John O. Hallquist
Hallquist earned his B.S. in Industrial Engineering, magna
cum laude, from Western Michigan University in 1970. He received
an M.S. degree in Engineering Mechanics from MTU in 1972.
He continued his advanced education from Michigan Tech and
earned a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering
Mechanics in 1974. John joined the weapons laboratory at Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) after receiving his degrees
from MTU. During the next fifteen years he worked on mathematical
models that predict the effectiveness of bombs. While at Livermore
he developed a massive finite element program called LLNL
DYNA 3D that modeled collisions and explosions. In 1987 John
left his civil service career and founded Livermore Software
Technology Corporation (LSTC), a firm that produces world-class
computational mechanics software. He also developed the following
large computer programs: DYNA2D; NIKE3D and NIKE2 which are
implicit finite element codes; INGRID, a mesh generator for
DYNA and NIKE; and ORION, a post processor for DYNA and NIKE.
Today software developers at LSTC continue to develop LLNL
DYNA 3D's successor, LS-DYNA, an advanced multi-physics simulation
code that can be used to solve a variety of problems. This
simulation software is used in applications that include bioprosthetic
heart value operations, auto crashes and earthquake engineering.
LSTC's customer base is worldwide and diversified, and the
LS-DYNA family analysis tools are used for a wide variety
of applications. Its customers include many industry leaders
in the automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, metals, electronics,
construction, defense and consumer products industries. John
is a member of the ASM International Golden Gate Chapter.
He was a keynote panel member at the 2000 ANSYS Users Conference
discussing the "Future Directions in Engineering Simulation".