ESI Executive VP Mike Salari to Keynote at NEST Conference in Dallas on Feb 22

ESI Executive VP Mike Salari to Keynote at NEST Conference in Dallas on Feb 22

PARIS, France, Feb 7, 2018 – ESI Group is a leading innovator in Virtual Prototyping software and services for manufacturing industries announces that, Mike Salari, Executive Vice President of ESI Group will deliver the keynote address at the NEST 2018 Conference in Dallas, Texas, USA.

The National Environmental Simulation and Testing (NEST) conference is taking place from February 21 to 23. Key actors from a wide range of industries will gather to discuss the NEST prime facility construction project, which will address the acceleration of research and development in areas such as acoustics, radar and remote sensing, climate science and electric power grids through civil and structuring engineering.

NEST is a vision from the University of Oklahoma which will include two principal components. The first component involves a massive physical facility that simulates a wide array of realistic atmospheric conditions, simultaneously and at scale, for an even vaster array of uses in basic and applied research, education, product development and testing, and outreach. The second component, highly complementary and unique to the physical facility, is the NEST Computational Collaboratory (NCC), which will support numerical simulations of the same or similar phenomena as are being studied in the physical facility. Importantly, computational simulations in the NCC will be able to drive physical testing in NEST chambers, and vice versa.

At the event, actors will receive a presentation of the facility as presently conceived which will help them focus on private, defense, and education sector user requirements for NEST. They will determine how the physical testing facility and Computational Collaboratory can best be structured to meet the needs of all stakeholders as a national asset. This represents a striking opportunity for ESI Group to share its expertise and knowledge in Smart Virtual Prototyping with national stakeholders in key areas. On the 2nd day of the event, Mike Salari, Executive Vice President of ESI Group will deliver the keynote address, “Embracing Immersive Virtual Engineering (IVE), Hybrid TwinTM, and Product Performance in its full Lifecycle (PPL)“, focusing on the computational component of NEST.

Following these discussions, the entire NEST facility, which will be highly extensible to accommodate unanticipated needs and activities for the future, is envisioned as initially relevant to several technical disciplines in both the civilian and military sectors. It aims to be the main platform for next generation of testing for product development, research and education.

  1. When: 21-23 February 2018
  2. Where: Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, United States

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About ESI Group

ESI Group is a leading innovator in Virtual Prototyping software and services. Specialist in material physics, ESI has developed a unique proficiency in helping industrial manufacturers replace physical prototypes by virtual prototypes, allowing them to virtually manufacture, assemble, test and pre-certify their future products. Coupled with the latest technologies, Virtual Prototyping is now anchored in the wider concept of the Product Performance Lifecycle, which addresses the operational performance of a product during its entire lifecycle, from launch to disposal. The creation of a Hybrid Twin, leveraging simulation, physics and data analytics, enables manufacturers to deliver smarter and connected products, to predict product performance and to anticipate maintenance needs.

ESI is a French company listed in compartment B of NYSE Euronext Paris. Present in more than 40 countries, and addressing every major industrial sector, ESI Group employs about 1200 high-level specialists around the world and reported annual sales of €141 million in 2016. For more information, visit

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