I hope everyone is back to work taking advantage of the many new things learned at the 2017 Annual COE Experience and TechniFair. I would like to take this opportunity to give a small summary of the four amazing days we had in Orlando, Florida.
We enjoyed a great opening session from Francis Bernard discussing the origins of Dassault Systèmes and the founding of COE; followed by a terrific presentation by Bruno Latchogue, North America executive vice president of Dassault Systèmes. Our industry-focused presentation representing the transportation and mobility industry from Ford was extremely interesting and informative. Ford is using CAE tools to reduce downstream changes within their designs.
We also recognized individuals for their outstanding effort and support of COE and the advancement of CAD/CAM/CAE/CAx. I would like to recognize Phil Harrison for being inducted into the Bill Abramson COE College of Fellows and Scott Pokriefka as a B.J. Fries Award of Merit winner.
There were new things we tried this year at the event and, based on the feedback we have received, we will likely try the dine arounds again in 2018 with improved logistics. The COE Open Forum on Tuesday brought together industry thought leaders to share how they feel the CAD PLM industry is heading, as well as answering questions submitted through the COE registration process. During the Wednesday lunch, we listened to the 3DEXPEERIENCE Discovery Panel report, as well as discussion around the new Discovery Panel taking shape now.
The next two days were followed by great general sessions based on more of our industry solutions in consumer packaged goods and life sciences. The presentation in the life sciences industry, “The Living Heart Project – Engineering Our Future,” was simply incredible and emotional. The things that can be done with known materials and science while collaborating with doctors around the world is simply amazing. This story hit home for me, personally, when Dr. Steven Levine discussed the LVAD (heart pump). In December, one of my closest friends experienced a heart attack and they were saved by the insertion of an LVAD device.
Overall, approximately 100 education hours were available, including two COE University rooms with 30 workstations each to offer hands-on training sessions. I would like to thank all of the individuals that worked tirelessly to get COE University set up and torn down in a timely manner. Many things happen behind the scenes before and after the event to make your experience at the annual event worthwhile.
Our academic program is getting stronger every year, and we had outstanding student poster sessions and great support from our student volunteers.
The TechniFair was full of great vendor solutions and demonstrations. We offer gratitude to our great list of perennial sponsors and new participants. It is impossible for COE to exist without the tremendous support we receive from our founding partner Dassault Systèmes and all our other sponsors. Your support is very much appreciated and I would like to personally thank you!
We hope to see you all next year at COE 2018, April 15-18, in San Diego, CA!