Dynetics’ Tom Baumbach to Speak on “Modeling and Simulation – A 50-Year Perspective”

Thursday April 17, 2014

Dynetics Chief Technical Officer Thomas A. Baumbach will give a 50-year perspective on modeling and simulation (M&S) at the 2014 AlaSim International Conference & Exposition May 6-7, 2014. This event, which will be held at the Dynetics Solutions Complex, will bring together members of the M&S community from Alabama and around the world. Baumbach will deliver the keynote address at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 6.

Baumbach serves as a key advisor in Dynetics' cyber M&S activities, as well as the company's other technical pursuits. He most recently served as company president. He and Dr. Marc Bendickson, the current CEO, built the first financial model of Dynetics that formed the basis of a buy-out of Dynetics' founders via an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) trust. 

Baumbach began his career as a systems analyst at Bell Telephone Laboratories in 1968, where he wrote physics-based simulations of ballistic missile interceptors engaging threat maneuvering reentry vehicles. These simulations formed the nucleus of more complex Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system models.

Continuing to pursue his work with BMD technology, Baumbach and a group of Bell Labs colleagues started a practice at Teledyne Brown Engineering (TBE), where he continued to build and use various simulations and models to estimate BMD subsystem performance and system-level effectiveness. He took over a small radar research group and modeled energy management of range-constrained BMD search radars, built models of radar signal processing alternatives and performed other work.

Upon joining Dynetics in 1975, Baumbach led his group in synthesizing Anti-Tactical Ballistic Missile (ABM) defense systems and modeling the dynamics and effectiveness of candidate concepts.  He contributed to early assessments of foreign ABM systems performance using simulations.

He worked for TBE in California before returning to Dynetics in 1980, where he led an effort to model and predict the effectiveness and outcome of large-scale nuclear exchanges between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, including the effects of enemy air defenses engaging penetrating bombers. He led his group in modeling efforts and ultimately worked on the THAAD radar and the Sea-Based X-Band Radar (SBX).

Baumbach holds a master's degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University and a bachelor's in engineering physics from the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a graduate of Stanford University's Financial Management Program and Senior Executive Program for Growing Companies.

The purpose of the AlaSim conference is to showcase the breadth and depth of the latest M&S activities and to provide a forum for collecting, documenting, displaying and discussing the current state of M&S technology throughout the world. The Alabama Modeling and Simulation Council (AMSC) organizes the annual event. 

The conference will feature presentations by plenary speakers and industry experts, as well as panel discussions, workshops, tutorials and exhibits.  

Ralph Weber, current president of AMSC, general chair of the conference and an engineer in the Dynetics Sensor Systems Analysis and Engineering Department, said, "The 2014 AlaSim event offers a variety of opportunities for practitioners, vendors and academia to learn about modeling and simulation and to network."

For more information about the conference, visit the website.

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