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Engineering USA Acquires Design Automation Associates Inc

DAA Press Release; June 2, 2021

Engineering USA’s Expansion with Industries eXcellence to Deliver a Complete Offering for Digital Transformation of Industrial Markets.


Engineering USA, the North American division of the Engineering Group, has acquired DAA (Design Automation Associates, Inc.). This business expansion aims to create a unique market position for the company and its Industries eXcellence Global division, which specializes in the design, development, integration and delivery of holistic technology solutions for manufacturing and industrial clients. DAA brings with them 24 years of experience in digital automation of product design, analysis and test engineering. This niche footprint will complement Engineering USA’s similarly robust background in manufacturing design, manufacturing, automation, operational efficiency and supply chain optimization. The result will be a complete digital offering for Industry 4.0 and the Digital Twin, from design to simulation to production and beyond the factory doors.

"This acquisition marks a momentous moment of growth for both organizations."

“This acquisition marks a momentous moment of growth for both organizations. We join forces with the singular ambitious vision to establish ourselves as the global market leader in delivering the entire Digital Thread from start to finish. In fact, the integration of DAA’s expertise in design automation and product engineering will enable us to consolidate our design practice and deliver end-to-end connectivity and transformation across the industrial lifecycle,” said Ettore Soldi, President of Engineering USA and Head of the Industries eXcellence Global division at Engineering Group.

"DAA is pleased to become a part of Engineering USA. We will contribute our industry-proven digital product engineering solutions to Engineering USA's innovative manufacturing solutions."

John Lambert, CEO of DAA, agreed: “DAA is pleased to become a part of Engineering USA. We will contribute our industry-proven digital product engineering solutions to Engineering USA’s innovative manufacturing solutions. This will enable both DAA’s and Engineering USA’s clients to leverage end-to-end digitalization capabilities from product design, through manufacturing, and into service to dramatically improve how they innovate and bring products to market.”

"Both companies have experience across similar industries, including Shipbuilding, Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Industrial Machinery, Chemical, Energy and many more. Our combined knowledge of industryspecific standards, processes and solutions will help us provide a breadth of value and insight to clients like never before,” added Fabio Sala, Vice President of Industries eXcellence USA.

In addition to augmenting the competences of Engineering USA’s PLM group, DAA will become the new Design Automation practice within Engineering Group’s Industries eXcellence Global division. DAA’s founders, John Lambert and Sean Sullivan, will continue to provide their invaluable contribution as Executive Vice Presidents of the new division. DAA will continue operations at its Windsor Locks (CT) headquarters, as well as at its Detroit (MI), Savannah (GA) and Rexburg (ID) locations.


About Design Automation Associates, Inc.

DAA, or Design Automation Associates, is a solution provider specialized in design automation and design engineering processes. Their team implements engineering process automation across the design, analysis and test engineering disciplines. DAA uses digital technology and process redesign to dramatically improve how manufacturers design products. It has contributed designs to 5 Mars vehicles, ships and jets used in national defense, renewable energy systems, efficient and safe trains and cars, and health-promoting consumer products.

About Engineering USA

Engineering USA (www.engusa.com) is the North American division of the Engineering Group (www.eng.it), one of Europe’s largest IT players in the field of digital transformation of both public and private organizations. With approximately 12,000 professionals in 40+ locations (in Italy, Belgium, Germany, Norway, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and the USA), the Engineering Group designs, develops, and manages innovative solutions for the business areas in which digitalization is having the biggest impact, including Digital Industry, Smart Energy & Utilities, Smart Transportation and Digital Defense. As part of the Industries eXcellence Global division, and with a particular focus on the manufacturing and transportation sectors, Engineering USA’s team specializes in the design, development, integration and delivery of holistic technology solutions covering the end-to-end lifecycle of all industrial products and processes.


Media Contacts

Engineering USA: Zivile ‘Z’ Badaraite, [email protected]
Design Automation Associates: Kevin Connell, [email protected]


To see original press release, visit https://www.daasolutions.com/post/engineering-usa-acquires-design-automation-associates-inc


Electronic Warfare Simulator Trains the Navy

Press release from RDSI; June 1, 2021

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. - RDSI, a professional services company serving the defense industry, releases its newest version of EWPro™ 20/20, an electronic warfare simulation software. The Navy has been using EWPro for more than 25 years and it is responsible for successfully training multiple generations of sailors.

The software solves the challenge of giving sailors real world warfare experience by offering training in a safe and simulated environment. The software has evolved and continues to adapt to the ever-changing global threats and challenges that service men and women face.

The affordable software provides portable, standalone, and networked training solutions for both individualized and collective team training environments and supports multiple tactical platform configurations, while interfacing with existing simulation and training systems.

Past President and RDSI Board Member Robert Kenner notes, “This software is just as relevant today as it was years ago due to its ease of use. It has been a central technology solution from RDSI for all these years and it helps maintain a highly skilled workforce throughout a service member’s career.”

For more information about EWPro, download the EWPro specification sheet and informational overview at www.rdsi.com/Products.

About RDSI:
RDSI is a professional services company performing a wide range of engineering, technical, training, monitoring and program and fiscal management services, solving problems for the Government, Public Safety and Commercial Innovation customers. As a respected member of America’s Defense community, RDSI pioneered training and simulation with EWPro™ for the US Navy and recently launched EWPro 20/20 further innovating and solving more modern challenges for the defense industry. Additionally, the company develops monitoring solutions for the US Navy with MRTS-ES, RDSI's multi-screen Multi-purpose Reconfigurable Training System for Electronic Warfare Support. RDSI also designs, builds, and tests TACAMO Strategic HEMP (High Altitude Electromagnet Pulse) Communications Shelters.  RDSI is a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) employing almost 100 team members who are dedicated to the delivery of products and services our customers and teammates are proud of, while providing our team members with a professional work environment they will value during their careers. RDSI is headquartered in McLean, VA, and has branch offices in San Diego, CA, Middletown, RI, and Pawcatuck, CT. To learn more, go to www.rdsi.com  


Submarine Force Museum to reopen after more than a year

The Middletown Press; May 25, 2021

GROTON — The Submarine Force Museum, which contains the USS Nautilus, the first nuclear powered submarine, will reopen to visitors Wednesday after shuttering for more than a year during the pandemic.

