James R. Scapa brings more than 35 years of engineering experience to his dual role of chairman and CEO of Altair, a title he has held since the company's inception in 1985. Through Scapa's leadership, the company is now a global technology company that provides software and cloud solutions in the areas of product development, high performance computing (HPC) and data analytics. Today, the company employs over 3,000 engineers, scientists and creatives with more than 86 offices in 25 countries. With more than 11,000 customers globally, Altair software enables customers to enhance product performance, compress development time and reduce costs. Scapa earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University and a master of business administration degree from University of Michigan.
Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology
Ayanna Howard, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is also the Chief Technology Officer of Zyrobotics. Dr. Howard’s career focus is on intelligent technologies that must adapt to and function within a human-centered world. Her work, which encompasses advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), assistive technologies, and robotics, has resulted in over 250 peer-reviewed publications. To date, her unique accomplishments have been highlighted through a number of awards and articles, including highlights in USA Today, Upscale, and TIME Magazine, as well as being recognized as one of the 23 most powerful women engineers in the world by Business Insider and one of the Top 50 U.S. Women in Tech by Forbes. Prior to Georgia Tech, Dr. Howard was a senior robotics researcher and deputy manager in the Office of the Chief Scientist at NASA's JPL.
Global CTO, Altair Consultancy
Dr. Royston Jones is the Global CTO Altair Consultancy and Managing Director of Altair’s operation in the United Kingdom & Ireland. For over thirty years, Dr Jones has been involved in the application of CAE methods to produce design innovation. He has been responsible for the development of optimization processes to inject innovation into Body-in-White design with a particular focus on the Concept Development Phase. Recently, his focus has been leading the development of cutting-edge solutions for e-PWT, pioneering initial studies on e-motors and optimizing the multi-attribute performance of battery module / packs. He is a Fellow at both the Institutions of Mechanical and Civil Engineers in the UK and an Honorary Professor at University of Swansea.
Chief optimization technologist at Altair
Dr. Ming Zhou joined Altair in 1998, and has been carrying the role of chief optimization technologist at Altair ever since. Since 2008 he has been VP/SVP responsible for R&D of structural analysis and optimization software. Ming has published over 100 research papers on peer reviewed journals and at conferences, which have received over 4500 citations to date. He was among the original authors of the SIMP method for topology optimization, and his latest contributions include the patented fail-safe topology approach. His roles in the research community include Editor-in-Chief of the journal 'Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization', VP of ISSMO (international society of structural and multidisciplinary optimization).
Sr. Director of Engineering, NVIDIA
Bio - Joshua Patterson is Sr. Director of Engineering at NVIDIA, responsible for accelerating enterprise adoption of GPUs to solve data-science challenges. He joined NVIDIA in 2016 and leads engineering for RAPIDS.ai, the company's open source initiative for end-to-end data science. Previously, he spent four years as a Data Science Principal at Accenture Technology Labs, contributing to efforts to build a next-generation cyber defense platform. Patterson spent a year as a White House President Innovation Fellow, working on applying technology to the highest levels of government. He recently completed two and a half years serving on the Census Scientific Advisory Committee. His passions are graph analytics, machine learning, large-scale system design, and storytelling with interactive data visualizations. Patterson holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Master of Arts degree in economics from the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business.
Founder & CEO BARC
Dr. Carsten Bange is founder and managing director of the Business Application Research Center (BARC), an independent software market analyst and IT consulting company he founded in 1999. BARC offers strategic advice in business software and services decisions, a portfolio of in-depth software evaluations, conferences, consulting and market research that supports companies across the globe in making better technology decisions and becoming data-driven enterprises.
Carsten holds a PhD in management information systems, is a frequent speaker at IT and business conferences and serves as an analyst and advisor on analytics & AI, business intelligence and data management strategy, architecture and technology selection for more than 20 years.
