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David Knezevic

PhD, Co-Founder & CTO

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David Knezevic PhD, Co-Founder & CTO Boston, USA

Dr. Knezevic, from Perth, Western Australia, is the CTO of Akselos. In this role, he has coordinated the delivery of simulation frameworks to the Power Systems and Mining industries. He holds a Ph.D. from Oxford (Rhodes scholar) and was a post-doc at MIT where he worked on Akselos' core technology. He was a Lecturer at Harvard University for three years before joining Akselos full time.

In 2015 David has represented Akselos at numerous prestigious conferences, like the ASME TurboExpo 2015, and the ‘Analysis, Simulation, and Systems Engineering Software Summit (ASSESS)’, where he’s part of the Initiative Advisory Committee Meeting. He has access to a vast network of leaders and practitioners who play a role in shaping the future of the field.

David is a co-author (with colleagues from MIT) of the patent "Methods and apparatus for constructing and analyzing component-based models of engineering systems" that is one of the foundations of Akselos' technology.

In September 2011, Dr. Knezevic was part of the team that won the largest Deshpande innovation grant at MIT, which led to the launch of Akselos.

Dr. Knezevic has extensive experience in computational engineering in both industry and academia.

As CTO of Akselos, David has led internal technology development in order to deliver a fast, scalable and robust cloud-based simulation platform which is now used by major industrial partners. Akselos' simulation technology has led to truly remarkable advances, with 1000x speedup compared to FEA for large-scale industrial problems.

He completed his undergraduate degree in Mathematics, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Western Australia, and was awarded a Rhodes scholarship to pursue graduate studies at the University of Oxford focused on computational simulations which required development of advanced new numerical methods as well as innovative use of supercomputing resources. After finishing at Oxford in 2008, Dr. Knezevic joined Prof. A.T. Patera's group at MIT, where he worked on the Reduced Basis method.

He has authored 17 journal publications on numerical methods in computational engineering, and he has given numerous invited talks at conferences. He is a core developer of the powerful FEA/CFD library libMesh, which is used by companies and government agencies for high-performance, scalable simulations of engineering systems.

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