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Simulation World Energy Innovation Conference

Ansys is helping industries boost their productivity through the adoption of simulation. This event brings together Ansys leaders and engineers to connect with you on digital transformation technologies around:

  • Net Zero targeted solutions

  • Advancing energy security, reliability and affordability

During this session, you will have the unique opportunity to hear from thought leaders and our engineers on packaged solutions in areas where there would be opportunities to partner with us on these topics.  

Date and Time:
Tuesday, May 14, 2024
8:00 a.m. CT to 3:30 p.m. CT 

Houston Aquarium 
410 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002

About this event:

The race is on to meet the demands of tomorrow - higher levels of quality, reliability and durability, cost-effectiveness, and differentiation. These rapidly evolving systems require proven technologies that accurately reflect real-world performance - enabling engineering teams to identify and resolve product issues before they make it to market.

Join Ansys on May 14, 2024, at the Houston Aquarium as we present simulation solutions for meeting the most demanding challenges in Energy. This one-day event is free to attend and will offer an agenda that includes how industries are using simulation solution to make energy production and distribution safer, more reliable, cleaner and more efficient. 

Led by engineering simulation experts, these technical sessions will cover how Ansys solutions addresses industry-specific challenges and demonstrate new product features and solution-based workflows. 

What to expect:

  • A one-day free event that offers learning opportunities for engineers and their teams

  •  Meet with like-minded Ansys application engineers, product managers, and industry experts

  • Technical discussions focused on Ansys simulation platforms delivering Multiphysics and systems capabilities

  •  1-on-1 consultations with Ansys application engineers 

  •  Keynote presentations from out CTO Scott Parent

Who should attend:

Professionals with a background in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, fluid dynamics, engineering directors and managers, and engineering team members.

 Have questions:  

For questions, please get in touch with Coleen Gokool, Field Marketing Manager - Energy at


*Subject to change

Time Session Title Speaker 
8:00am – 8:30amRegistration & Breakfast 
8:30am – 8:50amWelcome & IntroductionElaine DiLisio, Ansys Regional Sales Director
8:50am – 9:00amBreak 
9:00am – 9:20amFrom the Racetrack to the Boardroom: Winning with SimulationAjei Gopal, Ansys President & CEO
9:25am – 10:00amModeling the FutureScott Parent, Ansys Vice President and CTO
10:00am – 10:10amBreak 
10:10am – 10:40amDiscovery Jonathan Ward, Ansys Product Sales Manager
10:40am – 11:00amAmmonia – a renewable fuel for zero emission mobilityYoung Suk Jo, Chief Technology Officer
11:05am – 11:35amDigital/ AI applications in Managing Energy DemandAnchal Jatale, Ansys Manager Application Engineering
11:30am – 12:00pmTBA 
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch 
1:00pm – 2:00pm Panel: Digital Engineering Journey

Scott Parent, Ansys Vice President and CTO

Elaine DiLisio, Ansys Regional Sales Director

Pepi Maksimovic, Ansys Distinguished Engineer

2:00pm – 2:30pm TBA 
2:30pm - 3:00pmTBA 
3:00pm – 3:05pmWrap up Elaine DiLisio, Ansys Regional Sales Director
3:05pm – 4:00pm Networking

Featured Speakers:

Ajei Gopal

Dr. Gopal has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer since 2017. In 2016, he served as our President and Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Gopal was appointed an independent director of the Board in 2011 and served in that capacity until his employment by the Company in 2016. From 2013 to 2016, Dr. Gopal was an operating partner at Silver Lake, a leading private equity technology investor. His employment at Silver Lake included a secondment as interim President and Chief Operating Officer at Symantec in 2016. From 2011 until 2013, he was Senior Vice President at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company. Dr. Gopal was Executive Vice President at CA Technologies from 2006 until 2011. From 2004 to 2006, he worked at Symantec, where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Earlier, Dr. Gopal served as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of ReefEdge Networks, a company he co-founded in 2000. He worked at IBM from 1991 to 2000, initially at IBM Research and later in IBM’s Software Group.

Dr. Gopal currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Fiserv, Inc. (since 2024). Dr. Gopal previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of Citrix (2017-October 2021).

Scott Parent

Scott is currently the VP & Chief Field Technologist for Ansys. In his last role, he was the CTO of Digital Solutions, and R&D at the enterprise level for Baker Hughes.  Prior to this,  Scott was the COO/CTO of General Electric’s Distributed Power business, leading engineering, sourcing, and manufacturing to support GE’s aero and reciprocating engines businesses.  Scott had rejoined GE in 2013 after more than four years in various roles in the energy and O&G industries.  He spent time as the VP of Technology, Operations at BP, and before joining BP he was the VP of Engineering & CTO for Drilling and Evaluation at Baker Hughes.  Scott has a broad leadership background in technology from multi-physics simulation to robotics, analytics, sensors, asset health monitoring, AI/ML, additive, computer vision, edge analytics and other associated 4-IR technologies.  He is particularly keen on helping business leaders with their product & digital engineering transformations. Scott has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Maine, and a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from Pennsylvania State University. 

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Aaron Avagliano, Ph.D.

Aaron has over 25 years of global energy industry experience in research technology product development with major international energy companies. He has led teams responsible for commercializing a range of technologies, more recently focusing on clean and renewable energy.

At Baker Hughes, Aaron leads technology selection and commercialization to advance new frontiers for energy that will position the company to help meet global energy demand by offering lower carbon solutions across industries. 

Aaron has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sydney and a BMath (Hons1) from the University of Wollongong in Australia. His international journey began with a post-doctoral fellowship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Young Suk Jo

Young is the founding CTO of Amogy, leading development of ammonia-based energy storage solution for decarbonization of heavy-duty transportation and stationary power generation. Amogy demonstrated the world-first ammonia-powered mobilities, including drone, tractor and a class 8 semi-truck. Young’s previous work covers R&D on various hydrogen storage materials, such as ammonia, methanol, formic acid, and LOHC, and development of a compact energy conversion solutions based on them. Young received his mechanical engineering PhD at MIT in 2016, with the focus on energy conversion devices.


Elaine DiLisio

Regional Sales Director,


Jonathan Ward

Product Sales Manager,


Anchal Jatale

Manager Application Engineering, Ansys


Pepi Maskimovic

Distinguished Engineer,


Additional Speakers Coming Soon!

About the Houston Aquarium:

Your underwater adventure begins as you are seated around a floor-to-ceiling 150,000-gallon aquarium, home to over 100 species of aquatic life from around the globe. Each guest will have excellent views of fascinating creatures as they swim right by your table, including reticulated rays, moray eels, giant groupers weighing over 250 pounds, shovel-nosed guitarfish, and a rare Napoleon wrasse from Australia.

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