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CIMdata Mourns the Loss of Dr. Ken Versprille, Well-Known CAD Authority

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. - eTradeWire -- CIMdata, Inc., the leading global PLM strategic management consulting and research firm, is saddened to announce that Kenneth J. Versprille, Ph.D., passed away on 18 April 2024 after a short illness. Ken was a respected colleague and a pioneer in the global mechanical computer-aided design (MCAD) market.

Ken received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of New Hampshire and earned his Master of Science and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Syracuse University. He is best known for his groundbreaking work on Non-Uniform Rational B-Splines (NURBS), mathematical representations of 3D geometry that can accurately describe any shape from a simple 2D line, circle, arc, or curve to very complex 3D free-form surfaces or solids. Today, NURBS is an international standard in CAD and computer graphics. In 2005, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The CAD Society.

Ken applied his expertise in mathematics and computer science at Computervision Corporation, an early leader in the application of digital technology to product design and development. Over his 15-year tenure, he became the equivalent of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and was Vice President of R&D for core applications. Ken was a lead architect of Computer Vision's CADDS 4 product and was responsible for the initial design of Computervision's 3D graphics system. As General Manager of CV-Doors, he led the group that introduced and managed the first geometric kernel business in the CAD industry.

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Subsequently, he worked as a Senior Industry Analyst at D.H. Brown Associates and Collaborative Product Development Associates (CPDA), where his thought leadership inspired others to advance the industry and its technology. CIMdata's acquisition of CPDA in 2011 integrated Dr. Versprille and his colleagues into the CIMdata team, where he was an Executive Consultant and led the Collaborative Innovation & Social Product Development consulting practice.

Despite his enormous achievements, which contributed to CAD technology and industry direction, Ken was humble and quick to recognize others for their accomplishments. He would not tolerate arrogance and always respected disciplined thinking and thoughtful opinions. Ken was compassionate, open, and patient with those seeking his help. Yet, he would never impose his opinions on others. Rather, he would help them find their own truth.

Peter Bilello, President & CEO of CIMdata, issued the following statement today: "CIMdata is saddened by the passing of Dr. Ken Versprille, a leading thinker in the realm of CAD technology. Ken was a colleague and friend to many whose industry insights, innovative thinking, and wisdom will be sorely missed."

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Ken is survived by his wife, Kathleen, his children, Kathryn and David, and several grandchildren. CIMdata and his many friends and colleagues extend heartfelt condolences to his family at this time of great sorrow. His legacy as a trailblazer and mentor in the field of CAD will be remembered with deep respect and admiration.

If you would like to share your condolences or any memories of Ken with the family, please send them to CIMdata at c.peck@CIMdata.com, and we will pass them along.

For some recent memories of Ken, please view our video remembrance at https://youtu.be/gFeEAw1J0-w.


Source: CIMdata
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