Martin Orphanides, Senior CFD Engineer
I have an MS in Mechanical Engineering. My thesis was based on experimental research I did in a supersonic wind tunnel. Even though I have an experimental background, the fact that it has to do with flows made the transition to CFD quite natural.
At my previous company I was a user of a CFD software package that VE was a re-seller of. I attended a class at VE and contacted VE regularly for support. Once my contract ended at the previous company it seemed natural to see if VE might be interested in hiring me. The rest is history.
I like to be challenged with problems that are difficult to solve. Also, by the time I have finished a project I like to feel like I have learned something new and that I mastered the challenge that was presented to me.
VE is a great place to work because there are many opportunities to work on cutting-edge projects, and the people I work with are highly skilled and motivated. A typical day at VE involves reviewing analysis results, and setting up new ones. There is usually a fair bit of discussion with colleagues, and writing project reports. It is simply a great place to acquire a wealth of experience and knowledge in numerical simulations.