Session Chair

Kurt Hoffmeister, P.E.

Chief Technologist & Co-Founder
Mechdyne Corporation
Marshalltown, Iowa USA

Mr. Hoffmeister serves as Chief Technologist for the Mechdyne Corporation since co-founding that company in 1996. Mr. Hoffmeister is a recognized pioneer and worldwide expert in large-screen virtual reality and simulation system design, integration, installation, and operation. A licensed professional engineer with several patents, he has a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University. Mr. Hoffmeister's responsibilities include the evaluation and implementation of new AV/IT technology and components into the solutions offered by Mechdyne. Mr. Hoffmeister has been involved in nearly every Mechdyne solution offered for the past 20 years, serving in a variety of capacities, including Researcher, Consultant, Systems Designer and Systems Engineer.

Mr. Hoffmeister's previous experience includes 10 years in technical and management roles with the Michelin Tire Company's North American Research Center as well as being an early employee and consultant at Engineering Animation, Inc. (now a division of Siemens) plus an instructor and research scientist at Iowa State University. Mr. Hoffmeister is a member of InfoComm, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE). He is also an invited member of the Air Force National Security Forum (NSF).

Kurt resides in Marshalltown, Iowa with his wife, Ellen. He enjoys 3D movies, reading fiction, woodworking, geode hunting, and fishing.

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