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Creating a new CAD forum
SweCAD is a completely new forum where students, researchers and companies will be able to exchange experiences and also learn about the latest developments. The initiative comes from the Division of Machine Design at Linköping University.
Without skilled design engineers, there will be no innovative products resulting in successful exports on the world market. Swedish based industry has so far held its own very well, but the shortage of skilled design engineers is serious – design engineers who can handle the most important software tools in Computer-Aided Design (CAD), simulation (CAE) and the systems that handle product data over the whole life-cycle of a product.
But the question is whether those tools that a company uses are fully utilised. And what skill-set should a newly graduated design engineer have?
“We are good at CAD and the other software products here at LiU, very good, and we teach students leading-edge skills, but we don’t know how their knowledge touches down in the workplace. Sometimes we get good feedback, but we also hear how some students have been disappointed when their skills were not used. For this reason we are now opening up to dialogue,” says Mehdi Tarkian, adjunct senior lecturer in the Division of Machine Design.
He and Peter Hallberg, assistant lecturer in the same division, now want to bring together students, researchers, companies and software suppliers to create a real dialogue where one of the outcomes is students whose training is compatible with the needs of the companies.
“We have between 800 and 1,000 students per year who follow one or some of our courses and the whole department are behind this initiative,” says Mr Hallberg.
The first SweCAD will be held in Linköping this summer, on 3 June, but the hope is that it will be an annual recurring event – a natural meeting place where students can meet companies and where companies can recruit talented, well-trained staff and also get to know about the latest research.
The programme offers a mixture of presentations from researchers and companies as well as the opportunity for attendees to try out some software that they might be curious about, but never got around to testing.
“We have well-equipped computer rooms and you can also dig deeper into new functions in software you already work with. The important thing is that all the participants get something out of the day,” says Mr Hallberg.
The hope is also that the companies will come well-prepared.
How many participants are they expecting for this first time?
“We want at least half of the participants to be students, and if we manage to get 20 companies here it will be a very satisfactory start,” says Mr Hallberg.
Last updated: 2014-03-03