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MAKer Spotlight: Chris Davenport, Content Manager

The upcoming Fall 2021 Release of MAK ONE comes with tons of great new content, from Stryker ICVs to the F-22 Raptor. Chris Davenport, our Content Manager at MAK, is one of the MAKers responsible for that content; he spends his time overseeing the 3D models and integrating them into VR-Forces so that they look amazing and work flawlessly for o...
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Estimating the tactical impact of robot swarms using VR-Forces

This article was written in collaboration with Dr. Kevin Foster at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Militaries are developing swarms of autonomous robotic Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to conduct missions that are too hazardous for human crews or expensive robotic systems. Using MAK's VR-Forces CGF, researchers at the University of Alabam...
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MAKer Spotlight: Shannon Craig, Account Manager

We're excited to introduce to you Shannon Craig, a MAKer who started out as a MAK Engineer and recently joined the MAK Sales team as an Account Manager for North American Sales. From partnering with customers as they evaluate MAK products, to assisting them with software maintenance, to being their day-to-day support person, Shannon leverages his t...
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MAK Down Under!

From Infantry Fighting Vehicle Simulators to Reconfigurable Driver Simulators, here's a peek at how MAK is supporting our Australian partners and customers. MAK is proud to serve our customers and partners worldwide. This month, we're zooming in on Australia to highlight recent collaborations that we're most proud of, particularly our par...
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MAKer Spotlight: Scott Richards, VR-Engage Engineer

A MAKer for the past seven years and currently an engineer on our VR-Engage team, Scott Richards is known for solving complex technical puzzles. One big puzzle for Scott and the team has been putting all the pieces together that make up VR-Engage. Combining VR-Forces rich feature set with high-fidelity ownship simulation, and bringing a first-...
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MAKer Spotlight: Paul Zimmons, Senior Graphics Programmer

 Say hello to Paul Zimmons, MAK's Senior Graphics Programmer on the VR-Vantage team. A MAKer since 2014, Paul is responsible for creating, debugging, and optimizing many of the features in VR-Vantage that make it look amazing. And as part of MAK's "engineer down the hall" commitment, he also spends time working 1:1 with customers to help solve...
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Applied Virtual Simulation (AVS) joins the MAK family as an official distributor!

AVS joins MAK worldwide team of distributors!
MAK is thrilled to add AVS to our worldwide team of distributors to support our Australian MAK users! We're proud to have a team of partners that have deep knowledge about our software, speak your language, and can help you build the solution you want. No matter where you are in the world, you're never far from MAK.  Here's a bit about AV...
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MAKer Spotlight: Cyndi Krisan, Director of Business Development

We're excited to introduce our newest MAKer, Cyndi Krisan, who joined the team in March! Based in Orlando, Cyndi is MAK's Director of Business Development. In her time at MAK so far, she's focused on launching strategic business development campaigns for new markets and solutions, and is building a robust pipeline of opportunities. At its core, acc...
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MAKer Spotlight: Alicia Combs, Director of Programs

MAKer Spotlight: Alicia Combs
Meet Alicia Combs, MAK's Director of Programs, based in our Orlando office. Alicia oversees all of our programs focusing on managing contracts, interfacing with customers, and assisting with business development including proposal writing.  The path that led her to MAK has been untraditional, to say the least! While working for United Space Al...
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MAKer Spotlight: Aaron Dubois, VR-Forces Principal Software Engineer

Meet Aaron Dubois!
If you thought this month's tech tip about Entity Control Panels was illuminating, thank Aaron Dubois, Principal Software Engineer (and you can also give kudos to the entire VR-Forces team for their great work!). Aaron is a 13-year MAK engineering veteran who is a leader on the VR-Forces team. In addition to his development work and helping to...
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MAKer Spotlight: Ricardo Colon, Manager of Customer Training

