OpenFOAM® Steering Committee


The Steering Committee comprises representatives from OpenFOAM’s main sponsors in Industry, Academia, Release Authorities and Consultant Organisations. Membership requires a declared alignment to the Offical OpenFOAM release and the project’s core objectives.

Role of the Steering Committee

The Steering Committee meets every six months with the mandate to:

  • Appoint Technical Chairs
  • Assess and sanction projects recommended
  • Initiate new areas for Technical Assessment
  • Assess and conclude Technical Committees
  • Nurture involvement of OpenFOAM Community
  • Sanction fund-raising to support developments

Members include:

  • Permanent Chair
  • Administrator
  • OEMs and Support Consultants
  • Representing Research with OpenFOAM
  • Representing interests of Release Authorities
  • Release and Maintenance




Fred Mendonca

OpenCFD Ltd.




Karen Kettle

OpenCFD Ltd.


OEMs and Support Consultants

Dr Marcus Renner



Paul Eno

General Motors

Paul Eno leads the HPC Application Innovation Team at General Motors and is focused on open source solutions. His team’s mission is to drive performance and innovation while reducing complexity and cost.

Dr Yi Wang

FM Global

Dr. Yi Wang is the Staff Vice President of FM Global, and the manager of the Fire Dynamics group in the Research Division, where he oversees the research activities of CFD fire modeling, material flammability, fire dynamics and testing. Dr. Wang and his team have been developing and using FireFOAM for industrial fire growth and suppression since 2008. Dr. Wang serves on the editorial boards of Fire Safety Journal, Fire Technology, Fire and Materials. He is also a committee member of the International Association of Fire Safety Science (IAFSS).

Representing Research with OpenFOAM


Dr.-Ing. Holger Marschall

Technische Universitaet Darmstadt


Federico Piscaglia
Associate Professor at the Department of Aerospace Science and Technology (DAER)
Politecnico di Milano

Federico received his PhD from the Politecnico di Milano in 2005 and since then has worked in the field of Computational Engineering, focused on the co-design of CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) methodologies on leadership class machines for transient modelling, moving mesh, turbulence, multiphase and reactive flows.

His research objective is to pursue concerted innovations in physical modelling, numerical analysis, optimization and scientific computing for increasingly complex multi-disciplinary engineering applications and to co-design algorithms and computational strategies to cope with real-world uncertainty, to fundamentally change our present approach to engineering simulations relevant to broad areas of fluid mechanics and aerospace propulsion. Since 2005 he selected the open-source CFD software OpenFOAM as base tool for his research activity.

Representing interests of Release Authorities


Prof. Hrvoje Jasak

Wikki Ltd.


Release and Maintenance


Dr Andrew Heather

OpenCFD Ltd.