OpenFOAM® Technical Committees


The Technical Committees cover all the key focus areas for OpenFOAM development; they assess the state-of-the-art, need and status for validation, documentation and further development. Technical Committee Chairs are nominated and ratified by the Steering Committee for a three-year term with a small bursary to support the effort and overheads associated with coordination. Membership in each Technical Committee is open to all, and bound by the Code of Conduct.

Role of the Technical Committees

The Technical Committee meets quarterly to:

  • Recommend OpenFOAM developments
  • Assess OpenFOAM validation in scope
  • Nurture involvement of OpenFOAM Community

Current committees focus on functionality areas:

  • Documentation
  • High Performance Computing (HPC)
  • Meshing
  • Multiphase
  • Numerics
  • Optimisation
  • Turbulence

and Special Interest Group (SIG) areas:

  • Automotive Applications
  • Data Driven Modelling
  • Marine Applications
  • Nuclear Applications
  • Turbomachinery applications


Chair of Joint Technical Committees

Gavin Tabor
Professor of Computational Fluid Dynamics
CEMPS, University of Exeter
Term: To October 2021


Jozsef Nagy
Creator of the Tutorial Collection
Term: October 2019 - October 2021
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High Performance Computing (HPC)


Ivan Spisso
Term: October 2019 - October 2021
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Position open

We are currently looking to appoint a Chair to the Meshing Technical Committee.

Remit of the Committee:

  • 3 year tenure together with your technical committee members to formulate, track and deliver meshing strategies for the benefit of the wider OpenFOAM Community
  • Drive the meshing requirements from the several other Technical Committees and application Special Interest Groups
  • Assess voluntary contributions and sanction funded developments based on technical merit
  • Comply with the GPLv3 and the OpenFOAM Code of Conduct
  • Report progress every six months to the OpenFOAM Governance Steering Committee

You should be:

  • experienced in using and developing features in snappyHexMesh for geometry handling and meshing across a wide range of applications and industries
  • willing to work closely with the OpenFOAM release authority to enhance the features and reputation of snappyHexMesh as a progressive technology at the forefront of industry use.

A small bursary is offered to cover out-of-pocket expenses.

If you are interested, please complete the form below and return it to ext-Karen.Kettle[at] quoting the reference "Meshing TC Chair".

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Holger Marschall
TU Darmstadt
Term: October 2019 - October 2021
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Hrvoje Jasak
One of the two principal developers of OpenFOAM
Chair of Turbo-machinery, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture University of Zagreb
Term: October 2019 - October 2021
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Kyriakos Giannakoglou
Professor, National Technical University of Athens, School of Mech. Eng., Lab. Of Thermal Turbomachines, Head of the Parallel CFD & Optimization Unit
Term: October 2019 - October 2021
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Timofey Mukha

Term: October 2023 -
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Automotive Applications


Fabian Roesler
Term: To October 2021
Co-chair representation from VW and GM
New members are actively solicited

Data Driven Modelling


Andre Weiner
Technical University of Braunschweig
Term: TBA

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Marine Applications


Kevin Maki
Associate Professor
Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, University of Michigan
Term: October 2019 - October 2021
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Nuclear Applications

Carlo Fiorina
EPFL - Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne
Term: October 2019 - October 2021
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Håkan Nilsson
Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Term: October 2021 - October 2022
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