in the fields of fluid dynamics and heat transfer, contributing both to the analytic modeling side and to the hardware packaging side. Mr. Chu currently works in the computer industry designing system and component level thermal solutions.
Gaurav Shah, is a Senior Staff Engineer with a leading semiconductor equipment manufacturer. Mr. Shah has more than 15 years of experience in the field of Manufacturing Engineering and Design Engineering. Mr. Shah has extensive experience in sheet metal manufacturing, as well as machining. Currently Mr. Shah leads the effort in Value Engineering for reducing product costs. Mr. Shah holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Tom Macall, is a Senior Staff Engineer with a major broad-band equipment company. Mr. Macall has more than 15 years of experience in the field of Design Engineering. Mr. Macall has extensive experience in plastic molding and sheet metal manufacturing. Currently Mr. Macall is working on design of products in the field of broad-band networking. Mr. Macall holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering.
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