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NAFEMS Announces Winners of 2005 Student Awards

International Association Recognises Analysis Students

Glasgow , UK , September 20th 2005 - NAFEMS, The International Association for the Engineering Analysis Community, has announced the winners in its 2005 Student Awards competition. Sponsored and supported by ABAQUS, ANSYS and MSC.Software, the competition attracted an extremely high standard of entry from many higher education establishments.

NAFEMS Student Awards 2005 Paul Chester, from the University of Surrey, won the award for “Most Innovative Use of FEA or CFD” for a project titled “Investigation into the behaviour of grouted connections in offshore wind turbines in response to boat impacts.”   The award for “Most Practical Use of either FEA or CFD” went to Paul Hodgson of the University of Hertfordshire for his project, “CFD of a Radial Turbine” , and Paul Clement of the University of Bath won the award for “Best presented report related to FEA or CFD” with his final year project “Is the Internal Architecture of Bone Structurally Optimised?” .

The awards were presented by Tim Morris, Chief Operating Officer of NAFEMS, at a ceremony on August 5th 2005 in London. “The future of engineering analysis is in the hands of the students who are learning and applying the techniques”, commented Mr Morris. “NAFEMS has a responsibility to ensure that the engineering analysis community as a whole continues to develop and work towards consistent and recognized standards – that should begin at the very start of an analyst’s career. We are delighted to reward these excellent final year projects – indeed, the entries were of such high standard that awards could have been given to most of the submissions.”

Tony Kent, Director of Marketing (EMEA) from MSC.Software, said MSC.Software have a long-standing partnership with NAFEMS and actively contribute to Steering Committees and Working Groups around the world. We were therefore extremely pleased to participate as sponsors in the 2005 NAFEMS Student Awards, and to meet the authors of the winning entries.” He added “Today’s commercial simulation technology is almost unrecognisable from the historical roots on which organisations such as MSC.Software and NAFEMS were originally founded, and this contemporary approach was evident in each of the presentations made by the winning students. In addition to an obvious mastery of the academic concepts involved, I personally was impressed to hear these young analysts talking knowledgably in terms of integrated applications and realised business value. I am sure that this outlook will serve each of the winners well, and all at MSC.Software wish them success in their future careers."

“As General Manager of ABAQUS UK I was delighted to be able to sponsor the inaugural NAFEMS Student Award, and to recognize the quality of the work submitted by all the entrants, in particular that of the three winners.” agrees Alan Prior of ABAQUS. “Many companies will say that the growth of CAE in their design and development process is hampered by poor CAD geometry, inadequate interfaces between products, lack of computer resources and so on. But all will acknowledge that a lack of skilled analysts can be the biggest hurdle to overcome. And so we as software vendors have a clear interest in promoting the development of bright young analysts, encouraging their involvement in simulation technology, and raising the awareness of the benefits of analysis and simulation in both academia and industry. NAFEMS, as an independent body covering the whole of the engineering analysis community industry, provides the ideal framework for this activity. We look forward to continuing our involvement in the NAFEMS Student Awards in future years.”

The winners each received a cheque for £500, as well as a commemorative award and certificate at the ceremony and dinner in the Institute of Physics in London, which was attended by the winners as well as Tim Morris of NAFEMS, David Barry from ANSYS, Alan Prior from ABAQUS and Tony Kent from MSC.Software.



NAFEMS is a not for profit organization aimed at promoting best practices and fostering education and awareness in the engineering analysis community. In line with its objectives to promote the effective use of simulation technologies, NAFEMS is continually seeking to create awareness of new analysis methodologies, deliver education & training, and stimulate the adoption of best practices and standards by offering a platform for continuous professional development.

About ABAQUS Inc.

Founded in 1978, ABAQUS, Inc., is the world's leading provider of software and services for advanced finite element analysis. The ABAQUS® software suite has an unsurpassed reputation for technology, quality and reliability. It has been adopted by major corporations across all engineering disciplines as an integral part of their design process. ABAQUS offers a powerful and complete solution for simple to complex linear and nonlinear engineering problems, using the finite element method. A wide range of structural, thermal, and coupled analyses is supported. The software delivers a unified finite element analysis environment without equal, presenting a compelling alternative to implementations involving multiple products and vendors. ABAQUS employs over 400 people worldwide, with 28 direct offices for technical support, sales and services, plus a network of technically advanced distributors in emerging markets.

About ANSYS, Inc.

ANSYS, Inc., founded in 1970, develops and globally markets engineering  simulation software and technologies widely used by engineers and designers  across a broad spectrum of industries. The Company focuses on the development of open and flexible solutions that enable users to analyze designs directly on the desktop, providing a common platform for fast, efficient and cost-conscious product development, from design concept to final-stage testing and validation. Headquartered in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., with more than  25 strategic sales locations throughout the world, ANSYS, Inc. employs  approximately 600 people and distributes its products through a network of channel partners in over 40 countries.  Visit for more information.

About MSC.Software Corporation
MSC.Software (OTC: MNSC) is the leading global provider of virtual product development (VPD) solutions, including simulation software and services, that helps companies make money, save time and reduce costs associated with designing and testing manufactured products.  MSC.Software works with thousands of companies in hundreds of industries to develop better products faster by utilizing information technology, software, services and systems.  MSC.Software employs more than 1400 people in 23 countries.  For additional information about MSC.Software's products and services, please visit



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