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About Us

With more than 60 years of combined experience, SMS_ThinkTank LLC was developed to provide systems modeling and simulation business solutions. Based in the Brunswick area, Georgia, we've helped globally OEMs, suppliers, and both academic and government organizations to navigate through the difficult tasks associated with the adoption of systems engineering methods and best practices.

After seeing the need for systems modeling across industries as well as organizations, and volunteering for various organizations that provided exposure to those fields, our founders (Ed Ladzinski and Frank Popielas) left the corporate environment to make their knowledge available across those fields. This has been our foundation as a business that knows how to think outside of the box, develop new thinking, establish new cultures and discover new frontiers. Let us help you be a leader in your respective field by applying these new engineering and business principles to achieve a sustainable innovation culture.

About the Principals

Edward A. Ladzinski

Edward Ladzinski

Edward Ladzinski began his career as a Manufacturing Engineer, NC Programmer and Tool Designer with Burroughs Corp. (now Unisys Corp.). In 1978, he joined IBM in the Kingston, NY laboratory as a Research & Development Engineer. During his 32 year career with IBM, Mr. Ladzinski worked in many different positions within engineering including research, product design and development and analysis and simulation. Immediately upon retirement Mr. Ladzinski joined Dassault Systems. While at Dassault Systemes he served as the Systems Engineering leader for the Americas. In 2014, he left Dassault Systemes and formed his own company dedicated solely to systems engineering. Today, Mr. Ladzinski is the CEO and Managing Partner of SMS_ThinkTank™, and President and CEO of E.A. Ladzinski and Associates L.L.C.

 Mr. Ladzinski also serves on the NAFEMS Americas Steering Committee and is co-founder of the Stochastics Working Group and Simulation Data Management working group. Also, he founded the joint INCOSE/NAFEMS Systems Modeling and Simulation working group which has over 180 members representing many OEMs and suppliers in automotive and aerospace. He is the chairman of the Analysis & Simulation and Systems Engineering tracks at COE and was awarded the COE Fellow distinction in 2013. He was also the winner of the best conference paper with a presentation on Systems Engineering and Collaboration. He is an engineering graduate of RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) and performed his graduate work in Engineering and Business at RIT and UNCC (University of North Carolina Charlotte), respectively.


Frank Popielas

Frank Popielas

Mr. Popielas is currently Managing Partner of SMS_ThinkTank™, Executive Consultant for CIMdata and President and CEO for Popielas Engineering Consulting. He has over 20 years of global experience in engineering and R&D product and materials development, IP management, as well as testing, with a specific focus on the development and application of simulation tools, and the establishment of the required supporting infrastructure at Dana Holding Corporation. His expertise includes technology exchange and transfer, business assessments in engineering and manufacturing focusing on the virtual aspect, as well as process development and democratization of its application in this area.

In Addition, Frank is a member of the NAFEMS Americas Steering Committee since 2011 and became founding chairman of the joint System Modeling and Simulation Working Group (SMSWG) between NAFEMS and INCOSE in 2013 and continues his leading role in the SMSWG as Co-chair since August 2016. His activities and achievements include over 35 granted patents globally on the areas of sealing, shielding and fuel cells, over 30 publications globally covering all the mentioned areas with the main focus on the past decade on virtual engineering, its tools and practices, presentations and speaking engagements at conferences and various companies, interviews, case studies and teaching engagements. Mr. Popielas received his MSc degree in Engineering, majoring in Theoretical Physics from the Technological University (MIS&A – Institute for Steels and Alloys) in Moscow, Russia. Frank is fluent in English, German and Russian.