I wasn’t expecting my dad to start speaking — especially while were we watching television. Let’s face it: some things are sacrosanct. So, when he started talking during the opening credits of the 1985 miniseries “Space,” I listened.
“All my life,” he said, “I’ve wanted to go in to space. But, I know that that that’s not going to ever happen. Maybe you’ll have the opportunity.”
Fourteen-year-old me had little doubt that I’d explore space, just like Star Trek’s Captain Kirk and Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker. I would, in fact, be the first person on Mars. No doubt about it. Oddly enough, my journalism degree wasn’t exactly the ticket to space. So, like most of us, my feet never left the ground.
Fast forward to last November, when one of our ANSYS employees entered a contest and won a seat on Zero Gravity Corp’s G-Force One. This company, the brainchild of X-Prize Foundation founder Peter Diamandis, sends everyday people on zero-G flights, similar to the ones NASA used uses for astronaut training. As luck would have it, the opportunity to fly with Peter and G-Force One fell to me. Continue reading
This past week marked a milestone in television history. Fifty years ago Friday, Star Trek debuted on US television screens (in color!). While much has been made about the impact that this icon show had on popular culture, entertainment and even race relations, its influence on the technology in our everyday lives is just as important. Continue reading
I recently had the pleasure of presenting the keynote presentation at the Convergence Conferences in Buenos Aires and Lima. ANSYS has a great partner in ESSS in South America, and everyone there was incredibly hospitable. While in Peru, I couldn’t resist the urge for a short side trip to one of the most popular bucket list destinations, Machu Picchu. What I wasn’t expecting during this once-in-a-lifetime trip was to get a quick and dirty lesson about engineering. Continue reading
About two years ago, ANSYS started using ‘Realize Your Product Promise’ as our unofficial tagline.
When we talk about the promise of a product, we’re really talking about a couple of different things. First, it means the product’s potential. Will this product save lives? Will it be a game changer for the industry? Will it lead to fame and fortune for you and your organization?
But the promise is literal as well. When a company – or an engineer or a production line worker – makes a product, it’s a promise to the user. It’s a promise of performance – that the product will work as advertised. That it will do what it is supposed to.
And maybe – just maybe – it’ll blow away your expectations.