The CATIA Champions Program features and rewards the most skilled and influential Users in the CATIA ecosytem, who shine by their passion, expertise, and their overall participation to build up our amazing community. CATIA Champions are strong brand ambassadors, both online and offline, inspiring other users to greater levels of achievement and success.
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With 13 years of experience in Surface modeling with CATIA for creative designers, Antonio Pezzella is working at NIO Design in Munich as a senior CAS Modeler, Designing futuristic vehicles Using CATIA from the very first phases of the concepts until the final production models. Antonio started his career as CAD/CAS consultant in Italy, working across multiple sectors. Afterwards he joined Stile Bertone in Torino, later on he moved to Ingolstadt in Germany joining Edag and then Audi. After being part for many years of the “Audi Design Team”,where he managed to improve the design process integrating Catia Imagine&Shape, he decided to join NIO, moving to Munich. Today he is expanding his CATIA team to speed up NIO’s design process and to show to the world the power of CATIA for design studios.
Fields of interests: Design, 3D Modeling, Visualization, Process Improvement
With more than 15 years of experience in Surface modelling with CATIA for creative designers, Tomislav is working at Byton Design in Munich as a Catia CAS Specialist, styling next generation vehicles using CATIA from the very first phases of the concepts until the final production models. Tomislav started his career as CAD/CAS consultant in Croatia, working across multiple sectors. Afterwards he moved to Ingolstadt in Germany joining Audi. After being part for several years of the “Audi Design Team”, where he managed to improve the design process introducing Catia Imagine&Shape, he decided to join Geely, moving to Sweden, again to introduce Imagine&Shape to the new community. Today he is spelling his magic to speed up Byton’s design process and to show to the world the power of CATIA for hybrid styling solutions.
Fields of interests: Parametric Styling, 3D Modeling, Scripting, Templating
Edward became an engineer to try to help make the world a better place. Through the help of CATIA he is able to take the exciting ideas and concepts from his mind into reality. Edward has been an employee at Joby Aviation since 2012 with the mission to enable an air transportation service that saves people an hour a day in their day-to-day travel. This will happen through an electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft completely designed in CATIA. On a daily basis, Edward gets to work on vehicle architecture, surfacing, advanced kinematic design, composite lightweight structures, additive manufacturing, and is privileged to work with a resilient, multi-discipline team. He is very excited to be apart of this great program to help give back to the community and make it stronger than ever.
Fields of interests: 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, 3D Modeling, Surfacing, Composites, Aerospace
Nathan is the Assistant Director of NIAR’s CAD/CAM Laboratory where he is responsible for department operations outside of the greater Wichita region, including training, consulting and contract project work. He has developed nationally recognized CATIA training manuals and teaches courses at Wichita State University and various companies within the aerospace industry. His expertise is geared around Composite Design, Manufacturing and Analysis, particularly with respect to CATIA Composites. He has spent a significant amount of time engaging with companies in the Aerospace and Wind Blade industries for consulting, training and process development around composites. He has worked at NIAR since 2002, previously as the CAD/CAM Lab Manager and as a Research Associate in the CAD/CAM Laboratory.
Fields of interests: Composites, Aerospace
Richard has more than 15 years of experience working with CATIA. He enjoys the precision, flexibility and discipline it offers, and likes to explore the fields of possibilities. Starting his career as a draughtsman, he then worked on CATIA migration projects for major French car manufacturers, but also conducted PLM deployment and administration projects. Today, as a Design & Automation Leader for Leko Labs, he puts in place automation strategies to drive efficiency and productivity for his company. Richard is also very involved with GFUC, the French association of Dassault Systèmes users, piloting the CAD committee.
Fields of interests: Knowledgeware, Automation, 3DEXPERIENCE Platform
Emir started working as a CAD, PLM consultant and worked with several companies, helping them to improve their CAD knowledge and methodology. With 7 years of experience working with CATIA, he now works as a Senior Aerodynamics Design Engineer for McLaren Racing. Today, He is in charge of the front end of the car surface model and is also involved in CAD Methodology and process group.
