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"Most GD&T training only helps engineers learn the interpretation of (the GD&T) language. Enventive has become a tool at our company that has helped engineers become fluent in applying GD&T to their designs. " - Eric Pattok, Nexteer Automotive

Ralph Gifford


Ralph Gifford is a co-founder and the President of Enventive. Ralph’s passion for mechanical engineering inspired him to found Enventive in 2001.

From 1988 to 2001, Ralph’s engineering passion was channeled as Mechanical Advantage Product Manager and VP of Marketing at Cognition Corporation. Striving to help mechanical engineers succeed in the areas of design, analysis, and optimization, Ralph recognized a vital need for a Windows-based, easy-to-use yet powerful mechanical engineering tool. He envisioned a product with advanced abilities that would deliver quantum improvements in designing complex mechanical systems and improving product quality. The Enventive software is the culmination of his vision.

The foundation of Ralph’s career was established as a sales engineer at Dana Corporation, where he gained invaluable knowledge and experience in sales, field troubleshooting, product design, and manufacturing across a broad range of industries.

Ralph is a 1982 Mechanical Engineering graduate of WPI.

An outdoor enthusiast, Ralph may be seen on the ski slopes or cross-country skiing out his own backdoor during the winter season. When the snow melts, Ralph enjoys gardening, backpacking, waterskiing, and canoeing the Allagash.