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MSC.Software Launches Global University Program


MSC.Software has detailed its Global University Program, a multi-dimensional offering to complement the recent introductions of MSC.Software's SimEnterprise solutions.

Uniquely designed to help professors and students worldwide meet the needs of business and industry as its primary goal, MSC.Software's University Program provides affordably-priced software bundles as well as curriculum development and teaching assistance and an online community to make principles and theory more understandable, enjoyable and relevant for engineering students. Available as an online resource at and with online forums at, the program delivers gold-standard software and resources to today's engineering institutions.

"The University Program has been created to allow professors to easily include MSC software in their teaching and engineering coursework so they can then enable engineering students to experience industry-leading enterprise simulation software in an educational context," said Bill Weyand, chairman and chief executive officer of MSC.Software.

As the recognized leader of simulation software for the aerospace and automotive industries, among others, MSC.Software's solutions have been used for research and teaching at prestigious engineering universities around the world for many years. These include institutions such as Purdue University, Technische Universität München, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Chalmers University of Technology, Osaka University, AIP-PRIMECA, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, the Indian Institute of Technology Madras located in Chennai, India, and nearly a thousand others.

To help universities take their multi-disciplinary curricula and research to the next level, MSC.Software has introduced three software bundles containing unmodified versions of the same industry-standard simulation products used by some of the largest manufacturers in the world:

The University FEA Bundle includes MD Nastran, MSC Patran, Marc, Dytran, and Sofy for finite-element analysis (FEA) of mechanical components & systems such as aircraft, ships, ground vehicles, consumer products, buildings and structures, as well as biomedical, micro (MEMS), and nano devices.
The University Motion Bundle includes Adams, Adams/Car and Easy5 for system-level simulation of mechanical systems that move (multi-body dynamics), such as aircraft, ground vehicles and robots, as well as those that involve hydraulics and controls, such as mechatronics devices.

The University SimDesigner Bundle offers SimDesignersoftware providing CAD-embedded simulation inside CATIA V5, especially for structural, thermal, and impact-related FEA and motion analysis.

Universities and Industry Speak Out in Strong Support of MSC.Software's Program

"MSC.Software's focus on providing universities with software that enables integrated, multi-disciplinary, template-based, managed simulation processes for the entire engineering enterprise is a perfect fit with our PLM Center of Excellence ," said Richard Couch, director of engagement, Purdue University. "The world's leading manufacturers in the automotive and aerospace industries, who regularly hire our students, have told us they expect our graduates to hit the ground running with the kind of simulation software provided by MSC, so being a part of MSC’s University Program is a win-win for Purdue University students and faculty and our industrial partners."

"We truly appreciate MSC.Software's continuing support for our Partners for Advanced Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) Program (,” said Elaine Chapman-Moore, Manager of Global PACE Partnerships, General Motors. “Our common goal is to help prepare students at world-class engineering schools around the world to apply computer-aided design and simulation in their subsequent work in industry, thus accelerating their time-to-productivity in their jobs."

Dr Paul Allaire and Dr Pradip Sheth, professors of Engineering at the University of Virginia, are also Directors of the ROMAC Industrial Research Program, the largest university-industry consortium for Rotating Machinery and Controls ( "In addition to using MSC.Software's products to teach our students, we are delighted to collaborate with MSC.Software in our research so we can build our advanced rotor dynamics algorithms on top of the open architecture of industry-standard software like MD Nastran," said Allaire. "Our software utilizes advanced component modeling for fluid film, bearings, and seals as input into MD Nastran for evaluating the response and stability of rotors undergoing vibrations in industrial rotating machinery."

"To strongly serve an educator's needs to provide his or her students with experience using commercial engineering software, we are introducing new consolidated software bundles to our University Program members, together with innovative licensing and pricing, to motivate and reward broader use of MSC.Software's multi-disciplinary software in classes, research, and collaborative projects throughout entire engineering schools," said Jim Ryan, MSC University Program Manager.

"With this program, universities around the globe can now cost-effectively obtain hundreds of networked licenses of MSC.Software products. That gives schools the option to use the same set of best-in-class, CAD-neutral simulation software products for wide-ranging applications across multiple departments such as mechanical, aerospace, civil and biomedical engineering," continued Ryan.

More information on the MSC.Software University Program is available at


Date: March 8, 2007