Election 2014 Board of Directors Candidates


Click on the candidate's name for additional information.For a description of each position visit the election page:http://www.plmworld.org/election

Name Company Membership Profile
Board of Directors: Vice Technical Director
Larry Carpenter Siemens Molecular Imaging Profile
Linda Channell General Motors Profile
Al Kraus GEA Farm Technologies Profile
Don Haupt Caterpillar Profile
Patrick Fahy Chrysler Profile
Board of Directors: Technical Business Director
Al Kraus
GEA Farm Technologies
Profile
Don Haupt Caterpillar Profile
Board of Directors: Vice Chairperson
Nathan Hartman Purdue University  Profile 

 

 

Board of Directors: Vice Technical Director
Larry Carpenter Siemens Molecular Imaging Larry.JPG

What makes me qualified for this position? 

I think my most important qualification for the Vice Technical Director position is my 4+ years as chairperson of the largest PLM World SIG (Teamcenter) where I spent the past four PLM World conferences working with the current Technical Director to solicit, review, and choose from hundreds of abstracts prior to the conferences, hosting sessions and rating many of the presentations during the conference, and working with the PLM World Board to ensure that the conference ran smoothly.  I also work with SPLM product management to compile the Teamcenter Customer Improvement Process (CIP) list for voting every year. 

I have chaired the Teamcenter SIG since 2010, the I-DEAS to NX FG since 2011, participated regularly on most PLM World forums and other external forums (SPLM BBS, LinkedIn), and have presented one or more user presentations every year at miscellaneous PLM World conferences (national, regional, and local) going back to at least 2007.  I have also served on the Chicago RUG Board and have co-hosted regional conferences with the Wisconsin RUG.

I have well-rounded technical knowledge of, and experience with, Siemens PLM products and their usage at a multitude of companies in a variety of industries dating to 1995. These industries include aerospace/defense, automotive, consumer products, medical devices, and high-energy particle physics research. SPLM applications used and administrated include all flavors of Teamcenter (Unified, Engineering, & Enterprise), CAD (NX, I-DEAS, & multi-CAD), & FEA.  I have years of firsthand experience implementing and managing Teamcenter and NX in a global multi-CAD environment from the bottom layer of IT infrastructure all the way to the top layer of end user experience.

After running the largest PLM World SIG for several years now, an experienced Teamcenter SIG chairperson is the most qualified candidate to become the Vice Technical Director (and eventually Technical Director) for PLM World. 

Why I want to run for this position.

I want to have a more direct influence on the technical content offered at each annual conference as well as hoping to revive user participation in the PLM World forums so that they become known as a primary, if not "THE", place of user discussion that stands out from all the hundreds of miscellaneous user forums out there for SPLM products. 

What could you accomplish or implement for improvement if elected to this position?

There are a couple of things I'd like to get a handle on.

First, I'd like to rethink how the Technical Organization (SIGs and FGs) is organized including the discussion forums.  This includes the overall number of SIGs/FGs, and the number of specific (and lack of) SIG/FGs within particular product areas.  The goal is to better align SIG/FGs with the latest suite of SPLM products.

Second, I would like to have a larger influence on what happens at the national conference especially in regards to the technical content which includes presentations (for everyone including users, Siemens PLM employees, and partners), the technical track categories, and scheduling of time slots for the presentations.  The goal would be to ensure conference attendees of every skill level go back to their jobs better off technically than before the conference.  

Is there anything else about yourself or the person you are nominating that you would like us to know?

I am an engineer first, and an IT guy second.  I know what users want since I am one too. 

Board of Directors: Vice Technical Director
Linda Channell General Motors Linda Channell.jpg

What makes me qualified for this position? 

For over the past 25 years, I have been engaged in the development/deployment of CAD/CAE/PLM  technologies at both Ford and GM.   I have enjoyed driving the application of leading edge tactical and strategic process/technology solutions to achieve measurable improvement in internal business partner throughput and positively impacting the net performance of the corporations I have worked for. 

Why I want to run for this position.

Increase GM awareness of what other OEMs and companies are doing with Siemens PLM suite of applications to improve end user efficiency

Network with other OEMs and companies that leverage Siemens PLM suite of applications to share best practices, technical techniques for implementing and using the software more effectively. 

