Erik Swedberg is Dassault Systèmes, Executive Vice President and GEO Managing Director for the Americas. Erik’s role is to achieve the company’s revenue goals in the geography by moving the organization to a customer-first model and positioning the 3DEXPERIENCE platform at the center of our relationships with customers, users, partners, and influencers. Prior to his current role, Erik was Dassault Systèmes Global Account Director for Boeing where he led some of our largest services programs and secured the company’s largest software contract. Most recently, he initiated the Boeing supply chain program working in a client-centric model.
During his 19 years with Dassault Systèmes, Erik acquired wide-ranging experience in a number of industries in addition to Aerospace and Defense, including High Tech, Automotive, Industrial Equipment, Retail, and Life Sciences. Erik builds strong trusted partner relationships and brings a full kit of capability having worked in technical sales, services, business consulting, and sales.
JP Laguerre is Director for Academia in North America with Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company that provides end-to-end software, content, and services. In his role, he manages activities and relationships with academic institutions across North America to transform engineering education. He also works with Dassault Systèmes commercial customers to orchestrate and execute outreach programs focusing on Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM).
Formerly, JP Laguerre had management responsibilities with DS commercial customers in various industries. He has more than 20 years of experience in sales, engineering, and project execution. He joined Dassault Systèmes in 1996 in Tokyo, Japan as a sales domain lead for manufacturing solutions working with aerospace suppliers, automotive manufacturers, and suppliers. He then transferred to California in the same capacity for North America.
Dr. R. Byron Pipes is Executive Director of the Composites Manufacturing and Simulation Center of Purdue University. He was elected to membership of the National Academy of Engineering (1987) and the Royal Society of Engineering Sciences of Sweden (1995). In 2018 at the 150th anniversary of the founding of engineering in the UK, he was awarded the honorary DOCTOREM HONORIS CAUSA by the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Dr. Pipes is recognized for his leadership in creating partnerships for university research with the private sector, government, and academia. He served as President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 1993-98 and was Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Delaware from 1991-93. He served as Dean of the College of Engineering and Director of the Center for Composite Materials during 1977-91 at the same institution. He was appointed John L. Bray Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Purdue University in 2004.
Rani Richardson brings technical expertise and extensive real-life mechanical engineering experience that includes composites and additive manufacturing design and manufacturing to her current position as a NAM A&D and M&O Industry Process - Technical Executive Expert at Dassault Systèmes. In this role, she is responsible for leading all activities related to sales and technical sales engagement. Prior to this, Rani was the Director, CATIA Technical Sales for Light Weight Engineering at Dassault Systèmes overseeing the CATIA brand for Composites and Additive Manufacturing in North America. Rani consults with Dassault Systèmes customers, particularly industry-leading aerospace and automotive companies, concentrating on implementation, education, demonstrations, and business development for solutions on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Prior to Dassault Systèmes, Ms. Richardson worked for nearly a decade at Magestic Systems, a leader in nesting and laser projection solutions, where she was the Director of Operations
Dr. John J. Tracy was the chief technology officer of The Boeing Company and senior vice president of Engineering, Operations & Technology from 2006 through 2016. He joined McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) as a stress analyst in 1981, after serving as a high school science teacher in Los Angeles in the late 1970’s.
Tracy is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and Fellow and Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a Fellow the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
Tracy received a PhD in Engineering from the University of California-Irvine, and a master's degree and a bachelor's degree in Physics from California State University. He has authored more than 40 publications in the areas of composite structural mechanics, launch vehicle structures, smart structures, and aging aircraft. He currently works as a volunteer math tutor at Taller San Jose Hopebuilders and also serves on the Board of Directors for 3D Systems, the Boyle Heights STEM Academy, and is a Senior Advisor for Swift Health Systems and Assembly OSM.
Don Farr is a Senior Technical Fellow (STF) in Boeing Research and Technology (BR&T) in the Integrated Vehicle System Integrated Technology Team (IVS ITT) in Huntsville Alabama. He is currently working at the enterprise level to implement Model-Based Engineering across the company. Don's first assignment in Huntsville was the development and integration of an advanced discrimination technology into the Missile Defense architecture. This technology required significant changes to the Radar systems, Command and Control (C2) system, and Ground-Based Mid-course Defense (GMD) fire control system, including the interceptors. Don joined the Technical Fellowship Program as an Associate Technical Fellow (ATF) while he was working on the advanced communication system on the Comanche helicopter program. He became a TF when he was developing technology for Network Centric Operations (NCO) demonstrations. He received recognition as the Boeing expert for digital communication and multilevel security on the Comanche helicopter and as one of Boeing's leading experts in NCO technology development and integration. Don earned his BSEE at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, specializing in digital communications and computer architectures. He went on to complete an advanced degree in electrical engineering at the University of Delaware in Newark, also specializing in digital communications.
