CATIA Champions Program

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.

Philippe Laufer CATIA CEO

CATIA Champions Playlist

CATIA Champions Hall of Fame

Featured Champions



Antonio Pezzella

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

Links:, Antonio profile on the 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA User Community

Edward Stilson

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

Links: Edward profile on the 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA User Community

Nathan Shipley

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

Links: Nathan profile on the 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA User Community

Richard Frontera

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 Lead Engineer for General Electric, he puts in place simplification 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

Links: GFUC Association, Richard profile on the 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA User Community

Emir Touajni

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.

Link: Emir profile on the 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA User Community

Rhushik Matroja

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

LinkRhushik profile on the 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA User Community

Guillaume Wiel

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 interestsKnowledgeware, Automation, Design.

Links: Guillaume profile on the 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA User Community

Fernando Petre

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

Links: Fernando profile on the 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA User Community

Alexander Junghans

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

Links: Alexander profile on the 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA User Community

Amit Killekar

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 interestsMachine Design, Knowledgeware, Automobiles 

Barry Hale

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

Links: Hale profile on the 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA User Community

Jim Mccarty

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

Links: Jim profile on the 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA User Community

Thomas Razier

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

Links: Thomas profile on the 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA User Community

Daniel Dobrzynski

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

Links: Daniel profile on the 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA User Community

Ramy Harik

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

LinkRamy profile on the 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA User Community

Arthur Dubois

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

Links: Arthur profile on the 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA User Community


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

Links: Cédric profile on the 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA User Community

Ismail Akar

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 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

Links: Ismail profile on the 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA User Community

Julien Morel

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

Links: Eric profile on the 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA User Community

Selection Criteria

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

Address us in this email your contact details, and a few words about what makes you a good Champion candidate.