Recently, SIMULIA introduced the 2020 SIMULIA Champions, the inaugural team of brand ambassadors whose expertise and passion position them to advance the future of simulation technology. In this series of blogs, we will be introducing some of our individual SIMULIA Champions, finding out more about their history – and future – with the technology.
Dr. Genghua Liao is the Director of Aerodynamic Development at FAW Jiefang Group Co., Ltd. Commercial Institute, located in Changchun, Jilin, China. The company an automotive OEM and the largest manufacturer of heavy trucks in China. Established in 2003, FAW Jiefang is responsible for the manufacturing of more than 500 truck models ranging from 5 to 30 tons and produces about 200,000 vehicles per year.
Dr. Liao is the academic leader of CFD at the company, in charge of aerodynamic and thermal management performance. In his time in this position, he has become experienced using PowerFLOW software to simulate this performance in vehicles. His team, for which he is the leader and Chief Engineer, works mainly on FAW Jiefang’s light and heavy trucks and buses. Dr. Liao also leads a building CFD platform at the company.
After receiving his doctoral degree, Dr. Liao had the option to continue his studies and work in a university setting, but he decided to move into the industrial sector instead.
“In my opinion, study in school is separate from engineering,” he says. “I wanted to apply what I learned to my practical work.”
Dr. Liao describes his greatest challenge and greatest success as the same. Finding the best aerodynamic solution to meet the design and engineering requirements of a vehicle is both difficult and rewarding, he states. In his five years with FAW Jiefang, he has amassed a large number of accomplishments: eight technical problems of ground vehicles, six major technical innovation research projects, and 10 enterprise standards.
In addition to working at FAW Jiefang, Dr. Liao is also a member of the China Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE-CHINA), an organization dedicated to advancing scientific and technical progress in the automotive industry. In his time with SAE-CHINA, he has contributed his knowledge and skill toward the development of aerodynamics in ground vehicles.
SIMULIA is pleased to welcome Dr. Genghua Liao into the 2020 SIMULIA Champions program and excited to continue working with him in the future. Stay tuned to the blog to learn more about our other 2020 SIMULIA Champions.
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