PITTSBURGH—From a 3D automotive radar system to electric Hyperloop transportation to a nonprofit conquering food security through automation and artificial intelligence, more than 500 startup companies around the world are leveraging the ANSYS Startup Program to create and deliver lifechanging innovations, the company said in a press release. Since the program’s inception in 2016, 558 startups have joined the program.

Simulation helps companies innovate faster because it allows engineers to quickly identify key design enhancements, validate new ideas, and go to market sooner. The ANSYS Startup Program gives low-cost access to ANSYS’s engineering simulation products to startups around the world. The idea is to lower the barrier for entrepreneurs to use simulation to bring innovative products to market faster.

“The companies in our Startup Program are industry pioneers, often on the leading edge of innovation,” said Sin Min Yap, vice president, global corporate strategic initiatives at ANSYS. “ANSYS makes simulation both affordable and accessible to these companies — enabling them to make key advancements in diverse industries.”

“ANSYS and finite element simulations allow us to perform in-depth analysis of our Hyperloop developments, including mechanical and magnetic behavior of our active magnetic levitation system and fluid dynamic behavior of our aerodynamic propulsion system,” said Daniel Orient, chief technical officer & co-founder of Zeleros, a Spanish startup developing electric hyperloop transportation. “Simulating and analyzing our results before prototyping empowers Zeleros to reach goals on the first attempt instead of building additional prototypes, resulting in significant cost and time savings.”

In addition to the ANSYS Startup Program, ANSYS products are used in more than 3,200 engineering schools in 87 countries around the world, including leading institutions like Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford University, and the Technical University of Madrid. As  companies strive to deliver ground-breaking products that keep pace with quickly-evolving trends in autonomous vehicles, electrification, and 5G, the need for highly-skilled engineers is greater than ever. ANSYS is solidifying its commitment to the next generation of engineers by arming students with the latest simulation technology, training, and resources to foster innovation.

Beyond the classroom, ANSYS provides simulation software, hands-on training, and resources to university-based student teams participating in competitions like Formula SAE, Shell Eco-Marathon, and Hyperloop Pod Design. ANSYS also cultivates peer-to-peer engagement through the Student Community, an online platform for engineering students to obtain technical support, ask questions, and share ideas.

“ANSYS constantly evolves the Academic Program to maximize the value and benefits for our student, researcher, and educator users,” said Paul Lethbridge, senior manager, academic and startup programs at ANSYS. “The goal of the program is to ensure academic users are successful in their engineering journey through easy access to ANSYS’s world-class simulation software, expert support, and high-quality educational materials. ANSYS is committed to providing engineering students with the education and experience necessary to excel professionally and transform tomorrow’s industries.”

Universities and students are leveraging ANSYS software for hands-on simulation experience. The ANSYS Academic Program continues to gain momentum, with nearly 750,000 free student software downloads and over 100,000 MOOC registrations.

“Our academic partnership with ANSYS has had a tremendous impact on our educational, research, and industry engagement activities at UConn,” said Michael Accorsi, senior associate dean of engineering at the University of Connecticut. “Using ANSYS in our Senior Design projects provides valuable experience to our graduating engineers prior to entering the workforce and significant benefits to all the companies who sponsor these projects. Last year alone, ANSYS was used in more than 50 Senior Design projects with industry sponsors.”

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