Common Ground

Altair Conference Brings Together ID, Engineering and Manufacturing

Apr 29 2015 - 3:16pm

The 2015 Americas Altair Technology Conference takes off May 5-7 in Dearborn, MI. Hundreds of engineers and researchers will examine new techniques for simulating vehicle design with composites and optimizing designs for additive manufacturing, lightweight vehicles and aircraft in what's being billed as the foremost, annual event for engineering professionals and top-level industry leaders in product design, advanced manufacturing, applied physics and high-performance computing.

The keynote speakers are Mike Whitens, director of vehicle and enterprise science and research at Ford Motor Company and Kevin Kerrigan, senior vice president, automotive office of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Earlier this year, Kerrigan announced the launch of the Michigan Design Council.

Key research papers, responding to emerging trends and capabilities in manufacturing and computer simulation, will be presented at the conference. Robert M. Taylor of Optimal Structures will demonstrate how additive manufacturing removes many of the constraints on product design, enabling all types of products to be much more efficiently produced and as much as 30 percent lighter.

Other speakers include structural analysis engineer David Bowen of Boeing; Altair Senior Director of Industry Solutions Subir Roy; crash safety engineer Youn Park from Ford Motor Company; Franck ouriaux of RUAG Space; Ken Dudley, NASA Langley Research Center and Stewart Moore from General Dynamics/Electric Boat.

Altair Chairman and CEO James R. Scapa will highlight Altair's plans and innovations for continuing to advance the use of simulation in the design of products, packaging and systems for businesses around the world.