Chief Architect, Cloud and Data Center Transformation, Insight
Juan Orlandini is the Chief Architect for the Cloud and Data Center Transformation division of Insight. He is a 30-plus year veteran of the IT industry, during which time he has designed and deployed enterprise computing, storage, data protection, virtualization, and hybrid cloud solutions. Juan evaluates next generation technologies for Insight and also works with enterprise clients assisting them in architecting and selecting strategic roadmaps. In his current role, Juan sits on the partner advisory boards for a number of our top strategic partners, helps lead our Solution Architect team, and acts as a technical liaison within our multiple divisions. Juan is passionate about next generation technologies — both in the data center, cloud, and in the consumer market space.
Chief Technical Officer
As chief technical officer, Srikanth (Sam) Mahalingam is the CTO for Altair's cloud and high-performance computing (HPC) strategy where he is responsible for applying new cloud and mobile technologies to the digital simulation and HPC worlds. With more than 20 years of experience in software development, software architecture, technical management, and project management, Mahalingam is responsible for shaping current products and identifying new products and solutions to ease cloud adoption and mobile strategies for Altair customers. During his time at Altair, Mahalingam has worked on various products and projects across custom services and product teams. He then joined a start-up as a joint promoter to launch a disruptive virtual try-on product that was later acquired by a large software services firm in India. Mahalingam rejoined Altair in 2005 to spearhead new product initiatives and eventually became Altair’s thought leader for enterprise software strategies. Mahalingam earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering and an executive master’s of business administration degree from the Indian School of Business.
VP, Software Development, Altair
Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University
Mary C. Boyce is Dean of The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University in the City of New York, where she is also the Morris A. and Alma Schapiro Professor of Engineering. Prior to joining Columbia, Dean Boyce served on the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for over 25 years, leading the Mechanical Engineering Department from 2008 to 2013. She holds a BS degree in engineering science and mechanics from Virginia Tech, and MS and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT.
Dean Boyce’s research focuses on materials and mechanics, particularly in the areas of multi-scale and nonlinear mechanics of polymers and soft composites, and her work has been documented in over 170 archival journal articles spanning materials, mechanics, and physics. She has mentored over 40 MS thesis students and over 25 Ph.D. students and has been widely recognized for her scholarly contributions, including election as a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering. Boyce leads the education and research mission of Columbia Engineering with more than 200 faculty, 1500 undergraduate students, 2500 graduate students, and 100 postdoctoral fellows.
Mark Do Couto is a passionate sales leader with over 15 years of technology sales experience, currently focused on Data Analytics. He is the VP of Worldwide Sales for Data Analytics at Altair, where he has held multiple roles over the last 7 years. Mark has worked closely with Fortune 500 financial services companies, retailers and insurers across the globe to help them solve the most complex problems facing their organizing such as minimizing risk, increasing revenue and expanding their customer engagement. Before coming to Altair, Mark held a numbers of sales roles at IBM Canada.
Chief Information Officer
As chief information officer, Siudara oversees Altair's global IT systems, enterprise business systems, security, and IT business strategy.
Ms. Siudara joined Altair in 2019 from Ford Motor Company. While at Ford she served in several senior IT executive leadership roles, including functional CIO of the Global Data & Insights Division and Global Director of Marketing and Sales IT. Prior to Ford she was the CIO of the Aftermarket Division of Delphi Corp. She has also led global IT teams at Dell and General Motors during her career.
Ms. Siudara is passionate about people and culture development and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Detroit Country Day School as well as the sponsor for Altair women in Technology. She is fluent in Spanish, having attended the Cuernavaca Mexico School of Language. She studied Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, earned a master’s degree in business administration from Michigan State University, and holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Professor of Engineering and Data Science – Columbia University
Hod Lipson is a professor of Engineering and Data Science at Columbia University in New York, and a co-author of the award-winning book “Fabricated: The New World of 3D printing” and “Driverless: Intelligent cars and the road ahead”. His work on self-aware and self-replicating robots challenges conventional views of robotics, and has enjoyed widespread media coverage. Lipson has co-authored over 300 publications that received over 14,000 citations to date. He has co-founded four companies, and is frequent keynoter both in industry and academic events. Hod directs the Creative Machines Lab, which pioneers new ways to make machines that create, and machines that are creative.
