“Will Pringles Fly?” talk at Rice by P&G’s head of research

If you’re one of my blog readers in Houston, you might be interested in checking out this talk at Rice early next week. From the sounds of it, the talk will cover a lot of topics (including peanut aerodynamics and urine leak engineering!).

Dean of Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series
Co-host: Computer and Information Technology Institute

title: Will Pringles Fly?

by Tom Lange, Director, Corporate R&D, Procter and Gamble
when Monday, October 30, 2006
time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
where: McMurtry Auditorium Duncan Hall

Duncan Hall is building # 20 (located in the upper right quadrant) on
the campus interactive map at http://www.rice.edu/mapos. Move your mouse
over the buildings to see the building number.

Visitor parking is shown in yellow on the interactive map. The visitor
parking west of Rice Stadium is free. Shuttle busses pick up and drop
off at bus shelters every 10 minutes. Paid visitor parking (by credit
card only) is available near entrances # 2, 8 and 13.

abstract
How can modeling and simulation greatly accelerate the pace of
innovation, and not just for airplanes and cars but for everyday
products? With Procter and Gamble making and selling billions of
products every day, we will explore some of the ?surprising? technical
challenges this presents e.g., a case study on the aerodynamics of
Pringles?. Other multi-scale, multi-physics examples will be shown that
span the scale from molecules to the enterprise: from computational
chemistry models of soap suds, to the reliability and availability of
high-speed production systems. Multi-physics simulation challenges from
diapers to laundry liquids, from human/product interaction to machine
dynamics will also be explored.

speaker bio
Tom Lange (BSChE from the University of Missouri ?78) joined Procter and
Gamble in May 1978, as a product technical engineer. Tom has spent his
27-year P&G career modeling and simulating product and production
systems, from how the aerodynamics of a peanut affect roasting, to how
baby sizes affect the probability of a urine leak in a diaper.

He was recognized in 1994 with a PRISM award, P&G?s highest technical
recognition for engineering. Tom was appointed associate director in
1998, becoming the first department head of the modeling, simulation and
analysis department for corporate engineering. In August 2001 he was
appointed head of P&G?s CAE (computer-aided engineering) organization.
In September 2004, he was appointed director of modeling and simulation
for P&G in Corporate R&D, including CAE and computational chemistry
efforts.Dean of Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series
Co-host: Computer and Information Technology Institute

title: Will Pringles Fly?

by Tom Lange, Director, Corporate R&D, Procter and Gamble
when Monday, October 30, 2006
time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
where: McMurtry Auditorium Duncan Hall

Duncan Hall is building # 20 (located in the upper right quadrant) on
the campus interactive map at http://www.rice.edu/mapos. Move your mouse
over the buildings to see the building number.

Visitor parking is shown in yellow on the interactive map. The visitor
parking west of Rice Stadium is free. Shuttle busses pick up and drop
off at bus shelters every 10 minutes. Paid visitor parking (by credit
card only) is available near entrances # 2, 8 and 13.

abstract
How can modeling and simulation greatly accelerate the pace of
innovation, and not just for airplanes and cars but for everyday
products? With Procter and Gamble making and selling billions of
products every day, we will explore some of the ?surprising? technical
challenges this presents e.g., a case study on the aerodynamics of
Pringles?. Other multi-scale, multi-physics examples will be shown that
span the scale from molecules to the enterprise: from computational
chemistry models of soap suds, to the reliability and availability of
high-speed production systems. Multi-physics simulation challenges from
diapers to laundry liquids, from human/product interaction to machine
dynamics will also be explored.

speaker bio
Tom Lange (BSChE from the University of Missouri ?78) joined Procter and
Gamble in May 1978, as a product technical engineer. Tom has spent his
27-year P&G career modeling and simulating product and production
systems, from how the aerodynamics of a peanut affect roasting, to how
baby sizes affect the probability of a urine leak in a diaper.

He was recognized in 1994 with a PRISM award, P&G?s highest technical
recognition for engineering. Tom was appointed associate director in
1998, becoming the first department head of the modeling, simulation and
analysis department for corporate engineering. In August 2001 he was
appointed head of P&G?s CAE (computer-aided engineering) organization.
In September 2004, he was appointed director of modeling and simulation
for P&G in Corporate R&D, including CAE and computational chemistry
efforts.