solidThinking Converge 2017 - On-demand Presentations

solidThinking Converge 2017 - On-demand Presentations

Jeff Brennan 

Chief Marketing Officer, Altair Engineering

As Chief Marketing Officer, Brennan has responsibility for corporate, business unit marketing, communications, public relations and web marketing. In his dual role as Senior Vice President, Global Markets, he also has responsibility for industry-focused business development and strategy in major market segment such as Automotive, Aerospace and Academia. He also oversees product training and documentation. He has a strong passion for Altair and is focused on growing the business while helping to maintain the unique Altair culture.

Since joining Altair in 1992 as an engineering consultant, he has served a variety of technical and business roles, including Program Manager for Altair’s optimization products, Director of Sales and Marketing, and Vice President of the HyperWorks business unit from 2001-2009. He was responsible for the creation of the OptiStruct software at Altair and managed the product during its early years. His technical background includes specialties in biomechanics and optimization, receiving his engineering education at the University of Notre Dame, Northwestern University and the University of Michigan. 



Christine Outram

Chief Product Officer, Veritas Prep

Hi, I'm Christine Outram. By day I design websites and apps, by night I work on startup side-hustles and write for I began my career as an architect in Australia, but left to study Smart Cities and distributed computing at MIT in 2007. It was here that I co-created The Copenhagen Wheel - an electric bike with an accompanying app that was named one of TIME Magazine's Top Inventions in 2014. Since then, I've helped big brands like Volkswagen, Taco Bell, and Esurance create digital products and services, and smaller startups like DogVacay launch new features and functionality. I'm currently leading a team of designers, developers, and academics in the creation of an ed-tech product powered by machine learning. Ultimately, I'm happiest when I'm tackling complex problems and using technology to remove friction and engender delight in our everyday lives. If that's what you're into, come say hello.

Design for the Future: 5 trends you need to know

Artificial intelligence. Machine Learning. Big Data. These words are thrown around as the future of, well, everything. But what do they really mean for designers and engineers and how will they impact our craft and careers? As an award-winning product and service designer, with a background in architecture and physical computing, Christine Outram’s presentation will delve into:

  • Why artificial intelligence is killing traditional web design (and the skills we will need to learn next);
  • The dos and don’ts of integrating digital technologies into physical spaces (and how you can architect a winning experience); and
  • How to use machine learning to design products and services that your users will love.

As designers and engineers our skill lies in developing innovative solutions to complex problems. This task becomes impossible if we are not up-to-date. Using real-world examples, across a range of industries, this talk will provide you with practical approaches that will keep your thinking fresh.



Tim J. Morton 

Director of Industrial Design, Newell Brands

Tim J. Morton is a design leader who has been creating for some of the world’s largest and most innovative companies for more than 20 years. 

Since joining Newell in 2014, Tim has led Design teams for Home Solutions, Rubbermaid Commercial, Tools,, Home Fragrance and Fishing. Previously Tim has partnered with global clients as part of an international design consultancy in Austin, Texas, and Chicago, Illinois, and as an independent consultant in the U.K. He  has also led forward thinking development for the LEGO Group across play materials and new ventures. With a passion for travel, discovery, user centered design and emerging technologies, Tim brings experiences across multiple categories connected by the goal of creating  products and experiences that enrich lives. 

Prior client partners have included Corning, Dell, The LEGO Group, Flextronics, Harris, Kimberly Clark, Johnson Controls Inc., Kyocera,  Motorola, Qualcomm.

Build a Rocket

In 2013 Newell Rubbermaid (a $6bn company) made a significant commitment to drive its Growth Game Plan into action by opening a state of the art design center in Kalamazoo, MI. With a focus on creating a brand and innovation led company that is famous for design and product performance the company joins an exclusive tier of companies that recognize great design and innovation are a competitive advantage.

3 years later through the merger with Jarden, the newly formed Newell Brands is now a $16Bn ‘start up’ putting the consumer at the center of everything it does, weaving design, innovation into everything it does. How does the design team partner to continue to Inspire consumers, Create engaging experiences and Deliver upon the promise it set out to accomplish across more than 40 brands.



Doris Sung

Founder, DOSU Studio Architecture

Doris Sung is bringing responsive systems to architecture far beyond the simple "greening" of buildings. Through grant-funded research, Doris (principal of DOSU) is developing smart materials such as thermobimetal to make buildings skins respond to the environment while using zero energy and no controls. Her work is a seamless blend of digital computation, complex geometries, innovative structures, and appealing aesthetics. Educated at Princeton and Columbia universities, Doris is a tenured professor at the University of Southern California, a U.S. Artist fellow and a resident fellow of the Bellagio Center Rockfeller Foundation. Her TEDx talk is reaching 1.2 million views.

