Anyone who has been around SolidWorks for a while has probably heard of Lou Gallo. If you haven’t, you’d better head on over to SolidWorks:HEARD! after you’ve finished reading this.
Lou originally hails from the northwest suburbs of Chicago where he grew up playing hockey and risking life and limb doing the things we used to do as kids before video games took over childhoods. All of his death-defying stunts were tempered by erector sets, remote control cars and a grandfather who owned a machine shop. Additional, Grandpa Gallo also rebuilt an FM-2 Wildcat (see the actual plane here). These things obviously influenced Lou’s career path.
It wasn’t until college that Lou was bit by the CAD bug. He spent 7 years using Pro/E and CadKey before trying out SolidWorks in 1998. He moved to Arizona in 1999 to work in the semi-conductor industry, buying his first seat of SolidWorks from DDi. When the semi-conductor industry took a dive in 2001, Lou reached out to DDi for job contacts and ended up getting hired by them as a contractor. He’s been there for 10 years now and stays for the challenge. Lou enjoys helping users solve their problems. To be the best at it requires him to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to technology and Lou loves technology so he’s always on the cutting edge.
SolidWorks:HEARD! was born of Lou’s fascination with technology, specifically blogging technology and his want to deliver tips and news while on the go. He started recording in late 2005 and hasn’t stopped. He started doing a weekly show in January 2006 and continues because he loves it. Lou has done nearly 400 shows to date. The biggest challenge Lou faces is choosing topics related to SolidWorks that can be understood via audio, no easy task there. If the need arises, he has a blog to take things further.
All in all, Lou is the most prolific CAD podcaster that I know of. His casts have helped countless numbers of SolidWorks users and you should add yourself to that number if you haven’t already.