Extra time or money isn't something that appears in any of today's design budgets. Hence, engineers need to make sure they get it right the first time. A successful prototype allows you to thoroughly test your hardware and software designs along with ideally allowing you to reuse some of your prototype design within the final product. This presentation will provide tips from industry experts around why and how to create a functional prototype for your next project.


Richard Nass
Editorial Director
Rich's key responsibilities include setting the editorial direction for the various properties within TechInsights, including EE Times, EETimes.com, Embedded Systems Design magazine, Embedded.com, the global Embedded Systems Conferences, and all custom events. Rich also handles the editorial for EE Times Europe and Embedded Systems Design Europe. He's been in the electronics OEM industry for over 20 years. Before taking on the top editorial role for the TechInsights, Rich oversaw the Embedded and Custom groups, and the TechOnline DesignLine network of design engineering Web sites. Prior to that, he spent six years as the editor-in-chief of Portable Design magazine, where he drove the editorial to new heights while launching a magazine and technical conference in China. Preceding that, Rich was a technology editor with Electronic Design magazine. He holds a BSEE degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. You may reach him at rnass@techinsights.com.


Stephen Endersby
Dr. Stephen Endersby has been working in the CAE industry for the last 10 years. A firm believer in the use of simulation by design engineers Stephen has worked, as a sales, training and consultant engineer throughout the UK and Northern Europe before moving to the US as a Simulation Product Manager for SolidWorks Corp. Stephen holds a PhD in structural simulation and a Masters in aerodynamics.

Sean Dougherty
Sean Dougherty is the Mechatronics Group Supervisor for Alliance Spacesystems. Since joining Alliance in 2001, he has worked a variety of controls, robotic, mechanism, and motion projects for aerospace and terrestrial applications. Most recently, Sean was the project engineer for a custom robotic arm designed to service satellites in space. Sean has been utilizing labview for over a decade and incorporates NI hardware, particularly real-time embedded systems, in many of Alliance's products.

John Hanks
John Hanks is the Vice President for data acquisition and industrial control at National Instruments. Over the last 20 years, Hanks' career has closely followed the rise of the personal computer, software, and sensing technologies. He leads product strategy and marketing at NI for data acquisition, industrial control, embedded, wireless, and machine vision hardware and software platforms. Currently, H

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