Gartner Expert

Marc Halpern

VP Analyst

Marc Halpern, P.E., Ph.D., focuses on design, engineering and product life cycle management strategies and software applications in the manufacturing verticals unit. His coverage spans software applications and best practices for discrete manufacturing. Discrete manufacturing industries served include aerospace, automotive, industrial, durable consumer goods, medical devices and industrial equipment. He also covers building information modeling and digital twins.

Previous experience

Prior to Gartner, Dr. Halpern had experience in most facets of design and engineering software. He was one of the earliest developers of Ansys computer-aided engineering software, which he also supported with training and consulting services. As a practicing engineer, Dr. Halpern worked in the defense industry where he was engaged in design and analysis work, which involved development of leading-edge simulation capabilities. This background was the foundation upon which he continues to advance concepts of product life cycle management that extend into evolving capabilities in systems engineering, product portfolio management and product cost estimating.

Professional background

D.H. Brown Associates

Director of Research: Engineering, Manufacturing and Design

Structural Dynamics Research Corp. (Now Siemens)

Application Engineer

Weidlinger Associates

Senior Research Engineer

Areas of coverage

Supply Chain Technology Strategy and Selection

Manufacturing Digital Transformation and Innovation

Manufacturing IT Optimization and Modernization


Registered professional engineer in the state of New York

Fellow, American Society of Mechanical engineers

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

M.S., Civil Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

B.S., Engineering, Brown University

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Product life cycle management

2Engineering and design software technologies and trends (e.g., CAD,CAE,CAM, PDM)

3IT infrastructure and data architectures that streamline from R&D through product service life

4Strategies and approaches to modernize IT for manufacturers

5Building Information modeling