James (Jim) Heppelmann is the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of PTC, responsible for driving the company’s global business strategy and operations. During Mr. Heppelmann’s leadership tenure, PTC has assembled the industry’s most comprehensive technology capabilities that enable companies to create, connect, operate, and service smart, connected products. He also serves on PTC’s Board of Directors.
Honored as 2014 Internet of Things (IoT) CEO of the Year, Mr. Heppelmann is seen as a thought leader in the IoT space. He co-authored two articles with Harvard Professor Michael E. Porter on the Internet of Things, including the November 2014 issue of Harvard Business Review, called “How Smart, Connected Products are Transforming Competition” and the second in the October 2015 issue called “How Smart, Connected Products are Transforming Companies.”
Mr. Heppelmann also speaks regularly around the globe on the subject and was recently a featured speaker at Brookings Institution regarding the role of digitization in America’s advanced industries. He has been published and quoted in numerous global business and trade media, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Bloomberg Businessweek. Mr. Heppelmann is a member of the board of directors at SENSATA, a world leader in automotive and industrial sensors and controls.
PTC is a global provider of technology platforms and solutions that transform how companies create, operate, and service the “things” in the Internet of Things (IoT). The company’s next-generation ThingWorx® technology platform gives developers the tools they need to capture, analyze, and capitalize on the vast amounts of data being generated by smart, connected products and systems. The company’s field-proven solutions are deployed in 26,000 businesses worldwide to generate a product or service advantage. PTC’s award-winning CEO, considered an industry thought leader, co-authored the definitive guides to the impact of the IoT on business in the Harvard Business Review.
America was built on innovation and entrepreneurship, and there is nothing more important than a continued focus on these efforts. By getting students passionate about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, we create a pipeline of talent necessary to strengthen our national competitiveness which is the backbone of our economy, our security and our quality of life.
To further this idea, we believe our future and the sustained success for our customers depend on each new generation of students. Having access to a strong STEM and modern product development and IoT education designed around real-world challenges is paramount to that success.
PTC is a thought leader in the Internet of Things (IoT)—working with 26,000 customers to deliver smart, connected products—and is dedicated to delivering an educational advantage with academic packages on IoT that include software, curriculum and projects so educators, students, makers and researchers can develop smart, connected products right in the classroom. For example, PTC recently released a series of online courses available worldwide through Udemy, an established provider of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses.) The courses focus on general product development and business strategies associated with the IoT and include presentations, demos and use cases and were created to offer unique, focused education for today’s engineering, data science and computer science students.
We also sponsor programs that prepare students for every career by providing real world tools to inspire the next generation of innovators. One example is FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), which reaches an estimated 300,000 students annually and offers an accessible, innovative, mentor-based STEM programs for K-12. These programs inspire young people to think, design and create something physical using their engineering knowledge and skills. As a FIRSTStrategic Partner, PTC donates product development software and easy-to-use training curriculum as well as hosting ROBOTalk, a weekly webinar offered September through November to all FIRST teams that cover topics from fundraising to “How to Model Almost Anything.”
Too few high school and college students invest their careers into STEM fields today. The first challenge is to inspire students toward STEM education, in effect to make it cool again. The second challenge is to deliver a quality educational program. PTC strives to deliver and support programs that capture the imagination of students, and then cultivate their aspirations – creating a new source of tomorrow’s innovators, entrepreneurs and technologists.