Tuesday 29 September, 3pm UK / 10am EST

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Despite, or perhaps because of, the Covid-19 crisis, the aerospace and defence industry is under pressure like never before to be innovative and agile, and one of the most effective technologies is digital engineering: capabilities that allow enable design teams to work collaboratively and more productively. In fact, such is its potential for disruptive change, digital engineering has been described by the US Air Force as “the new stealth”. Our expert panel will discuss the potential of the technology and the benefits of becoming a truly digital enterprise, with examples from industry leaders on how it has transformed the way their businesses operate.

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Dale Tutt

Dale Tutt, Vice President Aerospace and Defense Industry, Siemens Digital Industries Software

Dale Tutt is the Vice President of Aerospace and Defense Industry, for Siemens Digital Industries Software. He is responsible for defining the industry strategy for Siemens, leading definition of industry solutions for Aerospace and Defense customers.

Prior to joining Siemens, Dale worked at The Spaceship Company, a sister company to Virgin Galactic, as the VP of Engineering and VP of Program Management, leading the development of spaceships for space tourism. He led the team on a successful flight to space in December 2018.

Previously, Dale worked at Textron Aviation / Cessna Aircraft in program and engineering leadership roles. As the Chief Engineer and Program Director of the Scorpion Jet program, he led a dynamic cross-functional team to design, build and fly the Scorpion Jet prototype from concept to first flight in 23 months. Dale also worked as an engineer at Bombardier - Learjet, and General Dynamics Space System Division.

Bissell Smith, Chief Information Officer & EVP, Enterprise Systems


Bissell is responsible for all aspects of Aerion Supersonic’s enterprise business systems strategy, implementation, and administration – including all information technology and business systems, software licensing, desktop and mobile devices, high performance computing infrastructure, cloud computing services, enterprise system security, and PLM and ERP systems.

Bissell brings three+ decades of experience from Northrop Grumman and also previously served as the Chairman of SAP’s Aerospace & Defense Executive Advisory Council.

Andy Schofield, Manufacturing Technology Director, BAE Systems – Air

Andy Schofield

Paul Niewald, Senior Director/T-X Chief Engineer, The Boeing Company

Paul Niewald

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The Xcelerator portfolio of software and services, which provides the industry’s most comprehensive digital twin is why Siemens is trusted by aerospace manufacturers and government agencies to enable the next generation design, manufacturing and sustainment innovation through increased automation and digitalization.