Chief Technology Officer & Founder
In his role as Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Panthaki drives product vision and technical strategy, and is closely involved in corporate development, sales activities, and strategic customer projects. His focus, over the last two years, has been on working with customers and the industry, in general, to spearhead the effort to successfully bring commercially-viable SimApps™ (web-deployed, targeted simulation apps) to the market – Comet’s Intelligent Automation Templates are at the heart of these SimApps, making them robust across significant product design changes.
Mr. Panthaki has been at the cutting edge of CAE software development since 1987. He began his career as a CAE software engineer at an engineering consulting firm, after which he moved to Abaqus Inc. (then HKS), where he led the effort to develop an interactive environment for Abaqus/CAE. Mr. Panthaki left Abaqus in 1994, when he clearly saw that customers using a variety of tools from different vendors were unable to conduct simulation easily or early enough due to the complexities of a typical CAE environment. He set off to build a technology framework that could handle the complexity of CAE data, processes and results, captured in one common, highly-extensible data model. Mr. Panthaki provided software consulting services for several high-profile CAE projects at Sandia National Labs, NASA and other organizations where he helped them achieve greater use to simulation, early and often in the product development process.
Malcolm formed and funded Comet Solutions in 2001 to productize and market this technology and deliver software solutions enabling early simulation to transform the product development process. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India, and an MS in Structural Engineering and Computer Graphics from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.