DEVELOP3D 2013 will feature a fantastic range of speakers. We’ll be adding more great speakers here as they’re confirmed.
Carl Bass, President and CEO of Autodesk
Gian Paolo Bassi, Vice President, Research and Development, Solidworks
Jon Hirschtick, Founder and Chairman of the Board Belmont Technology
Ping Fu, Chief Strategy Officer and vice president, 3D Systems Geomagic
Joe Graney, Director of Engineering & Quality, Santa Cruz Bicycles
Efrain H. Rovira, Executive Director, Precision Workstations, Dell
Chris Randles, President and CEO, SpaceClaim
Jurgen Laudus, Director, AMS, Materialise NV
Paul Brown, Marketing Director, Digital Product Development, Siemens PLM Software
Dr Phil Reeves, Managing director and principle consultant, Econolyst Ltd
John Tumelty, Managing Director, Proto Labs
Lisa Harouni, Co-founder and CEO of Digital Forming
Al Dean, Editor-in-chief, DEVELOP3D
Rik Thwaites is Senior Consultant for Dell Precision Workstations. He has over 25 years of workstation related experience including engineering software, workstation hardware and software partner relationship management.
• 26years in the simulation industry
• Founded SSA which is now the UK’s leading reseller of the Dassault Systemes Abaqus program
• Undertaken projects in Motorsport, Biomechanics, Aerospace and many other industry sectors
• Served for many years on the Nafems CAD/FE working group
• Published widely in the popular and academic press
Paul Brown is Senior Marketing Director, NX Product Engineering Software for Siemens PLM Software.
He has broad experience in digital product development. He began his career as a mechanical designer with a machinery manufacturing company and has over 25 years of experience implementing Computer Aided Design (CAD) systems. Since joining Siemens PLM Software in 1985 he has held a variety of customer-focused leadership roles within the company in both its UK and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) organizations, including pre-sales support and country and zone marketing.
In his current role Paul is responsible for the global Marketing team in the NX Product Engineering Software group. His team is tasked communicating product related information for both current and future developments between the Siemens PLM Software global customer base and its product development engineers. He is located in the company’s Camberley, UK office.
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Derrek is currently leading the product management team for Simulation at Autodesk. Over the last 15 years, he has been focused on helping companies maximize their potential by adopting simulation and making it an organic part of the product development process. His current charter is to build the next generation simulation tools that can harness the power of the cloud for optimization, collaboration and communication. Derrek’s passion for simulation started while receiving a master’s in mechanical engineering from Temple University. He has been exposed to numerous CAE technologies over the years. Prior to joining Autodesk, he led the product management team for the CFdesign family of products at Blue Ridge Numerics.
These days Tony leads the telling of the solidThinking story. Prior to his current position Tony was responsible for the land vehicles vertical at Altair, sharing engineering best practices both internally and externally and communicating Altair’s software and services offerings to that industry. His past experience includes business development, project management and technical leadership in diverse disciplines including the development of vehicle systems, mechatronic consulting, build and test projects, data analysis, custom software development and commercial software release. Before joining Altair in 1996, Tony worked at both Ford Motor Company and GEC-Marconi Avionics. Tony moved to Michigan in 1999 for “a couple of years”, and still lives there.
Al Dean is DEVELOP3D’s co-founder and editor-in-chief. That means he gets to swan about the gaff while everyone else does all the hard work.
For the last 15 years, he’s been writing about the technology and strategies involved in product development and telling stories of how people take products from a spark of an idea to a delivered product. He’s got a BSc in Computer Aided Product Design and an MSc in Engineering Product Design, though he doesn’t like telling anyone.
He spends his spare time growing vegetables and making an increasingly random collection of things that he doesn’t really need, but has become rather fond of.
Rob has many years of experience in the CAD/Design and IT industry. From implementing 2D CAD solutions where the only line colour was green to working at a CAD software company where he demonstrated 3D solid modelling tools.
