I recently attended the ANSYS Convergence User Group Meeting (UGM) in San Miguel de Allende, in central Mexico, put together by ANSYS channel partner Grupo SSC. I had not attended a UGM there in over five years. What did I find? A strong channel partner, a vibrant ANSYS community, and a very exciting central Mexico. Evidence of engineering activity was plenty.
Big international names such as Mazda, Whirlpool, GE, Honda and Ford in addition to Mexican companies including MABE, PEMEX and CEMEX are making large commitments to the area. What is interesting about all of this is that this activity is driving not only manufacturing, which is attracted there because of lower labor rates, but also the staffing engineering departments that are performing simulation and designs locally. This is what columnist Tim Harcourt calls Mexico’s moment: Mexico has the opportunity to provide a North American alternative to what is now offered in Asia.
All of this activity has highlighted the need for local engineering talent, which in turn has created a revolution in Mexican higher education offerings. I’m proud to report that this need did not escape Grupo’s founder and CEO, Fernando Balderas Lopez. An ANSYS channel partner for 23 years, Fernando recognized this growing need back in the early 2000s. He then proceed to establish in 2004 the Instituto Technológico San Miguelense de Estudios Superiores ( San Miguel’s Technical Institute of Higher Learning). Today it includes 15 classrooms, three fully equipped labs for design and simulation with the latest computer hardware, state-of-the art audio/visual facilities, and a 1,000-core compute cluster. Continue reading