March 17, 2003
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Passionate about automotive safety, Engineer of the Year Tom Vos has spent 40 years focusing on a single event that is measured in milliseconds

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by Joe Greco. This article looks at twenty areas of mechanical and manufacturing computer-aided design and identifies MCAD programs the author considers 'state-of-the-art'.

CADENCE magazine, March 2003

by Peter K. Sheerin. CAD software has advanced significantly in many different ways over the last several years, yet technologies that should be fundamental to all CAD and related software have not been consistently and correctly adopted. This status report highlights those technologies and how well CAD applications are supporting them.

CADENCE magazine, January 2003



Westec '03, 24-27 March 2003, Los Angeles, CA

COE Spring 2003 Conference & TechniFair, 30 March - 2 April 2003, New Orleans, LA

Fuel Cell Vehicles: The Road to Commercialization TOPTEC April 8-9, 2003, Ritz Carlton, Dearborn, MI. This two-day TOPTEC will discuss the industry, government, and customer perspectives on the status and continuing R&D for the commercialization of fuel cell powered automobiles. (Note: TOPTECs are one- to three-day TOPical, TEChnical symposiums, workshops, or forums that focus on emerging technologies, new applications to emerging technologies, or other expanded technical subjects.)

2003 PLM Vendor Forum -- 10 April 2003, Detroit, MI. Sponsored by CIMdata, this forum is designed to provide critical market and business information to technology and service suppliers of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions.

"Inside Design Now" 22 April - 3 August 2003, The Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York City. This exhibit is a critical overview of leading developments in contemporary American architecture and design over the last three years. On view will be the works of 80 designers and firms with over 300 objects, models, photographs, films and renderings. For information call 212.849.8400 or visit

6th Annual Design & Business Conference "Success by Design 2003", 24 April 2003, The Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI. Sponsored in part by the Rhode Island School of Design. Speakers include Michael Graves, IDSA. For information call 401.454.6108 or e:

PLM World '03, 28 April - 2 May, Anaheim, CA. PLM World is an independent, non-profit organization for CAD/CAM, CAE PLM industry professionals who use EDS-PLM Solutions software. Its mission is to be the Voice of the User in providing an open forum for the exchange of ideas within the EDS product environment. Citizenship is open to users of EDS Unigraphics, Metaphase, I-DEAS and iMAN software. Through networking, these users share best practices and technical techniques for implementing and using the software more effectively.

Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing: Advanced Product Development Solutions Conference and Exposition, 12 - 15 May, 2003, Hyatt Regency, Chicago. Sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. For more information: phone: 800.733.4763; website:

2003 PLM Vendor Forum -- 21 May 2003, Paris, France. Sponsored by CIMdata, this forum is designed to provide critical market and business information to technology and service suppliers of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions.

daratechiDPS2003-- Intelligent Digital Prototyping Strategies June 9 - 10, 2003. Novi, Michigan. daratechiDPS2003 will update product development and engineering executives on the changing role of digital prototyping and simulation, explore how industry leaders are managing the tradeoffs between physical test and measurement and digital prototyping, and identify the business and technical case for investing in these technologies and processes.

2003 International Forum on DFMA June 17-18, 2003. Newport, RI. Sponsored by Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc. The International Forum on DFMA (Design for Manufacture and Assembly) is the foremost conference worldwide on early design analysis methodologies and implementation. Conference papers will discuss specific product development programs and examine cost reductions and efficiency gains at some of the world's leading manufacturing companies, such as Raytheon, Hewlett-Packard Company, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, and Visteon Corporation, among others.

CIMdata PLM Conference June 23-25, 2003. Detroit, MI. "Unleashing the Value of Your Intellectual Assets." At PLMconference2003, attendees will be provided with a total view of the PLM picture including an industry vision, available opportunities, strategies for solution selection and implementation, roadmaps to move forward, pitfalls to avoid, and direction to help maximize the value and benefits of their investment.

Brand Identity & Package Design June 23-25, 2003. Chicago, IL.

Global Design Trends June 26, 2003. McCormick Place, Chicago. Anyone with an interest in industrial design will benefit from this valuable learning and networking opportunity, conveniently held during NPE 2003. Keynote speaker Mark Dziersk, FIDSA, Vice President of Design at Herbst, Lazar, Bell, will talk about the shifting and transforming role of the industrial designer in an evolving industry. A panel on global trends will provide insight into new trends shaping design in the international context. Keep your eye on for more information or, contact:
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SIGGRAPH2003 27 - 31, July 2003. San Diego, CA. SIGGRAPH 2003, the 30th International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, will take place July 27 - 31, 2003 at the San Diego Convention Center.

IDSA National Conference and Gallery August 13-16, New York, NY

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