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Brandon Donnelly

Simulation Engineer

Brandon enjoys mentoring customers on how to apply simulation technologies to their design process and improve their products. He has a graduate education in FEA Theory, Optimization, and Structural Dynamics and over 10 years of experience in the engineering industry. Prior to joining GSC, he designed large span roofing components that were too large to prototype, relying on simulations to predict failure.

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DD Durraikannu

Simulation Product Manager

It’s hard not to get excited about the possibilities of SOLIDWORKS Simulation when Dhanachezhian Duraikannu (DD) is around. DD is passionate about everything he does, whether it’s helping a customer solve a complex problem or it’s being a resource to a customer just getting started with Simulation software. He has over 17 years of experience in Computer-Aided Engineering in the areas of Structural Finite Element Analysis (FEA,) Computation Fluid Dynamic (CFD), injection molding moldflow for automotive (vehicle engineering), industrial machinery, equipment manufacturers, electronics, medical devices, and consumer product industries. Previously, DD served as a project leader for General Motors (GM) Vehicle Engineering – Virtual Vehicle Analysis Global Engineering projects for GM North America, GM China, and GM India Technical Centers.

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Sam Hochberg

Applications Engineer

Sam helps customers increase productivity with solutions tailored to their unique needs. He has over 35 years of 3D CAD design experience, most notably designing cell phones for Motorola. Sam also created an in-house CAD training program and performed application support during his time at Motorola. He has also taught at the collegiate level and developed curriculum for local companies. Since the late 1980s, Sam has worked at 3D CAD resellers in pre- and post-sales consulting, application engineering, and training team management roles. He is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert (CSWE).

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David Kasinskas

President & CEO

As a pilot and aircraft enthusiast, David landed a dream job as Mechanical Engineer for Cessna Aircraft Company early in his career. His role at Cessna and his previous experience within the automotive and outdoor power industries helped opened his eyes to a need in the marketplace – the lack of product analysis to improve product designs, reduce material costs, and design safer products. Determined to fill that need, David started GSC in 1989. In 1995, David helped to launch the SOLIDWORKS product and GSC remains as one of the only original solutions providers for SOLIDWORKS. Always on the cusp of the latest innovations, David helped GSC become one of the first companies to introduce 3D printers to customers as additive manufacturing solutions. As passionate as ever about computer-aided design and 3D printing technologies, David is committed to assisting customers in implementing new engineering technologies to streamline product development and fuel their success.

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Andy Kress

Applications Engineer

Andy is a problem solver; he enjoys crafting creative solutions to solve customers’ problems. Andy graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater with a bachelor's degree in Management Computer Systems. He has over 10 years of software development experience and has experience with API and programming. Having previously worked as a developer for a financial service provider and in the service industry, Andy has a strong background using multiple software development platforms. He is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional - Data Management (CSWP-D) and Certified Specialist - EXALEAD OnePart (CSWS-EOP).

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Matt Luedke

Technical Account Specialist

Matt aims to help our customers work better and smarter by providing technical support for SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS PDM and SOLIDWORKS Composer. He has over 17 years of mechanical design and engineering experience. Having worked as an Applications Engineer and Support Manager for other design platforms, and a product designer for a packaging company, Matt’s background is strong across multiple design platforms. He is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert (CSWE), Certified SOLIDWORKS Instructor (CSWI), Certified SOLIDWORKS Support Technician (CSWST), and a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist for Windows. Matt specializes in product documentation solutions and holds a certification in SOLIDWORKS Composer.

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Chris Olson

Simulation Engineer

Chris is at his best when helping customers be successful using SOLIDWORKS Simulation solutions. Chris brings over 6 years of experience to the GSC Simulation team. He is certified on multiple SOLIDWORKS products including core SOLIDWORKS, Composer, and all Simulation packages. He has also participated in multiple FEA consulting projects and is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert and Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional in Simulation. Chris is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

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Cody Pendzich

Applications Specialist

Cody gets excited about learning new ways to help his customers do things better. He loves sharing his SOLIDWORKS knowledge with customers as a training instructor for GSC. Cody has over 7 years of experience as a pattern maker, machinist, designer, and quality analyst, and has a wide range of skills in the engineering and mechanical design fields. He is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert (CSWE) and Certified SOLIDWORKS Instructor in Mechanical Design (CSWI-MD), in addition to holding and maintaining 15 other SOLIDWORKS certifications in areas such as SOLIDWORKS Inspection, SOLIDWORKS Visualize, and SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional. Cody is also experienced in technical support for numerous SOLIDWORKS products.

