Barna Szabó

Dr. Barna Szabó is  Co-Founder and President of Engineering Software Research and Development, Inc. a company whose mission is to create and market software tools for the advancement of the quality, reliability and timeliness of information that serves engineering decision-making processes.

Dr. Szabó was a full-time member of the faculty of the School of Applied Science and Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis from 1968 until his retirement as the Albert P. and Blanche Y. Greensfelder Professor of Mechanics in 2006.  His areas of expertise include mathematical modeling techniques, error estimation and quality control procedures in finite element analysis, methods for controlling modeling errors in engineering computations and assurance of the reliability of engineering decisions based on computed information.

Dr. Szabó is the principal author of two textbooks on finite element analysis (John Wiley & Sons, 1991 and 2011) and has published over two hundred technical papers, mostly on the finite element method. Dr. Szabó is an external member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the St. Louis Academy of Sciences, holds an honorary doctorate and is a founding member and fellow of the US Association for Computational Mechanics. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Missouri.

Simulation governance: An idea whose time has come

Barna Szabó, Ph.D., PE

President, ESRD, Inc.


The exercise of command and control over all aspects of numerical simulation from the perspectives of formulation and application of design rules in structural, mechanical and aerospace engineering will be outlined. The key technical requirements are described in the context of the building block method. A class of smart applications are illustrated by examples.