Convergent Science

Management Team

Peter Kelly Senecal, Ph.D.PKSenecalHeadshot

Co-Founder and Vice President

Dr. Senecal is a co-founder of Convergent Science. He is a consultant to the automotive and engine industries and works closely with engineers on problems related to IC engine modeling and design. He is experienced at both managing and executing large consulting and software development projects for the private sector.

Dr. Senecal is one of the main developers of the CONVERGE™ CFD code. In this role, he primarily implements, improves and develops advanced sub-models for predicting liquid spray, hydrocarbon combustion, and emissions formation.

Dr. Senecal has extensive experience in the fields of multi-dimensional engine simulations and computational fluid dynamics. He has written a number of papers in the area of engine modeling and has presented at several national and international conferences including the Society of Automotive Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems. His pioneering research on the use of CFD in the engine design process has been featured in The New York Times, The London Sunday Times, and The Dallas Morning News as well as a large number of other media outlets. As a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Engine Research Center, Dr. Senecal developed the KIVA-GA code, which performs three-dimensional engine simulations within the framework of a Genetic Algorithm optimization technique. He is also the author of the widely used LISA (Linearized Instability Sheet Atomization) spray breakup model. In 2000, Dr. Senecal won awards for both the most valuable technical contribution and the best presentation at the ASME International IC Engine Division Conference.

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headshot of Eric PomraningEric Pomraning, Ph.D.     

Co-Founder and Vice President 

Dr. Pomraning is a co-founder of Convergent Science Inc. and he is currently a vice president there. His work is focused on the development and marketing of the computational fluid dynamics code CONVERGE™. Specifically, he worked on developing the numerical algorithms, turbulence models, combustion models, and adaptive mesh refinement for CONVERGE™.

Dr. Pomraning has authored numerous papers on large eddy simulation (LES) turbulence modeling, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), multi-dimensional engine simulation, spray, and combustion modeling. Prior to starting Convergent Science, he was a research associate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Engine Research Center.

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headshot of Keith RichardsKeith Richards

Co-Founder and Vice President

Keith Richards is one of the original founders of Convergent Science. He is also one of the principle developers of the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code CONVERGE™. His areas of expertise include numerical methods, detailed chemistry solution methods, engine intake flow simulations, rapid grid generation, and high performance computing.

Keith has been at Convergent Science since its inception in 1997. Much of his experience at Convergent Science prior to the development of CONVERGE™ involved using KIVA to simulate engines and writing a grid generation package for creating KIVA meshes. Prior to founding Convergent Science, Keith studied intake flow modeling as a research assistant at the University of Wisconsin. His research involved simulation of an experimental HSDI Diesel engine at Sandia National Labs in Livermore. He has also worked at Ford Motor Company and at Mercury Marine. While at Mercury, he set up and operated an engine test cell, including writing software to capture engine data and perform real-time analysis of engine performance.

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headshot of Daniel LeeDaniel Lee, Ph.D.

Vice President

Dr. Lee is a Vice President at Convergent Science and plays an integral role in numerous activities related to CFD software and services. These tasks include revenue generation, marketing, distributor relations and funded development. Prior to joining Convergent Science, Dr. Lee spent seven years as a senior engineer at ANSYS/Fluent working in the design and analysis of Aerospace and Marine thermal/fluid systems. He specialized in the simulation of the two phase turbulent reacting flows found within propulsion systems such as gas turbine engines and solid rocket motors. Dr. Lee has a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin Engine Research Center. His research involved the development of advanced spray combustion algorithms along with LES modeling.  Dr. Lee has a MS and BS from Texas A&M University with focus on combustion systems and thermodynamics.

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