Sr. Manager, Simulation Software, United States

Today, he has a PhD in Computer Science, but Manlio says, “I never touched a computer until I was eighteen years old.”

Manlio has a PhD in Computer Science, always liked math, but never touched a computer until he was eighteen years old. He knew he wanted to be an Engineer but it took some time before he realized he loved the mix of electrical engineering and software engineering. Manlio really enjoys working in the medical device industry. “It’s a rewarding job, knowing that the outcome of my job will affect people in a good way”. Prior to working for Align, Manlio worked for two other medical device companies. He has experience in automatic detection of cancer and radiotherapy. Why consider a change after nearly ten years with his previous employer? “When I saw the job ad for a research developer, I felt it matched with the next steps I wanted to pursue”.    

After several career growth opportunities within Align over the past few years, Manlio currently leads a team of 3D simulation software engineers. “I never thought there would be so much science behind Invisalign, particularly in the area of simulation. This will be an important part of how products will be developed and that makes me excited about the future with Align,” says Manlio. The team develops orthodontic treatment simulation algorithms, to optimize the Invisalign product and increase the applicability of Invisalign treatment. The team is part of Product Innovation, and works in close cooperation with mechanical engineering, clinical and material sciences teams. Manlio explains that using simulation will allow Align to provide even better solutions for patients in the future.   

Outside the office, Manlio likes to travel with his family and three kids. His wife is Spanish and they visit Europe frequently. “My favorite place is Italy, not just for the incredible architecture but also for food and people”. Today, traveling is more about relaxing and spending time with family. In the past, Manlio travelled extensively, both for work and for leisure. Except Australia, he has been to all other continents. He loved exploring Peru, which he visited when he was younger.

As for travel advice, “Travel by yourself at least once,” Manlio recommends. “When I was twenty-three I traveled for one month around Europe by train. I had a hard time being alone and this trip pushed me to talk to other people,” says Manlio. He learned a lot about himself and other cultures. For him, it was a tremendous opportunity to grow on a personal level.   

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