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Testimonials

  • "This event was well worth the time and money. I took back several tips/tricks and ways of using SolidWorks that will help our work flow and design process. I will push to get more designers there next time."

    Design Engineer,
    Thermoform Plastic Packaging Company

  • "The tips and tricks session were very helpful. Many of us haven't been to an update class in years, or not at all, so we don't know what improvements have been made."

    Project Engineer,
    Mobile Solution Manufacturer for Food & Healthcare

  • "Great conference, very informational and the presenters were very knowledgeable. I hope to attend future conferences!"

    Special Product Designer,
    Laboratory products Manufacturer

  • "Excellent conference. It was well worth the time."

    Design Engineer,
    Industrial-Grade Radiator Manufacturer

  • "The Graphics Systems employees were outstanding, their knowledge on every issue was excellent."

    Design Engineer,
    Metal Stamping and Fabrication

  • "I enjoyed the interaction with peers and the technical presentations. I am already using some of the tips and techniques to save time."

    Program Engineer,
    Metal Stamping and Fabrication

  • "The conference was well organized - Thanks!"

    President,
    Engineering Services Firm

  • "Letting the users help select the content of the conference was a good idea."

    Engineer,
    Manufacturer of Sheet Metal Components

  • "One of the best conferences I have attended. Well done."

    President,
    Engineering Services Firm

  • "I really enjoyed the conference! It had a good variety of sessions. Good location, good food, good social events. I learned some things and hope to put them to good use."

    Mechanical Engineer,
    Automated Liquid Handling Manufacturer

  • "I thought it was an excellent conference. I very much look forward to attending next year!"

    Design Engineer,
    Manufacturer of Injection-Molded Closures

  • "I felt very welcome. Good food, coffee, comfort, good location, and all the right people!"

    Senior Engineer,
    Industrial Clutch and Brake Manufacturer

Presenters

The support for this year's conference from the SolidWorks community is unprecedented. In addition to Graphics Systems' 10 expert instructors, we proudly welcome the following presenters to this year's show.

Last Year's Attendees Told Us...

98%Agreed the presenters were knowledgeable about the subjects presented.


This Year's Presenters... So Far!

Check back often! New Presenters are being added every day!

Richard Doyle

Richard Doyle
User Community Manager
Dassault Systemes SolidWorks

Richard Doyle is the User Community Manager for DS SolidWorks, responsible for helping user groups grow and thrive. A SolidWorks user since 1997, Richard has 33 years experience in mechanical drafting and design, including 26 years working with CAD. A DS SolidWorks employee since 2004, Richard has presented in to thousands of SolidWorks users around the world at SolidWorks User Group meetings, SWUGN Technical Summit events, and SolidWorks World conferences.

Phil Mydlach

Phil Mydlach
Founder and CEO
Mydlach Management Advisors, LLC

Phil Mydlach is a performance improvement coach, management educator, speaker and author with over 20 years of CEO/COO experience. His company, Mydlach Management Advisors (MMA), works with corporate managers to create environments in which performance visibility, accountability and teamwork combine to create value for all stakeholders. He brings a pragmatic approach to performance and behavioral management. Blending candor, respect and high expectations, Phil challenges management to continually evaluate operating performance to make the connection between day-to-day activities and the results those activities produce.

Jeff Osman

Jeff Osman
Area Technical Manager
Dassault Systemes SolidWorks

Jeff Osman has more than 18 years of experience in the mechanical CAD industry. As the SolidWorks Area Technical Manager he is responsible for managing all technical aspects for SolidWorks product lines in the Midwest Area.  Osman has been with SolidWorks for 12 years. Prior to joining SolidWorks, he was a senior technical manager with Microcadam, a division of IBM. Additionally, Osman has held several manufacturing positions with companies like Processed Plastics, Plano Molding, and Furnas/Siemens Electric. He attended the University of Illinois for mechanical engineering and completed a full mold making apprenticeship through the Tool and Manufacturing Association.

Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson
Senior Technical Support Engineer
Dassault Systemes SolidWorks

Mark is a Senior Technical Support Engineer at SolidWorks with 7 years of support experience and all the acronyms that go with it; CSWP, CSWE, CSWA, CSWST, etc. Not only does Mark have all his certifications, he is also the author of the CSWST exam which is required for all reseller Application Engineers to pass before providing support to the customers.