leads the product management and engineering teams for the PBS Works product line at Altair
Dr. Bill Nitzberg leads the product management and engineering teams for the PBS Works product line at Altair. With over 25 years in the computer industry, spanning commercial software development to high-performance computing research, Dr. Nitzberg is an internationally recognized expert in parallel and distributed computing. Dr. Nitzberg served on the board of the Open Grid Forum, co-architected NASA’s Information Power Grid, edited the MPI-2 I/O standard, and has published numerous papers on distributed shared memory, parallel I/O, PC clustering, job scheduling, and cloud computing. When not focused on HPC, Bill tries to improve his running economy for his long-distance running adventures.
Director for Technical Support and leads the team of engineers, Altair
Bruce Zulu is the Director for Technical Support and leads the team of engineers who work directly with client organizations to implement Altair Panopticon Steaming Analytics. Bruce has extensive experience in capital markets and data analytics and has been working with the Panopticon platform since 2009. He was also business development director for Kx Systems for several years and held positions at Barclays Capital, Rabobank and FIS. Bruce holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Multimedia Computing and Computer Science from the University of Wales.
Partner/GM, Microsoft Azure IoT
Tony Shakib leads Microsoft’s IoT Business Acceleration (IBA) team inside Azure engineering organization and drives strategic business engagements for top 100 IoT Enterprise Accounts, Partners, Developers and ISV/Startups.
Tony is accountable for IoT customer value realization (CVR), business development, rapid solution deployment, joint customer GTM programs and accelerating time and process to large-scale commercial deployments.
The IBA team focuses on top industries such as IIoT/Manufacturing, Mobility/Connected Vehicle, Smart Spaces/Utilities, Retail, Healthcare and Agriculture.
Microsoft IoT team develops unique IoT/AI/ML technologies and digital solutions for all industries. Microsoft is also the leader in the hybrid intelligent cloud and edge architectures and provides a comprehensive Platform-as-a-service and Software-as-a-service (IoT Central) capabilities for rapidly developing and deploying massively scalable IoT applications.
Tony has more than 27 years of business leadership and management experience in the communications space. As Vice President of IoT Vertical Business Solutions for Cisco, Tony led Cisco’s Internet of Things business development, Industrial solutions creation, Vertical thought leadership and customer relevancy across Process Manufacturing (Oil & Gas and Mining), Discrete manufacturing, Transportation, Utilities, Smart City, M2M, Retail and Defense verticals. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering with honors in Math from McMaster and Brock Universities in Ontario, Canada.
External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute
Karen E. Willcox is Director of the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, a Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at the University of Texas at Austin, and External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. Before joining the Oden Institute in 2018, she spent 17 years as a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she served as the founding Co-Director of the MIT Center for Computational Engineering and the Associate Head of the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Prior to joining the MIT faculty, she worked at Boeing Phantom Works with the Blended-Wing-Body aircraft design group. She is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
Founder and CEO, Transforma Insights
Jim is a respected Digital Transformation and Internet of Things industry expert, with over 20 years’ experience of strategy consulting, operations management and telecoms research.
Previously he was a Founder and the Chief Research Officer of Machina Research, the world's leading IoT analyst firm, which was acquired by Gartner in 2016. Jim is responsible for the addition of the term Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networking to the lexicon of the IoT, and is a co-author of the Ignite|IoT project management framework for IoT and the accompanying book entitled “Enterprise IoT”.
He is an experienced conference speaker including for blue chip events such as the IET’s Pinkerton Lecture, and the GSMA’s Mobile World Congress.
Jim is a member of the advisory boards for a number of digital transformation industry conferences and is a Member of the Global Advisory Board of the IET’s Future Technology Panel.
Jim has a degree in Mathematics and a Master of Arts from the University of Oxford.
