Altair Engineering Strategists to Project What Lies Ahead for Product Design

TROY, Mich., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Compelling presentations, onsite product experts, exhibit-floor presence, event sponsorship -- these are some of the elements that leading global technology provider Altair Engineering, Inc. ( will offer attendees of the NAFEMS North American 2008 Regional Summit, Oct. 29-31. The event, at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Va., brings together business leaders, developers, and users of computer-aided engineering technologies to share and discuss relevant industry trends and issues in an open forum.

"The NAFEMS North American Regional Summit attracts thought leaders from all over the region and is a key venue for Altair to showcase our proven expertise in the realm of finite element methods and standards," said Brett Chouinard, Altair's regional vice president for the Americas. "We're looking forward to sharing our insights on the latest in product design and modeling with the industry community, and we encourage attendees to participate in our day-one sessions and to look for Altair on the show floor."

On Friday, Oct. 31, Mr. Chouinard will participate in a panel discussion that will address the latest industry trends and topics of interest in the CAE market.

In the spirit of the summit's theme, a "2020 Vision of Engineering Analysis and Simulation," Altair top strategists Dr. Uwe Schramm and Dr. Robert Yancey will present their latest papers examining the future of product design and modeling during concurrent sessions on Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 1:40 p.m. to 2:10 p.m.

In his nearly 15 years with Altair, Uwe Schramm, Ph. D., has held several key management positions for the company and currently leads emerging technology and product development as vice president of product technology. Schramm will present "Simulation and the Creative Process -- A New Paradigm," in which he will discuss the resources and technology required to evolve design into a highly efficient process that will lead to the production of future innovative products. The presentation highlights how organizations must shift the way they position design and the roles designers and analysts must play to evolve the design process. Schramm will examine design tools currently used in the creative process, how computers can aid in the ideation phase of product development, what computer-aided tools will be needed in the future, and more. This session is noted as Track 2 in the conference agenda and is scheduled to be held in Ballroom C of the convention center.

Robert Yancey, Ph.D., is managing director of Altair's Western Region. Dr. Yancey has more than 20 years of experience in simulation modeling and composite materials, and he currently manages the Western U.S. region for Altair. Yancey will present "Modeling of Materials -- Getting to a Smaller Scale" during the concurrent Track 3 session in rooms 203 and 204. Yancey will focus on the design impact of new generations of materials, such as fiber-reinforced composites, particulate and chopped fiber composites, functionally graded materials and woven materials. While these substances can help produce more efficient designs, they also present significant challenges from the modeling perspective. The presentation will investigate the challenges that lie ahead in modeling structures made from new-generation materials and the ideas and tools that will be required to meet them.

Altair also will participate in the conference's vendor forum, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 31, from 10:40 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.

For more information or to download the full agenda, including Altair session information, visit .

About Altair

Altair Engineering, Inc. empowers client innovation and decision-making through technology that optimizes the analysis, management and visualization of business and engineering information. Privately held with more than 1,400 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With a 20-year-plus track record for enterprise analytics, product development and advanced computing, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to customers in a broad range of industries. To learn more, please visit .

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