The Analysis, Simulation and Systems Engineering Software Summit was a watershed event bringing together ambassadors from among the leading thinkers of the Engineering Simulation* industry, with substantial influence and the ability to effect change. The Ambassadors consisted of influential representatives from major engineering corporations, leading industry analysts, software and hardware vendors, and distinguished members of the academic and financial communities.

The purpose of this Summit was to identify and resolve the issues that confront the simulation software industry as we moved beyond the recent economic crash and faced new and complex challenges. The need for simulation tools, products, and services has never been higher, yet we face major challenges limiting our ability to capitalize on that need. The Summit was designed to put a stake in the ground and prioritize issues, expose hidden issues, and start the conversation that we jointly benefit by discussing. 

The ambassadors put 104 issues up for discussion and ended up with 24 key challenges and after much discussion eight issues stood out:

  1. Design-Centered Workflow
  2. Ease of Use & Usability
  3. Pre-CAD Analysis & Optimization
  4. Impact of Web/Cloud/Mobile
  5. Knowledge Capture & Reuse
  6. Ability to Combine Heterogeneous Models in a Systems Approach
  7. Appropriate Model Fidelity & Role of Unsexy Stuff
  8. Licensing Models Need to be Revised

The summit was organized by intrinSIM and Cyon Research, and hosted by the Santa Fe Institute on January 8-9, 2015.

*Engineering Simulation as used by the ASSESS Initiative refers to Analysis, Simulation and Systems Engineering technologies and associated usage in the engineering applications domain.




 The need for simulation tools, products, and services has never been higher, yet we face major challenges limiting our ability to capitalize on that need.

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Ambassadors at the Summit

  • Andreas Vlahinos, Principal, Advanced Engineering Solutions
  • Barry Menich, Systems Engineer, Nokia Networks
  • Bob Deragisch, Director, Engineering Services, Parker Hannifin
  • Brad Holtz, President & CEO, Cyon Research
  • Chris Randles, Venture Partner, Borealis Ventures
  • Chris Wood, Vice-President, Administration, Santa Fe Institute
  • David Knezevic, CTO, Akselos
  • David Vaughn, Vice-President, Worldwide Marketing, CD-adapco Group
  • Dipankar Choudhury, Vice-President, Research, ANSYS
  • Dmitri Mavris, Regents Professors, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Fred Streitz, Chief Computational Scientist & Director of HPC Innovation Center, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Greg Gorman, Director, Continuous Engineering Product Management, IBM Internet of Things
  • Hubertus Tummescheit, CEO, Modelon
  • Jack Ring, Senior Analyst, Cyon Research
  • Jay Vleeschhouwer, Research Analyst, Griffin Securities
  • Joe Walsh, CEO & Founder, IntrinSIM
  • Jon Hirschtick, Founder & Chairman, Onshape
  • Keith Meintjes, Practice Manager, Simulation and Analysis, CIMdata
  • Ken Welch, Former COO, Moldflow
  • Kevin Bowcutt, Senior Technical Fellow and Chief Scientist of Hypersonics, The Boeing Company
  • Laura Michalske, Section Head, Procter & Gamble
  • Leonid Korelshteyn, Deputy Director, Science, NTP Truboprovod
  • Malcolm Panthaki, CTO & Founder, Comet Solutions
  • Marc Halpern, Vice-President of Research, Industry Advisory Services, Manufacturing, Gartner
  • Mary Fortier, Robust Synthesis & Analysis, General Motors
  • Matt Ladzinski, Vice-President, North American Operations, NAFEMS North America
  • Mike Barkhudarov, Vice-President for Research and Development, Flow Science
  • Nanda Santhanam, Senior Software Architect, Simulation and Material Science, Autodesk
  • Phil Christensen, Vice President, Offshore & Marine, Bentley Systems
  • Pieter Mosterman, Senior Research Scientist, MathWorks
  • Ravi Shankar, Director, Simulation Product Marketing, Siemens PLM Software
  • Richard Bush, Global NX Business Development, Siemens PLM Software
  • Richard Riff, President, Executive Consulting
  • Rod Dreisbach, Senior Technical Fellow, Computational Structures Technology, The Boeing Company
  • Roger Burkhart, Deere & Company
  • Steve Coy, President, TimeLike Systems
  • Steve Levine, Chief Strategy Officer, Dassault Systemes SIMULIA
  • Suchit Jain, Vice-President, Strategy & Community, Dassault Systemes SolidWorks
  • Ted Blacker, Department Manager, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Victor Gonzalez, Co-Founder & CEO, Next Limit Technologies