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Who is AMI Aero?

AMI Aero, LLC carries on the legacy of Analytical Methods, Inc. which was formed in 1971 to provide engineering services and software products in the field of aerodynamics. Our company has built a reputation of applying state-of-the-art computational methods to solve challenging design problems. The software products of AMI Aero, such as VSAERO and VLAERO, have left a positive imprint on the aerospace industry worldwide. Our customers span the breadth of the aerospace and defense industry from small businesses to the largest aircraft builders as well as government agencies. Our highly skilled engineering team can take on projects involving modifications to aircraft; commercial, defense related, fixed wing and rotorcraft. We can provide an extensive range of support from providing software tools to engineering expertise focused on analysis and aerodynamic shape design.

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Meet the Team

Dan Strash

Dan Strash
President


Dan joined Analytical Methods, Inc. in 1981 and has over 35 years with the company in various roles from CFD analyst, software developer, to Engineering Services Manager for Commercial Services. He has direct experience with CFD analysis methods in support of aerodynamic design and certification. Dan provides leadership, direction, and mentorship to engineering staff and promotes the services of the company to potential clients including work scope, proposal development and contract negotiations.  

Education:
BS and MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Washington  


Jim Nathman, PhD
Director of Software Research & Development


Dr. Nathman joined Analytical Methods, Inc. in 1981 as a research scientist. Jim is currently the Director of Research Development, Software, which includes: VSAERO, a general 3D panel method with boundary layer; ICE, a three-dimensional icing collection efficiency code, and OMNI3D, a portable graphics display program. CAMRAD II and MSES are ported and tested by Dr. Nathman. He has trained approximately 100 users and provides customer support 

Education:
BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University
PhD in Aeroelasticity, Stanford University 


Jim Nathman
Gayle Ingalls

Gayle Ingalls
Director of Contracts and Compliance

Gayle joined Analytical Methods, Inc. in 1999 and is the liaison to our software distributors, contracts processing and ITAR export compliance officer.   

Education:
LDS Business College 

Ian J. Gilchrist
Chief Aerodynamicist

Ian Gilchrist has over 50 years of experience in aerodynamic design, analysis, and testing and has worked at Analytical Methods, Inc. since 1985. His specialty is the design of airfoils and wings for transonic airplanes but he has broad experience in the aerodynamic design of air and land vehicles. He has contributed to the design and modification of numerous aircraft by combining the application of computational methods with wind tunnel testing. He has also developed codes for use in preliminary design. He has managed and participated in diverse applications of CFD codes to the solution of aerodynamic problems. Ian is now semi-retired.

Education:
Diploma in Technology with First Class Honors in Aeronautical Engineering from Loughborough University of Technology, England. 

Ian J. Gilchrist
Sasan Yaghmaee

Sasan Yaghmaee
Engineering Manager

Sasan is a former Boeing engineer with over 30 years of experience in the field of CFD software analysis tool development and application. Sasan is a Senior Engineer and fills the role of a Lead Flight Sciences engineer in our Engineering Services group.

Education:
BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering from San Diego State University. 

Wei-Nan “Fox” Lin
Aeronautical Engineer 


Fox joined the engineering team in 2018 after nearly five years with Boeing Commercial Airplanes. He provides CFD analysis support to clientele in our Engineering Services group.

Education:
BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
MSE in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue University. 

Wei-Nan “Fox” Lin
Jonathan Wai, PhD

Jonathan Wai, PhD
Lead CFD Engineer


Jon joined our company recently after receiving his PhD at the University of Washington in the field of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is experienced in internal/external CFD, heat transfer simulations, and finite element analysis.

Education: BS, MS, and PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Washington.

Eduardo Gonzalez-Vega
Aeronautical Engineer


Eduardo joined the engineering team in 2012. He provides CFD analysis support to clientele in our Engineering Services group.

Education: BS and MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Washington. 

Eduardo Gonzalez-Vega
Matt Heikell

Matt Heikell
Aerospace Engineer

Matt has seven years of flight-proven experience designing and building mission-critical aerospace systems and is also a CNC Machinist. He is part of the AMI Aero engineering team.

Education: BS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Washington.

An Aerodynamics Legacy Since 1971

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