2014 Guest Speakers

Ron Ambuter

Senior Vice President, The Business Process Incubator

Ron Ambuter

Ron Ambuter has over twenty years experience in Workflow, Imaging, Process and Business Process Management (BPM). Ron has a uniquely diverse perspective. One of the early industry visionaries as CEO of Opticos (software developer), then as founder of the Imaging and Workflow (BPM) Practice for Cap Gemini Sogeti (multinational consulting), extending through his leadership role as Division Vice President at JP Morgan Chase helping the bank adopt BPM as a corporate strategy (large corporate end-user), through his current role as Senior Vice President at The Business Process Incubator (impartial global BPM content syndication), Ron has extensive experience on all sides of process, both the theoretical and practical.

Ron has served as the featured speaker at conferences such as:
AMERICAN BANKING ASSOCIATION; AMERICAN HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION; AIIM; BAI; BUSINESS RULES FORUM; COGNIZANT COMMUNITY; DELPHI RULES FORUM; COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL; BANKING; FORRESTER BPM CONFERENCE; GARTNER BPM CONFERENCE; INFORMATION WEEK MAGAZINE; NACHA; PEGAWORLD; CIO FORUM; VARIOUS OTHERS

Dr. Andrius Armonas

Product Manager, No Magic, Inc.

Dr. Andrius Armonas

Andrius is the MagicDraw Product Manager and MagicDraw Analyst Team Manager with more than ten years of experience in software development. As a Product Manager, he is responsible for setting directions for the product, its roadmap and vision, and selecting features for each new version of MagicDraw. His responsibilities also include understanding the market and the competitive environment. As the Analyst Team Manager, Andrius is responsible for the MagicDraw R&D team, ensuring requirements quality and completeness, requirements gathering and specification processes.

Andrius joined No Magic as a System Analyst and trainer. He was responsible for teamwork-related features such as branching and the Merge plugin. This work included work from the initial product ideas to final product delivery, various diagramming improvements, and research related to supporting new standards. Andrius has conducted numerous training in Europe.

David L. Buckler

Senior Project Manager, CACI

David L. Buckler

David L. Buckler is a Senior Project Manager for CACI, Inc. working in the Northern Virginia area. He has been with CACI for almost 12 years focusing on business process improvement and simulation analysis, working mostly on Department of Defense IT implementation projects. Prior to coming to CACI, Mr. Buckler earned a Master's Degree from the George Washington University in Operations Research and immediately began working for the Navy as a civil servant. As part of his responsibilities with CACI, Mr. Buckler teaches a simulation course several times a year and is a speaker at conferences around the country. Married for 14 years with a 10 year old son and 5 year old daughter, Mr. Buckler is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, a board member of the Cauliflower Alley Club, and an Advanced Toastmaster.

Thomas Capelle

President, Sodius

Thomas Capelle

Thomas Capelle is the CTO for Sodius and holds a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He has over 15 years experience in code generation and model transformation technologies, with a special focus on embedded software. Over the last 10 years, he has overseen the development of an Ada code generator for UML, custom IDE’s for systems engineering, interoperability solutions for defense modeling, and a variety of other software solutions.

Cory Casanave

President & CEO, Model Driven Solutions

Cory Casanave

Mr. Casanave is an accomplished information technology senior executive with more than 20 years’ experience at all levels of product and application development and management. He is seasoned in researching and developing solutions, products, standards, and methods with intimate, first-hand knowledge of technology evolution as a chief decision maker. As a key collaborator, Mr. Casanave is adept at communicating at all organizational levels, sharing and collecting insights for maximized, collective understanding of critical objectives and effective execution of plans. He is a visionary leader, adept at developing a compelling vision and sharing insights with key contributors to help organizations achieve their vision. With complementary expertise and a track record in project management with hands-on development of cutting-edge products and applications; he is an excellent strategic planner with decisive ability to define processes that affect results positively. Mr. Casanave is a member of the Board of Directors of the OMG.