In his current role at AMD he works with most of the major CAD/CAM/CAE software vendors to improve the 3D performance using hardware and gets a good view of all the major developments in both software and hardware and how they interact.
Jurgen graduated as Master of Science in Engineering at the University of Leuven (Belgium) in 2001, he immediately started his career in additive manufacturing at Materialise.
Jurgen has previously held several positions in production and sales management within Materialise. This way he played an active role in building up one of the largest and most complete additive manufacturing production facilities in the world.
As one of the directors of Materialise Jurgen’s passion is to share his expertise on 3D Printing for manufacturing and help designers to reach tangible results. Because he believes that every design engineer can create better products if additive manufacturing is part of the toolbox.
James is the co-founder and director of the highly energetic digital creative agency, Wonder Vision. Working at the leading edge of digital production, Wonder Vision specialises in the creation of hyper-photoreal CG imagery and motion content for a diverse client base, including Triumph Motorcycles, Ferrari by Logic3, Motorola and Ford Motors.
Going into year 3, Wonder Vision has studios in London and Henley on Thames and offers premium services in CGI, animation, digital, social, photography and film.
James plays an active role in promoting design and visualisation in secondary education, visiting schools to inspire students about opportunities in the industry, and running visualisation competitions to encourage the subject.
Joe is one of the founding team and current Creative Director of Wonder Vision.
He holds a 1st Class Honours degree in Product design and Technology from Loughborough University and an International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) from the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).
Giovanni Petrone received a B.Sc. Degree (with honours) in Aerospace Engineering in 2006 and a M.Sc. Degree (with honours and honorable mention) in Aero & Astro Engineering in 2008 from the “University of Naples, Federico II” (ITALY). In 2010 Mr. Petrone received a M.B.A. (Master in Business Administration) from the “LUISS business school” of Rome (ITALY) and “ESSEC business school” of Paris (FRANCE). In 2012 Mr Petrone also received a Ph.D. from “Stanford University” (USA) and the “University of Naples, Federico II” (ITALY) after a research study on optimisation under uncertainty and CFD at NASA Center for Turbulence Research (CTR) of Stanford University. Mr. Petrone is a member of the Aerospace, Automotive and Turbo CFD team in ANSYS (Sheffield, UK).
Sophie has been working in the fields of sustainable design and material process for over 17 years. In 1998 she established thomas.matthews, the award winning UK pioneers in sustainable communication design which became part of Useful Simple Projects, an employee beneficiary trust set up by Expedition Engineering in 2009. She has also co-founded the social enterprise Three Trees Don’t Make a Forest, set up in 2008 to educate and inspire communication designers through practical tools and advice, and the education organisation greengaged, a group that creates events and networks to encourage the debate around sustainable design that launched in 2008 at the London Design Festival.
Sophie works with UK government organisations to define the role of designers within the discussion around waste streams, critical elements and resource efficiency. She is involved in building new business models that use closed loop material streams in supply chains. She plays a vocal part in promoting sustainable thinking through education and business and writes regularly for the design press. As well as being Director of Design at the employee benefit trust, Useful Simple Trust she is Co-Director of Design at the RSA. She also sits on a number of advisory panels for sustainable design and sat as a trustee for the UK Design Council until 2011.
Tom’s work as an inventor and entrepreneur has given him front seat experience to the whole process of taking an idea from nebulous daydream, through concept, development and design to a commercial product.
Having been instrumental to this process on several projects, Tom also acts as a consultant to would-be inventors and SME’s who are taking their own ideas to market.
He has worked on behalf of a diverse range of corporate client’s from Tesco, Orange and Lloyds TSB to smaller, more wholesome enterprises like Jimmy’s Farm and other private and locally run businesses.
Typically, Tom undertakes complete product design commissions, research projects, brainstorming sessions, design development, concept work, CAD and visualisation.
