Q&A with Mike Clare: Looking Ahead to the 2018 Annual Experience & TechniFair

The COE 2018 Annual Experience and TechniFair is right around the corner. We spoke with COE President, Mike Clare, to talk about the conference and share important updates. 

How many years has COE hosted the annual conference?

33 years! 

For any first-time attendees and new COE members, why is this an important event and what can they expect to get out of it?

The COE annual experience is a vital offering for COE members. Key objectives of any conference first-time attendee or seasoned veteran should be as follows:

  1. Learning from others' experiences, other companies, other industries, Dassault Systèmes, hands-on training, etc.
  2. Networking is a tremendous benefit, I can’t stress enough how many times I have called on people that I casually met at a COE event to ask for recommendations. It could be a process question or even a challenging manufacturing question.
  3. Learning about new products in the exhibit hall that might help your company increase efficiency. We have many Dassault partners in our exhibit hall that are very willing to answer questions and help you solve your most challenging issues.
  4. Having fun!! We work very hard all day at COE and we hope to allow you some time to relax in the evening and have a little fun as well.

Can you tell us a little bit more about the six hot topics at this conference?

The six hot topics that we are focusing on for COE 2018 are the following:

  1. Additive Manufacturin
  2. Generative Design
  3. Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM)
  4. Data Driven Insights
  5. Making the leap to 3D Experience
  6. Model Based Systems Engineering

We are focused on these areas of interest because we feel these are the areas that most companies are trying to capitalize on in the near future. 3D printing and additive Manufacturing Operation Management (MOM) have come so far in the last 5 years that we are now seeing printed parts on many of our products. It is going to be very exciting in the next few years to see how far our great minds will take us. The tools we use in our daily work are becoming more capable of managing many of the aspects of our businesses these days that COE is not just about CATIA anymore. COE is about the entire business cycle of the many industries we support. This is why MOM is important, as is Model Based Systems Engineering. Making the leap to the 3D EXPERIENCE platform is a topic that many of our member companies are concerned about. We are trying to bring as much information to them as possible to enable them to easily transition to this new way of doing business.

What most surprises you about the conference each year?

The most surprising thing to me is the amount of new faces we see every year.  This is a great thing! It tells us that we are reaching new people and hopefully many more people early in their careers within the industries we support. COE is a great place for early career engineers to connect and possibly strike a mentoring friendship along the way.

The call for speakers recently went out – what kinds of content are you looking for and how can people apply?

We want content that the members are interested in as well as information you are willing to share with your colleagues from around the world. We have expanded the breadth of COE in the last year and are looking at a very diverse set of industries and inclusive of all the Dassault Systèmes brands. If you would like to lead a round table discussion, please submit an abstract to the COE website. As I mentioned earlier, COE has established six hot topics this year. If you have information in those areas, we encourage you to share your work and submit an abstract. COE has grown to support most Dassault Systèmes brands, which should bring us some very new and interesting topics this year.

A fun question – if you had one free day to spend in San Diego, what would you do? 

Old town is one of my favorite places to go in San Diego. Good food, drinks and many friendly people looking to have fun. I also enjoy spending time at the Miramar Naval air station to see all of the military aircrafts and reminisce on the many different aircrafts I worked on in my 4-year stint at Grumman Aerospace on Long Island back in the 80’s.


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