Altair Releases Student Edition of Its Popular HyperWorks Computer-Aided Engineering Software Suite

TROY, Mich., Sept. 19, 2011 — (PRNewswire) — Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services, today announced the release of the HyperWorks 11.0 Student Edition, a personal academic version of the popular suite of computer-aided engineering (CAE) software used by manufacturers around the world. The Student Edition offers affordable opportunities for engineering and design students to gain experience in computer simulation with the same software that engineering professionals use to design and develop everything from aircraft and automobiles to computer chips and golf clubs. As part of the program's global roll-out, the first 200 students in each country to register at the Altair Online Store will receive the HyperWorks 11.0 Student Edition for free.

"Simulation is the fastest-growing market sector in the PLM market, from the earliest phases of conceptual design through to manufacturing the product, and demand is high for graduates with simulation experience," said Dr. Matthias Goelke, business development director for academic markets at Altair Engineering. "Our goal with this program is simply to make our commercial tools and training materials more broadly available to students to expose and encourage careers in engineering and CAE."

The HyperWorks Student Edition is available for purchase now through Altair's Online Store ( and includes access to core HyperWorks commercial technologies that support the complete CAE workflow process for various solution types and applications. These include:

Modeling (Pre-processing):


Linear/Nonlinear Analysis:


Topology/Topography Design Optimization:


Composites Simulation and Optimization:

RADIOSS™, OptiStruct®

Results Visualization (Post-processing):


Data Analysis and Plotting:


Personal Simulation Management:

HyperWorks Collaboration Tools™

"It is exciting news that the student version of HyperWorks is now available," said Dr. Wei Chen, Wilson-Cook Professor in Engineering Design at Northwestern University. "This program truly demonstrates Altair's commitment to enhancing students' learning experience outside the classroom so that they can reinforce their engineering knowledge and classroom instruction."

The HyperWorks Student Edition program further extends and complements Altair's ongoing academia support initiatives, which include discounted university licensing programs, Altair's University Fellowship program and collegiate competitions like Formula SAE. A key differentiator of the Student Edition program is that, for a nominal fee, students can install HyperWorks locally on their personal hardware and access self-guided training materials for independent study outside of the university network infrastructure.

"The HyperWorks 11.0 Student Edition is an important and highly appreciated add-on to the HyperWorks suite that I use for teaching. My students now can use a commercial CAE software package locally on their own hardware, which gives all of us a great deal of flexibility," said Prof. Dr. Uwe Janoske, University of Wuppertal, Germany.

With the HyperWorks 11.0 Student Edition, students receive an extended set of e-learning tutorials and a complementary starter kit manual – a HyperWorks best-practices guide for beginners. The Student Edition also contains a simplified FEM process guide embedded within the software.  The guide is especially valuable to students who do not have knowledge of the syntax of a finite-element solver or the HyperWorks philosophy. This highly automated process reduces the user interaction to a minimum and thus becomes an extremely helpful tool. Additional online training resources include Altair's Academic Blog (, a HyperWorks knowledge repository that focuses specifically on the needs of students, teachers and researchers.

More details about the HyperWorks 11.0 Student Edition can be found at:

About HyperWorks

HyperWorks, a Platform for Innovation, is a comprehensive simulation solution for rapid design exploration and decision-making. HyperWorks provides a tightly integrated suite of best-in-class tools for all facets of the simulation process: modeling, analysis, optimization, visualization, reporting and collaborative knowledge management. Leveraging a revolutionary pay-per-usage licensing model, HyperWorks delivers maximum value and flexibility for customers worldwide. For more information, please visit:

About Altair

Altair Engineering, Inc. empowers client innovation and decision-making through technology that optimizes the analysis, management and visualization of business and engineering information. Privately held, with more than 1,500 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With a 26-year track record for high-end software and consulting services for engineering, computing and enterprise analytics, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to customers in a broad range of industries. To learn more, please visit

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