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CPDA, a CIMdata company, announces that that James R. Scapa, Chairman and CEO of Altair Engineering, will make a keynote presentation on “The Next Decade in Simulation: From Virtual Validation to Innovation Intelligence,” at PLM Road Map™ 2011. The keynote line-up also includes presentations by PTC’s Andrew Wertkin, IBM Rational’s Brett Hillhouse, Comet Solution’s Malcolm Panthaki, Siemens PLM Software’s Steve Bashada, Pendaran’s Dr. Hossein Nivi, Geometric Americas’ Joseph Sahiouni, Georgia Tech’s Dr. Chris Paredis, and HP’s Christian Verstraete. PLM Road Map™ 2011 will take place at The Inn at St. John's, outside of Detroit, Michigan, on October 4th and 5th.

Less than three decades ago, in the period between the start of the space race and the invention of the PC, the ingenuity of engineers was the primary force for improving the quality and reliability of products. Today, computer simulation has not only helped quicken the development process, it has completely revolutionized the engineering industry.

The art of finite element analysis (FEA) has evolved into a dependable computer-simulation science and its impact can be seen in the creation of everything from automobiles and airplanes to cell phones and golf clubs. Simulation is now in the driver’s seat, pushing product development timelines, creating innovative concept designs, and improving product quality and reliability along the way.

This presentation will take a look at how simulation has evolved in the product lifecycle and will identify a path for where it will go over the next decade, a path where CAE can transcend virtual validation and finally achieve simulation-driven innovation intelligence.

About James R. Scapa, President and CEO of Altair Engineering, Inc.
James R. Scapa brings more than 30 years of experience to his dual role of President and CEO of Altair Engineering, Inc., a title he has held since the company’s inception.

Founded in 1985, Altair empowers client innovation and decision-making through technology that optimizes the analysis, management, and visualization of business and engineering information. Privately held with more than 1,400 employees, Altair has operations throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific.

Jim successfully built the company to be a leading provider of product development consulting services, advanced engineering software, grid computing technologies, and business intelligence solutions. Today, the company has more than 3,800 corporate clients representing a broad range of industry verticals including automotive, aerospace, government and defense, heavy equipment, and consumer products. Altair also has a growing client presence in the life sciences, financial services, insurance, and energy markets.

Prior to establishing Altair, Jim served as an engineering consultant to the automotive industry, beginning his career with Ford Motor Company in 1978.

Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

About PLM Road Map™ 2011
PLM Road Map™ 2011 is a strategic conference focused on the next generation of PLM integration. Explore first-hand the progress, opportunities, and roadblocks currently confronting end-users. For more information, visit: http://cpd-associates.com/index.cfm?content=include_conference11.cfm

Collaborative Product Development Associates (CPDA), a provider of critical analyses for PLM decisions, announces that Christian Verstraete, Hewlett-Packard’s Chief Technologist for the Manufacturing & Distribution Industries, will make a keynote presentation at PLM Road Map™ 2011 which will take place at The Inn at St. John's, outside of Detroit, on October 4th and 5th.

In his keynote presentation, Collaborative Product Development to Reduce Time to Profit, Christian Verstraete will focus on a collaborative approach in the design process to address the challenges of new business approaches, rising product complexity, and increased partner integration. Technologies and platforms exist for enterprises to share information with their suppliers in a secure manner and allow them to work concurrently on the same data. Through several case studies, Christian will show how such collaboration can take place, what its limits are and where technology is going. Practical examples will illustrate the presentation.

About Christian Verstraete, Chief Technologist – Manufacturing & Distribution Industries, Hewlett-Packard Company

Christian Verstraete has been a member of HP’s manufacturing team for more than 30 years. He holds responsibility for thought leadership and innovation - scanning industry and technology trends and assessing their mid/longer term effect on emerging MDI business opportunities and how to capitalize on them. He is the link to the CTO community both inside HP and with its customers and partners.

Prior to his current position, Christian was responsible for the development of solutions for the Manufacturing & Distribution Industry. He led HP’s global High-Tech Industry Group and the go-to-market strategy for the manufacturing industries Supply Chain where he was responsible for growing the company’s $300 million consulting and system integration business.

After having participated in the planning of the HP/Compaq merger, he headed HP’s manufacturing practice within the Consulting and Integration business unit from 2002 to 2004. The 1,200 consultants he led created and delivered solutions in the areas of supply chain, procurement and sourcing, product lifecycle collaboration, demand chain and collaborative business integration in all segments of the Manufacturing Industry.

Prior to that, Christian served as the Global Lead in the Extended Manufacturing Practice and the Supply Chain Infrastructure and EAI. From his first HP job as a systems engineer through project, regional, district, and global management, Christian has concentrated on developing, marketing, and advancing infrastructure services.

Frequently published in periodicals, Christian is also a featured speaker at global supply chain events and runs HP’s Manufacturing-Distribution blog. He is one of the authors of “Connected Manufacturing, Thought-provoking essays from industry leaders” and of “Collaborative Sourcing, Strategic Value Creation through Collaborative Supplier Relationship Management”. He is member of the board of the Supply Chain Council.

Christian holds a mechanical engineering degree from the Universite Catholique de Louvain in Belgium and a degree in industrial management from Katholieke Universiteit van Leuven, also in Belgium. He is based in Brussels, Belgium.

About PLM Road Map™ 2011

PLM Road Map™ 2011 is a strategic conference focused on the next generation of PLM integration. Explore firsthand the progress, opportunities, and roadblocks currently confronting end-users.

For more information visit: www.cpd-associates.com

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