iPod designer announced as SolidWorks World 2012 keynote speaker
SolidWorks, a global leader in computer aided design (CAD), product data management (PDM) and simulation solutions, is hosting SolidWorks World 2012 from February 12-15 in San Diego. The company recently announced that Tony Fadell, the designer who lead the team of engineers responsible for creating the original iPod, will be the keynote speaker at SolidWorks World, an annual convention of engineers and designers.
Fadell, the former senior vice president at Apple and known as the "Father of the iPod," recently founded Nest, an innovative company that produces the energy-saving Nest Learning Thermostat.
"To create a game-changing product, function and design must go hand in hand," said Fadell. "We certainly put that principle to work when developing the Nest Learning Thermostat, and I'm excited to share more about that experience with the thousands of passionate designers and engineers who will attend this year's SolidWorks World."
SolidWorks World will devote the second day of the event to crowdsourcing, as using social development to increase innovation is a rising trend among engineering firms.
Astronaut James Lovell and former NASA flight director Gene Kranz, who helped save Apollo 13 with ground-breaking solutions to mechanical problems, were the keynote speakers at SolidWorks World 2011. Several industries, including automotive, aerospace, medical and manufacturing, among others, use SolidWorks' CAD and PDM software to improve production speed, reduce costs and design state-of-the-art products.