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Madhav Puppala

Director of Simulation Products & Services

Madhav is always up for a challenge, which is why he’s our go-to guy for difficult simulation projects. And, best of all, his favorite part of his job is working with customers to find innovative ways to solve problems. With over 25 years of engineering, research, consulting, product and software development, and management experience, Madhav understands the value of partnership in growing businesses and driving innovation. His industry experience includes structural FEA, CFD, plastics and metal simulation, and multi-body dynamics simulation.

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Tom Rohrbeck

Director of Additive Manufacturing

Tom excels at helping customers justify and implement 3D printing systems. With over 25 years of experience in 3D printing and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, he is an expert on the processes, technologies, applications, and latest innovations within the industry. With his wealth of knowledge of the various process and technologies available, Tom is eager to show you how 3D printing can reduce your existing costs and times to develop and manufacture products. Over the years, Tom has helped hundreds of companies across the country reduce costs and bring products to market faster.

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Rodd Rosenthal

Director of Technical Operations

Rodd understands the true meaning of partnering with customers because he was once a GSC customer himself. Rodd has over 25 years of wide-ranging industry experience from controls to equipment manufacturing to software and consulting. He has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a master’s degree in Engineering Management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Rodd has a proven track record of business process improvement and is a change agent for new technology and tools, providing world-class support to high technology companies.

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Bob Roth

Director of PDM Services

Bob doesn’t like to overcomplicate things. Simply put, he enjoys helping customers be more efficient and organized using SOLIDWORKS PDM. Bob is also detailed and experienced, which is why he excels at architecting and implementing SOLIDWORKS PDM solutions for GSC customers. Bob has over 25 years of experience in the heavy truck manufacturing industry, and has held design, admin, and management roles in both IT and Engineering. As Director of PDM Services, he has implemented and maintained multiple CAD/PDM environments throughout his career.

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Clare Schaeffer

Electrical Product Manager

Clare helps customers take a vacation. She uses the power of SOLIDWORKS Electrical to save her customers time so they can take time off without worrying about falling behind on work. Clare always knew she wanted to be an engineer. She grew up around the manufacturing industry and spent time in the “trenches” as a design engineer for new product development, including circuit boards, prior to joining GSC. She has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Valparaiso University and is a certified SOLIDWORKS (CSWS-MD) and Electrical Specialist (CSWS-E).

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Jeff Setzer

Technology Evangelist

Jeff is known as our resident SOLIDWORKS “evangelist.” He loves showing customers new ways to use the software and complimentary tools to make their jobs easier. Jeff has been working with SOLIDWORKS since its first release in 1995 and he has been with GSC from the beginning! He is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional, a Certified SOLIDWORKS Support Technician, a Certified SOLIDWORKS Instructor, a Certified Simulation Support Technician, and a Microsoft Certified Professional. Jeff studied Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Rochester, NY.

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John Setzer

Training Product Manager

John discovered his love of teaching early in life. He worked his way through college as a youth coach, umpire, and referee before earning his bachelor’s degree in education. As Training Manager at GSC, he has been sharing his SOLIDWORKS wisdom with GSC customers ever since – 21 years and counting! John is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert (CSWE), a Certified SOLIDWORKS Instructor, and a Certified SOLIDWORKS Technician. As the only CSWE with a state certification in teaching, John is well-versed is teaching all types of learning styles.

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Evan Stanek

Electrical Applications Engineer

Evan enjoys helping customers realize the time-savings SOLIDWORKS Electrical can provide. He has over 10 years of experience as an Electrical Engineer. Prior to GSC, he worked as an engineer in the broadcasting field designing panel layouts and schematics/installations for transmitter control systems, as well as network and control layouts for radio studios. Evan is a certified SOLIDWORKS Electrical Trainer and Electrical Applications Engineer (CSWE). He has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

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Jen Taylor

PDM Applications Engineer

Jen loves helping customers make their lives easier by replicating their engineering or other processes with SOLIDWORKS PDM. She has 8 years of networking and IT experience with manufacturing companies including PDM implementations, SQL/Server installation, and database migrations. Jen graduated from ITT Technical Institute with a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Security and an associate’s degree in Computer Networking Systems.

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Dave Vedder

Vice President of Engineering & Technology

David enjoys helping customers be successful through innovation and continuous improvement. With over 37 years of manufacturing experience, David has worn many engineering hats along the way. From creating innovative products to eliminating significant waste, he is an expert in LEAN product development. David also has experience in leading cultural changes to increase innovation, employee passion, customer quality, and teamwork. In addition to owning his own business, David has held high-level management roles within well-known global corporations such as Tennant Corporation Company and Mercury Marine.