Dr. Ricardo Actis is the President and CEO of Engineering Software Research & Development, Inc. (ESRD). His main mission is to expand the role of the company in creating and marketing software tools for the advancement of the quality, reliability and timeliness of information that serves the engineering decision-making process. Building on the FEA implementation developed over the last 25 years in support of numerous DoD projects, Dr. Actis is focusing on democratization of simulation by leveraging ESRD’s numerical simulation technology that allows high-fidelity multi-scale analyses to power Smart Engineering Simulation Apps and digital CAE-Handbooks that meet the requirements of Simulation Governance. The ultimate goal is making difficult problems easier to analyze, more accurate, and faster to solve by the specialist analyst; making routine analysis problems solvable by designers and engineers; and empowering new engineers to be productive sooner with access to reliable technology that captures the institutional knowledge and best practices in the form of simulation apps.
Dr. Actis joined ESRD, Inc. in 1991 as a senior engineer and later Director of Engineering Development, a position which he held until 2008 when he became Vice-president and Director of Software Development. In 2016 Dr. Actis was appointed President and CEO of ESRD. He is responsible for overseeing the implementation of advanced FEA procedures in StressCheck Professional, including material and geometric nonlinearities, thin solids formulation, plates and shells, multi-body contact, composite material analysis techniques, and post-processing procedures including the extraction of fracture mechanics parameters for metallic and composite structures.
Dr. Actis is also serving as an adjunct professor at the School of Engineering and Applied Science in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, since 1994 teaching in the areas of strength of materials, aircraft structures, finite element analysis and numerical simulation. He has published over 20 technical papers in the field of numerical simulation and has been the principal investigator of several US Navy, US Air Force, and NIH R&D projects during his professional career.
Dr. Actis holds a 5-year Aeronautical Engineering degree from the University of La Plata, Argentina; and an MS and a DSc in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.