A Round of Applause for 2018 COE Award Winners

Our members are among some of the best and brightest in their fields, and their work for and within COE is no exception. Shared below are the awards presented at the 2018 COE Annual Experience & TechniFair, honoring members that go above and beyond, helping to set standards of excellence within COE.

BJ FRIES AWARD OF MERIT:  In memory of our COE Volunteer and friend, BJ Fries, this award is conferred annually upon an individual or individuals from a COE member company, who in the judgment of the Honor Awards Committee, has made valued, balanced contributions to the COE organization’s activities and growth, with a focus on the individual’s accomplishments. This year’s award was given to Keith Horton and Shawn Ehrstein.

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3DDerby: We debuted our first-ever 3DDerby at the 2018 Annual Experience and TechniFair in San Diego. Taking a page from the iconic Pinewood Derby – with a tech-y twist – entrants submitted their 3D car designs to be printed by COE via the new 3DEXPERIENCE® Marketplace. Competitors used the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform via the cloud to complete the model car within a given design space. The cars were similar in size to Matchbox or Hotwheels cars, and there were two competitions: one for speed and one for style. This year’s award was given to Kyle Haythaler (first place in speed) and Ryan Hetzer (first place in style).

Dr. David M. Aber Scholarship Competition: The Dr. David M. Aber Scholarship Competition gives students the opportunity to showcase their work on academic projects involving the Dassault Systèmes suite of products to leaders within the industry, plus gain visibility with all conference attendees and the COE Board of Directors. The winner receives a $2,000 academic scholarship and the runner-up receives a $1,000 scholarship. This year marked the 10th consecutive year that COE has held the scholarship competition. First place was awarded to Katherine Unfried and Joseph Maini from Fairfield University, and runner-up was Chelsea Sewell from Wichita State University.

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Best Annual Conference Presentations: Awards were given to the best presentations from the 2017 COE conference, listed below. 

  • Engineering Analysis & Simulation – To Simulate or Flight Test, That is the Question, by Rick Marickovich, Textron Aviation
  • Information Management – What Model Based Finishing Really Looks Like, by Rosemary Astheimer, Purdue University
  • Manufacturing – From 2D to 3D on the Shop Floor, by Jennifer Frady and Mitch Everly of Great Dane Trailers
  • Infrastructure, Develop, Deploy & Knowledge – What Can You do When VBA Libraries Are Not Available for CATIA V5? How to Automate Your Job Without Them, by Matheus Eduardo Titarelli of Embraer S.A.
  • Product Definition – CATIA Best Practices, Tips and Techniques, by Gary Fisher of Stanley Black & Decker

COE PLM Enterprise of the Year Award: The PLM Enterprise of the Year award acknowledges COE member companies that have achieved significant business results through their organizations' adoption of product lifecycle management. It recognizes successful PLM implementations and serves as a model for fellow COE Members and IBM and Dassault Systèmes customers seeking to increase profitability by expanding their markets centered on new, innovative products, while reducing costs. This year’s award was given to Textron Aviation, accepted by Jim Strawn.

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Community of Experts Contributor Award: This award was created to acknowledge the COE members that contribute to a substantial amount of the educational content shared among the community. The body of knowledge would not be the same without them. This award is given to an individual COE member who has made substantial contributions by sharing personal knowledge on the COE Forums. This year’s recipient was Tim Suhr, who is not only a subject matter expert (SME) at Boeing but also in the aircraft industry and within COE. He is one of the driving factors at COE for Electro Mechanical Engineering. The EME community stays connected year-round through Tim, and his work sets the bar for other COE Communities.

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