Christopher Delp

Systems Architect, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Christopher Delp

Christopher Delp is the Systems Architect for Ops Revitalization task in MGSS and a Lead Systems Engineer for MBSE on the Europa Mission. He is a member of the Systems Behavior and Architectures Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His interests includes Systems and Software Architecture, applications of Model-Based Systems Engineering , Model-Based Analysis and Enterprise Engineering Systems. He earned his M.S. and B.S. degrees from the U of Arizona in Systems Engineering.

David Hay

President, Essential Strategies, Inc.

David Hay

In the Information Technology Industry since it was called "Data Processing", Dave Hay has been producing data models to support strategic and requirements planning for more than twenty-five years. He has worked in a variety of industries, including, among others, banking, clinical pharmaceutical research, and all aspects of oil production and processing.

For 20 years he has been President of Essential Strategies, Inc., a consulting firm dedicated to helping clients define corporate information architecture, identify requirements, and plan strategies for the implementation of new systems.

Dave is the author of the original data model patterns book, Data Model Patterns: Conventions of Thought, as well as books on requirements analysis and metadata after that.

Early last year, he published the book Enterprise Model Patterns: Describing the World, a comprehensive set of patterns addressing enterprise models from several levels of abstraction. Since he took the unusual step of producing model patterns in UML, a follow-on book, UML and Data Modeling: A Reconciliation was published a few months ago. This presentation is based on that book.

He has spoken at numerous international and local DAMA, user group, and other conferences.

Dr. Mads Ingstrup

Software Architect, No Magic, Inc.

Dr. Mads Ingstrup

Dr. Mads Ingstrup joined No Magic in 2012 and works as a Software Architect in No Magic's Asian development center, where he specializes in scalable distributed systems and quality assurance. He has more than 10 years of experience in software architecture from positions both as a practitioner in industry and as a researcher in academia. Prior to joining No Magic Dr. Ingstrup worked as a Research Associate Professor at the Computer Science Department at Aarhus University in Denmark, publishing more than 20 research papers and serving as advisor to MSc and PhD students. Mads holds an MSc in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Southern Denmark, and a PhD in computer science from Aarhus University.

Nerijus Jankevicius

MBSE Product Manager, No Magic, Inc.

Nerijus Jankevicius

Nerijus Jankevicius is the MBSE Product Manager at No Magic, with 10+ years of experience in software development and modeling. He has been a MagicDraw UML team member since the very beginning of tool development in 1997 and is responsible for system analysis, technical requirements, design and implementation, focusing on supporting UML standard and domain-specific extensions. Since 2006, Nerijus has been working on SysML implementation in MagicDraw and has the role of SysML Product Manager. Responsibilities include all phases of development – market analysis, requirements, guidance of DSL customizations for SysML language, technical mentoring and product representation in trade shows and seminars. Nerijus's responsibilities include visiting customers and solving model-related issues on site. In recent years he conducted UML and SysML related trainings and consulting in Europe.

Nerijus is an active and influential participant in OMG UML and OMG SysML Revision Task Forces (RTF) and has been the official No Magic representative for these OMG standards since 2004. Nerijus is one of the first OMG Certified Advanced UML 2.0 Professionals in Europe. Nerijus is author of a unique model-driven approach to DSL (Domain Specific Languages) customization that enables MagicDraw to adopt new specific domains and new modeling languages (like SysML, DoDAF, MoDAF, BPMN and others) without additional coding - by creating a customization model which extends UML profiling capabilities. Nerijus has successfully presented this DSL approach in OOP 2007 and OOP 2008 conferences.

Elisa Kendall

Partner, Thematix Partners LLC and CEO, Sandpiper Software

Elisa Kendall

Ms. Kendall has over 30 years professional experience in the design, development and deployment of enterprise-scale information management systems for communications, high technology, and aerospace applications. Her background includes many years in applied research in knowledge representation and ontology design, information architecture, complex event processing, and knowledge based systems development. She has been instrumental in bridging software engineering disciplines, such as the Object Management Group (OMG)'s Model Driven Architecture methodology, which provides a basis for automating metadata management, and knowledge representation and reasoning (Semantic Web) technologies. Ms. Kendall is principal architect of a UML-based ontology analysis, development and application deployment framework, and has developed rigorous methodologies for domain assessment supporting ontology development. Her formal training in Situation Semantics coupled with extensive systems integration experience led to Ms. Kendall's innovative approach.

