Roel Van De Velde

Director of Aerospace & Defense

Roel Van De Velde graduated with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology in 2001, with a major in Dynamics & Control. After that, he held various engineering and sales positions in the field of automotive crash safety, injury biomechanics and crash test dummy computer model development. In 2013 he joined ESTECO North America, where he currently is the Director of Aerospace & Defense, with the responsibility to grow ESTECO's user community in the AS&D market.

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It’s time to reinvent commercial and defense aviation

Written by Roel Van De Velde Oct 3 2022 · 6 min read
The biggest trend that we are seeing is that our customers want to integrate MDO and SPDM capabilities with their PLM and MBSE environments, in order to maintain a digital thread and provide access to the right data at the right time.
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Futuristic eVTOL design rendering
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Aerospace emerging sectors: eVTOL design for success with MDO

Written by Roel Van De Velde Aug 2 2021 · 6 min read
The market for Urban Air Mobility and Regional Air Mobility is red hot. Globally, hundreds of startups are trying to impress potential investors. How can these startups have a better chance of success with their first clean sheet design? By fully embracing MDO in the design and engineering process.
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Artificial Intelligence embedded in digital engineering software
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Digital Engineering: Why every engineer should be part of the MDO process

Written by Roel Van De Velde Aug 3 2020 · 8 min read
Big changes in aircraft development are coming. With the entire industry coming to a grinding halt, state governments have acted quickly to protect the A&D industries that are so critical for the economy and national security.
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Illustration of server-based Multidisciplinary Design Optimization for aerospace design
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Server-based MDO: the preferred architecture of the future

Written by Roel Van De Velde Feb 20 2020 · 5 min read
Let’s take a closer look as to why one of the most significant outcomes of the AFRL EXPEDITE program is that “server-based MDAO, modeling lifecycle management, and automated distribution is the preferred architecture”.
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Jet aircraft taking off
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Aerospace, tear down these walls

Written by Roel Van De Velde Jun 25 2019 · 6 min read
The aircraft we board today are almost identical to the ones we boarded fifty years ago. Yes, they are quieter, more fuel-efficient and may make use of new materials, but in essence, nothing has changed.
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