Drive customer alignment on business requirements to affect  future Siemens PLM product development and further the efforts of the single 'Voice of the User'  

What could you accomplish or implement for improvement if elected to this position? 

Relative to 4-day annual Siemens PLM Connection Conference, ensuring that there is an overall attractive theme to the agenda, with speeches/papers aligned to the theme. 

I would also focus on streamlining the special interest groups, focusing them on the key technical areas of most interest to the business. To accomplish this, I would spend time with not only the board but also with other key Siemens clients that attend the conference regularly to get their input...  

Is there anything else about yourself or the person you are nominating that you would like us to know?

I would enjoy the opportunity to interact/collaborate with other companies to share GM's experiences with Siemens PLM suite, and enjoy engaging the broader GM technical expertise in the interaction/collaboration as well.  

Board of Directors: Vice Technical Director
Al Kraus GEA Farm Technologies Al_Kraus - GEA.JPG

What makes me qualified for this position? 

 

I have served a full term as the SIG chairperson of Design/Drafting 

Why I want to run for this position.

I want to support the PLM community and have a role in increasing the quality and variety of presentations offered to our PLM World members. 

What could you accomplish or implement for improvement if elected to this position? 

I want to contribute to the efforts of the board of directors to insure that the SIG sessions are valuable for all participants.  I would prioritize the scheduling of presentations on related topics in noncompeting time slots in order to maximize the participants ability to attend sessions in their area of interest.  

Is there anything else about yourself or the person you are nominating that you would like us to know?

I am currently the Management SIG chairperson of PLM World and the secretary of the Midwest Regional Users Group.  I have been using UG/NX since 1981.  I have conducted many classes for presenters and instructors related to how adults learn. 

Board of Directors: Vice Technical Director 
Don Haupt  Caterpillar  Don.jpg

What makes me qualified for this position? 

I have over 30 years experience with Caterpillar in various Product Development practitioner and management positions. I have been associated with establishing PLM related processes and solutions for the last 15 years, and my current position with Caterpillar is to establish the strategic PLM direction for our global product development groups.

Why I want to run for this position.

I believe that my background and experience, as well as my current position can bring a unique perspective to the PLM World BOD.  I would like to apply that experience to help the PLM World users groups become a more effective networking and benchmarking community, and to provide input to Siemens PLM regarding future development needs. 

What could you accomplish or implement for improvement if elected to this position? 

I can provide the perspective of a large Teamcenter environment and user base, and help the BOD implement some focus on business processes as well as technical solutions. 

Is there anything else about yourself or the person you are nominating that you would like us to know?

I enjoy working with diverse teams, and learning along side colleagues through our joint experiences.  I believe that this position is a very good match with my current responsibilities at Caterpillar, which will result in benefits both for the PLM World organization and Caterpillar. 

Board of Directors: Vice Technical Director  
Patrick Fahy Chrysler patrick.jpg

What makes me qualified for this position? 

I am a seasoned engineering and IT professional combining a broad range of experience from high level CAD engineering through program management. This includes deploying Corporate DBs within a Global environment (VPM / ENOVIA / SMARAGD and SIEMENS Team Center). I have personally worked in numerous European Countries as well as Japan, India and for the last twenty years here in America. My current position involves regular contact with SIEMENS PD especially George Rendell and Mike Morse as we work to adopt NX as our CAD system here at Chrysler.

Why I want to run for this position.

I am enthusiastic about the state of our Automotive Industry and the changes technology brings to it. I pride myself on working with the highest level engineering and IT professionals, here at Chrysler that is the (KBE Knowledge Based Engineering Team). Taking new technology and implementing it across a Company is a huge task but with the right Team it is a terrific accomplishment. My work with development with SIEMENS PD further strengthens my interest in how this Technology keeps evolving. 

What could you accomplish or implement for improvement if elected to this position? 

My first goal would be to ensure the organization maintains momentum, with a difficult economy getting individuals as well as Companies to volunteer their time or to present can be difficult. Filling the agenda with quality, relevant presentations to add value for people attending would be a priority.

Aligning the Topics presented with Industry trends (Automotive as well as IT) will present an interesting challenge, both the Aerospace and Automotive Industries have an explosion of electrical content which brings its own challenges to manage with the complex configurations demanded today! 

