Spring 2011 PLM Meeting

2012 Spring Meeting

April 12th - 8:00 AM to 4:15 PM


8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.

Directors’ Update

Nate Hartman – Associate Professor and Assistant Department Head, Computer Graphics Technology

Voicu Popescu – Associate Professor of Computer Science

8:45 – 10:15 a.m.

Current Research Status

  • Towards Design Aided by Computers (DAC): Pen and Touch-based Interfaces for Design Collaboration

Karthik Ramani – Donald W. Feddersen Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director, Conceptual Design and Innovation Lab

  • PLM Competency Profile Implementation

Darrel Sandall – Assistant Professor, Organizational Leadership & Supervision

Abram Walton – Assistant Professor, Industrial Technology

  • PLM Visualization Presentation

       Nate Hartman & Voicu Popescu

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Current Research Status

  • Cost Metrics for Interoperability
  • PLM Certificate Program Review

Nate Hartman – Associate Professor and Assistant Department Head, Computer Graphics Technology

  • PLM Collaboration Training Using Advanced Distance Learning Strategies

Edie SchmidtProfessor, Industrial Technology

  • Incorporating Lessons Learned to Realize Ontology-based Interoperability in PLM

                          John SpringerAssistant Professor, Computer and Information Technology

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Hosted Lunch and Keynote Presentation

Dr. Michael Grieves – Author & International PLM Expert 

John Vickers - NASA

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Industry Insights

Chris MacAslan – Director for PLM, Cummins, Inc.

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.


2:45 – 4:15 p.m.

Working Group Sessions: Review and Reports

Interdisciplinary teams of industry leaders, faculty members, and students will discuss and report on predefined PLM questions.

  • Security
  • Visualization & Mobility
  • PLM / ERP / MES
  • Interface for PLM Tools   


Meeting Adjourns

Speaker Biographies:

Voicu Popescu 

PopescuProfessor Popescu's research interests span the areas of computer graphics, visualization, and computer vision. His current research projects develop novel camera models for efficient and effective rendering of complex visual effects, a system for rapid photorealistic 3D modeling of large-scale real-world environments, a system that aims to make distance education an integral but unobtrusive part of on-campus education, and a method for high-fidelity general-purpose-visualization of large-scale computer simulations.








Karthik Ramani 

Karthic RamaniKarthik Ramani is a Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. He earned his B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, in 1985, an MS from Ohio State University, in 1987, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1991, all in Mechanical Engineering. Among his many awards he received the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Initiation and Career Award, the Ralph Teetor Educational Award from the SAE, and the Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from SME. In 2006, he won the innovation of the year award from the State of Indiana. He serves on the editorial board of Elsevier Journal of Computer-Aided Design and ASME Journal of Mechanical Design. In 2008, he was a visiting Professor at Stanford University (computer sciences) as well as a research fellow at PARC (formerly Xerox PARC). He also serves on the Engineering Advisory sub-committee for the NSF IIP (Industrial Innovation and Partnerships). In 2006 and 2007, he won the Most Cited Journal Paper award from Computer-Aided Design and the Research Excellence award in the College of Engineering at Purdue University.

Ramani was the co-founder of the world’s first commercial shape-based search engine (VizSeek/Imaginestics). In 2009, he won the Outstanding Commercialization award from Purdue University. He has won several best paper awards from ASME and in 2014 the Outstanding Research Excellence Award from ASME Computers and Information Sciences in Engineering Division. NSF recently invited him for a distinguished lecture in cyber-learning. His recent papers have been published in ACM UIST, IEEE CVPR, ACM SIGCHI, ACM IDC, ASME JMD and ACM SPM.

Darrel Sandall​

Darrel L. Sandall is an Assistant Professor for Organizational Leadership & Supervision at Purdue University. His discovery, learning, and engagement expertise and interests focus on how technology impacts innovation in the workplace. Specifically, Dr. Sandall researches how technology innovations can be applied to process improvement and Human Resource Development efforts to increase efficiency, effectiveness, and overall performance. Before joining Purdue, Darrel was the Chief Skills Officer for SkillsNET Corporation, one of the top 500 fastest growing companies as recognized by Inc Magazine in 2006. As CSO, Darrel managed the research, development and implementation of the science surrounding SkillObject development efforts and was involved with developing and implementing technology-based solutions for clients, including numerous multi-million dollar FFP, CPFF and T&M contracts for the U.S. Department of Defense. Darrel also directed the development and management of SkillsNET’s intellectual property portfolio, including co-inventing systems and methods covered by 13 patent applications. In his career, he has worked over 10 years in the field of Industrial-Organizational Psychology and managed numerous national and global efforts that focused on optimizing the workforce for the client organizations in the commercial sector, government sector, and non-profit sector. He has worked with clients such as the U.S. Navy, U.S. Naval Reserves, U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Federal Aviation Administration, the General Services Administration, the Canadian Combined Forces, the European Union, Cisco Systems, M-i SWACO, IEEE, Alliant Techsystems (ATK), CitiFinancial Mortgage North America, Plateau Systems, CSRG, First Hawaiian Bank, the National Shipbuilding Research Program, the American Job Link Alliance, and numerous state governments.