Ms. Kendall brings deep experience in large-scale, complex taxonomy, ontology and knowledge-based systems development, working for customers such as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the DoD, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, SRI International. She represents ontology concerns on the Object Management Group (OMG)'s Architecture Board, and is co-editor of the Ontology Definition Metamodel (ODM). She is also an active participant in the ISO JTC1 SC32 WG2 Metadata working group and was a member of the W3C OWL and Best Practices working groups. Recent projects include commercial ontology development for travel, agricultural, chemical engineering, financial services, and telecommunications applications.

Kent Laursen

CTO, No Magic, Inc.

Kent Laursen

Kent Laursen brings a breadth of experience in software engineering, product development, innovation, technological evangelism and standards development. Prior to becoming CTO for No Magic, Mr. Laursen was a Principal Engineer for Scientific Research Corporation, where he provided strategic, architectural, software development and systems engineering services to SRC’s DoD customers. Before his defense work, Mr. Laursen was involved in the Bio IT space, serving as Senior Software Architect for GenoLogics Life Science Software and Director of Product Development for Indigo BioSystems. Mr. Laursen began applying modeling in earnest as Senior North American Consultant for Select Business Solutions, where he provided architectural, modeling and training services to financial, energy, shipping and telecommunications clients. As Staff Engineer for WebGain, Inc., Mr. Laursen was a primary developer of an innovative application development environment based on Java component assembly without traditional coding. In the earlier part of his career Mr. Laursen provided his consulting customers with technical services ranging from Smalltalk development to the construction of commercially deployed frameworks and solutions for a wide variety of interests. A strong proponent for standards, Mr. Laursen continues to be active in the Object Management Group.

Dr. Nikolai Mansourov

Chief Technical Officer, KDM Analytics

Dr. Nikolai Mansourov

Dr. Nikolai Mansourov, Chief Technical Officer of KDM Analytics, is the key contributor to several Government funded projects in the area of security assurance. Dr. Mansourov is recognized worldwide for his work in the area of automatic code generation and using formal specifications for security engineering. He is one of the first OMG-certified UML Advanced Professionals and a member of the UML2 standardization team. Previously Dr. Mansourov was the Chief Scientist and Chief Architect at Klocwork Inc, where he significantly helped build the company's credibility. Dr. Mansourov also was a department head at the Institute for System Programming, Russian Academy of Sciences, where he was responsible for numerous groundbreaking research projects in advanced software development for industry leaders Nortel Networks and Telelogic, and has 10 years experience teaching Computer Science during his tenure as an Associate Professor at the Moscow State University. Dr. Mansourov received BSc and MSc in Applied Mathematics from the Moscow State University in 1987, and PhD in Computer Science from the Moscow State University in 1993.

Dr. Mansourov is a frequent speaker as well as member of program committees at various international research forums. He is a Senior Member of the ACM, and a founding member of the World-Wide Institute of Software Architects. His impact on the industry continues through his participation on several standards bodies, including the ITU-T and OMG. Dr. Mansourov is the Chair of the OMG Task Force for the Knowledge Discovery Metamodel (KDM) specification, adopted as an ISO/IEC specification 19506.

Dr. Mansourov has published a book on formal methods, over 50 research papers, including 6 papers in referred journals, 17 papers in refereed conference proceedings and 33 major invited publications and technical reports. He is the author of 4 awarded and 3 pending patents. In 2011 Dr. Mansourov co-authored the book titled "System Assurance: Beyond Detecting Vulnerabilities", included in Master of Software Assurance Course Syllabus at Carnegie Mellon University.

Philip H. Newcomb

CEO, TSRI

Philip H. Newcomb

Mr. Newcomb is an internationally recognized expert in the application of artificial intelligence and formal methods of software engineering. He has published numerous papers, articles in technical journals and is a frequent presenter to national and international forums in his field. He has a graduate work and dregrees from Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Washington, Ball State University and Indiana University. Over the course of 25 years he has done groundbreaking research in the applications of artificial intellegence, software engineering, automatic programming and formal methods technology for industrial software problems. Mr. Newcomb formulated the conceptual product framework and led a team of computer scientists to develop the software transformation technology and products offered by TSRI.