Together with a well-resourced group of engineers, electronics systems designers and expert model makers Tom is ambitious to consider more challenging briefs.
Concussed at the age of 23 when his Stock Car crashed, Glen has since adopted the less dangerous but equally exhilarating role of CEO of DriveWorks Ltd – the internationally recognized market-leader in Design Automation.
When asked why he co-founded DriveWorks back in 2001 he has been heard to respond “Because I don’t like doing the same thing over and over again”. In truth he could see the commercial benefits that Design Automation could bring to the manufacturing sector.
Over the last 10 plus years he has urged companies to automate repetitive processes so that they can concentrate on Value Add tasks and new technologies that help them grow. Topics close to his heart are Mass Customisation and Mass Personalization. He sees the latter as an exciting and growing topic of conversation in and around the NEW Industrial Revolution.
He is a keen supporter of Huddersfield Town Football Club and was delighted when the Terriers were promoted to the Championship…. Even if the 22 shot penalty shoot-out was a little stressful.
Efrain Rovira is the executive at Dell responsible for the Precision workstation business. Efrain is responsible for driving the business strategy and performance of the Precision workstation business worldwide including p&l management, product planning and product launch, ISV alliances and regional marketing.
Efrain joined Dell from HP where, during his 14 year tenure, he held executive leadership roles in strategy, planning, business development and product marketing. Prior to HP, Efrain held marketing management roles with NCR Corp. and Primer Banco De Ahorros in Panama City, Panama.
Rovira was born and raised in Panama, has a degree in Electrical Engineering from John Brown University, and has attended executive management training at Babson College. He resides in Houston, Texas with his wife and two children.
Chris Randles has been the President and CEO of SpaceClaim since September, 2008. Over the last four years, SpaceClaim’s sales have grown more than thirtyfold as it has evolved from insurgent startup to category leader, with tens of thousands of copies sold, and thousands of companies added to its customer list. SpaceClaim’s modern and innovative direct modeling products have made 3D accessible to millions of engineers in manufacturing, and sparked a revolution in mechanical CAD.
Randles has over 25 years’ experience in the global application software industry. His career has encompassed a variety of sales, marketing, and general management positions in the US and Europe for application and enterprise software companies. He has contributed successfully to new and established enterprises, and has managed businesses at all stages of development, from startup to turnaround and profitable growth. He has a strong belief in, and commitment to global strategy. Randles was most recently Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Borealis Ventures. Prior to Borealis, Randles led the management buyout of Mathsoft, and served as its Chairman, President, and CEO until the company was acquired by PTC in 2006. Randles holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Oxford, England.
Phil has worked in the field of Advanced Manufacturing for nearly 20 years, having gained a PhD in the subject from Nottingham University in the mid 1990s.
Since this time, Phil has worked in a number of AM related roles including R&D, business development and corporate strategy, before establishing Econolyst in 2003.
Phil now advises both additive manufacturing systems vendors on future business and technology strategy, and technology users on the business benefits of AM adoption.
Phil has worked on a wide range of projects to integrate Additive Manufacturing into sectors as diverse as healthcare and warfare, computer gaming and consumer goods, and from recreation to education.
An advisor on AM to a number of government agencies, he has written numerous articles and book chapters on the current and future impact of additive manufacturing on society and the environmental and lectures extensively on the subject.
He is most at home faciitating innovation sessions, listening to business problems and working out AM/3DP solutions.
Mr. Tumelty has served as the Managing Director of Proto Labs, Limited, the European subsidiary of Proto Labs, Inc. since its inception in July 2005. Mr. Tumelty leads Proto Labs operations in Europe. From March 1997 to June 2005, Mr. Tumelty held various positions at Western Thomson Plastics Ltd, an automotive systems supplier, most recently as Managing Director.
Lisa has a background in Economics and worked in the G7 Economics team at Deutsche Bank AG before co-founding a number of companies ranging from real estate to consumer product distribution.
