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Solutions Expos – Just Back

John Parry

John Parry

Posted Oct 26, 2009

I’m just back from the Solutions Expos in Grenoble and Eindhoven. It’s the first time the Mechanical Analysis Division has attended Mentor’s Solutions Expos so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

The Grenoble event was preceded by a Networking Dinner & Cocktail Party “From the Earth to the Stars” held at La Bastille – Grenoble’s fortress and cable-car.

WOW! What a party. After a champagne reception cable cars took guests up to the mountain-top restaurant for an evening that featured some excellent entertainment including a light show, hot air balloon, dancers – more robotic than exotic, jugglers, live music and a firework display. The images below don’t really do it justice but they at least give an idea of what it was like. I hope I get to go again next year…


For me it was a very interesting event as it gave me the chance to learn more about Mentor’s business, so I was particularly interested in the keynote from Wally Rhines on “Common wisdom versus reality in the Electronics Industry”, which challenged the conventional wisdom regarding the current state of the semiconductor business. I won’t elaborate as there are events yet to take place in Egypt, Sweden and the UK! For registration details see this link.

The Grenoble Event is held jointly with ST Microelectronics and I was also pleasantly surprised at just how heavily involved Mentor is in the semiconductor business as opposed to PCB design and the extent of the partnership between Mentor and ST.

I went from London to Grenoble by Eurostar and TGV, and again travelled by train to Eindoven. It took a little than flying, but it’s more environmentally friendly :), less hassle, plus it’s easier to get work done on the train.

That’s all for now. Dr. J, Hampton Court

Mechanical Analysis, Environment, ST Microelectronics, Travel, Semiconductor Design, Solutions Expos

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About John Parry

John ParryI started my career in the consultancy group at CHAM Ltd., using PHOENICS for a variety of CFD applications. From the consultancy group I moved into support, helping customers debug models, and figuring out how to model new applications. That broadened into delivering training courses and creating training material. I was invited to join Flomerics when it started in 1989 to head up Customer Services, and I jumped at the chance to work for a startup. After a few years supporting customers using FloTHERM I moved across into research, developing thermofluid models of common electronic parts, like fans and IC packages, later managing the DELPHI and SEED projects. More recently I worked with Flomerics’ Finance Director on the acquisition of MicReD, helping to integrate MicReD’s business into Flomerics Group which was great fun. Since Flomerics acquired Nika, I’ve been responsible for promoting the FloEFD suite in education, and moved into marketing. I now work as part of the Mechanical Analysis Division’s Corporate Marketing group, responsible for ElectronicsCooling Magazine and the division’s Higher Education Program. Expertise: I’m a chemical engineer by training and did a PhD in reactor design before getting involved with CFD more than 25 years ago. Visit John Parry’s Blog

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