SolidWorks CEO Bertrand Sicot Feels the Southern Heat

I was lucky enough to attend two user group meetings this week with SolidWorks CEO Bertrand Sicot.  The weather in both Baton Rouge and Houston was pretty much the same…HOT!  Temperatures were in the low 90's, while humidity was in the high 90's.  Yep – it's summer here in the south.

The first stop was Baton Rouge and the New Orleans/Baton Rouge SolidWorks User Group.  The meeting was held at the LIGO facility just outside Livingston, Louisiana and was attended by more than 60 SolidWorks users.  We were fascinated by the research that is being done at LIGO, and the staff was genuinely excited about sharing their passion for their work with us.


LIGO Scientist Amber Stuvar really loves her job

Bobby Moore and Joe Rowsey did a great job of putting the meeting together, and even though I didn't get to enjoy it, I heard the Jambalaya served for dinner was delicious.  Thanks guys!!


Bobby and Joe really like running NOBRSWUG

Next stop was Houston and a really cool tour of the new Halliburton Technology Center.  Our guide Billy Hendricks showed us some pretty amazing oil field technologies and tools used in deep-water drilling rigs around the world.  All of us learned something new.


Joe Lance and Bertrand Sicot

Joe Lance was his usualy dynamic self, and the 80+ SolidWorks users were equally excited to be there and hear Bertrand speak.  Bertrand even got to sign a couple of autographs.


Carlos De La Cruz with his newly autographed CSWA and CSWP certificates.

Thanks to everyone involved with putting these meetings together, and for coming out and supporting the SolidWorks User Group Network.  For more information about SolidWorks User Groups, visit


Richard Doyle
My official title is Senior User Advocacy & SolidWorks User Groups - but most people just call me "The User Group Guy". I've been a SolidWorks user since 1997, and was one of the founding members of the SWUGN Committee. Since starting the Central Texas SolidWorks User Group in 1999, my career path has led me to DS SolidWorks and a dream job supporting the SolidWorks User Group Network worldwide.
Richard Doyle
Richard Doyle