Dr. DePaola has 35 years of combined experience in biomedical engineering research, education, and academic leadership. Her research investigates the role of physical mechanisms on cellular behavior stressing its importance in the understanding of human disease, the development of new therapies, and the engineering of functional tissues and devices. Dr. DePaola is committed to excellence in engineering education and the empowerment of a diverse and agile workforce to succeed in today’s rapidly changing technological-driven industry and society. She has received various awards and recognitions, is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), member of eight other professional societies, and serves/has served in various public and private (academic and non-academic) advisory committees or boards. Dr. DePaola is a co-inventor of a few biotechnologies focused on the development of instrumentation for biomedical research and diagnostics.
Dr. DePaola holds a Ph.D. in Medical Engineering/Medical Physics from the Division of Health Science and Technology at Harvard Medical School – Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has held academic and research appointments at Columbia University (NY), Northwestern University (IL), the University of Huntsville (AL), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY), and the Albany Medical College Center for Cardiovascular Sciences (NY). While chair of the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) (2017-2019), Dr. DePaola promoted Academia–Industry interactions and led the partnership agreement for the GEDC Industry Forum (international workshops bringing academic and corporate leadership together to discuss contemporary challenges in the development of the engineering workforce of the future). She currently leads the Illinois Tech-Dassault Systèmes partnership focused in the development of educational solutions and the application of advanced digital tools in biomedical engineering research.
Steven M. Levine, PhD is the Sr. director of virtual human modeling at Dassault Systèmes. Dr. Levine has more than 30 years of experience in the development of computational tools that translate cutting-edge science into product innovations. He currently leads Virtual Human Modeling at Dassault Systèmes and is the Founder and Executive Director of the Living Heart Project.He is responsible for a Life Science incubator of startup healthcare companies within the 3D EXPERIENCE Labs, building a marketplace of digital healthcare services,and serves on several company boards. Dr. Levine was elected into the College of Fellows in the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and holds a PhD in Materials Science from Rutgers University. He began is career in health tech at the San Diego based startup Biosym that went public as Accelrys in 2004 and acquired by Dassault Systèmes in 2014.
Over 30 years of experience delivering enterprise software to companies across many industries, including manufacturing, financial, government, defense, high tech and life sciences. Over the past 15 years Gino focused on leveraging technology and business change within R&D, Quality and Manufacturing and Supply Chain Operations in the Life Science industry. Over the past three years Gino has focused on helping Life Sciences Companies across Med Device, and BIO/Pharma transform their organizations by leveraging digital continuity from Ideation to Patient Care. Gino has been at Dassault Systèmes since 2007, and has a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) focused in Economics from Ohio Wesleyan University.
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.