Feb Talk: Overview of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) Methodology and its Applications (HYBRID)

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IEEE of Southern MN will be kicking off our winter programming with a technical talk on an overview of the Finite Element Analysis (FEA) methodology and its applications. As in the past, food and beverages will be provided for in-person attendees in Mann Hall of the Medical Sciences Building. 

The Finite Element Analysis (FEA) methodology continues to grow in popularity thanks to the rapid increase in affordable computing power and easy to use software. This surge in accessibility has enabled companies of all sizes to adopt FEA into their design process. A well implemented process allows for better product designs, at lower cost, and with a faster development time. IBM has been leveraging FEA for over 20 years as part of its design best practices and has seen significant technological benefits and cost savings as a result. This talk will cover the fundamental theory of FEA, key concepts that are utilized in its application, and how to ensure model accuracy. Additionally, some tips and tricks will be shared for getting started with your own FEA simulations. Throughout the presentation, examples of how these principles are applied to IBM products will be shared to illustrate key concepts.

  Date and Time




  • Date: 22 Feb 2024
  • Time: 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
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  • 300 3rd Ave SW
  • Rochester, Minnesota
  • United States 55902
  • Building: Medical Sciences Building
  • Room Number: Mann Hall

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  • Starts 08 February 2024 04:06 PM
  • Ends 22 February 2024 01:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
  • No Admission Charge


Mr. Kevin O'Connell of IBM


Kevin O’Connell received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2010 and master’s degree in engineering mechanics in 2018 from Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA. After completing his bachelor’s degree, Kevin joined IBM in 2010 as a mechanical engineer focused on finite element analysis and predictive engineering in IBM’s Power series server development team. He played a key role in transforming IBM’s FEA capabilities and integrating FE methods into the core design approach that has lowered IBM’s development expense and reduced test cycles. Kevin’s role later expanded to include mechanical FEA work on IBM’s Summit and Sierra supercomputers and room temperature and cryogenic FEA for IBM’s quantum computers.

Mr. O’Connell has received several awards from IBM during his 13-year tenure including his Master Black Belt certification in Hybrid Six Sigma methods. He is also an avid inventor with 35 issued patents and has received the IBM Master Inventor award for the past 7 years.


6:30 - 7:00 Social half hour to grab food and drink

7:00 - 8:00 Technical talk