MSC Software India is pleased to invite you to the 2018 MSC Software Simulating Reality Conference, scheduled on 4th & 5th September, 2018 at ITC Grand Chola, Chennai. This single largest event for the MSC community, attracts a large high quality audience comprising of Company Executives, Business & Engineering Managers, CAE Specialists, Product Development professionals, Designers and Academicians, and Partners from a wide spectrum of industries.

Conference Speakers

Paolo Guglielmini

CEO – MSC Software Corp.

Paolo Guglielmini has been appointed CEO of MSC Software in October 2017, after leading the acquisition from Hexagon AB in 2017 and the subsequent integration phase.
Read More Since joining Hexagon in 2010 Paolo served in multiple roles in business development, product management and M&A, ultimately as EVP of Business Development. He has been highly instrumental in leading Hexagon's evolution from a leader in dimensional metrology to a provider of software-centric quality solutions across the lifecycle. Previously, Paolo served as Consultant at Accenture in the Technology practice and Project Leader at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research). Paolo holds an MSc. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the IMD Business School.Read Less

Dr. Sitarameswara Sarma Akella

Sr. General Manager, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

Dr. Sarma Akella has been with Mahindra & Mahindra since March 2015, currently working as Senior General Manager, Heading ‘Computer Aided Engineering’, ‘Computational Fluid Dynamics’ and ‘Methods’ groups in Product Development for Auto and Farm sectors.
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Prior to this, he was with Ashok Leyland for 7 years, worked as General Manager – ‘Product Verification (CAE) and Benchmarking’ in Product Development, Technical Center, Chennai.
In his earlier career, Dr Akella worked with Eaton India Engineering Center – Pune as Engineering Manager for Modeling and Simulation CoE (Center of Excellence) and also worked with General Electric as Product Specialist in GE Industrial Systems.
Completed his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Osmania University, Hyderabad.
Masters in Gas Dynamics from Aerospace Engineering, IIT, Madras and PhD in Mechanical Engineering, IIT, Madras.
He did his Post-Doctoral research at Cranfield University, U.K on Aircraft Icing predictions and anti-icing methods.
He has about 25 years of total experience in the field of CAE simulations applied to Automotive / Industrial products.
He has four publications in refereed International journals and several conference papers in the field of Fluid Mechanics / Gas dynamics / Durability analysis / Materials/Combustion. He has guided 2 students so far for Ph.D in the fields of Combustion and Light Weight Materials
He is actively participating in evaluating technical papers for SAE and officiated as judge for several CAE conferences (MSC and Others) in selecting the best papers in the field of CAE. Read Less

Dr. V Sumantran

Chairman, Celeris Technologies -
Advisor to Fortune 100 Companies.

Dr Sumantran is that unique combination of business leader, technocrat, academic and author, having lived and worked in the US, Europe and Asia.
Read More He is Chairman of Celeris Technologies and an advisor to several Fortune-100 organizations in autos, technology, industrial equipment, and aerospace. He is the author of the book Faster, Smarter, Greener – the future of the Car and Urban Mobility, published by MIT Press (2017). Until recently, Dr Sumantran has served as Special Advisor to Mr. Carlos Ghosn, Chairman Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance on global alliance and technology strategy.
He is an Adjunct Professor at MISI-MIT, serves on the Board of Governors for IIT Ropar and on Advisory Board of the Fraunhofer Institutes (Germany), and was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. Previously (2006-2014) he was Executive Vice-Chairman of Hinduja Automotive, UK, the auto and manufacturing sector holding company of the Hinduja Group, as well as Vice Chairman of Ashok Leyland, India’s 2nd largest Commercial Vehicle manufacturer. He has founded start-up in areas such as automotive telematics, emission technologies and IT services.
Prior to this (2001-2005), he was Member of the Board at Tata Motors and the Chief Executive Officer of TATA Motors’ Car business in its formative years, reporting to Mr. Ratan Tata. During this time, he
led the growth of that fledgling business to become India’s 2nd largest automaker and also oversaw the development for their landmark products including the Tata Nano. Prior to joining TATAs, Dr. Sumantran had a 16-year career with General Motors in Detroit and subsequently served on deputation in Europe as Director-R&D at the GM-FIAT alliance in Europe.
Dr. Sumantran has served on the Science Advisory Council of the Prime Minister of India and the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet of the Indian Government. He was a Co-Chairman of Engineering Services Forum of NASSCOM – India’s IT and Services association.
Dr. Sumantran is an alumnus of IIT Madras and earned his MS (Princeton University) and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering (Virginia Tech) and a Master’s degree in Management of Technology. He is a licensed pilot and holds an FIA Racing Driver’s License.Read Less

