Speaker Highlights

Learn how industry leaders are addressing challenges with Test Strategies, Tooling and Open Standards and take a deep dive with leading experts in the fields of autonomous testing, ADAS and simulation.

Dr Roger Assaker, CEO


ICME, A Key Strategic Pillar for the Design & Engineering of Optimal Products & Solutions

Dr Roger Assaker is the CEO of MSC software, part of Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence. He holds both Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Aerospace Engineering with a strong focus on nonlinear  computational mechanics – an area of expertise where he now has 25+ years’ experience. Dr Assaker has complemented his engineering education with an MBA in International Business, plus has taken additional advanced business and technology entrepreneurship courses from prestigious universities such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard. In addition to growing e-Xstream engineering into global leadership in advanced composite modeling and guiding MSC Software as Chief Material Strategist, Dr Assaker is also Vice-Chair of NAFEMS’ Composite Working Group and an active member of other technical material associations such as SPE and SAMPE.

Dr Waruna Seneviratne, Director of ATLAS and Sr. Research Scientist at NIAR

Wichita, Kansas

Advanced Manufacturing Technologies with Automation & Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Seneviratne is currently the Director of Advanced Technologies Lab for Aerospace Systems (ATLAS) and a Sr. Research Scientist (Composites & Structures) at Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR).  The mission of ATLAS is to develop a multi-disciplinary manufacturing environment and an engineering education program to prepare engineers and educators for the Factory of the Future and to aid the current workforce in seamlessly adapting to advancements in the workplace.  Currently Dr. Seneviratne is responsible for a research portfolio that includes projects from the Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and aircraft industry in the areas of advanced manufacturing and inspections, durability and damage tolerance, certification, and aging of composite aircraft structures.  He is an active member of Composite Materials Handbook (CMH-17) and his previous research findings have contributed to damage tolerance, disbond delamination, data review, and statistics working groups, and supported world-wide composite damage tolerance and maintenance workshops sponsored by FAA, NAVIAR, and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Prior to joining Wichita State, Dr. Seneviratne worked as a Stress Analyst for Airbus, where he collaborated with the European Aeronautic Defense & Space (EADS) and AIRBUS partners on advanced material research and AIRBUS composite stress analysis methods training.  He was responsible for performing detailed stress analysis (FEM and in-house AIRBUS analysis methods) on AIRBUS A380 passenger aircraft wings per FAA and EASA regulations and preparation of certification documents.

Richard Resseguie, Product Manager MaterialCenter


MaterialCenter Roadmap and beyond

Since 2014, Richard is leading the MaterialCenter customer services, working with a number of industries including: aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, energy, and defense.

Richard is involved in Industry collaboration with ASTM in their additive manufacturing committee and is supporting initiatives on data exchange for additive manufacturing pedigree. In 2020 Richard took over the product management role in order to drive the future roadmap and direction of MaterialCenter.

Alexander Leutner, Managing Director


How the aerospace industry integrates in-situ inspection in automated fibre placement (AFP) and enables simulation of as-built part performance

Alexander Leutner is Managing Director and co-founder of Apodius GmbH, now part of the Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence organization. Leutner holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Production Engineering from RWTH Aachen University, Germany with an emphasis on measurement technology and quality management. In 2016, Apodius GmbH has joined Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, furthering Hexagon’s strategy to expand its expertise and portfolio to support current and future manufacturing trends. The Apodius acquisition added core capabilities to support the implementation of measurement solutions in multi-layered textile reinforced structures for extremely light, rigid and robust carbon fiber composite components. Within the following years, Leutner and his team of Apodius Product Line have successfully proven their competence and capability in the field of fast, innovative and customer-centric product development based on cutting edge camera and image processing technologies.

Lucien Douven, Senior Design Engineer


Exploring workflows for detailed design of structural parts produced by Fused Granular Fabrication (FGF)

Lucien Douven, holds a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology. He continued his career at Philips Research, investigating topics like biomechanics of the skin and process optimization for stamped glass products. In 2006 he joined DSM, where he focuses on the development of advanced CAE methods for engineering plastics.