As chief technical officer for Altair's design and simulation solutions, James Dagg is responsible for delivering Altair's simulation, modeling, and visualization technologies to designers, engineers, and simulation specialists.
For more than 30 years, Dagg has been a visionary behind Altair's software strategy and development activities. Prior to his role as CTO, Dagg was the senior vice president for solidThinking where he was responsible for leading the development of its concept design technologies, Inspire and Evolve. For more than a decade, he oversaw the development of Altair's computer-aided engineering (CAE) software suite, Altair HyperWorks™.
Dagg earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in applied mechanics from University of Michigan.
Mark Palmer, MD, PhD is a Distinguished Scientist in Strategic Scientific Operations at Medtronic, plc. In his current role, Mark leads both an internal team of advanced modeling and simulation consultants and the Enterprise-wide Modeling and Simulation Working Group. His expertise includes fully coupled multi-scale finite element methods, large deformation tissue mechanics, and clinical image-based modeling techniques. Mark serves on the NAFEMS Business Impact Working Group and Industry Advisory Boards for ASME and CompBioMed.
Prior to being recruited by Medtronic, Mark received his BS in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University followed by the dual Masters and MD/PhD Programs at the University of Michigan. He spent three years as an entrepreneur and returned to the University of Michigan as a faculty member with appointments in Biomedical Engineering and Kinesiology. Mark is passionate about advancing human simulation, virtual patient technologies, and digital evidence standards for the medical device industry.
Principal Engineer, Edwards Lifesciences
Steven started his career by completing his BESc from the University of Western Ontario in May 1998, majoring in Material Engineering. He then accepted a position within the engineering services group of Altair Engineering, first working out of the Allen Park office and then relocating to southern California, working from Irvine California. His work there blossomed into an interest in working in the biomedical device field. He spent two years at Medtronic Heart Valves in Santa Ana California supporting the develop of the first transcatheter MELODY valve. For the last 11 years, Steven has been employed at Edwards Lifesciences, and has utilized a variety of simulation and optimization techniques to benefit both early stage development and the commercialization of novel implantable cardiovascular products for both HVT and TMTT business units.
Director, Center for 3D Medical Fabrication, Georgia Tech
Dr. Hollister is the Patsy and Alan Dorris Chair in Pediatric Technology and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He directs the Center for 3D Medical Fabrication as well as the Tissue Engineering and Mechanics Laboratory at Georgia Tech. Dr. Hollister’s research focuses on the computational design, 3D printing fabrication and characterization of biomaterial devices and scaffolds for tissue reconstruction. He was co-inventor of an airway splint in both resorbable and permanent versions that to date has been implanted and saved the lives of 20 children with Tracheobronchomalacia. This work has been featured in a number of mainstream media outlets including The Today Show, NPR, CNN, the New Yorker, the Doctors Show, CBS Morning News and USA Today. He was awarded the 2013 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Innovation award for the airway splint together with Dr. Glenn.
Stryker Global Technology Center (SGTC)
Venkat Perumal is a Senior Principal Engineer, leading Modeling & Simulation Center of Excellence (CoE) at Stryker Global Technology Center (SGTC), India. He is responsible for building Simulation capabilities at SGTC to accelerate product development across Stryker businesses. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of South Carolina, USA and Masters from IIT-Madras. He comes with combined 17 years of global R&D experience in leading Medical Device, Healthcare, Automotive companies. He authored over 25+ publications 8 patent filings spanning USA, Europe and APAC. He represents Stryker in the Avicenna Alliance, an association of industry/academia in advancing Computer Modeling and Simulation (CM&S) for regulatory submission.
Assistant Professor Director of Vehicle Energy & Safety Laboratory (VESL), The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Dr. Jun Xu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Engineering Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is the director of Vehicle Energy & Safety Laboratory (VESL, formally known as AVRC) since 2014. He has successfully secured more than 3 million USD research funding as PI from both government and industries. He earned his Ph.D. degree from Columbia University in 2014. Dr. Jun Xu now serves as the Chair of the Energy Conversion & Storage Committee, and Vice Chair of the Multifunctional Materials Committee, American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME). He is the Chair of Automotive & Battery Safety Conference (ABSC). He has so far published more than 90 peer-reviewed papers in top journals with more than 2000 citations, H-index=26.