The Digital Forming team has developed an online customisation interface and platform (including both the software and the supply chain), which can be licensed to brands allowing them to ‘open up’ their product ranges to customisation in a way that has never been done before.
The idea builds upon customisation interfaces already seen in the market place, but in a way that is revolutionary, as it allows for a far greater means of customisation – in full 3D experience.
In addition, it acts as a consultancy for companies that are looking for a competitive edge through additive manufacturing technologies.
Lisa was recently voted one of the top 20 most influential individuals in the industry by the readers of TCT Magazine.
“Lisa Harouni is in the vanguard of a wave of entrepreneurs who want to make it easy for anyone to design and create bespoke products at the click of a button.” Wired UK
Carl Bass is president and chief executive officer of Autodesk, the leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software.
Previously he held several executive positions at Autodesk, including CTO and COO.
Bass co-founded Ithaca Software, which was acquired by Autodesk in 1993. He serves on the Board of Directors of Autodesk, E2open, the Art Center College of Design, and the Rocky Mountain Institute.
He is also a member of the Executive Advisory Boards of Cornell Computing and Information Science and the UC Berkeley School of Information. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Cornell University.
Honored in 2005 by Inc. Magazine as “The Entrepreneur of the Year”, Ping Fu describes herself as an artist and a scientist whose chosen expression is business. In 1997, Ping co-founded Geomagic, a software company which pioneers 3D technologies that fundamentally change the way products are designed and manufactured around the world. Used for repairing vintage cars at Jay Leno’s garage to digitally recreating the Statue of Liberty, Geomagic aims to enable design and production of one-of-the-kind products and services at a cost less than mass production.
Before co-founding Geomagic, Ping Fu was Director of Visualization at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, where she initiated and managed the NCSA Mosaic software project that led to Netscape and Internet Explorer. She has more than 30 years of software industry experience in database, networking, geometry processing, and computer graphics.
Since 2010, Ping has been serving on the NACIE (National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship) board at the White House, is a member of NCWIT (National Council on Women in Technology) and on the board of directors at the Long Now Foundation. Ping was recognized in 2012 by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as an Outstanding American By Choice.
She is actively involved in promoting entrepreneurship and women in mathematics and sciences: Ping is on the Advisory Board of the National Science Foundation, the Board of Trustees of the Kenan Institute at the University of North Carolina and on the Board of the Long Now Foundation. She is also a mentor for The Clinton Foundation’s Entrepreneur Mentoring Program, she participated in the kick-off for the White House’s 2011 Startup America initiative, is the author of two books in Chinese and inventor of five US and international patents.
Dr Vicky Lofthouse graduated from Loughborough University with a 1st Class Honours in Industrial Design, she then worked as a designer for the multidisciplinary design consultancy Johnson Haigh Rogers for 2 years. In 2001 Vicky completed her PhD in ecodesign at Cranfield University. Since this time she has engaged in research and consultancy in the fields of ecodesign and sustainability.
Her research interests include: how to engage designers in sustainability; improving the environmental and social performance of products, services & packaging; and using creativity to develop innovative solutions.
Vicky has worked with multidisciplinary teams in companies such as AB Electrolux, DCA Design International, TheOneOff, Capital Standards, Giraffe Innovation/ RSA, Practical Action, GlaxoSmithKline, Huntleigh, Acordis, Jaeger and The Boots Company across a wide range of sectors – print, packaging, interiors, textiles, consumer electronics, and medical. Outcomes include: developing and adapting ecodesign tools; integrating sustainable design thinking into live projects; developing conceptual product/packaging scenarios; understanding the consumer though the use of empathic design techniques; innovative concepts for consumer oriented refillable packaging; developing educational material for the RSA WEEE man project.