Fields of interests: Design, Knowledgeware, Process Improvement, Optimisation.
Rhushik was born in India, grew up in France and now working in Japan. He graduated from ISMANS, a Mechanical and Material Engineering school based in Le Mans. He specialized in CAD Design and FEA analysis. He used CATIA V5 while in Engineering school and working for Sumitomo Wiring Systems in Japan. Currently he is Design Office Manager for We Are Pacific group’s PRISMADD Japan, an Additive manufacturing company specialized in AM Titanium Parts for Aerospace, Automotive and Medical industry. He redesigns and optimizes their conventionally created parts, to conform with AM processes by using GDE.
Fields of interests: Additive Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering
Vedran is an experienced and proved CATIA Engineer, mostly grown in automotive and yachting industry. With more than 17 years of experience and providing large number of services to various customers with scope on R&D, modeling, surfacing, structure and kinematic analysis, product certification, production preparation and planning and lots more... He is currently working in Rimac Automobili d.o.o as DMU Leader where beside of standard virtual prototype analysis special focus is given to 3D Experience implementation. In charge for CAD and PLM methodology development and education, Vedran successfully integrates most of his knowledge and push Rimac development teams to use top manner skills in class and manage real concurrent engineering inside 3DX.
Arrived four years ago in the project estimation service as Wood construction Engineer, Guillaume currently belongs to the Innovation and Research Team of Woodeum, Real estate company for low carbon construction, without nuisances. His job consists of the preliminary technical design of the various elements of a building (facade, windows and balconies details, wooden structure…) in relation to several regulatory, normative and programmatic requirements (Acoustic, fire, water/air-tightness, thermal…). His knowledge in the various fields of the construction, and his 3 years of experience working with CATIA, drove him to take over the development of the Building Information Modeling (BIM) under 3D Experience Platform from Dassault Sytèmes. With the support of the BIM team members of Woodeum (Renaud BLONDEAU and Arnaud HECKLY), he elaborates tools of automation and nesting of the elements of the building, knowledgeware, and exchange processes with all actors involved in the building industry (Architect, design offices, construction firm…).
Fields of interests: Knowledgeware, Automation, Design.
Fernando started to work in 1983 in aerospace field of activity for I.N.C.D.T- COMOTI Bucharest - National Institute of Researching and Developing Turbo-Engines, he was involved in projects with two patents registered. Fernando has been working for GECI Engineering Services Romania with CATIA V4, V5 and V6 since 2002 in different aerospace projects in Romania or abroad, doing also CATIA Automation/Customization to better fit different processes, creating applications for CATIA to help users in daily tasks, CATIA training, methods and procedures. In 2015-2016 worked for Renault Technologie Roumanie with CATIA V6R2013x in lighting department for entry level cars of Renault-Nissan group.
Fields of interests: CATIA Automation, Knowledgeware, 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, Aerospace
Alexander is a doer. He has been working as a Class-A Specialist with ICEM surf for 18 years now. Right after his graduation as a mechanical engineer in 2000 he joined csi in Neckarsulm / Germany to support the CATIA V4 design team. One year later he took the opportunity to become a leading part of the newly established ICEM surf team. Working on different projects with many OEMs he was entrusted with the position of project leader in 2009, managing whole car projects with a focus on CAS and Interieur, becoming teamlead in 2015. As he also loves to share his knowledge he started lecturing at Heilbronn University in 2011, where he teaches master students the process of Automotive Design and Class-A with ICEM surf.