CAE Engineer, Solidity CAE, CEVT
Jens got his Master in Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University in Darmstadt in Germany in 1991. He started to work as CAE engineer in Germany and then in 1997 he moved to Sweden.
Since 2005 he is focusing on method development within Squeak&Rattle and Solidity first at SAAB and then at Volvo Cars. Today he is working as CAE Engineer at CEVT in Gothenburg.
Executive Lead, GE Aviation Advanced Design Tools, GE Aviation
Kevin is the Executive Leader for GE Aviation’s Advanced Design Tools organization developing engineering design and analysis software for GE’s Aviation, Power, and Renewables engineers. Prior to that he held an Executive Leadership position with GE Power with responsibility for heavy duty gas turbine component heat transfer, cooling design, secondary flow design, and engine clearances for new products and services. He earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State. Kevin has maintained a wide interest in turbomachinery aero-thermodynamics including CFD, fluidic flow control, wind turbine aero-acoustics, heat transfer and gas turbine sealing. He holds 22 US patents in those areas, co-authored nearly 20 peer-reviewed scholarly articles and shared the ASME Gas Turbine Award in 2014 for best technical publication.
Head of Airframe Models, Airbus
Mr. Rajbhandari is the head of Airframe Models technical center in Airbus Operations where he has taken a variety of positions in the last 15 years. The emphasis of his career has been structural analysis and business management with particular interest in software development. His vision is to add value to digital transformation that the aerospace industry is going through by enabling co-development. He holds Bachelors and Masters of Aerospace engineering degrees from RMIT University, Australia.
Project Engineer - Hybrid Electric Flight Demonstrator bei Rolls-Royce
VP, Business Intelligence, The Fauquier Bank
Janet Grimsley is VP, Business Intelligence at The Fauquier Bank, headquartered in Warrenton, Va. She has 36 years of banking industry experience, holding positions in commercial, retail, finance and operational areas of banking. Grimsley is responsible for providing tactical and strategic oversight of the bank’s data assets while building and maintaining data infrastructure and information governance strategies. Areas of expertise include data modeling, data prep, robotic process automation, analysis and delivery for operations, sales, marketing and decision making.
Chief Operating Officer, toggled
Daniel Hollenkamp Jr. is responsible for Toggled’s day-to-day operations, including overseeing sales, marketing, manufacturing, and research & development. Previously Hollenkamp was the lead manufacturing engineer at Toggled where he drove efforts to ramp up the company’s mass production efforts. He has more than 12 years of experience in electronics manufacturing and seven years of experience in the LED industry. Hollenkamp earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Michigan Technological University
CEO Metal Industry Research and Development Centre (MIRDC)
Dr. Chiu-Feng Lin is the President of Metal Industries Research & Development Centre (MIRDC) in Taiwan. He also serves as a professor in the Vehicle Engineering Dept. at National Pingtung University, adjunct professor of Systems and Naval Mechatronic Engineering, and the department of Mechanical Engineering at the National Cheng Kung University. He is also the Co-Chair, Technology Transfer and International Collaboration Group, National Energy Program Phase II, since 2017. He has previously held the position of Dean at College of Engineering at National Pingtung Univ. of Science and Tech., and Advisor to the Dept. of Industrial Technology, Ministry of Economic Affairs, R.O.C. in Taiwan. Dr. Lin has a Ph.D., in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, MI, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University, AL, and a B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
Director, Metal Industry Research and Development Centre (MIRDC)
Dr. Kuang-Shine Yang is responsible for the operation and management of Intelligent Vehicle R&D Center (IVC) of MIRDC. He fully understands the integration from hardware, OS, to platform-based SDKs for advanced vehicle technologies in the field today. Under his leadership, the IVC team is dedicated in smart and connected mobility research and development. IVC's project managers, designers, and engineers listen to the needs of customers carefully, brainstorm ideas. With the willingness to accept the challenges, they deliver innovative and complete solutions with decades of professional experience.