G S Krishnamurthy

Group Manager CAE, Royal Enfield, A Unit Eicher Motors Limited

G S Krishnamurthy is currently with Royal Enfield, he is associated with MBD, NVH and 1D areas. Holds Graduate degree in Automotive engineering with more than 20 years of experience in the automotive industry.
Read More- Wide knowledge and experience on key domains of Automotive design. - Worked extensively on Testing of automotive structures - Experience in developing full life cycle including requirement gathering, analysis, design, development, testing & certification of Automotive structures - Certified internal quality auditor for ISO9001 : 2008 Specialties: CAE virtual simulations having 20 years of experience in testing & virtual simulationRead Less

Sridhar Dharmarajan

Managing Director - Indo Pacific Region, MSC Software Corp.

A Mechanical Engineering Post Graduate from Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, Sridhar Dharmarajan (DS) began his career in Wipro Infotech.
Read More He was later handpicked to be a part of the core team to establish SDRC (now Siemens) in India. Started MatrixOne operations in India, & successfully ran & established the business for 5 years before joining MSC. Started the MSC Operations in India in Dec ’06 and built a competent sales & technical team. Grew the market for MSC in India by more than 250% in 2007. Since Jan 2016, DS is responsible for the business operations and P&L for the Indo-Pacific region (India, SAARC, ASEAN, ANZ)Read Less

Luca Castignani

Autonomous Driving Strategist,
MSC Software Corp.

Since 2016, Luca Castignani has been designing customer-oriented solution in NVH and MBD at MSC, and is currently the Autonomous Driving Strategist for the organization.
Read More Earlier, Luca served Ferrari Auto leading Vehicle Dynamics, NVH and later as the head of CAE, gaining a wide and deep experience on simulation and in physical testing allowing him to develop design techniques that are capable to bridge the gap traditionally existing between these two engineering approaches. Luca has a PhD in Vehicle Dynamics gained at Politecnico di Milano (Italy) in cooperation with Pirelli Tires. As vehicle dynamic expert he has been in charge of designing the new generation of Ferrari suspensions delivering a solution that, sharing all major components, now fits the whole Ferrari range of cars. After successful replacement of the Ferrari suspensions, that delivered even a better handling of the car while providing an unprecedented level of comfort, Luca was asked to grow the NVH team from a “problem solving” approach to a structured and predictable development workflow. In last 3 years of his career in Ferrari, Luca took the role of Senior Simulation Manager, coordinating all simulation activities within the Vehicle Concept department.Read Less

Dr. Shivakumar Padmanaban

Director – FE Development,
MSC Software Corp.

Dr. Shivakumar Padmanaban is an expert in non-linear mechanics and, for over two decades, has been actively involved in setting up the architecture and the development of MSC.Marc MSC.Nastran (SOL400 module) and MSC.Apex.
Read More With a BTech from IIT-Madras and a PhD from Rice University, Houston in Computational Mechanics, Shiva has been serving MSC Software in various capacities including Project Manager for Manufacturing, Program Manager and Director. He worked with MSC Software in USA till 2004 after which he shifted to India and has continued to work with MSC Software, India. Shiva currently heads the Solver Development team at MSC India – a computational mechanics group which contributes in the development of elements, materials, HPC and contact for Marc, Nastran and Apex. He also leads the Mentat team at MSC India – an applications group for the development of the Mentat Graphical User Interface for MSC.Marc.Read Less

Ian Hogg

Product Manager – Systems Dynamics, MSC Software Corp.

