André is the CEO and co-founder of Rafinex, a recognized technology leader in robust design optimization. Rafinex is a profitable & bootstrapped startup in Luxembourg with an international corporate footprint in Germany and the UK.
Being the sole commercial provider of cutting-edge stochastic topology optimization (STO), Rafinex enables its OEM/Tier 1 customers in automotive and aerospace to deploy design optimization earlier than ever in their workflow, to achieve formally robust and real-life deployable designs early on, as well as to release innovative products faster. The latter include, but are not limited to, electric cars, novel aircraft or flying taxi concepts.
André Wilmes has co-founded Rafinex to solve customers' most challenging engineering design and optimization challenges with the most advanced mathematics. Previously, he has researched numerical methods for simulating composite nano-materials at Imperial College London and has given guest seminars at leading research centers including NASA and TU Munich. He has experience as an R&D project manager in the ceramics and manufacturing industries, where he developed new simulation methods and experimental prototype processes in a variety of material topics ranging from fracture mechanics to optics.