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Ultrasound Competence Test Metrics

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas Diagnostic medical ultrasound requires psychomotor skill in image acquisition and cognitive skill in image interpretation. There is a lack of an objective, quantitative, and standardized method to assess psychomotor skill. In traditional radiology and cardiology training programs, physicians are certified based on duration of training and number of procedures performed. However, assessment of trainee skill is now mandated by the worldwide shift toward competencebased medical education. The benefits of skill assessment are: 1) it provides trainees with feedback on their progress, 2) faculty can identify which trainees require additional help, and 3) hospitals have a standard for credentialing.

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Executive Perspectives: Software

DOMINIC GALLELLO President & CEO MSC Software Corporation Newport Beach, CA www.mscsoftware.com The foundation stones of CAE were laid in the 1960s during the race for space. Because of the obvious defense implications, this was a national imperative. It was a time of virtually unlimited government funding for advancing engineering methods — long nights and weekends, with country first and family second.

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Executive Perspectives: Software

SVANTE LITTMARCK President & CEO COMSOL, Inc. Burlington, MA www.comsol.com With the birth some 50 years ago of computers based on integrated circuits and semiconductors, engineers had a tool that could potentially produce numerical solutions to differential equations based on the laws of science — equations that realistically modeled the physics at hand, not just a simplified version that modeled the physics in a perfectly ideal case. At that point, numerical analysis became practically very important.

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Executive Perspectives: Software

JON HIRSCHTICK Founder and Chairman of the Board Onshape Cambridge, MA www.onshape.com Over the past four decades, I’ve watched CAD grow to become a vital part of the way virtually all products are designed and manufactured. In 1981, when I was a student at MIT’s CAD research lab, there were probably only thousands of CAD users in the world. Now there are millions.

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Product Lifecycle Management

Teamcenter® 11 product lifecycle management (PLM) software from Siemens PLM Software, Plano, TX, features enhanced functionality of its Active Workspace interface, new integration tools, and the ability to manage software design processes as an integral part of the overall product lifecycle. The software seamlessly integrates application lifecycle management tools, data, and processes within the PLM environment, enabling users to manage software designs with a holistic product view. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/61059-100

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Data Analysis and Visualization

Tecplot, Bellevue, WA, offers Tecplot 360 EX 2016 Release 1 data visualization and analysis software that features better support for polyhedral data, improved animation methods, and a new macro debugger. Users can visualize and analyze larger data sets, and several animation methods have been reintroduced for engineers trying to gain insight from extremely large data sets. The macro debugger makes it easier for users to navigate and debug scripts. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/61059-101

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3D Modeling

ANSYS, Pittsburgh, PA, has introduced ANSYS SpaceClaim 2016 3D modeling software that enables users to create, edit, and repair geometry regardless of the underlying technology or where the original model came from. The release features the Skin Surface Tool that allows reverse engineering of highly organic shapes. The new Shrinkwrap Tool cleans up models for 3D printing by creating a watertight, regular faceting around selected bodies. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/61059-102

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