After starting his career as a Design and Stress Engineer for Boeing, Ian moved into Systems Dynamics joining DTI. DTI was acquired by MDI, which was later acquired by MSC and hence spent 13 years as a Technical Specialist and Product Manager for the Adams suite of products.
Read More He then joined SolidWorks, which became Dassault Systems and was the Technical Manager and Product Manager. Later, after a stint with Red Cedar / Siemens for the HEEDS suite, Ian is back with MSC as is the Product Manager for Systems Dynamics. He is simulation expert in Structures, Motion and CFD, and have consulted for a wide variety of companies from Aerospace, Automotive and Consumer Goods, from Boeing and Toyota to Kimberly Clark.Read Less

Dr. Jean-Louis Migeot

Founder, FFT, MSC Company

Dr. Jean-Louis Migeot is the Founder of FFT at MSC Software Corporation. Mr. Migeot has spent his entire career in CAE, first in vibration analysis while working for SDRC then in acoustics when he joined Numerical Integration Technologies.
Read MoreIn 1998, he co-founded Free Field Technologies with Jean-Pierre Coyette. He teaches Engineering Acoustics at the University of Brussels and is a member of the Belgian Royal Academy, and was its past Chairman. Mr. Migeot holds a PhD in Acoustics from the University of Brussels and an MBA from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.Read Less

Dr. Roger Assaker

CEO, e-Xstream engineering,
And Chief Material Strategist,
MSC Software Corp.

Dr. Roger holds a PhD and MS in Aerospace Engineering with a strong focus on nonlinear computational mechanics where he totals more than 20 years of experience.
Read More Dr. Roger complemented his engineering education with an MBA in International Business and several advanced technology, business and entrepreneurship courses from prestigious universities such as MIT. In parallel to growing e-Xstream to be the world leader in advanced composite modeling, Dr. Roger is the Vice Chairman of NAFEMS Composite Working Group and active member of other technical material associations such as SPE and SAMPE.Read Less

Ramesh Adoni

Director – Strategic Business,
MSC Software Corp.

A Mechanical Engineer by education and a CAE evangelist by profession. For close to 2 decades, he has been an integral part of the global CAE ecosystem with in-depth understanding of a wide range of simulation domain areas
Read More- CFD, FEA, Acoustics, Manufacturing Simulation, Simulation Data & Process Management, and many more. A highly successful career managing all aspects of CAE organization: go-to market strategy, marketing, pre-sales, sales, post-sales technical, team management, business development revenue recognition, sales & business administration, cross-functional team leadership, mentoring sales teams. Consistently making a difference to the customers’ business across sectors encompassing Automotive, Aerospace, Chemical, Oil & Gas, Energy, Defence, Machinery, Engineering Service Providers, Education.
Currently leading a team in MSC India managing strategic business in India and CFD for Indo Pacific region.Read Less

Stefan Zimmer

Senior Director EMEA / APAC Operations (Simufact),
MSC Software Corp.

Mr. Stefan Zimmer is the Senior Director Sales and Operations at Simufact Engineering GmbH an MSC Software Company. He is responsible for the Simufact operation for EMEA and APAC Regions.
Read More Stefan Zimmer holds a degree in physics and brings with him more than 16 years of experience in the manufacturing industry. His career has started as a Product Manager to develop in-line testing solutions for the automotive industry. For more than 10 years he is selling technically sophisticated solutions to the metal forming industry world-wide. With this experience he can demonstrate his knowledge of virtual and physical process design in various industries.Read Less

Vidya Shankar

Director - Next Generation Simulation Platform,
MSC Software Corp.

Vidya Shankar, Director, Product Management at MSC Software has over 30 years of experience in CAE, most of which is focused on providing CAE services in Automotive Engineering.
Read MoreHe has been providing CAE services in the area of NVH, Crash, Durability, Chassis & Powertrain CAE to global automotive OEMs and their Tier 1 & 2 suppliers. He is also providing custom CAE services by automating their CAE best practices through Process Automation Technology. Vidya Shankar holds a BS degree in Civil Engineering from University of Mysore, India and a MS degree from Michigan State University in Engineering Mechanics. He has been working in metro Detroit since 1982.Read Less