West Virginia University’s Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources is the recipient of a software bundle donation from ANSYS Inc., a global innovator of simulation software and technologies designed to optimize product development processes. The technology will be used for research and teaching in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

ANSYS’ Academic Partnership Program is designed to provide students, faculty and educational institutions access to advanced simulation software. Students gain hands-on, real-world experience that can help jump-start their careers, while at the research level, faculty and graduate students will be able to solve the same complex problems as those in the industry.

“ANSYS software has been used for a long time by the Department in teaching a required senior-level course in computer aided design and finite element analysis,” said Jacky Prucz, chair of the Department. “However, this gift will allow us to increase the number of faculty and students who can utilize the software simultaneously, and will make it possible to apply the software extensively in lower-level courses as well as in capstone design courses in both aerospace and mechanical engineering.

“A larger number of MAE faculty and graduate students will now be able to access and use the ANSYS software for research projects in work related to engineering design of lightweight structures; aerospace or mechanical systems; fluid dynamics; biomechanics; aerodynamics; and characterization of materials at all scales, from macro to micro and nano,” Prucz added.

“We are excited to partner with West Virginia University and expose both undergraduate and graduate students to cutting-edge simulation software that’s used by professionals around the world,” said Murali Kadiramangalam, academic program director at ANSYS. “We take pride in working alongside top-notch universities like West Virginia University to help them push the technology envelope and develop the skills of our future engineering work force.”

The donation was made through the WVU Foundation, the private non-profit corporation that generates, receives and administers private gifts for the benefit of West Virginia University.



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