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

Eighth Grade Engineers and STEM

I am feeling excited and a bit worried today. Recently, I had the pleasure of hosting a young lady, I’ll just call her Miss E, as part of a job shadow program we do with local 8th grade students interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Miss E had an enthusiasm for engineering and learning about engineering, mechanical engineering and robotics in particular, that was contagious.

girls in STEMShe easily grasped engineering concepts, asked excellent questions, and amazed me with her computer skills. She had the ability to extend what I taught her about engineering simulation at the start of our time together and her own life experience to the fluid dynamics and structural mechanics tutorials she did during our meeting. Miss E has had several other excellent opportunities to be exposed to engineering and each one seems to add to her excitement and commitment to an engineering education after high school. Continue reading

The Pittsburgh Science and Engineering Fair and ANSYS

Every year I look forward to spring for two main reasons: Getting over the winter blues is an obvious one; attending the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair (PRSEF) is the other. This year was no exception. PRSEF celebrated its 75th anniversary, and more than 1,000 students from middle, intermediate and high schools in and around the Pittsburgh area participated and competed for best-project awards, sponsorships and scholarships. A few entries from the senior category go on to compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Continue reading

The Future of Simulation via HPC

The What-If studies that our software performs go a long way toward influencing future product development. With tons of features and their resulting design complexity, short development cycles, and consumer/regulatory demand for safety, innovative products call for computing tools — and most people think of CAD and CAE. The silent partner in this mix is the hardware and its ability to quickly and accurately perform the calculations.

Over the past few decades, engineering simulation providers have satisfied demanding design requirements by expanding and deepening their multiphysics capabilities. Now we can imagine what if … and we can conduct studies to test what if … But the truth is that any given simulation tool paired with the best hardware platform is no longer a recipe to fast, reliable solutions. The simulation tool itself must be designed to reap the hardware’s full potential, such as highly scalable and distributed HPC environments. Continue reading

Women’s History Month – Women of ANSYS

March is Women’s History Month and March 8th is International Women’s Day. What an excellent opportunity to talk about a few of the historically important contributions women have made to the field of engineering simulation. Over at the Engineering Pathway, Alice Agogino did a nice job of summarizing some of the blogs on that site that talk about women engineers, computer scientists, and inventors on March 2nd.

Many women are making important, more quietly noted, contributions to engineering simulations every day. I would like to give a shout out to some of the women with engineering backgrounds that have made important technical contributions to simulation at ANSYS. Continue reading

I Love Engineering!

I-love-engineeringA large part of the World celebrates Valentine’s Day today, and personally I have been reflecting on some of the things that I love. My husband and my sons top the list. Some of my hobbies are on there too. So is the work I do — product management for an engineering simulation software development company. Through my work, I have been fortunate to see the brilliant things engineers around the world do that make things better for their communities, their customers, people in general, and the world at large. It is the potential and opportunity that engineering offers that caused me to pursue it myself. I sometimes wonder why I don’t encounter more women working in engineering. That fact is so at odds with how I was so fortunate to do so, to almost fall into the field, without ever being discouraged or thinking maybe I could not. Continue reading

ANSYS Hall of Fame 2014 Winners Announced

image of ANSYS Hall of Fame competition

If I should get selected into the hall of fame, I’d be able to say ‘thank you’ to all the legends that are in the hall of fame. And also say thank you to my teammates and also to all the fans. It’s going to be like a dream come true. – Jerry Rice, National Football League Hall of Famer

While our new inductees are not necessarily going to be able to thank the ‘legends’ of the ANSYS Hall of Fame, they are extremely worthy to enter our hall. Just like other halls of fame, they have secured a spot of prestige in the engineering simulation community. We proudly announce the 2014 ANSYS Hall of Fame competition winners and finalists. The 5th annual competition determines the most eye-popping simulation images and videos from our customers, showcasing how they use ANSYS to realize their product promise. This was the first year we separated the competition into two categories: corporate and academic, with five Best in Class winners. We would like to thank all of those who entered and shared their outstanding simulation entries. Continue reading