DESIGN NEWS EDITORIAL
Paul E. Teague, Chief Editor
One of the many truly great things about being an engineering
journalist is the opportunity we get to meet and talk
with the movers and shakers in a variety of technologies.
I've been particularly lucky to converse with such engineering
luminaries as aerospace engineers Burt Rutan (our first
Engineer of the Year) and Paul MacCready; communications
satellite engineer Harold Rosen; Bernard Dagarin, the
engineer behind the Galileo space probe and last year's
Engineer of the Year; medical pioneer Dr. Robert Jarvik;
and FEA leaders/entrepreneurs Dick MacNeal, John Swanson,
Victor Weingarten, and Michael Bussler, to name just
At the risk of being called a name-dropper, I'm going
to name two more.
Recently, I visited Dr. Pat Hanratty, president of
MCS, Inc. and primary developer of the CAD programs
ANVIL-5000 and the new ANVIL EXPRESS. If developing
those software packages were all he had done in his
career, he would be recognized as a very successful
person. But, he has done much more.
In fact, back in the early 1970s Hanratty personally
wrote the code that became the core software for many
of the most widely used CAD/CAM packages today. He called
it ADAM--an apt name for a product that spawned a generation
of computer programs for facilitating design.
Not bad for a late bloomer whose original goal was
to be an opera singer. Today, at an age when many people
begin to slow down, he still puts in long hours writing
lines of code to improve his existing products and develop
new ones. Filled with boundless energy, he can barely
contain himself as he talks about the state of the CAD
industry and his plans to make MCS a force.
Cut in many ways from the same creative and workaholic
mold, engineer and consultant Dick Miller is an idea
person who constantly searches for the truly innovative.
Actually, he says, "ideas are a dime a dozen, it's
execution that counts." He has plenty of experience
there, having been a founder of Aries Technology and
an executive at the MacNeal-Schwendler Corp. (which
bought Aries) and ANSYS, where he was instrumental in
the development of new technologies and products.
Hanratty and Miller exude enthusiasm for their work,
and it's contagious. They are both fun to be around,
and you can learn a lot from them.