Dr. Jiri (George) Vlcek is a nuclear physicist who became an expert in polymer processing and simulation. Jiri is a pioneer in the field of extrusion simulation and has spearheaded the development the most comprehensive set of engineering simulation tools for extrusion in the world.
Jiri is the President of COMPUPLAST®, a company he co-founded in 1990 with Dr. John Perdikoulias. He is a graduate of Charles University in Prague and has a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Chemical Technology, Prague, Czech Republic. After completing his PhD, Dr. Vlcek worked for the Plastics and Rubber Research Institute (VUGPT) in Zlin from 1976 to 1990. While at VUGPT, Dr. Vlcek developed several simulations to assist with the design and optimization of various polymer processing equipment. During this time he gained a great deal of hands-on polymer processing experience to help support and improve his theoretical developments.
In 1986 -1987 he became a postdoctoral fellow at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario Canada working with Professor John Vlachopoulos. From 1987 to 1991 Dr. Vlcek also worked as a visiting Research Assistant for Professor Vlachopoulos and the Center for Advanced Polymer Processing and Design (CAPPA-D). During this period, he was instrumental in developing the first commercial version of POLYCAD 2-D, a 2D FEM simulation software package, as well as the precursors to many other software packages.
At COMPUPLAST®, Dr. Vlcek currently leads a team of engineers and programmers in the development of advanced Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) simulation tools that are currently used by hundreds of companies worldwide. He also guides his employees in consulting jobs, which COMPUPLAST® provides to many companies around the world, in many fields of extrusion.
Dr. Vlcek is also an associated professor at the Thomas Bata University, Zlin, Czech Republic where he mainly supervises PhD. candidates. All the PhD research is related to extrusion and aimed at helping to improve process understanding and simulation accuracy.
In 2001, Dr. Vlcek, and his business partner Dr. John Perdikoulias, developed an Extrusion course aimed at helping people to better understand the polymer extrusion process from an engineering point of view. This course, which is continuously update with practical examples, also shows how simulation can be used for process improvement and optimization. The course has been given frequently in USA, Canada, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Scandinavia and many European countries to thousands of participants.