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The Future of Small Scale Photovoltaic Solar Energy

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
5:00pm – 6:00pm 
155 Olin Hall
Sage Hall, East Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14853, United States
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An internationally recognized authority and innovator in the application of finite-element methods to
engineering, Dr. John Swanson, who holds a Ph.D. in applied mechanics from the University of Pittsburgh,
founded ANSYS, Inc. in 1970 as Swanson Analysis Systems, Inc., serving as President and CEO until 1994,
and as Chief Technologist until his retirement in March 1999. An industry leader, ANSYS develops and
globally markets engineering simulation software and technologies widely used by engineers and designers
across a broad spectrum of industries. Prior to founding ANSYS, Dr. Swanson worked at Westinghouse
Astronuclear Laboratory. Dr. Swanson recently invested in Applied Quantum Technology (AQT), a
California startup company with the objective of reducing the cost of PV Solar Power by another
factor of two.

In 2009, Dr. Swanson was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the highest honor
bestowed in the field of engineering. Other recognition and awards include: 2011 William Metcalf Award from
the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania; 2006 ASME President’s Award; 2004 John Fritz Medal from
the American Association of Engineering Societies; 1998 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of
Pittsburgh School of Engineering; 1996 Washington & Jefferson College Outstanding Entrepreneur of the
Year; 1994 Industry Week’s “Top 5 out of Top 50 R&D Stars in the U.S.”; 1991-93 ANSYS CAD/CAM Leader
Award voted by Machine Design; 1990 Computers in Engineering Award for outstanding contributions to the
engineering and computing industries; 1986-87 Pittsburgh Engineer of the Year by ASME. The John A.
Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh is named in his honor. Dr. Swanson is
currently on the Board of Trustees at the University of Pittsburgh and was on the Board of The ASME
Foundation and served two terms as a Trustee of Washington & Jefferson College. He is a member of the
Engineering College Council at Cornell.
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155 Olin Hall, Sage Hall, East Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14853, United States

Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 5:00pm – 6:00pm

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