Team & contacts

To contact us about PATO :

PATO was originally developed by a team of researchers at the NASA Ames Research Center (California) in collaboration with colleagues from the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (Belgium).

Modeling & code development : Dr. Jean Lachaud (

Modeling & project management : Dr. Nagi N. Mansour (

Modeling : Pr. Thierry E. Magin (

Mutation++ development : J. B. Scoggins (

Contributors : Dr. Vincent Leroy (, Jérémie Meurisse (, Max Döpke (VKI).

We would like to thank several colleagues and students for their past or current contributions to verification and/or testing of the code : Tom van Eekelen (Siemens), Ali Omidy (University of Kentucky), Dr. Francesco Panerai (NASA Ames), Dr. Ioana Cozmuta (NASA Ames), Pr. Alexandre Martin (University of Kentucky), Kyle Hanquist (University of Michigan), Julien de Muelenaere (VKI, Stanford), Dr. Victor Pozzobon (Mines d’Albi), Fransciso Torres (VKI), Florent Anstett (C la Vie), Dr. Joshua Monk (NASA Ames), Dr. John Lawless (Redwood Scientific Inc.), Jérémy Mora-Monteros (EPFL), Nikhil Banerji (EPFL), Dr. Eric Stern (NASA Ames), Pr. Pietro Congedo (INRIA Bordeaux), Michaël Rivier (INRIA Bordeaux), Xiaowen Qin (ENSMA, P’, Poitiers), Pr. Franck Richard (ENSMA, P’, Poitiers), Alessandro Turchi (VKI).

Finally, we would like to thank the people that patiently and professionally developed OpenFOAM over the years to make it the amazing CFD platform that it became. In particular, Pr. Hrvoje Jasak and Dr. Henrik Rusche are gratefully acknowledged for their interest in PATO from the beginning and for their guidance during the second OpenFoam summer school (Numerical Modeling of Coupled Problems in Applied Physics with OpenFoam, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, Zagreb, Croatia; 02–15 September 2009).