EnSight users in Germany, Central, Northern and Eastern Europe are probably familiar with Raimund Schweiger, Managing Director of CEI GmbH. For 6 years, Raimund has been overseeing sales, marketing and technical support for CEI Software’s within these European markets. At the end of 2015, Raimund will retire from CEI with almost 40 years in the CAE industry.
When Raimund first started his career, back in 1976, the term “Computer-Aided Engineering” didn’t even exist yet. He says, “When we first started, CAE was really this niche thing. It wasn’t a part of the design process, or really any part of the process, for most engineers. When something went wrong, that’s when they would say, you know those guys down the street are doing something different, maybe they can help us fix it, and that’s really where I started.”
For Raimund, watching the CAE industry take off has been a very interesting experience. He’s watched technological achievements help the industry gain momentum and become a bigger piece of the design process from the beginning, rather than just a way to fix problems. “It has been a long time coming to this point,” Raimund says. “Now CAE is important, which is a step forward for the general understanding of issues in the CAE industry.”
As for the future of CAE, Raimund hopes that it continues to evolve and become more mainstream. “The more analysis that is done before we’re too deep into a design process, the better,” he said. “As we grow the abilities for CAE software and analysis, we can better communicate that information, not just to other engineers, but to other stakeholders and the general public as well. I see that as an important part of the future of this industry, increasing the general knowledge of what our technology can do.”
Raimund plans on using his retirement to relax and spend more time with his wife and dog, but he’s not ready to leave CAE entirely. “I’ll probably pick up some projects here and there. Things that interest me, on my own schedule.
“Thank you to all of our customers and the CEI team,” says Raimund. “I wish them all the very best.”