Gavin Jones, Sr. Application Engineer


Uncertainty Quantification in ICME with Applications to Smart Materials

Gavin Jones, SmartUQ Sr. Application Engineer, is responsible for performing simulation and statistical work for clients in aerospace, defense, automotive, medical device, gas turbine, and other industries. He is also a key contributor in SmartUQ’s Digital Twin/Digital Thread initiative. Mr. Jones received a B.S. in Engineering Mechanics and a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Karl-Michael Nigge, Chief Product Officer


Computed Tomography (CT) data as reality check for ICME workflows

Karl-Michael is a Chief Product Officer at Volume Graphics, a leading supplier of software for the analysis of industrial computed tomography data (which is part of the Hexagon group since December 2019). He holds an M.Sc in physics with a focus on materials research and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. He has worked in various management positions in the product management of sensors, measurement instrumentation and related software. He has several years of experience in the mechanical testing and simulation of materials and components.

Dr. Georg F. Gruber, Simulation Engineer

Warpage Prediction and Consideration of Warped Parts inside Ansys with the help of Digimat

Rainer Handel, Head of Simulation and Acoustics


Damage and high cycle fatigue predictions of fiber reinforced plastic components


Until 1990               Study of physics at the University of Stuttgart
1991-1995               Research assistant at the Institute of Applied Computer Science  at the University of Stuttgart
1995-1996               Simulation Engineer at INTES
1996-2003               Simulation Engineer at KNECHT Filtersystems, after 1999 renamed in MAHLE Filtersystems
2003-2008               Head of Simulation at MAHLE Filtersystems
Since 2008              Head of Simulation and Acoustics at MAHLE Filtersystems

Ethan Chiu, Senior Director, Product Technical Support


A New Flow-Fiber Coupling Model to Simulate the Anisotropic Flow for Injection & Compression Molding

He started his career as R&D engineering at CoreTech System, where he worked on company’s software “Moldex3D”. He studies the knowledge of injection molding simulation, numerical methods and parallel computing in following 13 years.

For past several years, he switched his job field from R&D Division to Technical Support. To be second line support after sales team, regarding front end technical issues, training programs, global key accounts and documentations.

His employment history is as follows:

  • CoreTech System, Chupei, Taiwan, 2018 to present

Director, Moldex3D Technical Support

Responsible for all the technical services from global customers.


  • CoreTech System, Chupei, Taiwan, 2008 to 2018

RD1 Solver Division Manager

In charge of Moldex3D solver development and technical roadmap.


  • CoreTech System, Chupei, Taiwan, 2005 to 2008

RD1 Solver Development

Focus on Filling and Packing solver development.

Kamesh Narasimhan, PhD, Application Research and Development Manager


Study on lap-shear test and Digimat is being used in 2 ways:

  • Filling the gaps in terms on inputs
  • De-homogenization to understand different microstructure and the physics better.

Engineering professional with knowledge in a broad range of high performance composites
Experience in Product R&D, Testing, Validation, and Industrialization across several small and global companies, primarily in wind energy sectors.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Certified Six Sigma Green Belt

Jörg Walden, CEO



Rodrigo Benevides, Manager of Plastic Parts Core Engineering Simulation team & Simulation Expert


Mechanical Prediction with Anisotropy and Thermal Expansion

Greg Holdsworth, SFx Business Development Manager



Greg Holdsworth joined Hexagon in 2011 as part of the UK applications team supporting PC-DMIS. He previously held positions at BAE Systems and Delphi & has 25 years total experience in the metrology industry. Now working as part of the SFx product management team his goal is making the smart factory a reality for Hexagon & our customers.


Augusto Albolino, Materials and Processes


Managing of chemical processes parameters test data in a Digital MLM (Material Lifecycle Management) Platform

Mr Augusto Albolino was born in Naples (Italy) in 1976. He works as Materials and Processes Engineer at Leonardo, a global company in the Aerospace, Defence and Security sector. After experiences in Low Observability Department and in the M&P Composite Group, Augusto is today a technical team leader of Surface Treatments and Chemical Processes Group of Leonardo Aircraft Division in M&P Department. He graduated for University of Naples Federico II in Materials Engineer. He has positive attitude to collaboration, ability to mediate, propose new ideas and solutions.

Dr Frédéric Lani, Virtual Engineering Competence Leader


Frédéric Lani has a PhD in Materials Science from Université Catholique de Louvain. He has 20 years experience in computational and experimental materials science. He is currently leading the Virtual Engineering / CAE activities of Solvay’s Materials Science Application Center located in Brussels, focusing notably on composite manufacturing simulation and progressive failure analysis. 