Tom Pender

Manager of the No Magic Learning Institute

Tom Pender

Tom Pender has over 30 years of IT systems analysis experience performing modeling, design, analysis, coding and testing of systems and software including 10 years consulting and lecturing on software development methods and techniques. Tom is the author of two 5-star-rated books on the Unified Modeling Language (UML): UML Weekend Crash Course and UML Bible (through Wiley Publishing). Tom has delivered over 400 trainings and consultations in MagicDraw, UML, SysML and UPDM across the U.S. and in 15 countries. He has worked extensively with customers like NASA JPL, US Army Training and Doctrine Command, US Navy, CACI, Hospira, MITRE, Intel, NASA Houston, Sandia, John Deere, and Air Force Research Labs.

Tom is an expert not only in MagicDraw, but the full suite of tools offered, their interoperability capabilities and how to best apply each tool. Tom is a member of OMG and INCOSE and holds a B.S. in Computer Programming from Griffin College in Seattle.

Dr. Juergen Pitschke

Founder, BCS Consulting

Dr. Juergen Pitschke

Dr. Juergen Pitschke is founder of the owner-managed consulting company BCS headquartered in Dresden, Germany.

The focus of Juergen's work is "visual modeling and design of enterprise solutions." Dr. Pitschke is recognized for his knowledge in applying a wide range of standard notations in a methodological way. His consulting advice has assisted many clients in adopting standards and methods in daily practice. Dr. PitschkeHe is the translator of the RuleSpeak approach into German.

BCS customers include companies such as Hapag-Lloyd, Kuehne+Nagel (AG & Co.) KG, Stuttgarter Versicherungen as well as other organizations such as the Swiss Federal Office of Police.

Dr. Axel Reichwein

Founder & CEO, KONEKSYS

Dr. Axel Reichwein

Through my PhD in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Stuttgart and through my Postdoc in Model-Based Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, I have acquired expertise in:

  • Modeling various mechatronic system aspects in different languages, tools and at various abstraction levels
  • Integrating models into a common system model in SysML/UML to support consistency, traceability and automated trade-off studies in complex systems design

Expertise in modeling various mechatronic system aspects:

  • Conceptual system modeling in SysML
  • Software modeling in UML
  • CAD modeling in CATIA, SolidWorks, VRML, OpenCascade
  • Dynamic system modeling in Simulink, SimMechanics, Modelica and TRNSYS
  • Various models used in aerospace and mechanical engineering in Matlab, Excel, Fortran and GAMS

Expertise in implementing software solutions to:
• Synchronize conceptual system models with detailed discipline-specific models

  • Support Model-Driven Engineering in the context of mechatronic system design: Automatic translation of easily reconfigurable system configuration models into detailed discipline-specific models
  • Support the graphical representation and automatic execution of workflows for automated trade-off studies
  • Expose tool-specific data as web resources in RDF/XML, JSON through RESTful Web Services

Pascal Roques

Author, Independent Consultant & Trainer, Chairman of SysML France Association

Pascal Roques

Pascal Roques is an independent consultant and trainer, who has been modeling for more than twenty years in various domains. He began with SADT in the late eighties, then moved to OMT and UML (OCUP Advanced Certification) with Valtech, where he was in charge of the Modeling theme of the Training catalog.

Pascal is now working on his own at Pascal Roques Formation & Conseil, primarily in the field of Systems Modeling with SysML. He is also Chairman and co-founder of the SysML France Association, and published the first book about SysML in French (Eyrolles, 2009).

Jim Schardt, M.S.E

Solution Architect, TMNA Services

Jim Schardt, M.S.E

Jim Schardt brings more than 30 years of experience in complex systems, software engineering, change management, business engineering, artificial intelligence, and team facilitation to TMNA Services. He is currently integrating business, information, and service assets to meet the demands of Tokio Marine North America's group Insurance companies. Jim has provided system development mentoring support to Hospitality, Insurance, Medical, Finance, and Aerospace industries during his career delivering new business products, and software development frameworks, as well as managing major research programs, inventing new systems methods, and co-authoring the first UML2 book for practitioners — "UML2 for Dummies." His current interests include utilizing UML, OOAD, and MDA code contract generation to enhance productivity and speed up the development lifecycle. Jim earned his Master's Degree in Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Darius Silingas

Head of Solutions, No Magic, Inc.

