Dr. Fairhurst obtained his Ph.D. in Mining Engineering from the University of Sheffield, UK in 1955. He joined the University of Minnesota faculty, School of Mines and Metallurgy, in 1956, serving as Head for several years until 1970, when the Mining program was joined with Civil Engineering to form the Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering. He was Head of the joint Department from 1973-87, and retired in 1997.
Mr. Blanksma develops numerical modeling software for engineering applications. His area of expertise includes finite volume/difference and discrete element numerical methods. His experience includes GUI development for building meshes in continuum codes. Additionally, he has helped in the development of the 2D continuum code FLAC2D. The projects included implementing the Dynamics, and most recently, the Interface functionality in the code.
Registration is now open for the Fifth International Itasca Symposium February 17 - 20, 2020 in Vienna, Austria.
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