Alexey Dubov, Co-Founder and COO


Digital fabrication flow in construction with 3D printing and post-processing simulation


Alexey Dubov is an accomplished innovator, entrepreneur, executive, and is chief operating officer, and co-founder at Mighty Buildings. Mighty Buildings is a construction technology company creating beautiful, affordable, and sustainable homes using 3D printing and robotic automation. Mighty Buildings is based in Oakland, CA and is backed by reputable VCs such as Khosla Ventures, Y Combinator, SV Angel, CoreVC, and others.

Alexey holds more than ten patents for his previous inventions and has been universally recognized in the field of operations and team growth for complex technologies. With a successful track record for developing novel technologies, his passion and deep understanding of technological innovation and advancement for the construction industry drew him to the vision of addressing the housing crisis. Together with his co-founders, they created a 3D printing technology to unlock productivity within the construction industry by creating beautiful, affordable and sustainable homes that can cut up to 80% of construction costs.

Dr. Somboon Otarawanna, Senior Researcher and Research Team Leader


Finite Element Based Representative Volume Element Modeling of Porous Ceramics

Somboon Otarawanna received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. In 2009, he was awarded Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from the University of Queensland, Australia. His research interests include FEM-based RVE modeling, computer-aided engineering (CAE) for engineering applications, fatigue analysis, and casting and solidification processing.

Tarek Belgasam, Material Research engineer


Accelerating the Discovery of New DP-Steel using Response Surface Methodology (RSM) and Machine Learning (ML) and Multiscale Materials Modeling (3M)

For the past ten years, Tarek Belgasam have been working in field of computational and experimental mechanics of materials. He is currently working at Honda R&D Americas Inc. as Materials Research Engineer, who is responsible for researching and developing new materials related to automotive components (body, interior, chassis, and/or powertrain). His primary research interest is in the area of computational mechanics of materials where design material microstructures with the desired properties and performance for intended applications through a microstructure optimization.
Tarek has extensive experience with CAE software, LS-DYNA, Digimat, Abaqus andCoupling Digimat-CAE/LS-DYNA (Explicit and Implicit Simulation). His research is related to investigate the relationship between microstructure properties and mechanical properties of automotive materials using multiscale material modeling of heterogeneous materials used in automotive applications.Tarek earned his BSc and MSc in mechanical engineering from University of Benghazi (UOB) in 1997 and 2008respectively. He worked as teaching assistant, assistant lecturer, and lecturer at mechanical engineering department,UOB from 1997 to 2010. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, from the Washington State University in 2017. After his PhD, Tarek have worked at Office of Commercialization at Washington State University as a Technology Licensing Assistant for more than 3 years. His responsibilities have covered all aspects of protecting,leveraging and transferring University intellectual property assets to commercialization partners. This role has ledhim to supervise the WSU Office of Commercialization Internship Program. He participated in several leadership roles on Washington State University’s campus and Pullman community in WA, including vice president and president of Arabic Language and Culture Organization, co-founder Arabic school program, and member of Police Advisory Committee.
1997 BSc, University of Benghazi, Benghazi, Libya
•2008 MSc, University of Benghazi, Benghazi, Libya
•2017 PhD, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
•1999-2003 Laboratory Coordinator, Engineering Faculty, University of Benghazi
•2003-2008 Teaching Assistant, Engineering Faculty, University of Benghazi
•2008-2010 Assistant Lecturer, Engineering Faculty, University of Benghazi
•2015-2016 Teaching Assistant in the Cougar Shop, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, WSU, Pullman, WA
•2015-2017 Research Intern, Office of Research, WSU, Pullman, WA
•2017-2019 Technology Licensing Assistant, Office of Research, WSU, Pullman, WA
•2017-Pre. Collaborative Researcher, Computational Mechanics and Materials Science Laboratory (CMM), WSU, Pullman, WA
•2019-Pre. Materials Research Engineer, Honda Research and Development America, Inc. Raymond, OH
•2019-Pre. Industrial Monitor, Advanced Steel Processing & Products Research Center (ASPPRC), CSM. Golden, CO

Martin Soler, MARS Product Owner


MARS – Material Airbus Repository System: End-to-End Materials Management Platform to drive innovative and high quality product development

Leonid Pastukhov, Research Scientist

Virtual material testing and development of material models for enabling more accurate and faster application design optimization

Leonid Pastukhov holds a Master degree from Queen Mary, University of London, and a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Eindhoven University of Technology. His research focused on the experiential assessment of mechanical performance and durability of polymers and polymer composites. In January 2020 he joined DSM as a research scientist where he focuses on developing predictive models of the mechanical performance of polymer composites.

