In this presentation, representatives from General Motors and Molex explain why and how they manage materials information. In addition, Granta Design will introduce further examples of enterprise materials information management programs based on the company’s GRANTA MI software. Attendees will learn from these industry leaders how the latest materials information technology enables consistent, informed decision-making to save time and cost, reduce risk, and support innovation.

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Denise Massa is the Global Process Lead for Materials Lifecycle Management at General Motors, helping to ensure practical delivery of an IT infrastructure that enables GM to more effectively develop, manage, and apply its materials knowledge. This work includes consolidating numerous materials tools into a system built around the GRANTA MI materials information management system and Teamcenter PLM. The goal is to complete this project by 2018. Denise works closely with product development, engineering, and IT groups at GM to facilitate new releases of software. She is an active member of industry groups, including the Automotive Material Intelligence Consortium.

Brett Rickett is Director of Material and Process Technology at Molex. His areas of expertise include corrosion, electrochemistry, surface science, and spectroscopic analytical techniques. Over the years, Rickett has been actively involved with many industry forums such as the Center for Advanced Vehicle Electronics (CAVE) at Auburn University, and the IEEE Holm Conference. He received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.

Dan Williams, Automotive Product Manager, is responsible for ensuring that Granta Design’s industry-leading materials information software meets the needs of the automotive industry. A physics graduate from Oxford University, he has 11 years of experience in engineering software; in particular, solving challenges related to materials information management and material selection.