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

Featured Champions



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 on Linkedin

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 on Linkedin

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 on Linkedin

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 on Linkedin

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 

Links: Amit on Linkedin

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.