Committee Bios



Phil Sluder - Western US
Phil Sluder is a mechanical engineer from San Diego , California.  He has been active in the SolidWorks community for over 10 years, presenting the very popular “SolidWorks Tips and Tricks” at every SolidWorks World Conference. He is a Certified SolidWorks Instructor (with over 2300 hours of instruction), and a Certified SolidWorks Professional (CSWP). He also finds time to run the local San Diego SolidWorks User Group. His company TriAxial Design and Analysis a SolidWorks Manufacturing Network Partner providing mechanical engineering, design, analysis, and documentation services.



Richard Wand - Midwest US
Richard Wand is a Mechanical Engineer and Owner of MJ Engineering & Consulting Inc., based in Westerville, OH (just outside of Columbus).  Richard has been using SolidWorks since 2001 and has been active in the user group community for over 10 years involved in both the COSUG (Central Ohio SolidWorks User Group) and trying to start a Simulation User Group in Central Ohio also.  An active presenter, Richard has presented at 6 SW World Conferences, many local and regional user groups including NISWUG, and the Minnesota Simulation Group as well as several SWUGN summits.  Richard has also been a CSWP since 2002.


Todd Blacksher- Southern US
Todd Blacksher is a Design Engineer from Lincoln, Nebraska.  Starting in 1993, Todd has worked with several different CAD programs, but everything changed when he started using SOLIDWORKS in 2002.  Todd liked it so much that he started the SOLIDWORKS User Group of Nebraska (SwugOne) a few years later.  In 2005, Todd received his CSWP, and in 2007 he went to work for the local SolidWorks Reseller.  While he was an Application Engineer, he picked up a few more certifications - CSWI, CSWST, CPDM, CPDME, CSPST, DWCAE.  Todd now works for National Mfg - TMCO Inc. and has resumed his role as President of SwugOne.  Todd has presented at SOLIDWORKS World, several SWUGN Summits, and many regional User Group meetings.


Casey Gorman - Southeastern US
Prior to becoming a Systems Support Engineer (CAD) Casey Gorman was a senior mechanical engineer at Sun Nuclear Corporation for 25 years. He is the one responsible for bringing SolidWorks to Sun Nuclear back in 1997. He is also the co-founder (and current co-leader) of one of the longest established SolidWorks Users groups. Casey has numerous certifications including CSWA (Alpha/Beta tester), CSWP (8 hour test) as well as 3 of the advanced certifications. You can also find him on occasion presenting at SolidWorks Technical Summits.



Edson Gebo - Eastern US
Ed Gebo is a Mechanical Designer, SolidWorks Consultant, & SolidWorks Admin for Digital Detail & Design; a company he started in 2008. A SolidWorks user since 2003, he is now a CSWA and a CSWP. Ed started his first user group in 2007, the Central MA/Northeastern Connecticut SolidWorks User group. At SolidWorks World 2009, the CMNC-SWUG won the 2008 SolidWorks User Group of the Year Award. In addition, he was chosen as the 2010 SolidWorks User Group Leader of the Year, which was presented at SolidWorks World 2011. Ed was also nominated for 2010 Massachusetts Staffing Employee of the Year. He currently runs the Connecticut SolidWorks User Group, which he started in early 2009. Ed teaches two SolidWorks adult evening school programs at Bay Path Vocational High School.



Hal Olguner - Australia/New Zealand
Hal (Alby) Olguner lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. He is currently the Cad Office Manager for a medium sized company, designing and manufacturing interior components for the automotive industry.  Hal holds a Graduate diploma in CAD/CAM, with other degrees in Mechanical Design Drafting, Industrial and Process engineering.  His previous work experiences include, heavy transportation industry, marine/yachting industry, with a great passion for sailing and yacht racing.  Hal and his team have been using SolidWorks as their primary design software since its first release in Australia around 1996/97.




VACANT - Europe



Chris White - Canada
Chris White is a design engineer from Peterborough, Ontario.  He has been using SolidWorks since 1999 and is a Certified SolidWorks Professional (CSWP).  He graduated from school with a Mechanical Design degree, and has been working in the custom automated equipment industry for ten years.  Chris has been Group Leader for the Ontario SolidWorks User Group since 2006.


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