One of the award-winning products is the Bionic Intelligent Auto Guided Vehicle (BI-AGV) system. The system includes a plurality of auto guided vehicles. Each of the auto guided vehicles has a vehicle body and an omnidirectional wheel set, and further includes a driving device, a wireless communication module, and a processing device.
Dr. Yang and the team have received the patent granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for this innovative AGV design.
Co-Founder and CEO, Affectiva
A pioneer in Emotion AI, Rana el Kaliouby, Ph.D., is Co-Founder and CEO of Affectiva, and author of the newly released book Girl Decoded: A Scientist’s Quest to Reclaim Our Humanity by Bringing Emotional Intelligence to Technology. A passionate advocate for humanizing technology, ethics in AI and diversity, Rana has been recognized on Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list and as one of Forbes' Top 50 Women in Tech. Rana is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a newly minted Young Presidents' Organization member, and co-hosted a PBS NOVA series on AI. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and a Post Doctorate from MIT.
Vice President, Oracle for Startups and Oracle for Research
At Afreecar he is developing an e-kit that power assists non-motorized vehicles while al-so transforming them into mobile power sources. He recently served as Waymo’s Chief Engineer for Future Vehicle Programs and has been a Research Scientist at MIT Media Lab. From 2012 to 2017, he was Qualcomm’s VP of Strategic Development, responsible for wireless automotive solutions.
Prior to this, he led GM’s Electric Networked Vehicle (EN-V), the world’s first drivable ve-hicles to demonstrate today’s accepted vision of future mobility. He led GM’s Autonomy, Hy-wire and Sequel “skateboard” electric vehicle concepts, now widely adopted by the Auto Industry, and has 50 patents. He is co-author of “Reinventing the Automobile: Per-sonal Urban Mobility for the 21st Century”, with Larry Burns and the late Bill Mitchell (MIT Press, 2010).
COO at StartUs Insights | Data-driven Innovation Insights
Senior Vice President, Global Sales, Altair
Julia King currently serves Purdue University as Director of the Office of Industrial Experience for the School of Mechanical Engineering. In this role, she connects undergraduate ME students with industry through employment opportunities, international experiences, and sponsor networks. Julia also serves as the Director of Administrative Operations for the School of Mechanical Engineering. In this role, she leads staff initiatives as a member of the ME Cabinet and the ME Leadership Team.
Prior to joining Purdue, Julia spent over twenty years in industry at IMMI and General Motors. At IMMI, she served on the executive team, led application engineering and program management, and served as a research & development engineer. At General Motors, she served in multiple airbag system engineering roles. Julia has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Co-Founder and CTO, Swapnil oversees
Swapnil is an Engineering Design graduate from IIT Madras. As co-founder and CTO, Swapnil oversees the system design of the vehicle and related technical development. He has been part of the Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) team of IIT Madras and also led various product development projects.
He along with his classmate Tarun Mehta conceptualized and started 'Ather Energy', which is currently developing India's first smart electrical scooter.
Lecturer, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa
Clive Hands is a seasoned Mechanical Engineering Lecturer with a 27-year history of working in the higher education industry, specializing in areas such as Strength (Mechanics) of Materials with a focus on simulation & analysis, and optimization & light-weighting. He has also separately developed multiple online eLearning projects and outputs aimed at students, schools & industry utilizing browser-based platforms to facilitate enhanced teaching & learning capabilities in the Engineering sector. He is a member of SAIMechE and an East Cape committee member. He currently runs the Advanced Engineering Design Group at the Nelson Mandela University which focuses on challenging real-world projects, enabling the Group’s student team members access to design techniques not normally covered as part of their standard curriculum