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Barna Szabó, Ph.D., P.E.

Co-founder and Chairman of the Board

Prior to his retirement from the School of Engineering and Applied Science of Washington University in 2006, he served as the Albert P. and Blanche Y. Greensfelder Professor of Mechanics.   His primary professional interest is assurance of quality and reliability in numerical simulation of structural and mechanical systems by the finite element method.  He has published over 150 papers in refereed technical journals, several of them in collaboration with Professor Ivo Babuška, with whom he also published two textbooks on finite element analysis (Wiley, 1991, Wiley 2011).   He is a founding member and Fellow of the US Association for Computational Mechanics.   Among his honors are election to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences with an honorary doctorate.           

  Ricardo Actis, D.Sc.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Ricardo Actis received his D.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis in 1991. He joined ESRD shortly after graduation as the senior engineer and later director of engineering development, position which he held until 2008 when he was appointed vice-president.  In 2011 Dr. Actis became CEO of the company, and the role of President and CEO in 2016.  During his years at ESRD, Dr. Actis had direct responsibilities for the implementation of advanced FEA procedures, including material and geometric nonlinearities, thin solids formulation, plates and shells, multi-body contact, composite material analysis techniques, post-processing procedures, including the extraction of fracture mechanics parameters for metallic and composite structures. He is currently responsible for managing the formulation and implementation of engineering functionality within the infrastructure of the finite element analysis software product StressCheck®. Since 1994 Dr. Actis also serves as an adjunct professor at the School of Engineering and Applied Science in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, teaching in the areas of strength of materials, aircraft structures, and finite element analysis.           

  Nicholas Szabó

Chief Operating Officer

In 2012 Nicholas Szabó joined ESRD from Fujitsu America where he managed and implemented multiple SAP projects, his last project being a technical implementation of an in-memory database system at a global aerospace company. Mr. Szabó received his Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Mass Communications and currently manages ESRD’s growing business operations, including expanding the market presence of its flagship product, StressCheck.

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