Chris Wolfe

About Chris Wolfe

Chris has been with ANSYS for nearly 14 years and working with simulation for over 17. She is currently a lead product manager at ANSYS, Inc. focusing on multiphysics simulation and ANSYS AIM. Prior to this role, Chris was the product manager for ANSYS Fluent and a technical support engineer before that. Before joining ANSYS, Chris worked at DuPont where she applied Fluent to a variety of problems. In addition to simulation, Chris is interested in Women in Tech and STEM issues. Follow me on Twitter @ChrisWolfeNH

ANSYS in ACTION – Let Us Show You How

We just held our eighth ANSYS in ACTION session. This one featured HPC on the Cloud and showed the audience how engineers without local HPC resources can access ANSYS and HPC in the cloud.

For those of you new to the series, ANSYS in ACTION is a webinar series where we show you how easy it is to solve common applications and address common challenges engineers face using ANSYS software in just 20 minutes on Thursdays at 1 pm ET. We skip the marketing and the background information and get right to the demo. Continue reading

Thermal Optimization for Energy Efficiency

Where I live in New Hampshire, in the northeastern United States, it is mid-autumn. The leaves are especially brilliant this year and fall temperatures have been warm with just a few nights below freezing. We had to turn on the heat recently and will be paying for the additional fuel usage soon. These chilly nights and warm days have me thinking about honeycomb window blinds and the lowest temperature we can all tolerate indoors in an effort to save energy when it truly gets cold. It strikes me that the heating decisions we make at home to optimize for energy efficiency are very similar to the ones engineers working on all kinds of things make everyday. Continue reading

ANSYS in ACTION Demo Series Announced

I would like to tell you about a new weekly webinar series we’re launching called ANSYS in ACTION. Before I do, let me ask you a few questions.

Do you like to see software in action before trying it yourself? Are you curious about how ANSYS software can be used to solve your common applications? Are you willing to take a 20 minute hot beverage break once a week to learn something new?

If you answered yes to these questions, the ANSYS in ACTION webinar series is for you. Beginning October 13th, at 1 pm EDT, application engineers from ANSYS will spend 20 minutes each Thursday showing you how ANSYS software can solve common problems. We are selecting applications that a large number of engineers face and showing them our best and easiest to use simulation solution, the solution that will produce the results they need to make good decisions fastest, for each one. Continue reading

Concept to Optimization with Upfront Simulation

Do you wish you had a way to build and test your ideas virtually before investing in physical prototypes? An easy, accurate method that accelerates design timelines and reduces costs?

We all have ideas. Product designers strive to come up with ideas for innovative products. In the modern era, most products are not simple and must fulfill multiple functions in addition to being cost-effective and stylish. A good idea for a product often means understanding how a thousand smaller ideas work together to create the whole. Unfortunately, it is expensive to physically test every idea or many versions of the best one. Fortunately, upfront simulation helps engineers optimize their product idea before building the first physical prototype. Attend our webinar to see how. Continue reading

Using Simulation to Address MEMS Design Challenges

When I think of the Internet of Things, I mostly think about the sensors and MEMS devices that make it all work. These tiny devices, often just a few micrometers to a millimeter across, see, hear and measure their immediate environment, either continuously or when asked, triggering an action or recording the data and sending it someplace else. MEMS sensors include gyroscopes, accelerometers, micromirrors, and tiny pressure, humidity and temperature sensors. Just in my immediate vicinity, there are MEMS sensors in my fitness tracker, smart phone, laptop and electronic kettle. MEMS sensors are integral to Connected Soldiers and Connected Cars. Continue reading

3 Ways ANSYS AIM Impacts Design Engineer Productivity

Most modern companies know that simulation provides significant benefits in the design engineering phase of new products. Early in the design phase, 3D models that only exist virtually can be optimized with nearly no incremental cost incurred for each new design simulated. Many companies have analysts that use simulation and reap the productivity benefits. We see evidence of this in simulation news and publications, in the ANSYS blog and in ANSYS Advantage magazine. Many companies would like more of their design engineers to use simulation and to better integrate design engineering teams in their simulation strategies. The challenge has been finding simulation products suited to the available time and experience level of design engineers that provide quick reliable, accurate results in support of engineering goals. Continue reading

Hot Products, Cool Solutions in ANSYS Advantage

ANSYS Advantage MagazineWhen designing reliable, leading-edge products, companies must take many factors into account. In product engineering, one of the most common concerns is temperature which affects equipment efficiency and performance, and could lead to failure as well as health and safety issues. The latest issue of ANSYS Advantage magazine reveals how companies across a wide range of industries are using simulation to address thermal issues. Continue reading

Easy Engineering Simulation Software for Every Engineer: ANSYS AIM

Engineering simulation software use among all types of engineers is growing rapidly. We already see our most innovative customers rapidly deploying simulation design software to engineers at all levels in their organizations. Gone are the days when a single engineer could design the whole product, or when a company could afford to develop and sell non-optimized products, such as bike frames that are strong but also heavy. Product development trends towards faster, better and cheaper mean that trade-offs have to be made between different goals to optimize the overall product, such as creating a bike that is strong and lightweight. Simulation helps companies get products to market faster while balancing their objectives. Easier engineering simulation software for every engineer is the solution. Continue reading

Inspiring Kids About STEM This Holiday Season

black friday STEM gift ideasThis week marks traditionally the biggest eating and shopping days of the year in the U.S. On Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, many of us will gorge ourselves with turkey and stuffing or lentil loaf and all the yummy sides in my case. Then, on Friday, Black Friday, many people will hit the malls and shopping centers in hopes of scoring some excellent deals on their Christmas shopping.

I will be cozy at home. I strongly dislike crowds and shopping. But, just like many, I have my sons and nieces and nephews that I like to give presents too. And, just like many of us, I want to buy something these kids can learn from and be inspired by. Inspired for what? A career in STEM of course. Fortunately for me and the little rug-rats in my life, it is easier than ever to buy STEM-inspiring toys for kids of all ages with the help of online shopping and excellent guides to point parents looking to inspire kids in the right direction. Continue reading

4th Grade Coding – Hooking Kids on STEM

My 4th grade son participated in an after school Code Club this school year. It was an excellent introduction to coding and STEM. During the Club, kids use Scratch from MIT to create animations and games that they later showcased to their parents. Mrs. Pollard leads the code club and writes her own blog about it. There were 2 rounds of Code Club this school year, with about 20 kids in each session and with ½ being girls. Continue reading