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Hannes Renzsch
FluidEngineeringSolutions GmbH & Co. KG

Hannes graduated from University of Applied Sciences (UAS) Kiel as Dipl.-Ing. Naval Architecture in 2005. He worked for the Yacht Research Unit Kiel from 2004 to 2011 with projects including work for BMOR in the 32nd AC, CFD-Simulations for FYD and being Member of ACRM Shared Design Team in 34th AC. Hannes has completed significant research in the area of FSI-Simulations. From 2011 to ‘12 he worked in R&D for the Hamburg Ship Model basin (HSVA) and since 2012 he has lectured at UAS-Kiel. Beginning in 2013 Hannes has been running FluidEngineeringSolutions, with projects for major yacht design offices and shipyards.

Tyler Doyle
Doyle CFD

Tyler Doyle is the founder and president of Doyle CFD, an engineering consulting company that uses and develops high resolution simulation tools to analyze, design and optimize fluid dynamic structures.  Tyler has a Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and conducted graduate research in RANS CFD based shape optimization of sails.  Tyler has a broad range of experience designing and analyzing marine structures such as hydrokinetic turbines, sails, rigs, foils and hulls.  Prior to starting Doyle CFD Tyler was a sail designer and head of engineering at Doyle Sailmakers Inc.  Tyler is an avid sailor actively competing in one design and team racing.  

Matthieu Sacher
Naval Academy Research Institute - France

Matthieu Sacher holds the current position of PhD student in sailing yacht performance optimization at the Naval Academy Research Institute. Previously he worked during 1 year at the Newcastle University in computational fluid dynamics, and obtained his dual Engineer degree from ESTACA in aviation and Master of Science in Naval Environment from ENSAM - French Naval Academy in 2014. He carried out his master thesis at the K-Epsilon company.

Bill Lasher
Mechanical Engineering Department at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Bill has worked as a sailmaker for Bierig Sailmakers in Erie, Pa, as well as a designer for the C&C Design Group in Oakville, Ontario.  He is a professor and chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.  His primary research focus is CFD, including the application of CFD to sailing.  He has presented several papers at the CSYS and has published several journal articles on sail aerodynamics.  He is the Editor of the SNAME Journal of Sailing and Sailboat Technology.

Riley Schutt
Cornell University

Riley Schutt is a PhD candidate with Professor Charles Williamson in the Fluid Dynamics Research Laboratories at Cornell University. Prior to his graduate work, Riley worked as a yacht designer, specializing in hydrodynamics during campaigns for the 34th America's Cup and '08-'09 and '11-'12 Volvo Ocean Races.

Stefano Nava
University of Auckland

Stefano grew up in Italy, by the lake of Como and inherited his family passion for the sea and the sailing. He was educated in Italy in his home town, and then moved to Genova to undertake a master degree in Naval Architecture. He carried out the master thesis at University of Auckland at the Yacht research unit and after the graduation he returned to New Zealand to enroll into a doctorate program at the Yacht research unit. The main focuses of the PhD project underway are fluid-dynamics and CFD applied to sailing yachts. Stefano spent also large part of his life sailing around the Mediterranean and now he keeps sailing around New Zealand.

Marco Belloli
Politecnico Di Milano

Marco Belloli holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Applied Mechanics from Politecnico di Milano. His work focuses on the numerical and experimental analysis of mechanical systems with particular focus on fluid structure interaction.

Julien Deparday
Naval Academy Research Institute - France

Julien Deparday holds the current position of PhD student in fluid structure interaction at the Naval Academy Research Institute in France. He is responsible for developing and improving the instrumented J/80 sailing yacht to measure loads, pressures and sail shapes resolved in time. Previously he worked during 2 years in the Netherlands as a Naval Architect, and obtained his Master of Science in Engineering from ENSIETA in Brest in 2010. He carried out his master thesis at the Yacht Research Unit-Kiel.

Benoît Augier 
Naval Academy Research Institute – France

Benoît Augier holds the current position of Research Associate at the Naval Academy Research Institute. His previous experience is as post doc fellowship in the Department of Structural Engineering at UCSD, San Diego, USA. He obtained his Ph.D. at the Naval Academy Research Institute, Brest, France in 2012 working on the development of the instrumentation dedicated to the measurement of dynamic behavior of a yacht in full scale. His research interests include Fluid Structure Interaction, Dynamic behavior of a soft membrane, Full Scale Experiment, hydrofoils, cavitation and CFD Simulations.

Manolis Angelou
National Technical University of Athens

Manolis Angelou is a naval architect and marine engineer. He is a graduate of the faculty of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). He is currently a research assistant and a member of the Ship Dynamics –Stability and Safety group of NTUA, coordinated by Professor K. Spyrou, and he is working towards his PhD in the field of Directional Instabilities of Sailing Yachts in Waves.

Martyn Prince
Wolfson Unit M.T.I.A.

Martyn is a senior engineer at the Wolfson Unit with a role that focusses on sailing yacht tank testing, experimental aero-hydrodynamics and yacht performance prediction. Most recently, he has been heavily involved in the development of testing techniques and analysis methods that have been adopted in the performance evaluation of the new breed of light displacement, foil assisted sail craft.   

Juryk Henrichs
Started sailing while studying mechanical engineering in Stralsund (Baltic Sea). Aligned my passion for sailing and my professional career by joining well known design office Judel/Vrolijk in 2006. Progressed from sailing yachts to motor yachts (at Van Oossanen & Associates in 2008) to the largest commercial ships (since 2011 at DNVGL. Throughout my professional career I was involved with the analysis, prediction and optimization of hydrodynamic performance for ship hulls and appendages. Privately I am sailing an International Moth since 2006. Hence the interest for sailing yachts continues to persist.

Janek Meyer
Yacht Research Unit Kiel

Janek Meyer is a naval architect, working as a fluid dynamicist at the Yacht Research Unit Kiel.
He is a doctoral student at the University Kiel/Germany researching in the topic of computational fluid dynamics. His passion is windsurfing.

Gaspar Vanhollebeke  
Gurit Composite Components

Gaspar is a graduate of Southampton Solent University with a BEng in Yacht and Powercraft Design and Southampton University with and MSc in Maritime Engineering. He conducted a thesis on the structural strength of classic wooden sailing yachts, X-One design. The thesis covered both finite element analysis and data acquisition. Gaspar has been part of Gurit Composite Engineering since 2014. He has been in charge of the design of composite components on several sailing yachts and as played a key role in the data acquisition program on the Volvo Ocean Race.

Joshua Taylor
University of Southampton

Joshua Taylor is a BEng graduate of the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He is a keen sailor and is now pursuing his Doctoral studies in the Performance Sports Engineering Lab at the University of Southampton.

Francesca Tagliaferri
Newcastle University

Dr. Francesca Tagliaferri is a teaching fellow in the School of Marine Science and Technology at Newcastle University. She recently received her PhD from the University of Edinburgh, where she carried out a project on yacht racing strategy. She has a background in mathematics and her research interests are routing algorithms, time series forecasting and risk modelling.

Christian Finnsgård
Centre for Sport and technology, Chalmers University of Technology, and SSPA Sweden AB.

Dr. Finnsgård has a Ph.D. in Technology Management and Economics from Chalmers University of Technology. Dr. Finnsgård is working for SSPA Sweden AB as a senior researcher and project manager for research projects mainly in supply chain management and sports. Dr. Finnsgård is the director for a Centre for Sports and Technology at Chalmers University of Technology, coordinating Chalmers’ research efforts in sports. In terms of his own research efforts in sports the focus is within sailing were he also has a background as a national team member and world champion in the Star class.