My Workspace at Applied CAx – Adrian Jensen

July 11, 2017

With 8+ years of experience, Adrian Jensen, PE, specializes in all things FEA and Simcenter Femap: geometry modeling, meshing, analysis, post-processing, and programming with the Femap API.Adrian Jensen

We recently caught up with Adrian and asked him to share his workspace with us…

Division Street office, Portland, OR

Current title?
Senior Staff Mechanical Engineer

Current computer setup?
Dell Precision M4800, Intel i7-4940MX Quad-core 3.10 GHz, 32 GB RAM

What software or tools do you use every day?
Simcenter Femap, Simcenter Nastran, LSPP and LS-DYNA.

What does your workspace look like?
I’ve got two 24” monitors mounted to a large, adjustable-height desk. I’ve got room to spread out specs and drawings to my left while a variety of succulents soak up that rare Portland sun to right. I think there is a safe place to set down a cup of coffee somewhere between.

One word that best describes how you work?

What are you currently working on?
Right now I’m simulating an optical assembly under extreme acceleration loads, a carbon fiber shoe plate subjected to flexural testing and buckling of fuel cell permeate tubes subject to external pressure loads.

What would you say is your specialty?
I spend the majority of my time idealizing real-world structures into efficient numerical models, but my specialty is probably my ability to interact and communicate with a variety of customers from engineers to managers.

Any tips for our customers?
Always go back to first principals. It’s easy to get lost in the weeds on complex analysis projects so it’s important to step back and determine what components/loads/physical behavior is most important.

What project are you most proud of and why?
Unfortunately, I am most proud of some of the projects I can’t talk about! As far as public information goes, I am quite proud of my Femap API Class. I truly enjoyed it all – from creating the notes and workshops from scratch to delivering lectures and assigning homework.

Are you reading any interesting technical papers?
Professor Darrell F. Socie (Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois) put together a great presentation called “Fatigue Made Easy.” It is easy to digest and it covers a variety of topics including historical background, characterization of materials and stress concentrations.

Have any conferences or workshops you plan on attending this year?
The next LS-DYNA International Conference and User’s Meeting isn’t until 2018 so this year I might head down to Los Angeles for some Hands-On Modal Testing & Analysis Training with Navcon Engineering.

What’s one thing you do when you’re not working?
I’m on a bike. Whether it’s commuting, cyclocross, BMX or mountain biking, I never go more than a few days without riding. It’s a great way to stay in shape and rehab my injuries… from riding.

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