Fields of interests: Design- and a-class modelling, Poly- and hybrid modelling, Bamboo Rodmaking
Kerenza Harris oversees advanced computational design and simulation for all projects at Morphosis. Her team focuses on the research, development and integration of advanced technologies into the design and construction process, using diverse software including 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA to model and rationalize forms, skins, and structures. She also guides the firm’s use of AR and VR to create immersive environments that aid in testing and communicating concepts through all phases. Joining the firm in 2008, she has played a central role in major projects including the AIA National Honor Award-winning Perot Museum of Nature and Science, where she led the creation and coordination of the facade’s innovative pre-cast concrete paneling system. Kerenza is also faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), where her teaching focuses on digital design tools and construction. She is a frequent lecturer on design computation and the intersection of architecture and VR.
Fields of interests: Architecture, VR
Matthew is an engineer and advocate for sustainable, appropriately-sized mobility for people and freight. As a Staff Program Manager in Tesla's Energy Products division, he manages large, configured top-level assemblies to the full product range of stationary energy storage products. Matthew also educates and advocates for sustainable, efficient PLM policies and processes. He has over decade of experience in CATIA V5 managing large CAD assemblies previously for heavy commercial vehicles and more recently Tesla's vehicle battery program including battery configurations for Model S, X and Model 3, and through the full development cycle from prototype vehicles into mass production. He now applies that same passion through CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE to create leading stationary battery products.
Fields of interests: Large Assemblies, Battery Engineering
Satchit began working with CATIA V5 while working on a project for Airbus, in 2011 and was involved in generating both, conceptual and final designs. He worked on designing primary and secondary structural components for the Airbus A350. With over 6 years of CATIA experience, he started working as a research associate, in 2016, at the Simulation Innovation and Modeling Center (SIMCenter) housed within The Ohio State University. He is actively involved in industry funded research projects and student projects, in the field of design and optimization. As part of the role at SIMCenter, he helps train under-graduate and graduate students in CATIA v5. Apart from solid and surface modeling, Satchit also works on design automation in CATIA using knowledgeware.
Fields of interests: Design, Design Optimization, Automation, Knowledgeware
Vince is the BLM Digital 3D Solutions Manager and is currently playing a key role in SNC-Lavalin’s Digital Transformation. As primary instigator of the (BLM) Building Lifecycle Management vision & initiative within SNC-Lavalin’s Infrastructure Engineering, Vince is focusing on developing digital solutions for end-to-end collaboration, innovation in design via automated processes and BLM integrated processes to satisfy the full infrastructure lifecycle for Engineering, Construction and Operations & Maintenance for SNC-Lavalin’s major projects. Vince has over 21 years of industry experience with various implementations catering to the PLM industry. He has been successful in implementing solutions for small to large companies in the government, aerospace, automotive, military/defence, civil, architectural, and the consumer products industry. In the last 10 years in the Architectural Engineering and Construction industry, he has been developing digital solutions and leveraging BIM capabilities to deliver BLM integrated processes for project delivery.
Fields of interests: BIM, Building Lifecycle Management
Tomas has started his career as an industrial designer at Nokia Design Finland following his graduation from the Lahti Design Institute in 2004. Working with Nokia's leading creative minds Tomas quickly progressed to senior level role and had led design processes for some of the most popular mass products. Taking ideas from sketch to production using CATIA tools became part of the everyday job. As a designer he is interested to apply CATIA towards fluid creative process to benefit overall product quality, styling and aesthetics. Since 2014 Tomas provides independent design and modelling solutions to global transportation and automotive brands. Most recently Tomas was engaged by GEELY design Sweden where he helped to build a fast-paced and efficient CATIA IMA creative workflow. Tomas's main mission is to free creativity completely, rapidly test many ideas and turn them into tangible and feasible surface concepts.