The organization plans to hold a grand opening celebration on June 4, the museum said in a statement.

Read more >>>


Ørsted and Eversource announce partnership with local fishermen

The Day; May 19, 2021

Joint-venture partners Ørsted and Eversource, the companies working with the state on a $235 million overhaul of State Pier in New London, have announced a collaboration with Waterford-based marine services provider Sea Services North America and its partner fishermen in Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York.

Ørsted says the agreement marks the first time an offshore wind developer and a commercial fishing consortium have signed a substantial commercial contract in the history of U.S. offshore wind.

The partnership, Ørsted and Eversource said in a statement, supports scouting and safety work — safe navigation in and around the companies’ planned Northeast offshore wind farms projects, including the 704-megawatt Revolution Wind project serving Rhode Island and Connecticut, the 132-megawatt South Fork Wind serving Long Island and the 924-megawatt Sunrise Wind project serving New York.

“We believe strongly that offshore wind can coexist with all ocean users, including the region’s commercial and recreational fishing fleets,” David Hardy, chief executive officer of Ørsted Offshore North America, said in a statement. “Our expanded collaboration with Sea Services will help us as we strive to achieve that coexistence, with the valuable support from fishermen who know the area’s waters best.”

Sea Services North America was co-founded by Waterford attorney Gordon Videll and Gary Yerman, the founder and owner of New London Seafood Distributors in New London.



New England Seafood Distributors is an NMC Member.


Groton company gets spotlight for connection to offshore wind

The Day; April 24, 2021

New London — It’s called the ThayerCat, a catamaran-style power boat being converted into an autonomous unmanned marine vessel that can do things like monitor marine mammals and help mitigate noise during construction of offshore wind turbine platforms.

That was one of several innovative projects on display during a tour of Groton-based ThayerMahan on Friday, a 5-year-old company that U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, called “one of the most exciting new companies in the state of Connecticut.”

ThayerMahan is also a company that stands to benefit from the reinvigoration of the offshore wind industry under President Joe Biden. Biden’s administration has said it plans to accelerate permitting and boost financing for offshore wind farms.

ThayerMahan is performing high-tech seabed surveillance work with cutting-edge technology and recently was selected to receive a share of the $8 million made available by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium for its work with undersea cables, a project that could help reduce impacts on the ocean environment of work proposed by the offshore wind industry.

Courtney was joined on Friday’s visit by ThayerMahan CEO Mike Connor, Ørsted Offshore North America CEO David Hardy and others to talk about opportunities in clean energy manufacturing, particularly connected to the offshore wind industry.

ThayerMahan is contracted to perform work for Ørsted, the company that has joined with Eversource in development of several offshore wind farms and contributing more than $77.5 million toward the modernization of State Pier in New London.

Connor said the Groton company, which performs some work for the government, sea bed surveys and underwater infrastructure inspections, works with the submarine and shipbuilding community and expects ongoing maintenance work associated with marine projects to ensure environmental compliance as well as marine mammal safety.  MORE>>>


BlueTech Company,
ThayerMahan, Experiences Meteoric Growth in Groton

Groton Economic Development; April 21, 2021

In March, ThayerMahan, a Groton-based BlueTech company was awarded part of $8 million in federal funding for offshore wind research and development. The company is a leader in Groton's BlueTech industry and one of several growing in the region.

ThayerMahan was founded by Navy veterans concerned with growing undersea threats. "It became clear that we needed to find ways to supplement the Navy and Coast Guard's mission with marine awareness and unmanned systems," said Richard Hine, co-founder and COO of ThayerMahan.  MORE...


Meet CCAT's New Chief Technology Officer - Dr. Jacquelynn Garofano

CCAT Press Release; April 5, 2021

ccat Dr Jackie Garafano CTO

We are proud to announce Dr. Jacquelynn (Jackie) Garofano has joined the CCAT team in the position of Chief Technology Officer. A press release went out to the media today.
Jackie joins us after a nearly decade-long career at Raytheon Technologies and two decades of materials research experience.
“I am thrilled to join Ron and the team at CCAT. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to play an integral role in developing the company’s technical vision, strategic direction and future growth," says Jackie. 
As CTO, Jackie will focus on developing and directing new technology projects and programs in collaboration with our partner organizations: federal agencies, national labs and consortiums, universities, global industrial corporations and subject matter experts.  
Jackie began her career as a research scientist at United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) in 2011. Leveraging her materials engineering expertise, she solved technical challenges, provided failure investigation, and developed innovative technologies for the company’s aerospace and building industries. At UTRC, she was a driving force behind utilization of combinatorial high throughput methodology to rapidly execute and assess multivariable design of experiments, focusing on materials informatics approaches, for advanced materials development (including additive manufacturing) and corrosion mitigation. She has 11 technical publications to her credit, including the Applied Physics Letters, the Journal of Materials Science, the Journal of the American Ceramic Society, and Additive Manufacturing, and holds two U.S. patents.

We're excited to have Jackie on the CCAT team! Her broad technical expertise, and her deep understanding of partner organizations, will be an asset to our partnerships, programs and workshops.

Connect with Jackie on LinkedIn or via email at [email protected].
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