Three day conference to bring together esteemed guest speakers, MSC.Software customers and executives to focus on the evolution to enterprise simulation
This year's Virtual Product Development (VPD) Conference, themed "the evolution to enterprise simulation," spans three days and is designed to help companies maximize their return on enterprise simulation investments, ensure right-to-market and minimize time-to-market for products in highly competitive global environments.
"As the premier industry conference, exploring all aspects of virtual product development, the Americas 2006 VPD conference will spotlight strategies to help engineering teams meet the ever-increasing pressures of time, cost, quality, and performance," said Andrew Meyer, Vice President, Corporate Marketing, MSC.Software. "As we explore the evolution of enterprise simulation -- which creates improved communication and collaboration in product design and manufacturing processes -- we've invited industry experts to share their thoughts on how technology can accelerate time and right to market."
Keynote speakers for the conference are scheduled to include: * Dave Fennell, vice president of information technology at the Boeing Company, who is responsible for the design and support of company-wide engineering, manufacturing and quality assurance systems for the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Unit. * Charles Foundyller, CEO of Daratech, is the author of world-renowned research and is known for his in-depth analyses of domestic and foreign markets for PLM, CAE, CAD, and PDM, as these technologies are applied to product creation and manufacturing as well as to engineering, and construction, in the oil and gas, chemical, pharmaceutical and power generation industries. * Daniel Burrus, one of the world's leading technology forecasters and business strategists, is the author of "Technotrends: How To Use Technology To Go Beyond The Competition" and "Technostrategies: Creating and Sustaining Strategic Advantage." Burrus was the only futurist to accurately identify the top technology categories that drove revolutionary change, and has established a worldwide reputation for his exceptional record of accurately predicting technological change and its direct impact on the business world. * Ed Miller, president of CIMdata Inc. and internationally recognized authority on PLM, will discuss the economic value of enterprise wide simulation deployments. CIMdata Inc. is the independent worldwide firm that provides strategic consulting to maximize an enterprise's ability to design and deliver innovative products and services by applying PLM strategies. * Thomas Tecco is the director of Global CAE/Test Systems and Electrical for the Information Systems and Services Organization at General Motors. Tecco joined General Motors from MacNeal-Schwendler Corporation (MSC), where he was vice president and general manager of the Automotive Group. Prior to MSC, Tecco was vice president of Engineering with Automated Analysis Corporation where he was responsible for the engineering services and commercial software groups. * Professor Haichen Yang, from the China Aerospace & Technology Corporation, the developer of low earth orbit, geostationary and sun-synchronous rockets. Yang has focused on research, development, organization, management and applications of many key projects in the areas of national defense technology and advanced research of military projects, and has devoted his career to improving traditional manufacturing using information technology. * Donald H. Brown, managing partner of CPD Associates, has developed and managed over a dozen collaborative research programs and advisory services targeting the leading edge for the implementation and development of distributed technology, and has produced many incisive and in-depth studies. He has advised senior executives, developers, implementers, and investors from large companies and start-ups. Don's clients have ranged from the automotive and aerospace sectors to the leading computer systems companies, as well as applications vendors in design and engineering. * Dick Rutan, Voyager test pilot, is a successful and decorated pilot who has experienced flight to the fullest since he took to the air at the age of 16. Rutan is the first pilot to ever complete a non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world, known as the Voyager, which defines Rutan's tremendous courage, vision, adventure and the Voyager is often referred to as "aviation's last first."
In addition to having the opportunity to network with colleagues in their respective fields, attendees will hear from industry leaders presenting over 70 technical and management presentations, professional development opportunities and specialized seminars. The VPD Americas conference is expected to attract nearly 700 engineers and senior executives from industries including automotive, aerospace, biomedical, civil engineering, defense, and general machinery.
Tracks feature technology and management sessions from leading companies
At the Monday sessions, there will be speakers from Ambra Solutions Inc., Baker Oil Tools, BMW AG, Butler International, Delphi Technical Center India/Delphi Packard Electric, EADS CCR (Airbus), SNECMA, EPM Technology, EMBRAER, ESACORP, Ford Motor Company, GDATP, Guidant Corporation, Hendrickson Truck Suspension Systems, Litens Automotive Group, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Microsimu Corporation, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, National Instruments, nCode International, Nissan Motor Company, Quartus Engineering, Inc., RDECOM/U.S. Army, Sigmadyne, Swales Aerospace, Takata, Tata Consultancy Services, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Tennessee.
Tuesday's tracks include presentations by executives from AAI Corporation, Airbus, Alpha Star Corporation, Army Research Office, Army-TARDEC, Avar, Inc., Axcelis Technologies, Incorporated, Beijing Institute of Special Engineering Machinery, The Boeing Company,
Wednesday's speakers include thought leaders from Best Manufacturing Practices Center of Excellence, Biomechanics Research Group, Chengdu Aircraft Design and Research Institute, Hamburg University of Technology, Institute of Aircraft Systems Engineering, Hewlett-Packard, ITESM, Multicorpos Engenharia, Naval Postgraduate School, Petrobras S.A., Silicon Graphics Incorporated and the University of Toronto.
As part of the event, MSC.Software management and experts will be available to discuss attendee requirements in relation to individual current and future product development needs, as well as providing insight into improving product performance and reliability by enhancing product simulation, testing, and manufacturing. IBM senior executives will also be on hand to deliver keynotes through the event.
For more information on VPD Americas 2006, or to register for the event, visit www.mscsoftware.com/events/vpd2006/
About MSC.Software Corporation
MSC.Software (OTC: MNSC) is the global leader of enterprise simulation solutions, that help companies make money, save time and reduce costs associated with designing and testing manufactured products. MSC.Software works with thousands of companies in hundreds of industries to develop better products faster by utilizing information technology, software, services and systems. MSC.Software employs more than 1200 people in 23 countries. For additional information about MSC.Software's products and services, please visit www.mscsoftware.com.
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