Taming Smart Materials to Behave

With the belief that buildings can be more sensitive to the changing environment and the human body, Doris Sung’s firm, DOSU Studio Architecture, seeks ways to make the building skin dynamic and change our traditional perception of facades, structure and form by incorporating a biophilic approach. DOSU is working on developing smart thermobimetals and other shape-memory alloys unfamiliar to architecture as potential "third" skins (the first is human flesh, the second clothing and the third architecture) with inspiration from biology, mathematics and behavioral sciences. Through grant-funded research, DOSU is developing smart materials, such as thermobimetals, to self-ventilate, to sun-shade, to shape-change and to self-structure in response to environmental changes in temperatures--all using zero-energy and no computer controls. Although the convergence of science, art, technology and architecture is clearly evident in her wide range of work, the lasting impression is the poetic nature of the individual projects.



Hod Lipson

Professor of Engineering and Data Science, Columbia University

Hod Lipson is a professor of Engineering and Data Science at Columbia University in New York, and a co-author of the award winning book “Fabricated: The New World of 3D printing” and “Driverless: Intelligent cars and the road ahead”. His work on self-aware and self-replicating robots challenges conventional views of robotics, and has enjoyed widespread media coverage. Lipson has co-authored over 300 publications that received over 14,000 citations to date. He has co-founded four companies, and is frequent keynoter both in industry and academic events. Hod directs the Creative Machines Lab, which pioneers new ways to make machines that create, and machines that are creative.



Greg Lynn

Principal, Greg Lynn FORM

Greg Lynn was born in 1964. Time Magazine named him one of the 100 most innovative people in the world for the 21st century and Forbes Magazine named him one of the ten most influential living architects. He graduated from Miami University of Ohio with Bachelor of Environmental Design and Bachelor of Philosophy degrees and from Princeton University with a Master of Architecture degree. He is the principal of Greg Lynn FORM and co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Piaggio Fast Forward, a company focusing on new forms of urban mobility connected to physical and information infrastructure. He is the author of nine books.

High Performance, Dynamism and Autonomy for Humans

Architecture, for thousands of years, has been devoted to statics.Whether designing things that are meant to persist for hundreds of yearsor designing structures of calm, symmetrical balance whose forcesare aligned vertically and horizontally to a zero sum.  Dynamism has always been left for other fields like transportation, urban planning,aerospace, industrial design and more recently robotics.  If focused ontransportation, architects might discuss parking.  If focused on robotics, architects will discuss fabrication and construction.  Recently, ourfocus has shifted to environments that are intelligent, dynamic andmobile.  From the scale of rooms to furnishings things are on the move.Architecture is slowly shifting from using robots to stack and cut inert assemblies to engaging the flows of urban infrastructure as well as the intelligent movement of people and things around and through buildings.A range of topics from the use of Computational Fluid Dynamice for the design of projectiles, to dynamic building elements to the development of autonomous robots that interact and understand the movement of people will be discussed as a natural extension from an architecture of staticsto an architecture of dynamism, intelligence and humanity.



Michael Peng

Technical Director, Senior Associate, Gensler

Over the past 10 years, Michael has been dedicated to the study and practice of design. Through continuous work, he has endeavored to expand the notions of what design and its application encompass. Michael has a unique point of view of the future of design. He has been deeply involved in the whole process of the creation of China’s highest building–the Shanghai Tower project. As a core member of the project, Michael has used his experience with industry leading digital design platforms, to optimize the systematic design, translating creative and strategic thinking into fast implementation.

Michael also sticks to the crossover research of art and design field, and has achieved accomplishment in education and practice area. Because of his profound research in professional field, Michael has been invited to be keynote speakers in many universities and international seminars. His paper about super high rise and advanced media platform has been published in key Chinese and international publications.

Mega Data, Mega Structure, Mega City

Cities keeps growing in Asia with many mega structures built up. Shanghai Tower is one of the most important parts of the movement. This 2073-foot tall building creates a new iconic symbol of Shanghai which is the most dynamic and diversified city in China. Data driven design and construction process expand the boundary of the building industry especially super hi-rise with huge influence of the Mega city pattern.



Jason Lopes

Production Development Engineer

Jason has worked as a systems engineer for over 10 years automating and processing massive amounts of 2D & 3D data for Visual Effects and Animation where he bridged these skill sets with designing for Additive Manufacturing [3D Printing] since 2007.  Where OEMs leave off, Jason picks up and expands on showing how to achieve a turnkey seamless workflow for specialized 3D printing needs.

Whether it be learning how to bridge into the Additive Manufacturing world, what technologies/materials are available, or designing and building the perfect lab with workstations designed to accomplish the process at hand Jason can provide the solution.

Prior to his current role, Jason was the lead systems engineer with Legacy Effects, a special effects company working on some of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters of all time.  Some of Jason’s credits include Avatar, Terminator Salvation, Alice in Wonderland, Ironman 1, 2 & 3, Avengers 1 & 2, Real Steel, Robocop and Pacific Rim and numerous television and theatrical productions. Jason is a strong advocate of 3D printing — it has proved to be an invaluable tool in his 3D tool kit, along with 3D scanning, 3D design and 3D modeling. He has been using many 3D printing technologies for a number of years to produce stunning special effects.