Dieter Hellert, Global Business Development Manager


Quantifying the features of multimaterial composites with steel fibers: Impact resistance and EMI shielding

Dieter graduated from Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg in 1995 with a PhD degree in Chemistry. He joined Exxon Energy Chemicals in 1994 as R&D scientist and Nalco-Exxon Energy Chemicals as Senior R&D scientist in 1995. He has been with Bekaert Fibre Technologies since January 1999 as market manager in various sales functions. October 2016 he became part of BFT’s business development team as Global Business Development Manager. His focus in on component solutions for hydrogen electrolysis, innovative composite materials and wicking applications.

Dr Bernard Alsteens, Manager Customer Services


ICME for better, more optimised and faster new products development in the electronics industry

  • Working at e-Xstream Engineering since 2007. 
  • 15 years of experience in the modelling of composite material and finite element simulation. 
  • Deliver more than 150 courses on composite and material modelling. 
  • Leading a team of 15 composite expert supporting customers active in various fields: automotive, aero, consummers and goods, medical, material suppliers, …

Dr Laurent Adam, R&D Director


Digimat Roadmap and Beyond

Position : R&D Director, responsible for :

  • R&D team management (~30 persons, mostly Ph.D & Eng., across EU and Asia).
  • Digimat and MaterialCenter product development.
  • Initiation and management of publicly funded R&D projects (continuously ~5-10 European, Trans-national or regional projects).


Education :

  • 2009 : Master in Management. HEC – Belgium.
  • 2004 : Post-doc stay. McGill University – Belgium.
  • 2003 : Ph.D. in Computational Solid Mechanics. University of Liège – Belgium.
  • 1998 : Physicist Engineer in Solid Mechanics. University of Liège – Belgium.


Business experience :

  • 2004 – Present : e-Xstream engineering, part of Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence division.
  • 2003 : Research and teaching assistant at the University of Liège (Department of Fracture Mechanics and Department of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization).

Dr Kate Kunal, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering



Dr. Kunal Kate is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Louisville. He has expertise in 3D printing, materials characterization, and design of metals, ceramics, and natural fibers composites with the fused filament fabrication (FFF) process in which he has published > 30 journal articles and filed invention disclosures in the past five years. Additionally, Dr. Kate strives to train next-generation talent about Additive Manufacturing through the courses he teaches at the University of Louisville using various ICME tools and hands-on industrial projects. Dr. Kate’s current research is supported by NASA, NSF, and United Soybean Board, USDA agencies.

Bruno Garbaccio, Application Engineer


Efficient design for greener materials

After his Mechanical Engineering degree in France, Bruno decided to move to Belgium to join Noesis Solutions as an Application Engineer. Bruno’s main task is to help engineers to achieve better designs and gain efficiency by integrating their existing simulation processes within Optimus. He handles third party software integration in Optimus and provides advises on the several technologies available in the platform like optimization algorithms, response surface modelling or design for six sigmas.

Nicolas Schlutig, Technical and R&D Manager


THERMOFIL HP – Pushing the Boundaries of High-Performance Glass Coupled Polypropylene using the latest development in CAE for accelerating metal replacement for sustainability

Nicolas is technical responsible for main automotive OEM and global technical assistance for glass reinforced compounds polypropylene. He started as process engineer and have more than 15 years experience in the formulation, compounding and processing of glass reinforced compounds. He has a strong experience in automotive application. He holds an engineering degree in polymer engineering and technology from Marseille University.

Elodie Seignobos, Sinterline & Simulation Manager



Elodie Seignobos is graduated in polymer chemistry from INSA Rouen, a school of engineering. She completed her background with a Research MSc in polymer science from University of Rouen, and a PhD in polymer physics at Rhodia/CNRS joint lab LPMA.

Carreer :

She started to work for Rhodia in 2006 as PhD student with a research on fatigue of polyamide. She was hired as product development scientist for Automotive market in 2009. She led projects aiming at developing new polyamide solutions embedding chemical resistance and heat ageing resistance. In 2016, she took in charge the Additive Manufacturing laboratory of Solvay’s Engineering Plastics division. She is now responsible for the development of innovative polyamide powders for Selective Laser Sintering as technical leader of the Sinterline® range. Since beginning 2019, she also leads the Simulation activity of Solvay Engineering Plastics. Since February 2020, the Polyamide Engineering Plastics business EMEA has been acquired by DOMO chemicals.

