Invited speakers

For the first workshops, the following speakers have been invited to share their perspectives on design margins:

Dr Sanjiv​ Sharma

Honorary Industrial Fellow, University of Bristol.

Currently, Dr Sanjiv Sharma hold an Honorary Industrial Fellowship at the University of Bristol. Sanjiv retired from Airbus in 2019. At Airbus his role was Technical Expert for Modelling & Simulation and has been leading research and application of Engineering Mathematics and Uncertainty Quantification & Management (UQ&M) in aircraft design. He has led systems engineering work packages on European (FP7) and UK (ATI) collaborative projects. More recently, he is leading the application of UQ&M in structural, control systems and mechatronics analyses. Dr Sharma obtained BSc (Eng) in Mechanical Engineering, MSc in Control & Signal Processing and PhD in Applied mathematics. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Application.

Sören Knuts​, PhD, 6σBB

Specialist in Design for Robustness, GKN Aerospace Sweden

Sören Knuts currently works as a specialist in Design for Robustness at GKN Aerospace Sweden (previously Volvo Aero corporation). He began working at Volvo Aero at Trollhättan in 1995, in the Space Propulsion Division at Nozzle department, with the design, testing and validation of Ariane 5 nozzles Vulcain and Vulcain 2. Between 2001 and 2006 he worked as a reliability engineer at Saab Automobile with risk analysis, FMEA, statistical analysis and Design for Six Sigma. He has held his current position of specialist in Design for Robustness at GKN Aerospace since 2009. His focus areas are Risk Management, Industrial problem solving and analytics, Six Sigma and Design for Six Sigma. Sören has contributed within the international Aerospace Quality Group in the Operational Risk Management Guidance document to AS9100D. He is currently involved as the Sublead to the Design Risk Analysis Documents applied to AS9145. He has also supervised more than 50 Master’s Thesis students on different topics of his specialisation, as well as a few doctoral thesis students. Sören holds an M.Sc. in Engineering Physics and received a PhD in Quantum Chemistry from the University of Uppsala in 1993.

Srini Rajagop​alan

Managing Director, Practice Leader - Automotive Advisory & Analytics, J.D. Power
Srini leads a team that advises clients on automotive industry performance, market trends, pricing strategies, as well as the tactical utilization of multi-billion-dollar incentive budgets. He has over 20 years of automotive industry experience and has been with J.D. Power since 2017. Prior to J.D. Power, he worked at General Motors with various positions of increasing responsibilities, including as VP of Product Planning and Export Sales at GM India. He has a Ph.D. in Decision Sciences from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan and has published articles on manufacturing optimization and voice of the customer in product development.

David H. ​Lewis

Acquisition Chair and Professor of the Practice at the Naval Postgraduate School

David H. Lewis is a retired United States Navy Surface Warfare Officer and Engineering Duty Officer. He currently serves as the Acquisition Chair and Professor of the Practice at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. His leadership assignments included duty as the Aegis Shipbuilding Program Manager, Program Executive Officer, Ships, Commander, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, and prior to his retirement, as Director of the Defense Contract Management Agency.

A brief session of additional questions and answers

Additional Questions.mp4 - CHALMERS Play​​

Second workshop

The second workshop was conducted on Tuesday, June the 14th, 4 pm - 7 pm CET.

Video link to the recorded workshop:

The following speakers presented followed by an ​open discussion on design margins:

  1. ​Dr Adrien Touboul –  ”Towards a quantitative margin assessment in complex industrial systems”
  2. Darren A. Jones – ”Overdesign in building services: a margin perspective”
  3. Dr Xin Chen – ”Margin Allocation and Trade-off in Complex Systems Design and Optimization”

Page manager Published: Fri 17 Jun 2022.