Dr. Bharatan Patel. Prior to his appointment to the board, Dr. Patel served as Chairman of the Board and CEO of Aavid Thermal Technologies after holding the position of COO and president. Dr. Patel came to this position after Aavid acquired Fluent, the company he founded in 1983 to provide modeling and analysis of fluid flow and heat transfer phenomena to a variety of industries. As CEO of Fluent, Dr. Patel grew the company from its inception to become the premier computational fluid dynamics (CFD) provider. ANSYS, Inc. acquired Aavid in 2006.
Dr. Hasan Ferit Boysan. Dr Boysan was the Vice President and General Manager, Fluids Business Unit for three years in charge of both Fluent and CFX operations at Ansys Inc. Prior to joining Ansys, Dr. Boysan was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Fluent Inc. He became Fluent’s Chief Operating Officer in 1997 and President in 1999, after having been Managing Director of Fluent’s European Operations since 1991. Dr. Boysan was one of the original developers of Fluent's CFD software at Sheffield University in the UK in the early 1980s when he was a postdoctoral research fellow. Dr. Boysan has a PhD degree from the Technical University of Istanbul, Turkey and an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from the University of Sheffield, UK.
Dr. Dipankar Choudhury. Dr Choudhury is the Vice President of Research at ANSYS Inc. where he leads advanced technology and exploratory R&D projects. Prior to taking this role, Dr. Choudhury was responsible for ANSYS Inc.'s product strategy and planning and corporate product management functions. Dr. Choudhury obtained his Ph.D. in the area of Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer from the University of Minnesota in 1987. After his graduation, Dr. Choudhury held engineering and product management positions at Creare Inc. and Fluent Inc. where he was the Chief Technologist. He is a member of the ASME and the AIAA and has technical publications in journals, conference proceedings and trade magazines.
Peter Christie. Peter Christie retired from Fluent where he served as its Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 1998. From 1984 to 1998, Mr. Christie held several senior management positions, including President and Chief Financial Officer at Verax Corporation, a bioprocessing company. Prior to joining Verax, Mr. Christie was employed at Creare Inc., an engineering consulting firm, where he held the position of CFO from 1973-78 and President and Founder of Creare Products Inc., a medical instruments manufacturer, from 1978 to 1984. Mr. Christie has also served as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Mr. Christie earned his B.A. in Economics from Amherst College and a M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.