Expert Profile: Dr. Paul Kurowski - Author, Professor, Engineer & Business Owner
About the Author: Dr. Paul Kurowski is a professor, author, and engineering professional with over 25 years of experience as a Design and R&D engineer in various industries, including automotive, defense, and heavy equipment. Dr. Kurowski is currently an Assistant Professor at Western University, in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, where his teachings include Finite Element Analysis, Product Design, Kinematics and Dynamics of Machines and Mechanical Vibrations. Dr. Kurowski is also the President of Design Generator Inc., a consulting firm with expertise in Product Development. Design Generator Inc. (http://designgenerator.com/) is a SOLIDWORKS Solution Partner. In this interview, he shares with us some insights on the engineering profession in Canada, the importance of training and development for engineers, and what inspired him to write the latest edition of his books: Vibration Analysis with SOLIDWORKS Simulation, Engineering Analysis with SOLIDWORKS Simulation, and Thermal Analysis with SOLIDWORKS Simulation (2015 and 2014 editions). What inspired you to write your books? I started to write these books even before I started teaching at Western. I worked as a design engineer in the industry for many years, and I wanted to write something that would concurrently introduce numerical methods as well as engineering methodology. I wanted to bridge the gap between academic textbooks and software manuals. They are intended for design engineers who would like to implement tools of Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) into product development process and for instructors who teach subjects such as vibration analysis, thermal analysis and finite elements methods. Why are training and development important to engineers and product designers? Training and development are critically important because engineering keeps changing and we need to be efficient so that our tools become productivity tools and not a liability. Engineers need to know the theoretical background but also need to know how to implement modern CAE tools in the design process to reduce or eliminate prototyping iterations. It is very easy to misuse these tools—anyone can make a pretty picture with CAE software, but a valid and complete design requires knowledge. What was the most rewarding part of writing your books: Vibration Analysis with SOLIDWORKS Simulation, Engineering Analysis with SOLIDWORKS Simulation, and Thermal Analysis with SOLIDWORKS Simulation? The most rewarding part is to see the books adapted so well and to receive the questions and comments of readers. The feedback from users and readers has been very positive. These books are now used all over the world, and they have been adapted by colleges and educational institutions all the way from USA and Europe to South Africa , Australia, and Canada. Do you have any advice for your readers and for future engineers? My advice is to clearly understand the methodology, and not just rely on the software manuals. An engineer should know software capabilities but also the limitations of the software, and use methodology correctly in order to understand how much can be done and how much cannot be done with tools of Computer Aided Engineering. Dr. Kurowski’s book are published by SDC publications, and can be found online at: http://www.sdcpublications.com/Authors/Paul-Kurowski-Ph-D--P-Eng-/48/ [av_notification title='COMMENT AND WIN!' color='orange' border='dashed' custom_bg='#444444' custom_font='#ffffff' size='large' icon_select='yes' icon='ue83c' font='entypo-fontello'] DID YOU LIKE THIS ARTICLE? Share your comments below and you could win a copy of Dr. Kurowski's book - Engineering Analysis With SOLIDWORKS SIMULATION (2014 EDITION). [/av_notification]
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