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William Oberkampf, Ph.D.

W. L. Oberkampf Consulting

William Oberkampf, Ph.D., Engineering Consultant, has 50 years of experience in research and development in fluid dynamics, heat transfer, flight dynamics, and solid mechanics. He spent his entire career in both computational and experimental research and development areas. During the last 25 years, Dr. Oberkampf emphasized research and development of procedures for verification, validation, and uncertainty quantification in computational simulation.  He has written over 185 journal articles, book chapters, conference papers, and technical reports, as well as given 13 invited conference plenary lectures.  He has taught 62 short courses in the field of verification, validation, and uncertainty quantification.  Dr. Oberkampf received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. 

Dr. Oberkampf served on the faculty of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Texas and spent most of his career at Sandia National Laboratories in both staff member and management positions.  Since leaving Sandia, he has been a consultant to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the U.S. Air Force, various Department of Energy laboratories, and corporations in the U.S. and Europe.  He and Prof. Chris Roy co-authored the book, Verification and Validation in Scientific Computing published by Cambridge University Press.  He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Fellow of the International Association for Engineering Modeling, Analysis and Simulation (NAFEMS).

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