Dr. Darius Silingas

Dr. Silingas has been with No Magic since 1998. He has been involved in multiple international projects as programmer, analyst, architect, project manager, and consultant. Since 2004, he has led the Training/Solutions organization which focuses on MagicDraw based modeling consulting and custom development modeling solutions for large organizations.

Darius has been involved in more than 200 training and consulting sessions in 20 countries (USA, UK, Germany, France, Russia, South Africa, Finland and others) helping organizations adopt MagicDraw and No Magic's Cameo Suite of products to efficiently solve their modeling solution needs. Darius is a frequent speaker at key technology conferences such as Architecture and Design World, OOP, JAX, Code Generation, EuroSTAR and has written a number of articles on model-based engineering. In addition to his responsibilities at No Magic Europe, Darius is a visiting lecturer at Vytautas Magnus University and ISM University of Management and Economics. Darius is an Advanced OMG Certified UML Professional and OMG Certified BPM technical expert.

Gary Solomon

Partner, Dentons

Gary Solomon

Gary Solomon is a member of the Dentons' Intellectual Property and Technology practice, specializing in patent preparation, prosecution and strategic protection of intellectual property assets. Gary has also been involved with several patent litigations and routinely works with clients on licensing and other intellectual property transactional matters.

He drafts and prosecutes a wide range of patent applications for inventions in both high-tech and business sectors. With over 12 years as a patent attorney, 10 years as a missile system design engineer at Raytheon Company, and many years in working with startup companies, Gary has combined his skill sets to be an effective counselor for developing strategic patent portfolios for his clients.

Greg Soulsby

Director, Innovative Business Partners

Greg Soulsby is currently Director at Innovative Business Partners, and as a Senior Business Analyst and a Consultant, he has a proven track record of implementation on complex projects in banking and insurance. Greg is structured in his approach with a focus on pragmatic implementation of best practices, and is effective at working through challenges and in pressure situations. For the past four years Greg has served as a Chair on the XBRL Comparability Task Force.

Greg has five years experience in regulatory reporting, liquidity and other risk domains for investment banks. As a Senior Business Analyst and Information Architect at JP Morgan Chase, Greg worked on multiple large-scale projects in banking and insurance, has modeled the business domain, wrote architectural and functional specifications, and worked closely with development teams, in testing and supporting users. Greg has a track record of identifying major innovation opportunities, working with senior management on strategy and working with implementation teams on successful delivery.

Greg also has extensive experience with structured methods, risk and regulation in the finance sector, model driven development and testing, data mining and predictive models as well as international data standards. Greg attended the University of Monash, Australia and currently resides in London.

Jason Wilson

Director of U.S. Product Development, No Magic, Inc.

Jason Wilson

Jason is currently responsible for U.S. development projects and solutions and is also the Product Manager for both No Magic's Cameo DataHub and Cameo Requirements+. He is a member of the Dallas chapters of IIBA and ASEE. Jason resides in McKinney, Texas with his wife and their newborn baby girl. When not working, Jason enjoys the outdoors, sports and time with family. Jason can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dirk Zwemer, PH.D

President & CEO, InterCAX LLC

Dirk Zwemer, PH.D

Dirk Zwemer, PhD is President and CEO of InterCAX, LLC. Dr. Zwemer has over thirty year's experience in the electronics industry with Bell Labs, Exxon, ITT, SRI Consulting and other organizations. He is the author of three patents and multiple technical papers and trade journal articles. He received a PhD in Chemical Physics from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Santa Clara University. In addition to directing business development and marketing efforts at InterCAX, Dr. Zwemer provides strategic consulting for customers and shows how to apply SysML in a wide variety of domains. He is a certified systems modeling professional at the highest level (OCSMP Level 4 — Model Builder Advanced) and a member of the Smart Grid Challenge Team within the INCOSE MBSE Initiative.