About Chris Reeves

A senior marketing communications specialist at ANSYS, Chris has worked for over 20 years with engineers and those performing engineering simulation. Although not an engineer herself, she taps into the engineering expertise of customers and ANSYS staff as managing editor of ANSYS Advantage magazine and editor of ANSYS eNews.

5 Influential Must Read Articles for 2015

As the ANSYS Advantage team gathers contributions and best practices for an issue focused on healthcare simulation in 2015, it’s worth revisiting our 2014 feature on a new heart valve replacement produced with simulation that could change the way we look at open-heart surgery. Much of what we covered — and uncovered — last year will continue to be relevant in the coming 12 months. Check out what moved us and our readers in 2014, from drones to the Internet of Things (IoT) to those aforementioned developments in heart-valve replacement procedures. These articles span industries including aerospace and defense, healthcare, higher education, and high tech but are important to everyone.

So, take a look at 2014’s top five articles, many of which will influence industry and our daily lives in 2015 and beyond. Continue reading

Readers Choice for Top 5 ANSYS Advantage Articles

I enjoy working on every article I coordinate for ANSYS Advantage magazine. I always learn something new while assisting ANSYS customers and staff tell their stories of excellence in engineering simulation. I have no favorites as I appreciate all of the articles. But, I decided to let our readers choose their top five, based on the power of downloading. The following are the most-read articles from the four issues (three regular issues and one special issue for oil and gas) of ANSYS Advantage published last year. All these stories have one thing in common: They feature robust and reliable design practices. Drumroll please …

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ANSYS Advantage: Oil and Gas Industry Focus on Safety and Reliability

ANSYS Advantage Oil and Gas 2014The oil and gas industry is full of challenges. Equipment must operate reliably under harsh conditions, or companies risk loss of life, environmental disaster, and reduced revenue from maintenance or unscheduled downtime. As I worked with ANSYS global director of energy and process industries Ahamad Haidari to compiled the newest special issue of ANSYS Advantage for the oil and gas industry, the importance of product reliability and performance in this market became apparent. Beyond that, engineers in any industry can benefit from the best practices explored in this issue. Continue reading

Do You Belong in the ANSYS Hall of Fame?

There are many halls of fame, and I have visited a few over the years. I’ve seen the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum in Cooperstown, New York, and the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in St. Marys, Canada. I viewed a vast array of bronze busts of American football players at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, and experienced the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nearby in Cleveland.  I’ve been to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Canada.  I even enjoyed a visit to the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame in St. Louis before it moved to Arlington, Texas. And now, along with my colleague Justin Nescott, I have the pleasure of managing the ANSYS Hall of Fame Competition that is open for entries.

National Baseball Hall of Fame

National Baseball Hall of Fame

All halls of fame have something in common — they celebrate the skills of those inducted. Not all ANSYS customers are superior athletes or performers, but most excel at engineering and, particularly, simulation that allow companies to realize their product promise. The ANSYS Hall of Fame is where we showcase a collection from around the globe of the most striking images and animations that illustrate real-world multiphysics applications using ANSYS software. Continue reading

What Makes an Engineer? Curiosity and Collaboration

Why do people become engineers? What is it about some people that makes the profession of engineering a fit for them? From the hundreds (maybe thousands) of engineers I’ve worked with over the years, I have come to the conclusion that it is curiosity. But not just general curiosity — like looking out your window to see what your neighbor is doing — but an actual drive to understand how things work in an empirical way.

I’m just happy when machines do work, but the engineers I know would be happy to read the specs or take apart a clock or a toaster oven to figure out what parts it has, understand how the system works, and put the item back together. If equipment breaks down, or doesn’t perform as expected, engineers need to know why. And, if by knowing how it works they can design it, tweak it, push it to be better, they will.

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The ANSYS Advantage and Convergence

Perhaps you’re familiar with ANSYS Advantage magazine. For the past six years I have been its managing editor. Much of my job is to bring together a variety of materials to make a magazine issue that is both interesting and informative for readers. I work with customers as well as ANSYS staff and partners around the world to write articles on how the broad range of ANSYS software is used in a wide variety of industries. In the end, all these elements need to converge as a publication that represents the expertise and ingenuity of ANSYS customers.


ANSYS Advantage‘s history is also a story of convergence.The original ANSYS structural mechanics publication was called ANSYS Solutions; nine years ago, CFX Update, a CFD magazine, was merged into this. Later the well-respected Fluent News joined the mix, and the magazine was reinvented as ANSYS Advantage.

 In recent years, the magazine has welcomed articles from each new ANSYS acquisition and now includes info about electromagnetics, power analysis and optimization solutions, as well as smart systems, embedded code and data management to represent the full range of ANSYS capabilities. Continue reading

The Engineer’s Toolbox

You never know what you’ll find when cleaning out a workshop. Several months ago, my husband and I spent some time cleaning out my father-in-law’s workshop in Meaford, Canada. He was an accomplished woodworker, a marksman, and could fix just about anything. My father-in-law had, as my husband said, two of every tool plus one to spare, so sorting and cleaning this space was quite a chore. Under a pile of hand tools covered in sawdust, we discovered a small, worn wooden box.  Surprisingly, the inside was lined with satin and velvet and contained part of a set of drafting tools with plastic handles carved to look like ivory. We found more of this set around the workshop — well used and obviously well loved by the woodworker. We collected the tools and put them back in their toolbox.

But how did my father-in-law come to have this elegant set of delicate tools? Continue reading

Happy Anniversary CFX and ANSYS

ANSYS-anniversary-cakeI personally find it hard to believe that it’s been more than 10 years since ANSYS acquired CFX from AEA Technology. ANSYS recognized the value that integrating CFX into its engineering software suite would bring to the marketplace. Jim Cashman stated in 2003 at the time of the acquisition, “Fluid dynamics is an important discipline of physics that has progressed to the point that its simulation is well validated, widely used in major design programs, and done economically on inexpensive hardware.  ANSYS has long known that engineers will need to simulate multiple physics within an integrated environment, as the work-arounds are too time consuming.” Continue reading

Goodbye to the Canadian Penny: Tradition vs. ROI

image of Google Doodle for Canadian PennyAs of February 4, the Canadian penny begins its retirement and Google commemorated this event on Google.ca with a special doodle. This bright copper-colored coin with its distinctive maple leaves will no longer be circulated by the Canadian Mint. And, as time goes on banks and other financial institutions will collect the one cent coins and they will no longer be circulated. Cash transactions will be rounded up or down to the nearest multiple of five cents.

I’ve lived with the penny all my life and even as a child collected them. Gumball machines would return you a bright sphere of gummy goodness for a penny. But that was many years ago and inflation has hit these machines so that five cents (a nickel) is the cheapest gum you can find. The penny has always been part of our cash transactions however. So what happened? Continue reading