Course Outline

Day 1: The Finite Element Method
Day 2: The Boundary Element Method
Day 3: The Meshless Method


Fee: $500.00 - Participation fee

The Fee for the course covers instructional material costs, a copy of the book "Introduction to Finite Element, Boundary Element, and Meshless Methods", by D. W. Pepper, A. Kassab, and E. Divo, ASME Press, 2014, a complete set of computer codes, break refreshments, and lunch each day. Each participant will receive a certificate of the course completion. All fees must be paid in advance at least two weeks before the start of the course.
Introduction to Finite Element, Boundary Element, and Meshless Methods

Introduction to Finite Element, Boundary Element, and Meshless Methods

An Introductory 3-Day Certified Course with Applications including Hands-on Exercises

March 31, 2017 – April 2, 2017
Rio Casino and Resort, Las Vegas, NV, USA


This course stems from the experiences in teaching numerical methods to both engineering students and experienced, practicing engineers in industry. The emphasis in this course deals with finite element, boundary element, and meshless methods. Each technique serves as a stand-alone description, but it is apparent to see how each conveniently connects to the other techniques. The intent in this course is to provide a simple explanation of these three powerful numerical schemes, and to show how they all fall under the umbrella of the more universal method of the weighted residuals approach.


  • Introduce the basic concepts of the finite element method, the boundary element method, and the meshless method utilizing the Method of Weighted Residuals
  • Discuss the advantages and limitations of each method
  • Demonstrate the capabilities of each method on a variety of problems
  • Provide “hands-on” access to simple computer codes that run on PCs
  • Emphasize fundamentals through algebraic examples


Who Should Attend

This course is intended for those who wish to understand the basic concepts of the finite element method, the boundary element method, and meshless methods, and how they become implemented in computer programs. The course is suitable for both postgraduate students and graduate engineers and scientists in industry and government. Those with a basic understanding of calculus and a familiarity with PCs (Windows or Mac) will have sufficient background necessary for this course. Students with an engineering or mathematical background should have no difficulty in grasping the underlying principles of the methods and their applications to various fields.

Course Instructors

Dr. Darrell W. Pepper
Dr. Darrell W. Pepper
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
Dr. Alain Kassab
Dr. Alain Kassab
The University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
Dr. Eduardo Divo
Dr. Eduardo Divo
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL

Dr. Pepper is presently Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Nevada Center for Advanced Computational Methods at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). He served as a Distinguished Visiting Faculty at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO from 2011-2013. He was an ASME Congressional Fellow in 2004, working in the office of Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) where he handled science and engineering issues for the Senator. He served as Interim Dean of the College of Engineering and was Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering from 1996-2002. He obtained his BSME, MSAE, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri S&T). Prior to his academic career, he worked in various technical and managerial positions for Du Pont at the Savannah River Laboratory in Aiken, SC, served as Chief Scientist of the Marquardt Company, an aerospace propulsion company in Van Nuys, CA, and co-founded and was CEO of Advanced Projects Research, Inc., an R&D company in CA. He has published over 300 technical papers in the areas of fluid flow, heat transfer, and environmental transport, including seven textbooks on finite element and related numerical techniques. Dr. Pepper is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Computational Thermal Sciences, a Life Fellow of ASME, and Fellow of Wessex Institute of Technology.