Mr. Gibson has over 25 years of professional experience in the design, implementation, and simulation modeling of production, distribution, and transportation systems, and is considered one of the senior leaders in the simulation industry. He has authored numerous articles on practical aspects of simulation modeling and analysis as applied to business and industrial problems, is a frequent speaker and author at industry conferences, and is a Senior Member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). His background includes experience in applying simulation modeling and analysis technology to a wide variety of industrial and business problems. He was previously founder of Automation Associates Inc., an engineering consulting firm focused on simulation modeling for supply chain applications. Automation Associates was acquired by TranSystems Corp. in 2005, where he served as Senior Vice President / Principal in the Management and Supply Chain Consulting division. He retired from TranSystems in early 2009 to found Diamond Head Associates, Inc. Earlier in his career he was a co-founder and corporate officer of two high technology software companies, one involved in computer controlled industrial systems and the other in integrated material handling automation and control. He holds an MS in Computer Science and a BS in Applied Physics from the University of California.
Ricki G. Ingalls, Ph.D. is a Founding Principal of Diamond Head Associates, Inc. DHA is
an analytics consulting firm specializing in large-scale simulation and optimization modeling with applications in supply chain, financial markets, logistics, distribution and manufacturing. Previously, Dr. Ingalls was the Department Chair in the Department of Computer Information Systems and Quantitative Methods in the McCoy College of Business Administration at Texas State University, an Associate Professor in the School of Industrial Engineering and Management at Oklahoma State University and Site Director of the Center of Excellence in Logistics and Distribution (CELDi), a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center. Dr. Ingalls currently has 17 years in consulting and academics, along with 16 years in industry with Compaq, SEMATECH, General Electric and Motorola. At OSU, he has developed a graduate program in Supply Chain Engineering where he taught Supply Chain Strategy, Supply Chain Modeling, Simulation and Optimization. While at Compaq, he held an executive position reporting to the Vice-President of Global Integrated Logistics where he was responsible for Supply Chain Design projects and Supply Chain Strategic Planning. Dr. Ingalls holds a B.S. in Mathematics from East Texas Baptist College (1982), a M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University (1984) and a Ph.D. in Management Science from the University of Texas at Austin (1999).
Matthew W. Hobson-Rohrer, MBA, has been a leader in the simulation community since 1988. As a simulation analyst, Matt advised a wide range of companies such as Boeing, General Motors, Chrysler, General Electric, and Motorola to reduce risk and run their manufacturing facilities more efficiently. During his tenure with the AutoMod organization, Matt leveraged his communication, marketing, and strategy skills to help grow the software and consulting businesses. Matt served as the product manager for AutoMod, the standard for professional material handling simulation. With his team, Matt grew the applications for simulation, including advanced planning and scheduling and virtual commissioning. Since 2008, Matt has advised Emulate3D and SIMUL8 to grow their user communities in North America. Matt contributed a chapter on simulation of material handling systems to the “Handbook of Simulation” by the late Dr. Jerry Banks, and served as the General Chair of the Winter Simulation Conference in 2001. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mining Engineering as well as a Masters of Business Administration, both from the University of Utah.