Ben is currently leading hardware engineering and industrial design at Skydio, a Redwood City-based AI startup focused on autonomous flying robotics for consumer and commercial use. As a smaller team, Skydio leverage's CATIA's Cloud solution to minimize infrastructure overhead and simplify data management and collaboration. Previously Ben worked at Tesla Motors as engineering manager for infotainment and autopilot hardware and lead mechanical development across a broad array of systems such as cameras, displays, sensors, and control units. Before Tesla, Ben started his engineering career in 2007 at Northrop Grumman Space Technology working on satellite mechanical design with CATIA V5. He holds a MS in industrial engineering and a MBA from the University of Southern California, and a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Fields of interests: Product Architecture, Hardware Design, Industrial Design
The laziest person in the world! if I can optimize the design work, I will not hesitate to use my CATIA skills. In the past I've worked with: Paper & ink, AutoCAD, SolidWorks, SolidEdge, Inventor, Pro-Engineeer, Mechanical Desktop (ugh) and NX. I know for a fact that no 3D sofware comes close to the abilities of CATIA (with hybrid design off!). I am not afraid using code to create the best template possible. I can not see products anymore without analyzing and breaking them down in functional elements. Recently aquired some EKL skills, my life is complete now :)
Amit is working as a Project Engineer in Atlascopco Gecia, a global engineering center for Atlas Copco. He is has been enjoying working with CATIA for the past two years. During that time, he has been working with the UK Edwards vacuum division of Atlas Copco. There he is working together with Edwards design team on one project in Vacuum. As several different divisions are working on the same project, Amit is also working for the standardization of CATIA work practices for 3D &2D between 3 teams (UK, Korea & India). Amit studied CATIA for the first time during his Engineering studies.
Fields of interests: Machine Design, Knowledgeware, Automobiles
This is Barry’s 38th year using CAE tools. Hale has started as a draughtsman and has worked in a variety of different industries, such as Aerospace, Automotive and Robotics, in fields such as Design, Research, FEA, CFD, PLM, Programming, Sys Admin and technical software sales and support. Barry has travelled all over the world during his career and has enjoyed experiencing different cultures and meeting a wonderful variety of people throughout this time. Currently director of his own company, he now offers consultancy services to the Automotive industry, predominantly using Dassault Systemes toolsets such as Icem Surf, CATIA Icem, 3DExcite and 3DEXPERIENCE. His main passion now is to push the boundaries of computer-based design as businesses look to streamline processes, with a view to reducing time and costs but without affecting creativity.
Fields of interests: CATIA ICEM, 3DEXPERIENCE Platform
Jim has 29 years of experience working with CATIA in the Aerospace industry, covering a wide range of disciplines including airframe design, hydraulics and tubing, composites, FEM, kinematics, advanced surfacing, photo studio, real time rendering, reverse engineering, VB scripting and electrical harness installation and flattening. Jim was also a CATIA instructor for 8 years, in charge of all facets of CATIA training for Lockheed, is a company SME for all things CATIA, and on the new version evaluation team. Jim currently works as the Advanced Harness Design project lead. He has completely redefined the harness build process from the ground up using a suite of Dassault products, including the delivery of 3D wire routing aids to the shop floor using CATIA Composer and writing a number of VB Scripts to automate portions of the harness design process.
Fields of interests: CATIA V5, 3DEXPERIENCE, CATIA Composer, CATElectre, Reverse Engineering
Isamu is a CAE Specialist for Crash Performance Development, currently working for Mazda Motor Corporation. he is in charge of advanced development of vehicles, and studying the compatibility between performance and weight reduction by utilizing optimization techniques such as 1D model and Topology as well as FEM. SFE has been applied since 2011 as a structure optimization method.
Marcus Hashchak is the 3D Enterprise Solutions Lead for SNC-Lavalin’s Clean Power Sector. Marcus has been part of the sector’s movement to push the digital solutions initiative across all offices since the beginning of the implementation of PLM technology in civil engineering projects some 15 years ago. Since then, he has helped develop digital environments, methodologies, and supported numerous large and small projects. His relentless push throughout the years has now made him responsible for the development and deployment of all processes pertaining to the use of PLM technology across the entire business sector. He is currently in the process of implementing 3DEXPERIENCE for use in powerhouse and substation projects and in parallel, helping out other business sectors within SNC Lavalin with their digital solutions initiative.Marcus has some 20 years of experience within the aerospace manufacturing and engineering services industries in developing, deploying and supporting the PLM tools and processes. He has been spent the last few years adapting these PLM processes for use in civil engineering projects that have BIM requirements.