Gustavo in an industrial designer with 15 years of experience. Raised in Argentina and Spain, he move to US to study design in Arizona State. He started his career in consulting firms in US such as Ziba, Fitch, and Essential. He did the freelance thing around Boston for many years and then started his own design studio where he worked with many clients including Bose, RIM, Boston Scientific and Kodak. Doing design as execution and selling it as a service got him bored and he decided to focus his career on his real passion: early conceptual work and creating new product categories.
He’s a very pragmatic designer/builder driven by practical, pure and honest solutions. And he believes in relentless execution and prototyping as a preferred method for developing intuitive and impossibly simple solutions.
By day Gustavo designs and manages an advanced development team of industrial design at a large corporation. By night he tinkers with other ideas to keep his mind fresh beyond his own industry. To complicate his life some more, he decided to recently start nimblstand, his own self-funded brand of made in the USA products for mobile computing.
Gian Paolo Bassi brings more than 20 years of experience in 3D, CAD, and PLM application development to Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks. As vice president of research and development, Gian Paolo is responsible for charting the company’s future product and technology strategies. He was most recently the founder and CTO of RIWEBB where he oversaw the development of new technologies for the Mechanical and Architectural Design Automation industry, collaborating with companies like Dassault Systèmes. Prior to RIWEBB, Gian Paolo served as vice president and CTO of ImpactXoft, where he led the team developing functional modeling and collaboration applications which are now part of CATIA. In this position, he co-invented three of his five patents in functional modeling. He also served in the R&D organizations of companies like Computervision and think3. Gian Paolo holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bologna.
Mr. Graney grew up in his family’s prototype machine shop, JG Machine, in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts – and has trouble imagining a childhood without a machine shop in it. He attended Northeastern University for Mechanical Engineering. After spending several years working in product design for innovation consulting firm Continuum, he joined Santa Cruz Bicycles in 2002. During his tenure, Santa Cruz has grown into a globally respected brand of high performance mountain bikes, winning multiple World Championships, including the Men’s Elite UCI Downhill award. Mr. Graney led Santa Cruz’s efforts in carbon fiber bicycle design in 2008, which led to the company’s 100% annual revenue growth since carbon bicycles were introduced by the company in 2009. He is currently trying to teach his 18 month old daughter to ride a bike.
Jon is a Founder and Chairman of the Board of Belmont Technology Inc., a startup company in Cambridge, Massachusetts that is developing new products applying the latest in computing technology to the CAD/CAM/CAE/PLM market. Prior to Belmont Jon was a founder of SolidWorks, where he served as CEO, Board Member, and Group Executive until 2011. SolidWorks was acquired by Dassault Systemes.
Prior to SolidWorks Jon worked in the CAD industry as Manager of MIT’s CAD Research Lab, Founder and CEO of Premise Inc., and Director of Engineering at Computervision Corp. He has also been a board member at many other companies in the 3D printing, CAD, and information security markets including Z Corporation, Revit Technology, Liquid Machines, Express3D, and Vela Systems.
Jon has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from MIT, where he was also a member of the MIT Blackjack Team profiled in several TV shows, books, and a movie.
And Jon has the dubious distinction of being a long-time friend and occasional drinking companion to Al Dean and Martyn Day.
Chris has over 15 years of experience in the sustainability field, specialising in linking environmental and social responsibility with innovation, product and packaging design and marketing. He recently joined global design and innovation consultancy Seymoupowell to lead their sustainability work, but has previously held roles in brand marketing consultancy Dragon Rouge, as Head of Innovation at Forum for the Future, plus worked client-side in Philips and Electrolux
Chris has worked on sustainable innovation and design projects with The Tetley Group, Cadbury, General Mills, Mars, PepsiCo, Boots, BT, BASF, SC Johnson, LG, Samsung, Heinz, UK Technology Strategy Board. Unilever, P&G, Johnson Matthey, Interfaceflor, sony ericcson, O2 and BP. He is a recognised thought leader on sustainable design and innovation, and regularly present on these issues at conferences. Chris holds a PhD in this area, titled ‘Innovative Ecodesign’, from Cranfield University.