Meet MAK's Ricardo Colon, Manager of Customer Training
Meet Ricardo Colon, MAK's manager of customer training. He's the guy you'll work with when you request a training course for our technology, and he makes sure you get exactly what you need to go above and beyond with MAK products. He just finished delivering a training course for our international distributors, and is soon kicking off our first cus...
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MAKer Spotlight: Bill Kamer, Simulation Specialist in Orlando

MAKer Spotlight: Bill Kamer, Simulation Specialist in Orlando

To kick off the new year, we'd like to introduce you to Bill Kamer, MAK's simulation specialist on our Sales and Business Development team. Based in MAK’s Orlando office, he's the go-to subject matter expert for putting together specialized demos and training scenarios for specific customer needs, and he's responsible for the management of our new Integration, Test, and Demonstration lab in Orlando. 

Bill brings experience from an impressive and honorable career. Bill served 23 years in the United States Army, and is a retired infantryman and Bradley Master Gunner with field experience from deployments all over the world. One of his proudest moments and biggest achievements was when he was awarded the Bronze Star for Bravery and Valor in Iraq. After his time in the Army, Bill spent 5 years at Raydon and 5 years at Kellogg's in business development and training roles. He is proud to now be part of the MAK team and chose to work with us because he is dedicated to helping soldiers train better. According to Bill, if we can help train for combat and save just one soldier's life, it's all worth it. We agree wholeheartedly. Keep reading...

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I/ITSEC season is upon us — plan your adventure with MAK!

I/ITSEC season is upon us! It's that time of year when, usually, most of us in the Modeling and Simulation industry would be getting ready to head down to Orlando to network, meet with old friends, and explore the latest innovations at the largest modeling, simulation, and training event in the world.

This year is obviously very different since everything has gone virtual, but we're excited about vIITSEC and can't wait to connect with you - face-to-face - this I/ITSEC season! Whatever your goals for the week, the MAK team has you covered and we plan to be right by your side. Here's an easy flowchart to help you plan your week of vIITSEC...

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Tech Tip: How to use Zoom Breakout Rooms

Usually, our tech tips are all about getting the most out of MAK products. For this tip, however, we’re focusing on Zoom meetings and Breakout Rooms so you can get the most out of our MAK Live Experiences during I/ITSEC.

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Join MAK Live @ I/ITSEC!

I/ITSEC is that time of year when we all expect to come together, talk shop, do business, learn about trends in technology, and catch up as a community. Although we can’t come together in person this year, the whole MAK team is still looking forward to connecting face-to-face with you and celebrating the I/ITSEC season together. Just like in years past, you’ll have access to more than 30 MAK people - technical experts, business development specialists, and the MAK leadership team – who can’t wait to reconnect.

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Changing the world by making virtual events better

We’re all entering into the 8th month of our new pandemic-reality. It’s tedious, it’s different, it’s changed how everyone does business — and who knows when the world will get back to normal. Dan Brockway, MAK’s VP of Marketing and my colleague, recently wrote a LinkedIn article about how, since the pandemic started, our shift to all-virtual everything has created a sense of “virtual event fatigue”. I get it, and I feel it, and... well, I agree with Dan that we can do better. But what does doing better *actually* look like? 

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MAK joins Varjo's global reseller network!

We are excited to officially announce that MAK Technologies (MAK), a company of ST Engineering North America, is now a reseller for Varjo, the leader in industrial-grade virtual reality/extended reality (VR/XR) headsets. This collaboration will see Varjo head-mounted displays (HMDs) offered as an extension of MAK’s suite of products to its North American customers seeking the highest-fidelity training and simulation solutions. Download the full press release through our News site.

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Navigating the new virtual world

We are pros at helping folks link, simulate and visualize virtual worlds in networked synthetic environments. But learning to navigate this new virtual world during COVID has been a unique challenge. With our MAK team, customers, and partners working from home over the past six months, we've focused our energy on developing strategies to keep us all safe and connected, while continuing to help our customers achieve their simulation goals. Here's what we've been up to and what's ahead as we continue the shift to virtual.

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