Fields of interests: PLM Business and System Administration, CATIA Environnent Administration, Catalogue management, VBA Scripting
After five years at Dassault Systemes in CATIA / DELMIA R&D team, Thomas joined Dassault Aviation as An Aerodynamic shapes Designer. Since early 2017, he is fully in charge of this activity as well as the Process & Tools Project Management for the Engineering department.
Fields of interests: Aerodynamics, Reverse Engineering, 3DEXPERIENCE Platform
Daniel is working at Plasan Sasa Ltd. as a senior CAD/CAM Manager. With 34 years of experience in the world of CAD / CAM / CAE, he had (and has ...) the pleasure of having witnessed and experienced the tremendous technological progress in this area. Daniel has a very long and special relationship with CATIA, 32 years (from Argentina and then after emigrate to Israel), from its beginnings with CATIA V2 and CADAM in the middle of the 80's, his great passion for CATIA remained intact with the improvements of the products and versions, going through V3, V4, V5 and 3DEXPERIENCE, considering themselves humbly and proudly part of the rich history of Dassault Systemes.
Fields of interests: Design, Automation, Manufacturing, NC Simulation, Reverse Engineering, Scanning, 3D Printing
Dennis has 30 years of experience in Aerospace working on multiple platforms for both military and commercial sectors of the industry. He has utilized CATIA for over 26 years to support the design and manufacturing of both production and prototype air vehicles covering a wide range of disciplines from Advanced machining of complex metallic structure, composite skins panels, fuel systems and advanced electrical harness design. Much of the prototype design required working with CATFEM, DELMIA, Kinematics, Advanced Surfacing, SLA, and Reverse Engineering within the same day. Dennis currently supports Production Operations as an SME for structural, electrical and tubing manufacturing organizations providing consultation and testing next generation tools and processes. Providing value assessments, process validation, beta testing for new versions and interoperability with a number of external systems.
Ramy is a passionate engineering educator who taught over three different continents (Europe, America, Asia) over 3000 engineers the concepts of design, manufacturing, CAD/CAM and ergonomics. A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Ramy Harik is a faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Carolina and a resident researcher at the McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research. He has more than 3 million USD in funding from Boeing, NASA, SC Department of Commerce, Fokker Aerostructures, Dassault Aviation (funded as a student) and several other agencies. He is the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Young Educator Award from Pi Tau Sigma Honor Society at the University of South Carolina. His education is multidisciplinary: Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering, Masters in Automated Manufacturing and PhD in Industrial Engineering.
Fields of interests: Mechanical Engineering, CAD/CAM
Arthur joined Joby Aviation in 2015 to enable affordable air commute for everyone. In his current position, he is fortunate to work on cutting edge projects and collaborate with top talent in the aerospace industry. At Joby, he is responsible for structural sizing and analysis of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. His primary area of interest lies at the interface of modelling and simulation. He is currently pioneering the use of the 3DExperience platform for aircraft analysis and certification. His other interests include conceptual design, aerodynamics and numerical optimization. He is looking forward to help pushing the 3DExperience platform to the forefront of Engineering design and analysis.
Fields of interests: Modelling and Simulation, Composite Design, Workflow Optimization
After 11 years working for PSA Peugeot Citroen as Class A expert, Cedrice has now been working at Dassault Aviation for 3 years as aero loft lines designer, in charge of aircraft external shapes and functional structure complex shapes. Cedric worked on CATIA for 15 years, and he wrote a lot of specifications for CATIA ICEM Apps. Furthermore, Cedric has many skills on realtime rendering and virtual reality use cases.
