December Academic Program Spotlight with Kevin Waugh

The COE Academic Program provides a forum for Dassault Systèmes (DS) users from schools and universities to organize as one voice to collaborate on product development and service topics, network to develop relationships and learn from shared experiences.

The mission of COE’s Academic Outreach Program is to grow careers in technology. COE promotes the advancement of excellence in all aspects of engineering, engineering technology and design, while providing exposure for innovative student projects and professors’ educational practices at COE’s Annual Conference.

Hear from Academic and Certification Committee Chair Kevin Waugh from Virtual Integrated Analytics Solutions on building relationships, the value of continuing education and where he sees the committee going as PLM continues to evolve.

COE: What’s the best part of being involved in the Academic Committee?

Kevin Waugh: Relationship building. In my opinion, this is the greatest value of the committee and what I find the most fulfilling. It's been rewarding to be part of a group that works to better connect people within academia and the industry. It's exciting to consider what will grow out of our efforts over time.

COE: You brought four students to the conference last year as ePoster participants. What advice do you have for other COE members who are trying to engage students in COE?

Kevin Waugh: Explain how COE can provide a competitive edge in their future career and that there is a place for younger, less experienced people within COE today. It can be difficult for students to fully realize the value of continuing education when they aren't even out of school yet, but certainly the millennial generation understands social networking. Studies indicate that they are more inclined to change jobs than their predecessors, in pursuit of better opportunities. COE provides a friendly and consistent networking environment that they can depend on throughout their careers for access to knowledge, user experiences, industry trends, and fellow members who can mentor them and share common interests.   

COE: Since you’ve been a part of the Committee since 2015, how have you seen it evolve?

Kevin Waugh: It's evolved for the better since DS has taken a more active role in committee sponsorship and made changes in their go-to market strategy for academia. Our discussions feel more productive and involve more actionable information.

COE: What do you see for the Committee’s future?

Kevin Waugh: I see continued growth as PLM continues to evolve and institutions adjust their curriculums to offer more than just a CAD class. Dassault Systèmes made big changes recently to the academic licensing model of 3DEXPERIENCE, and also its pricing. It's unbelievable how much technology the schools have available to them now for very little cost. I expect us to play a bigger role in the future as advisors to schools on what to do with what they have. In addition, I think we can help engage retired members who might enjoy the opportunity to influence and work with students.

Learn more about the Academic Program and how to become an Academic Sponsor.

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