Tom Siemaszko

Tom Siemaszko
Senior Technical Support Engineer
Dassault Systemes SolidWorks

Tom is a Senior Technical Support Engineer at Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. With CSWP & CSWST certifications, he's been providing support for SolidWorks CAD software for over 4 years. As one of the architects of the SolidWorks Composer certification exam, he was one of the first to receive a C3DVP certification and has supported that product for over 3 1/2 years. Tom has a background in Mechanical Engineering Technology and has experience in both small & large-size, mechanical engineering and manufacturing environments.

Dr. John Mirth, Ph.D., P.E.

Ben Paprocki, CSWP
Mechanical Engineering Manager
Bjorksten | bit7

Ben is an engineering professional with an extensive knowledge of injection molded part and tool design, with a solid background in sheet metal and stamped part design. He also possesses strong knowledge of machine design, automated assembly and motion control system integration. He is a Certified SolidWorks Professional (CSWP) and SolidWorks Systems Administrator.

Dr. John Mirth, Ph.D., P.E.

Dr. John Mirth, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
University of Wisconsin - Platteville

Dr. John Mirth has both a Master's and Doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota were he focused on computational design of mechanisms, computer science, and computer graphics. Dr. Mirth has been engaged in computer simulation and modeling since 1985 when he began working with CAD/CAM at Martin Marietta Aerospace Company.

Dr. Mirth has taught mechanical engineering at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville for the past 14 years, and previously taught at the University of Denver for six years. Dr. Mirth's teaching career includes providing instruction in a variety of CAD and Simulation programs, including SolidWorks and Simulation. In addition to teaching courses in solid modeling and computer-aided engineering, Dr. Mirth also teaches a variety of courses related to the design and analysis of mechanisms and machinery.

Matthew Loew

Matthew Loew Just Announced!
Chief Engineer
P&H Mining Equiptment

Matthew is currently a Chief Engineer at P&H Mining Equipment in Milwaukee, WI leading a New Product Development Project after having worked with them for several years as a consultant. He has broad experience in leading large-scale engineering projects in mining, automotive, defense, and machinery sectors. He has particular experience in managing projects that involve interaction with sub-contractors, technical partners, and consultants with cross-functional responsibility in engineering, business development, and technical marketing. Matthew is also an instructor in Mechanical Engineering at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) and teaches classes in Numerical Methods, Mechanisms, Finite Element Analysis, and also advises the schools' Formula Hybrid team.

Tim Leeds

Tim Leeds Just Announced!
Engineering Consultant
Integris Group

Tim is a Design Engineering Consultant with the Integris Group, providing assistance to P&H Mining in Milwaukee, WI within their New Product Development department. Tim has 12 years of experience, with 7 years focused on developing methods and theories used in the new product development world and using SolidWorks as a tool to help cross-functional teams function at a high level.

Tim Leeds

Justin Schmitt Just Announced!
Mechanical Designer
P&H Mining Equiptment

Justin has been working in the mechanical design, manufacturing, and CAD administration industry for 16 years.  Currently at P&H Mining, he is part of the Engineering Support group providing SolidWorks assistance to other users and performing CAD model checking ensuring that users are following modeling procedures and standards.  In the past Justin has taught AutoCAD and Pro/E part-time at WCTC, worked as project lead on SolidWorks implementations, and worked extensively as a mechanical designer.  Justin is CSWP, and has been using SolidWorks exclusively for 7 years.

Ray Proeber

Ray Proeber Just Announced!
President
Accurate Die Design, Inc./Logopress3 USA

Ray Proeber has been working in the tool and die industry for 34 years. Starting out as a tool and die maker and moving into a position as Tool Department Manager and eventually Vice President of a metal stamping company, Ray has learned the ins and outs of the business firsthand. The die design business that he started 10 years ago no longer provides die design services, but rather has evolved into a software development company that sells, trains and supports Logopress3 and FTI software. Ray has been using SolidWorks since 2002 and has been a CSWP since 2002.

John Setzer

John Setzer
Head Training Instructor
Graphics Systems Corp.

