Altair Brings High-Tech Innovation Back to Detroit With the 2012 Americas HyperWorks Technology Conference

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Apollo 13 and 16 astronaut T.K. Mattingly and executives from Dallara Automobili, Gartner Inc. and Altair to keynote the three-day PLM conference, May 15-17

TROY, Mich., March 12, 2012

/PRNewswire/ -- Altair Engineering, Inc. will again bring innovation to life at its 2012 Americas HyperWorks Technology Conference (HTC2012), one of the nation's premier events relating to product lifecycle management (PLM) technology for the advanced-manufacturing community. The company is bringing its high-tech, user-focused conference back to its hometown of Detroit May 15-17, 2012, celebrating continued growth and success, while shining a spotlight on Michigan as a region that drives innovation.

HTC2012 will feature several compelling keynote speakers, including:

  • James R. Scapa, chairman and CEO, Altair Engineering
  • T.K. Mattingly, Apollo 13 and Apollo 16 astronaut, veteran of NASA's Space Shuttle Program, and current director of Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc.'s Space Enterprise
  • Luca Pignacca, chief designer & EU racing business leader, Dallara Automobili
  • Marc Halpern, vice president of research for product life cycle management strategies and software applications, Gartner, Inc.

The conference will be held at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, where featured speakers will share key insights on the latest computer-aided engineering and industry trends, as well as best practices and anecdotes related to their experiences using the HyperWorks software suite. More than 600 professionals are expected to attend the conference.

"Hosting the HTC in Detroit this year is important to Altair as the company continues to thrive and contribute to the positioning of metro Detroit as a technology powerhouse," said James R. Scapa, chairman and CEO of Altair. "As a company that was founded in Detroit and continues to grow despite sometimes adverse national economic conditions, we are passionate about raising the awareness of Detroit's contribution to the U.S. economy through technology and innovation."

In addition to the keynote speeches, attendees will hear firsthand from experts about industry trends, challenges and ways that manufacturers are enabling innovation through simulation. This year's conference will also feature presenters from a wide range of advanced-manufacturing industry verticals, including automotive, aerospace, consumer products, electronics, heavy equipment, marine, military and rail transit.

"Manufacturers globally and across all industries share the common business pressures to cost-effectively deliver innovative products and services," said Marc Halpern, vice president of research, Gartner, Inc. "Engineering and simulation will continue to play increasingly vital roles in their design and development strategies."

As Altair strives to bring great technology forward with its design and domain expertise, the 2012 HTC will encompass topics of simulation, predictive analytics, optimization, high-performance computing and cloud architectures, in an effort to help users make better engineering and business decisions. The centerpiece of HTC events worldwide are the customer experience stories describing the various real-life usage scenarios and successes of leveraging HyperWorks, Altair's simulation software suite. HyperWorks includes tools for modeling, analysis, visualization, and data management capabilities for linear and non-linear, structural optimization, fluid-structure interaction, computational fluid dynamics, and multi-body dynamics applications.