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Brandon Donnelly

Technical Account Specialist

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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Jeremy Gilles

Director of Engineering Services

Jeremy is passionate about helping customers identify opportunities for improvement. With over 20 years of experience in product and process design and implementation, Jeremy has spent time in just about every engineering role from Mechanical Designer to Director. Jeremy not only understands the high-level vision of organizational needs, he has the hands-on technical experience to create innovation solutions that bring that vision to life. Jeremy started his engineering career at Kohler Engine company then spent 12 years at Ariens Corporation where he led five of the seven cross-functional engineering disciplines along with the engineering systems and additive manufacturing lab.

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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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Michael Kern

SIMULIA Product Owner

Michael connects customers with the optimal solution for their business needs. But, he doesn’t stop there. Michael also helps customers maximize their investment from selection to implementation and beyond. He has over 10 years of engineering experience, ranging from Application Engineer for a manufacturer of retaining rings and flat wire wave springs to Mechanical Engineer for an engineering consulting firm. Michael has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois. He also holds several certifications including Six Sigma Green Belt, SIMULIA Expert Partner – Articulate, and SIMULIA Mid-Market Essentials – Articulate.

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Andy Kress

PDM 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

Senior Technical 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 Applications 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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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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Rodd Rosenthal

Project Leader

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

PDM Product Manager

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 complementary 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.