Julien Cathelin, Senior Technical Service Engineer


Finite Element Analysis of mesoscale structures obtained by molecular simulation

Julien is a senior technical engineer supporting customers and distribution partners in DACH region. His main tasks are advice on material selection, design, process, new projects acquisition and claim handling.

Previously  he was a Sr. Scientist at SABIC Global Application Technology, where he provides supports and solutions for design, manufacturing and performance evaluation of (fiber-reinforced) thermoplastics parts in various industry segments, e.g. automotive and water management.

Julien holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from INSA Lyon, France. His focus was on establishing a quantitative relation between microstructure of fiber reinforced PA6 gears and their mechanical performance.

Rosario Dotoli, Senior Simulation engineer


Virtual testing for the development of a hybrid thermoplastic composite material

Senior simulation engineer, graduated in Mechanical Engineering. Since the 2000, he has been working at CETMA as a structural dynamic analyst. Within European research projects, he has experience in crashworthiness simulations, drop test of aircraft structure, ballistic and explosive simulations, validation of composite material model, fluid structure interaction numerical model.

Mattia Sulmoni, Design Consultant


Visco-elastic material cards: accurate material modeling for dynamic simulations

  • Master Thesis in Mechanical Engineering at the EPFL Lausanne, modeling dynamic and vibrational behavior of sandwich structures
  • Working for DuPont since 2006, in the application development organization providing FEA support to customers
  • Expertise in advanced material modeling of thermoplastic resins for automotive industry with main focus in anti-vibrational and structural components
  • 12 years expertise in global customers support and product development
  • He has been working for Dupont as a Design Specialist for 13 years

Ryugo Tanaka, 3D TIMON Specialist


Molding simulation of 3D TIMON for composite material

Ryugo Tanaka is a 3D TIMON Specialist at Toray Engineering D Solution Co., Ltd., a developer and supplier of plastic process simulation software 3D
TIMON. His role is to provide technical supports to oversea customers. He received a B.S in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University.

Jan-Martin Kaiser, Senior manager & Ana Rodriguez Sanchez, Research engineer


Simulation of the Long-Term Behavior of Short Fiber-Reinforced Thermoplastics

Jan-Martin Kaiser

2013: PhD on micromechanical modelling of short fiber-reinforced thermoplastics

2013 – 2018:  Research engineer at Robert Bosch GmbH

2019 – today:  Senior manager at Robert Bosch GmbH


Ana Rodriguez Sanchez

2007: PhD on mechanical and damage behavior of short fiber-reinforced thermoplastics

2007 – today:  Research engineer at Robert Bosch GmbH


Quentin Bourgogne, Research engineer/PhD student


Investigation of the fiber/matrix inter-phase damage of a PPS GF40 as a function of temperature and cooling liquid immersion

Quentin was graduated from Ecole nationale d’Ingénieurs de Metz (ENIM) as a mechanical engineer in 2017 where he also obtained a Master, dealing with material research. After his graduation, he has started a PhD thesis at the Laboratoire d’Etude des Microstructures et de Mécanique des Matériaux (LEM3) in Metz, in collaboration with Pierburg Pump Technology to work on characterization and modelling of reinforced polymer-based composites considering temperature and cooling liquid immersion, topics related to the dimensioning of parts of water pumps for the automotive industry.

Carlo Grassini, CAE Team Leader & Riccardo Galeazzi, Circular Economy Product Manager


Digimat characterization and comparison of post-industrial and post-consumer recycled PA-GF engineering materials, within CarE-Service European project for circular economy

Carlo Grassini:

Master’s degree in Materials Engineering at University of Brescia, Italy in 2009.Since 2010 working at RadiciGroup HPP, in Marketing and Technical Service, caring for application development projects withkey customers, following all the technical aspects involved, from material selection to problem solving. Global responsible for theCAE activities, such as material characterization, database maintenance and service studies to support customers for strategicprojects….


Riccardo Galeazzi:

Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in 2013, continuing his academic career through the Ph.Dschool until 2016. During this period, he studied many projects about mechanical characterization and FE analysis, focusing ongreen composite materials. Since December 2016 Mr. Galeazzi working at RadiciGroup High-Performance Polymers as a CAEService Engineer. Today he follows sustainability projects on post-consumer recycling.