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Altair Engineering Donates $1.5 Million in HyperWorks Engineering Software to Western Michigan University

Diane Forbes
Altair Engineering, Inc.
(248) 614-2400, ext. 464

Advanced CAE tools will help prepare students for careers in engineering and product development.

TROY, Mich., (Sept. 25, 2006) - Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of technology and services that strengthen client innovation and decision-making, today announced that it has donated Altair® HyperWorks® computer-aided engineering (CAE) software to Western Michigan University (WMU). The licensing donation is estimated to be worth more than $1.5 million over the next five years. WMU is a four-year public research institution located in Kalamazoo, with an enrollment of 26,000 students.

"Altair is very happy to provide WMU engineering and computer science students with access to this advanced CAE technology," said Jeff Brennan, vice president of Altair’s Commercial Software business unit. "The HyperWorks suite of tools is used by most of the world’s leading manufacturers - especially in the automotive industry - to design robust, high-quality products. Experience with HyperMesh (a high-performance CAE pre-processor) and OptiStruct (sophisticated, structural analysis and design optimization technology) will be a real advantage to the students as they enter the competitive workplace."

Altair HyperWorks is an integrated CAE framework containing best-in-class solutions for the complete virtual product development process. HyperWorks not only contains powerful finite-element and multi-body simulation solutions, it also delivers an open, programmable platform that is easy to integrate into existing processes. From modeling and assembly, to visualization and reporting, to virtual manufacturing and robustness assessment, HyperWorks’ powerful interface system to all major CAD and CAE packages is the foundation for a truly integrated simulation-driven design process. It can also help bring highly engineered products to market faster.

"Adding the sophisticated Altair HyperWorks suite to our Edwin and Mary Meader Center for Integrated Design Lab provides a tremendous learning opportunity for Western students," said Jorge Rodriguez, Ph.D., associate professor of WMU’s Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. "These tools will greatly help them understand CAE concepts such as optimization, manufacturing simulation, visualization and analysis. In addition, students will be able to see how introducing this technology earlier in the design process can result in a better product that is developed in a shorter period of time."

"One of Western Michigan University’s goals is to be recognized nationally as a center of excellence in engineering by providing experience in advanced tools for automotive engineering and manufacturing simulation," said Timothy Greene, Ph.D., Dean of the WMU College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. "Altair’s generous donation of state-of-the-art CAE software is consistent with that focus, and is a great example of how students benefit when business, industry and academia work together. I hope that this is just the beginning of a long, mutually beneficial relationship between our organizations."

About Altair Engineering

Altair Engineering, Inc. strengthens client innovation and decision-making through technology that optimizes the analysis, management and visualization of business and engineering information. Privately held with more than 800 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With a 20-year-plus track record for product design, advanced engineering software and grid computing technologies, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to customers in a broad range of industries. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.

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