Fields of interests: Aerospace, Wings, 3DEXPERIENCE Platform
Jaroslaw has 12 years of experience working with CATIA. He started as CAD/PLM consultant and acquired experience by supporting, training and implementing 3DS Solutions for companies from various branches of industry. Currently, he is working as Engineering Tools and Methodologies Specialist for Automotive Lighting Poland. Jaroslaw is responsible for standardization and development of design methodologies as well as preparation of CATIA Templates and VBA macros to improve and automate Design Team work.
Fields of interests: Surface Design, Knowledgeware, Automation, 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, CATIA Composer
Alberto Perez Parra
Mechanical engineer from Autonomous University of Nayarit, Alberto professional usage of CATIA started in a internship in a research center at National University Autonomous of Mexico (Center for mechanical design and technological innovation - CDMIT) where PhD Adrian Espinosa and PhD Vicente Borja members of the Mexican Society of Mechanical Engineers helped him understand the capabilities of the software; growing his technical and practical expertise guided him to be professor at Technological Institute of Tepic, where the implementation of CATIA and SolidWorks derived in a professional achievement, CATIA V5, CATIA V6 R2013x Mechanical Designer Specialist and SolidWorks certified Expert. During this time lap, Alberto atended hundreds of students as applications engineer and internal consultant in Dassault Systémes technologies in academic experiences, recently his motivation in computer aided technologies hasn´t stopped until the point of being certified as 3DExperience - Platform explorer associate.
Ismail began to work with CATIA V4 in MAN Turkey in 1998 and completed the initial design concepts. Then he started working with CATIA V5 in 2000 and has been dealing with the design of bus interior parts and surface modeling, as well as solid modeling through CATIA V5 for 18 years. In 2008, he founded www.3dcatia.com web platform in order to disseminate CATIA usage as a personal hobby in which he support CATIA users during their studies. Ismail initiated working on unmanned aerial vehicle (Atlas UAV) studies in 2013 and carried out surface modeling and wing modeling. In 2012, he was assigned to be CAX KeyUser in MAN Truck&Bus company where he is am currently conducting support and performance development tasks of CATIA users. Now, as a hobby, he is serving management studies of social committee under CATIA User Group Turkey.
Fields of interests: Surface Modeling, Solid Modeling
Julien is MS INNOV co-manager and also has the role of R&D manager on innovation projects based on the automation of complex products design. His 8-years career in the sector of CAD on Dassault Systèmes solutions has allowed him to develop strong skills in CATIA in the sector of sheet metal, composite or plastics. Thanks to these experiences and to the support of its teams, MS INNOV has developed a new approach to design based on the common expectations of manufacturers and technical teams (saving time, cancelation of some repetitive tasks ...).
Fields of interests: Knowledgeware, Automation, Design
Eric has been a design methods engineer at Safran Nacelles for the past 3 years. He is managing the creation and update of the methodological supports for CATIA V5. He is also supervising the adequacy between his company’s technical standards and design practices. His past professional experience at Technicatome (ex Areva TA), allowed Eric to set up CATIA V5 and write the use methods for the plant design workshops (Piping, HVAC, Electrical, EQT...) in the nuclear installations design area.
Fields of interests: Electrical Systems, Fluid Systems
Key characteristics of an outstanding CATIA Champion candidate include:
- You must be a CATIA customer to participate and/or be considered
- You must have developed advanced skills and expertise in CATIA solutions
- You demonstrate active participation within online Communities, User Groups, Forum discussions
- You are representing the spirit of the CATIA community, and want to convey it more largely
- You help spreading the love for CATIA by being a brand advocate for the product and for the community
Rewards and Benefits
Some examples of the benefits our CATIA Champions receive:
Recognition: Highlighted participation on the Champions webpage and social networks
Networking: Invitations to speaking opportunities at CATIA and other events
Expertise: Time with members of our product and marketing teams
Gifts: A CATIA polo, hat, and other great branded items