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NAFEMS Appoints North American Representative

Glasgow , UK, December 1st 2006 – NAFEMS, The International Association for the Engineering Analysis Community, has appointed a dedicated North American representative to oversee the expansion of its activities in the USA and Canada.

Matthew Ladzinski will assist in the coordination of NAFEMS events in USA and Canada, as well as acting as a local point of contact for all North American members of NAFEMS.

Announcing the appointment, Tim Morris, NAFEMS CEO, commented “I am delighted to welcome Matt to the NAFEMS team. It is a longstanding objective of NAFEMS to provide the North American analysis community with a truly exceptional program of seminars, workshops and courses over the coming years, and we believe that this is an important step forward in enabling us to provide an even more comprehensive service to North American analysts.”

NAFEMS already has a strong membership base in North America, with major organizations such as Boeing, Hewlett-Packard, Rolls-Royce, NASA and Harley Davidson supporting it’s activities. The addition of local representation will enable these companies, and many more, to leverage full benefit from their membership of NAFEMS, as well as enjoying the additional networking benefits and opportunities which will present themselves as the core membership of the organization expands. “Matt’s role will be primarily to coordinate and instigate a program of events and participation for the North American analysis community,” added Tim “ but the focus will also be on promoting the many benefits of NAFEMS membership to all sizes of companies and institutions, and on increasing awareness of our activities in the education and training of engineers and analysts.”

Matthew Ladzinski - NAFEMS North America“I am very excited to have the opportunity to focus my marketing skills on further developing the business end of NAFEMS in North America.” , said Matthew, who has an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina, as well as a B.A. in Education from the same institution. “I find this position to be an innovative way to work with the leaders of the simulation community worldwide. I am proud to be with an organization that is pioneering this area and providing such benefit to its members.”

Working closely with NAFEMS HQ in Glasgow, UK, as well as with NAFEMS representatives in Germany, France, Spain and Italy, Matthew will provide a local point of contact for all North American NAFEMS Members. “This is an important move forward in the expansion of our activities in the USA and Canada.” commented David Quinn, Marketing Communications at NAFEMS. “Whilst NAFEMS has been offering a well-supported seminar program in North America over the past few years, this appointment will see a significant increase in our activities in the region, and will allow us to provide even more benefits to our members in the US and Canada.”

NAFEMS is an independent not-for-profit body with the sole aim of promoting the effective use of engineering simulation methods such as finite element analysis, multibody system dynamics and computational fluid dynamics. The North American chapter of NAFEMS was re-launched in 2003, and since then, nine meetings have been held in the USA, including the 2003 NAFEMS World Congress which was held in Orlando, Florida, and attracted over 150 participants. In 2007, the NAFEMS World Congress will be held in Vancouver, Canada.

NAFEMS currently has regional chapters in the UK, Italy, Germany (including Austria and Switzerland), the Nordic region (Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland), France and Iberia (Spain and Portugal). Regional chapters assist in coordinating local activities such as seminars and courses, as well as being the first point of contact for NAFEMS members in that region.

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Date: December 1, 2006