David Hibbitt, Ph.D.
Founder and Former Chairman, ABAQUS, Inc.
Dr. David Hibbitt, Chairman of Hibbitt, Karlsson & Sorensen, Inc, Providence, RI., began his career in engineering with Associated Electrical Industries Ltd. of Manchester, England, working on the design of large steam turbines for electrical power generation. From 1972 to 1977 he worked for the Marc Analysis Research Corporation, where he was responsible for the development of the Marc finite element program.
In 1978 he founded Hibbitt, Karlsson & Sorensen, Inc. (now ABAQUS, Inc.) and began the design and development of the ABAQUS program. ABAQUS is best known as a general-purpose finite element program with particular strength in the simulation of complex solid and structural mechanics problems involving nonlinear response. In 1978 and 1980, Dr. Hibbitt taught as an Adjunct Professor in the graduate school of the University of Texas at Austin. He has served on the editorial advisory board of the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, and was a member of the Computational Mechanics Committee of the U.S. National Research Council's Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems from 1982–1984.
He received a Brown University Engineering Alumni Medal in 1997. He has served on advisory committees that assisted the Office of Naval Research, and Sandia National Laboratory, in evaluating their research programs in engineering mechanics, and currently serves on the executive council of the US Association for Computational Mechanics, on the North American advisory committee for NAFEMS, an organization that promotes reliability and quality in computational mechanics applications, and on the advisory council for Brown University's division of Engineering.