Altair Sets Tech Conference In Dearborn

TROY — The application of simulation-driven design and optimization to vehicles on land, under the seas, in the air and orbiting the earth will provide the major focal point for keynote speakers at the 2015 Americas Altair Technology Conference in Dearborn May 5-7.

The event will include engineering professionals in product design, advanced manufacturing, applied physics, and high-performance computing. Hundreds of researchers and engineers from across North America, as well as presenters and attendees from Mexico and Brazil, will participate in three days of presentations and workshops at the Ford Conference and Event Center.

On Tuesday, May 5, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a full day of workshops on such topics as powertrain, lightweight design, vehicle dynamics, automotive safety, additive manufacturing, multiphysics, noise-vibration-harshness (NVH), system-level design and simulation of electromagnetic systems.

Highlights of the conference on May 6 and 7 will include keynote presentations from two automotive industry and public sector leaders — Mike Whitens, director of vehicle and enterprise science research at Ford Motor Co., and Kevin Kerrigan, senior vice president of the automotive office at the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

There will also be featured speeches from the aerospace and defense industries — Frank Mouriaux, general manager for structures at RUAG Space; Ken Dudley, senior researcher at the NASA Langley Research Center; and Stewart “Denny” Moore, principal engineer for applied mechanics at General Dynamics Electric Boat.

In addition, Altair Chairman and CEO James R. Scapa will provide an
overview of Altair’s plans for continuing to advance the use of simulation in the design of products, packaging, and systems in virtually every sector of global business.

“The ATC is where the next generation of innovation begins for
transportation, aerospace, home appliances, electronics, architecture, scientific research, consumer goods and scores of other products and processes that can benefit from simulation-driven design, optimization and data analytics,” Scapa said. “This is the one place where many of the most successful scientists and designers in North America meet to acquaint each other with new methods and applications for using simulation to improve our world.”

Also featured will be numerous breakout sessions to showcase the application of CAE tools in such areas as performance optimization, lead-time reduction, composite design, lightweight design, process automation and more.

Registration is available online at

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