Dr. Martin Hardwick founded and incorporated STEP Tools, Inc. in 1991. Dr. Hardwick supervises the Model Driven Intelligent Control of Manufacturing program, known as the "Super Model" Project, which is supported by an Advanced Technology Program (ATP) Award issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). This program is focused on developing STEP-NC, a breakthrough technology for manufacturing. Hardwick is also a Professor of Computer Science at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and is a Member of the US Product Data Association. Martin has authored numerous papers and articles on engineering database systems, STEP, PDES, and concurrent engineering. He has traveled internationally to present numerous public lectures on these topics. Dr. Hardwick is the team leader of the STEP Manufacturing group. He is currently working on two government projects: 1) the Harvest program from the National Shipbuilding Research Program, and the 2) WSME (Web-based Smart Modeling Environment) project for the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command.
Dr. David Loffredo is a co-founder of STEP Tools, Inc. and serves as Vice President of Product Development. Dr. Loffredo has been developing engineering software that supports the ISO 10303 STEP standard since 1988. He is editor of the AP-238 integrated STEP-NC model and is also Convenor of ISO TC184/SC4 Working Group 11, which develops the STEP implementation methods. He has contributed to the harmonization of STEP GD&T efforts, design of the STEP file exchange format and the STEP Data Access Interface (SDAI) specifications. Dr. Loffredo received PhD and Master of Science degrees from Rensselaer, and Bachelor of Science degrees in both Physics and Computer Science from the State University of New York. He has authored various technical papers and articles on EXPRESS, STEP, STEP-NC, concurrent engineering, product data exchange, and engineering database systems.
Joe Fritz has worked on STEP and engineering data applications since 1991. He is the architect of the STEP Tools web translation service and lead developer of the STEP Tools C and Java APIs, STEP XML library, and the graphics libraries used in all STEP Tools solutions. Joe also participated in the development of the ISO 10303-28 XML exchange standard.