Dr. Melissa Orme is the vice president of Boeing Additive Manufacturing for The Boeing Company. She reports to Boeing’s chief engineer and senior vice president of Engineering, Test & Technology, and is responsible for continuing to grow and scale additive manufacturing capabilities and helping to rapidly expand understanding of the unique features that 3D printing can bring to Boeing factories and production lines.
Orme’s organization is also driving application scalability for existing products, and maturing technology for future franchise platforms across Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Boeing Defense, Space and Security, and Boeing Global Services.
Prior to joining Boeing, Orme worked at MORF3D, where she served as the chief technology officer since 2015. Over the span of her career, Orme held senior leadership roles at start-up technology companies, including chief scientist and head of clinical research. She began her career in academia, rising to the rank of Full Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Irvine.
Rick Barto is the Principal Research Engineer in Materials and Process Technologies at Lockheed Martin Corporate Engineering, Technology, and Operations. He is responsible for developing digital technology roadmaps, tools, and practices for materials and manufacturing in partnership with the four business units of Lockheed Martin, spanning design, development, production, and sustainment.
He has worked for Lockheed Martin for 33 years in a variety of roles including Materials and Processes Engineering, Failure Analysis, Contamination Control, Mission Success / Quality Operations, Research and Development, and Technology Strategy. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University. His technology focus is on advanced structural and functional materials for applications spanning flight-critical structures, optics, thermal control, and integrated functions.
Dr. Robert Yancey has filled numerous roles in his career including research, technology development, sales, management, business development, and executive roles. He currently leads business development for Hexcel in the Americas which includes advanced materials, manufacturing, and engineered products. He has a technical background in composite materials, composite mechanics and micromechanics, design optimization, additive manufacturing, finite element modeling, and nondestructive evaluation. He holds a B.S. degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, an M.S. degree in Engineering Mechanics from Virginia Tech, and a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from the University of Dayton. He is an AIAA Associate Technical Fellow and Composites Factory of the Future Technologies Lead for SAMPE.
Michael DOYLE holds the role of Senior Materials Scientist in the Dassault Systèmes Strategy and Research Team.
His responsibility covers innovation and advanced materials portfolio, including Macro Trends, the Science & Technology Strategy for the or the eleven industries Dassault Systèmes covers and the cross industry, cross brand synergies. He has oversight on the strategic relationships with Exxon-Mobil, Sinopec, Boeing, and Lockheed-Martin. Manage the Executive Advisory Council and architecture teams for Sinopec (RIPP), Panasonic and Exxon (EMCC/EMRE) informatics projects. Responsible for materials strategy and interactions with US National and Government agencies, DOD, DOE and the US National Laboratories LANL, SANDIA, LLBL.
As Vice President of 3DEXPERIENCE Edu, Valerie Ferret strives to help students and professionals thrive in the Industry Renaissance with in-demand skills for sustainable innovation. With her global team, she empowers five million students every year on Dassault Systèmes’ solutions, and provides unique learning experiences for professionals to upskill throughout their life and increase their employability. Valérie believes experience-based learning will transform the world of education. She aims to reinforce the collaboration between education and industry using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to bring continuous opportunities for professional development. 3DEXPERIENCE Edu promises to help people “Never stop growing”!
Valerie joined Dassault Systèmes in 2008, as Public Affairs Manager. In 2012, she created and became director of the global department Public Affairs and Sustainability, which was responsible for developing and nurturing the influencers’ network to promote the company vision on sustainable innovation.
Valérie holds a Master’s in European Law and Human Rights. She started her career in France in 2002 as a legal counsel. Two years later, she joined a fast-growing private postal services operator in Luxemburg to create the legal function. In 2006, she moved to the US and became Executive Director of the French-American Chamber of Commerce in Boston.
She is married and is the proud mother of two children.