As the head SolidWorks instructor at Graphics Systems, John Setzer has taught SolidWorks to engineers in the Midwest for over 15 years. A Certified SolidWorks Professional (CSWP), a Certified SolidWorks Instructor, and a Certified SolidWorks Technician, John has worked with engineers in a wide array of applications. John is also the only CSWP with a state certification in teaching.

Dale Rice

Dale Rice
Training Instructor
Graphics Systems Corp.

Dale Rice, Applications Engineer with Graphics Systems, is the lead SolidWorks Trainer at the Illinois training center. Dale has over 12 years of previous experience working with SolidWorks in a manufacturing environment.

Jeff Setzer

Jeff Setzer
SolidWorks Product Manager
Graphics Systems Corp.

Jeff Setzer, the SolidWorks Product Manager at Graphics Systems, has used SolidWorks since it's first release - that's over 18 years! Jeff is a Certified SolidWorks Professional, a Certified SolidWorks Support Technician, Certified SolidWorks Instructor, a Certified Simulation Support Technician, and a Microsoft Certified Professional. Jeff's background is in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence (University of Rochester, NY) .

Jeff Setzer

Sam Hochberg
Training Instructor
Graphics Systems Corp.

Sam comes from a manufacturing and design background, and has been using 3D CAD modelers as a Product Designer since 1981. While working at Motorola in the mid-80's, he was tasked with devising and instituting an in-house CAD training program, and also became involved in application support. He has also taught CAD part- and full-time at the collegiate level, and has worked in application engineering and training team leadership roles at CAD resellers since 1987. He brings this combination of experience into his current pre- and post-sales support position, and in training customers believes in not just showing "how" but explaining "why."

Corey Kubichka

Corey Kubichka
EPDM Product Manager
Graphics Systems Corp.
, Product Data Team

With over 16 years of experience with product data management and mechanical CAD, Kubichka leads the Graphics Systems' Product Data Team to develop and implement SolidWorks Enterprise PDM solutions. A previous CAD Administrator for a leading aerospace lighting manufacturer, Kubichka chaired the company's data management initiative including: implementation, support, and growth of SolidWorks Enterprise PDM.

Bob Roth

Bob Roth
EPDM Project Manager
Graphics Systems Corp., Product Data Team

Bob is responsible for coordinating the implementation and support of SolidWorks Enterprise PDM solutions. With over 20 years of experience in the heavy truck manufacturing industry, Roth has held design, admin, and management roles in both IT and Engineering. As a project manager, he has implemented and maintained multiple CAD/PDM environments throughout his career including SolidWorks Enterprise PDM.

Corey Kubichka

Paul Niedfeldt
EPDM Applications Engineer
Graphics Systems Corp.
, Product Data Team

Paul is responsible for implementing and supporting SolidWorks Enterprise PDM solutions. With over 10 years of experience in SolidWorks and SolidWorks API, Paul specializes in database conversions and custom programming to automate the Enterprise PDM environment. Paul is a Certified SolidWorks Trainer and SolidWorks Elite Applications Engineer, maintaining seven certifications across the SolidWorks product line. He is also a Certified DriveWorks Trainer, a Certified Level 2 DriveWorks Applications Engineer, and a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist.

Chris Schaefer

Chris Schaefer
Simulation Applications Engineer
Graphics Systems Corp., Sim3 Engineering

Chris Schaefer earned his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University with an emphasis in designing with CAE software. His work experience includes product design and development for such industries as consumer products, medical, and automotive. His CAE product background is varied and includes strong use and knowledge of SolidWorks.

Matt Luedke

Matt Luedke
Applications Engineer
Graphics Systems Corp.

Matt Luedke has over 17 years of mechanical design and engineering experience. Having worked as an Applications Engineer for an Autodesk and Inventor reseller, and a product designer for a packaging company, Matt's background is strong across multiple design platforms. He is a Certified SolidWorks Professional (CSWP), Certified SolidWorks Instructor (CSWI), and Certified SolidWorks Support Technician (CSWST), and a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist for Windows 7. Matt specializes in product documentation solutions and holds a certification in SolidWorks Composer Professional.

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