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Francis Bernard

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Image:F_baranar.jpg‎ After graduating from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace in 1965, Mr. Bernard joined Dassault Aviation in 1967 as a theoretical aerodynamics engineer. There, he specialized in the theoretical definition of aircraft and established a Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) department where he launched CATIA in 1977, the first 3-D designing system of its kind. In 1981, Mr. Bernard set up Dassault Systemes, a subsidiary created by Dassault Aviation to further develop CATIA, and was appointed President. Under his direction, Dassault Systemes established a partnership with IBM to market CATIA worldwide and extended considerably the functionalities of CATIA, which evolved from its first version, dedicated to a limited set of 3-D applications for aircraft design, into a modular and open architecture capable of integrating a large number of leading-edge applications.

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