solidworks world 2008

What do these three have in common? They are all keynote speakers at SolidWorks World 2008.

  • Jeff Ray is the CEO of SolidWorks who went to Texas A&M.
  • Dr. Don Norman is the Professor who has a Lifetime achievement award.
  • Dr. Bob Ballard is the Marine Explorer who designed the submersible camera.

The keynote is usually a foundational element of a conference. Something you plan the rest of the conference around with the big announcements and special guests. I haven’t heard these guys speak… they sound interesting, but I have to agree with Matt Lombard in that I would like to see some speakers that sound more groundbreaking. Not they would not give addresses that are, I just find myself desiring to see a little more. Like Matt says, maybe the Tesla guys. Heck, even the Google team or Michael Arrington or David ten Have to talk on innovation.

Who knows who SolidWorks asked, but I’m sure these guys will have insightful things to say despite what their background is, how emotional they get about design, or what position they are in. I’m sure it will be an honor for them to speak to you all.


Josh is founder and editor at, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.