About

Intellicass Inc. was incorporated in Montreal in March 2006 with the backing of investors from the U.S., Canada and France.

Mission:

To maximize productivity and efficiency in the stamping industry through the use of cutting-edge technology.

Directors:

Ravinder Venugopal:

Dr. Venugopal is the President and Chief Technology Officer of Intellicass. He received the Ph. D. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1997, and holds an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and an M. S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University. He received his B. Tech. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India.

Prior to the founding of Intellicass, Dr. Venugopal created Sysendes in 2001, a consultancy service in the area of advanced automation and control systems. He has worked closely with the industry, academia and government labs in the development of advanced digital control systems for projects that span diverse areas from earthquake simulation to manufacturing, and holds 3 U. S. patents. Dr. Venugopal also serves as an invited professor at the Laboratory for Integration of Production Technology (LITP) at the École de technologie supérieure of the Univeristy of Québec, Montreal.

Larry C. Snowden:

Mr. Snowden began his 41 year career in the automotive industry in 1963 with Ford Motor Company. During his 35 years at Ford he worked in 15 different facilities and progressed to the position of Plant Manager at the Ford Tool and Die Plant in Dearborn, MI. He held various positions within Ford specializing in sheet metal from Tool and Die maker to Production Equipment designer, Product Feasibility engineer, Stamping Die designer and Assembly Tool Process and Design engineer. He also held various managerial positions at Ford including Assembly Systems Manager, Manufacturing Engineering Manager, as well as Plant Manager.

Mr. Snowden joined Ogihara America Corporation in April of 1999 after his retirement from Ford. Due to his extensive background and knowledge in sheet metal stamping, he was assigned as Project Director. He held various other positions at OAC including Director, Engineering and Director, Manufacturing. He retired from day to day duties after 5 years and is now an Executive Consultant at OAC.

A. Galip Ulsoy:

Prof. Ulsoy is the William Clay Ford Professor of Manufacturing and has been on the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan (UM) since 1980. He has served as the founding Director of the Program in Manufacturing, Chair and Associate Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and the Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program. He is interested in the dynamic modeling, analysis, and control of mechanical systems, particularly manufacturing and automotive systems. In the last ten years, he has been actively involved in research related to process control for sheet-metal stamping and has published several papers on the topic.

Prof. Ulsoy has received several professional honors and awards including the 1979 Wood Award from the Forest Products Research Society and a Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ 1986 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award. During 2003-2005 he served as the Director of the Civil and Mechanical Systems Division at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Prof. Ulsoy served as the founding Deputy Director (1996-2002) of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Reconfigurable Machining Systems, and he has served as the Director (1992-94) and Associate Director (1990-92) of the NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Center for Dimensional Measurement and Control in Manufacturing. He has carried out various sponsored research projects, and served as a consultant to both
industry and government. Prof. Ulsoy has also worked as a Visiting Researcher at the Ford Scientific Research Laboratories and a Visiting Professor at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey.

Prof. Ulsoy received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1979.

Narendar “Buddy” Venugopal:

Mr. Venugopal is the CEO and founder of PulseCore Semiconductor located in Campbell, CA. He has 16 years of mixed-signal IC design, operations, marketing and management experience. He founded PulseCore in 1998 and for a period of time served as the VP&GM of the Mixed Signal Business Unit of Alliance Semiconductor, after PulseCore was acquired by Alliance. In 2006, Alliance Semiconductor divested itself of its semiconductor operations and its Mixed Signal Business Unit was acquired by a group of investors and reincorporated as PulseCore Semiconductor.

Mr. Venugopal holds graduate degrees in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India, and the University of the California, San Diego, in addition to Bachelor’s degrees in physics and electronics.