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Networking Events

Networking events are complimentary to all conference registered attendees.

All Conference registrants are invited to join their colleagues for complimentary light refreshments during the Monday evening event. In a casual atmosphere, greet friends, and meet the thinkers from around the world who are shaping the future of turbomachinery.


Registrants are invited to join their colleagues for a networking event that will feature a motivating talk by Virginie Barbieux, Cadence Design Systems. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with industry colleagues and learn about their successful career paths. Thank you to Cadence Design Systems and GE for sponsoring the event!

Virginie Barbieux

Virginie Barbieux

Sr. Product Engineering Manager

Since a young age, Virginie has been interested in science, especially in space and aeronautics. Virginie completed her studies at the Faculty of Engineering in Mons, Belgium, where she graduated with a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2004. Virginie's interest in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software was sparked when she had the chance to work on several industrial projects related to fluid mechanics in the last year of her studies. After graduating, Virginie joined a Belgian company active in the space industry, after which she joined NUMECA in 2005 as CFD Engineer in the Consulting Group. This group provided services using NUMECA software for a wide range of industries. They also work on R&D projects together with the developers of the NUMECA software. In 2021, NUMECA was acquired by Cadence Design Systems and Virginie joined the CFD R&D team at Cadence as Senior Product Engineering Manager.


Dr. Natalie Smith

Natalie R. Smith, Ph.D.

Group Leader - R&D
Rotating Machinery Dynamics, Southwest Research Institute

Dr. Natalie Smith is a Group Leader in the Machinery Department at Southwest Research Institute. Her research experience includes aerothermal design and testing of turbomachinery and advanced system analysis for programs related to power generation, aviation, oil & gas and energy storage both in academia and industry. She is a demonstrated leader in energy storage in which she has designed and operated first-of-kind laboratory-scale facilities. Her contributions in turbomachinery have resulted in 18 journal publications, three book chapters, over 30 conference papers, and three best paper awards.

Dr. Smith serves on the ASME Global Gas Turbine News editorial committee, has served on the ASME PTC-10 update committee, and has held leadership positions in Turbo Expo at the technical committee and organizing committee levels. She served as the Review Chair for Turbo Expo 2022. Dr. Smith received a Ph.D. and M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue University. Finally, she teaches thermodynamics at a local university, coaches a high school mountain bike team, and holds two national titles in mountain biking.

Unwind after a full day of technical sessions and exhibits with fellow engineering students and early career engineers. This popular event allows students to make new friends and build their professional network in a casual evening atmosphere. Complimentary refreshments will be provided.


All registered attendees are invited to the Exhibit Hall for complimentary drinks and networking with industry colleagues, while viewing the exhibits of the industry’s leading companies.

The exhibitors and organizer of the Holland Pavilion request the pleasure of your company at “The Dutch Hour” - A reception held in the Holland Pavilion on Tuesday from 17.00 – 18.00 hrs.

View Dutch Hour Invitation

All Technical Conference delegate badges as well as exhibit booth staff badges include a daily lunch. Additional lunches for guests can be purchased onsite during registration. Take the time during lunch to walk the exhibit floor and visit the many exhibitors from around the world showcasing their products and services.