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

Behind the Scenes at ANSYS: Project Simulate a Reindeer

Dear Readers,

simulate a reindeer morph a reindeerHere I sit late at night, a couple of days before Christmas Eve, in front of my computer looking at the mesh of a reindeer that my colleague Simon Pereira just sent me. (You may be thinking — “Gilles, time for you to get a life”.)

Well, easier said than done! All of this started a week or two ago, after our dear social media manager, Sandy Adam, requested a cool simulation for our holiday blog. In a moment of complete weakness, I emailed her back saying: “Why don’t we find a good aerodynamic position for a flying reindeer?”. The response was immediate — “Thanks Gilles for volunteering!”.  I was not going down alone so I took Simon with me on this adventure!

I thought you might enjoying a behind-the-scenes view at our email conversation last week about the project. Continue reading

ANSYS Advantage for Simulation Driven Product Development

Have you picked up a copy of ANSYS Advantage Magazine lately? You can see the latest issue online and even subscribe to receive notifications of new editions. Every quarter, ANSYS Advantage Magazine includes stories about how engineers are using simulation tools to develop better products. A key trend is that more and more of us are using advanced design exploration and optimization tools to drive their simulation towards the most optimum and robust designs.

DXWordsFor Q3 of 2013, ANSYS Advantage dedicated the entire edition to shine a spotlight on robust design and optimization. You can read about how oil and gas companies like Technip are using ANSYS DesignXplorer to ensure against undersea oil leaks. There is also an article about how the electronics industry is using ANSYS DesignXplorer to help explore their design space and improve product performance. There is even a tech tip article (that I wrote ;^) to explain how to use the relatively new HPC Parametric Pack licensing to run simultaneous design points more cost-effectively. Continue reading

What Do ANSYS Webinars and Grace Hopper Have in Common?

Today’s a very special day, so before I proceed with the ANSYS webinars for the week, I’d like to tell you a little about why. One hundred and seven years ago, a woman was born who would one day help to change the world. In fact, Google’s Doodle today is celebrating her birthday. Do you know who she is?

google doodle grace hopper

Courtesy Google Doodle

Grace Murray Hopper (Dec 9, 1906 – Jan 1, 1992) was an American computer scientist, a pioneer in the field, and one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer. She developed the first compiler for a computer programming language and conceptualized the idea of machine-independent programming languages, which led to the development of COBOL. She is credited with popularizing the term “debugging” for fixing computer glitches (inspired by an actual moth removed from the computer.
- Wikipedia

hour of codeYou might have noticed the One Hour of Code text in the image above. Today also kicks off Computer Science Education Week in the U.S., which promotes the idea that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. I agree!

I’m going to make an assumption that most, if not all, of our readers do a little coding from time to time. This week would be the perfect time to share that skill with your children, your nieces, your nephews, or the kid down the block. I would like to encourage you to introduce them to the Hour of Code project and have some fun!

ANSYS Webinars This Week Continue reading