Is there anything else about yourself or the person you are nominating that you would like us to know? 

I volunteered in a similar role for Dassault and their COE (CATIA Operators Exchange)at a national level and so understand the conference call planning work and conference event activity very well. My current job entails working with SIEMENS PD so my interest and experience are genuine.  

Board of Directors: Technical Business Director 
Al Kraus GEA Farm Technologies Al_Kraus - GEA.JPG 

What makes me qualified for this position? 

I have worked closely with the Siemens development group in the past and have been a Beta tester for new releases of NX. 

Why I want to run for this position.

I enjoy being an early adapter of methodologies and am watchful for creative ways to magnify the impact of cutting edge technology.  I would embrace the task of investigating the future direction of our industry. 

What could you accomplish or implement for improvement if elected to this position? 

To the best of my abilities, I will gather information from the community on trends and needs.  I will query other industry innovators on their company's ideas for the future direction of the industry. 

Is there anything else about yourself or the person you are nominating that you would like us to know? 

I am currently the secretary of the Midwest Regional Users Group.  I have been using UG/NX since 1981.  I was instrumental in developing the "Master Model" concept back in UG 10 when the current assembly functionality was implemented. 

Board of Directors: Technical Business Director  
Don Haupt
Caterpillar 
Don.jpg 

What makes me qualified for this position? 

I have over 30 years experience with Caterpillar in various Product Development practitioner and management positions. I have been associated with establishing PLM related processes and solutions for the last 15 years, and my current position with Caterpillar is to establish the strategic direction for our global product development groups.  

Why I want to run for this position.

I believe that my background and experience, as well as my current position can bring a unique perspective to the PLM World BOD.  I would like to apply that experience to help the PLM World users groups become a more effective networking and benchmarking community, and to provide input to Siemens PLM regarding future development needs. 

What could you accomplish or implement for improvement if elected to this position? 

I can provide the perspective of a large Teamcenter environment and user base, and help the BOD implement some focus on business processes as well as technical solutions. 

Is there anything else about yourself or the person you are nominating that you would like us to know? 

I enjoy working with a diverse team, and learning along side colleagues through our joint experiences.  I believe that this position is a very good match with my current responsibilities at Caterpillar, which will result in benefits for both the PLM World organization as well as Caterpillar.

 

Board of Directors: Vice Chair
Nathan Hartman  Purdue University   

What makes me qualified for this position? 

I have been on the PLM World Board of Directors for two years. I have worked to revise the membership structure for the organization and on ways to further engage the user community. In addition to my current role for PLM World, I am also a professor at Purdue University, where I have been for 11 years. I teach courses and conduct research in 3D modeling, product data management, and model-based definition and PLM standards. I also run the PLM Center at Purdue, which is a research lab funded by seven industry partners. It's infrastructure is based on a multi-vendor, multi-tiered approach. It has nearly $1M in annual funding and supports 6-8 graduate students at any given time. Prior to coming to Purdue, I worked for Rand and for Caterpillar.

Why I want to run for this position.

I am running for this position as a measure of service to the PLM community. I want to promote a dialogue within the user community that builds upon and disseminates best practices in PLM architecture and implementation; business strategies and practices; and the user experience, including knowledge generation and best practices. I also want to promote a dynamic regional user community that is active, aware, and financially sound. 

What could you accomplish or implement for improvement if elected to this position? 

As the annual conference begins to take a different look and feel, I would like to continue this development of the conference program. A focus on business practices, deployment of tools, and user experiences lines up well with the demographics of our user community. I would also like to facilitate increased communication between the regional user's groups and the national board around the technical needs of the user community. As the annual national conference changes its look and feel, the regional user's groups can offer a venue for enhanced technical dialogue between the members, and as a way to facilitate workforce education at many levels. As companies that deploy PLM solutions look for technical talent at all levels, PLM World could potentially facilitate that exchange by hosting student/industry exchanges, additional training opportunities, dialogue about the future path and direction of PLM technology development, and incumbent worker best practices and training to name a few. Finally, I would like to develop a more comprehensive dialogue between Siemens and the user community not only around software development, but also around product improvement, best practices for deployment and implementation, as well as user education at all levels. 

Is there anything else about yourself or the person you are nominating that you would like us to know?