Abram Walton

Dr. Abram Walton is an Associate Professor of Technology Management and Innovation at Florida Tech. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Technology and Innovation Management from Purdue University. Before his academic life, he was a Fire Fighter and EMT, and he later held leadership positions as a Manager of Wal-Mart Stores. He is a co-founder of the International Journal of Innovation Science, an academic journal cited by most major indexing organizations and available at thousands of libraries throughout the world. Dr. Walton has authored numerous publications, conference proceedings, and his textbooks on Leadership and Management have sold over 15,000 copies. Dr. Walton serves on the Executive Committee for the Board of Directors for the International Association of Innovation Professionals. He is the Director of the Center for Lifecycle and Innovation Management at Florida Tech, as well as for the Center for Ethics and Leadership, and was instrumental in launching the new B.S. and M.S. in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

In addition to his academic pursuits, he is the Principal of a boutique technology commercialization consulting firm, serves as a Senior Consultant of Systems Engineering to the COO of a DOD firm specializing in counter-IED technologies, and enjoys dabbling in real estate investments. He has recently been a Fellow for the National Intellectual Property and Knowledge Management Task force and serves as a consultant for an Intellectual Property and Patent Management Organization (PMO). He frequently consults on a variety of topics, including leadership, lean process improvement, six sigma, innovation strategies, technology commercialization, product lifecycle management, and new product development. He has successfully helped launch several new technology ventures and works with companies on early-stage technology commercialization efforts, new product development, and leadership development.

As an Associate Professor of Technology and Innovation at the Florida Institute of Technology, his research efforts focus on impacting technology-sensitive industries by creating sustainable, lean business models through the deployment of innovative continuous improvement methodologies. He takes a unique systems-thinking approach to innovation and technology, lean, healthcare, and product lifecycle management, which has cultivated multi-disciplinary collaborations, generating research and scholarship on innovative organizational strategies and best practices for engineering and innovation initiatives.

Edie Schmidt

Dr. Edie K. Schmidt received a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Arizona State University, Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. in Operations Management from Purdue University. She is currently an associate professor in the Department of Industrial Technology in the School of Technology. She teaches in the Industrial Distribution degree program.

Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of project management, inventory management, distribution, logistics, and supply chain management. She has developed and taught undergraduate and graduate-level courses and has supervised graduate student projects, in these areas at the master's level. Dr. Schmidt has worked with many Indiana companies managing projects, and helping to develop a Logistics training course, revise warehouse layouts, revise facility layouts, and other projects in the Logistics area.

Dr. Schmidt worked as a computer programmer analyst, and a systems analyst for Manufacturing Systems in the Aerospace Industry. (Northrop and Lockheed in Southern California). She spent several years consulting at Ernst and Young in their Manufacturing Systems group. Projects included MRP implementations, JIT implementations, system selection, reengineering, EDI practice development and plant relocation. She was responsible for managing several of these projects, which including using project management techniques and skills. After spending three years teaching Management and Marketing at Saint Joseph's college, Dr. Schmidt joined the Industrial Technology faculty at Purdue University in the fall of 1999.

John Springer 

John SpringerJohn Springer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Technology (CIT) at Purdue University. Dr. Springer is a primary investigator on the Information Security Research and Education (INSuRE) project; INSuRE is a network of National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research (CAE-Rs) universities that cooperatively engages students in addressing cybersecurity research problems proposed by governmental organizations and laboratories. His main research area is Data Engineering with recent emphasis on data-intensive applications in Cybersecurity.








Dr. Michael Grieves

Dr GrievesDr. Michael Grieves splits his time between the business and academic worlds. He is the author of the seminal books on Product Lifecycle Management (PLM): “Product Lifecycle Management: Driving the Next Generation of Lean Thinking” (McGraw-Hill, 2006) and Virtually Perfect: Driving Innovative and Lean Products through Product Lifecycle Management” (SCP, 2010).

Dr. Grieves is an acknowledge world expert in PLM and lectures world-wide on engineering, manufacturing, and PLM in both industry and academia conferences. In addition to his books, Dr. Grieves has numerous publications and articles. Dr. Grieves consults with a number of leading international manufacturers and governmental organizations such as NASA.

Dr. Grieves has been a Co-Director of the Purdue PLM Center of Excellence, where he still participates, and served as a Visiting Professor at the Purdue University College of Technology. Dr. Grieves has also been affiliated with the Eller School of Business MIS Department at the University of Arizona, where he was designated Director – Industry Research for the MIS Department and Director, Information Technology Industry Research Center (ITIRC) at the University of Arizona. He served on the advisory board for the MIS department.

Dr. Grieves is Chairman Emeritus of Oakland University’s School of Business Board of Visitors. He has taught in the United States, China, and Europe at the university senior undergraduate, and graduate school levels and has authored and taught executive education courses. Dr Grieves is a Professor at CIMBA University, Asolo, Italy with an appointment at the University of Iowa. He also has an appointment as Research Professor at the Florida Institute of Technology.

Dr. Grieves is a founder and Chairman of Interactive Frontiers, Inc. the world leader in golf and sport instructional software, Dr. Grieves has over thirty years experience in the computer and data communications industry. He has been a senior executive at both Fortune 1000 companies and entrepreneurial organizations during his career. He founded and took public a $100 million systems integration company and subsequently served as its audit and compensation committee chair. Dr. Grieves has substantial board experience, including serving on the board of public companies in both China and Japan.

Dr. Grieves has a BSCE from Michigan State University and an MBA from Oakland University. He received his doctorate from the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management.


John Vickers 

VickersJohn Vickers is currently the NASA principal technologist in the area of advanced manufacturing. He also serves as the Associate Director of the Materials and Processes Laboratory at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and as the Manager of the NASA National Center for Advanced Manufacturing.

As principal technologist, he leads the nationwide NASA team to develop advanced manufacturing technology strategies to achieve the goals of NASA’s missions. In this role he represents the Agency supporting the President’s National Manufacturing Initiative and the Interagency Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office, which includes participation by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, NASA, the National Science Foundation, and other agencies. He also he leads the NASA Technology Roadmap effort for “Materials, Structures, Mechanisms and Manufacturing.”