MSC.Software Unveils Keynote Speakers For 2004 Virtual Product Development Conferences

Industry Leaders to Share How Their Organizations are Maturing in Their Use of VPD to Achieve Business Goals and Develop the Next Generation of Innovative Products

SANTA ANA, Calif., July 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MSC.Software Corp. (NYSE: MNS), the leading global provider of virtual product development (VPD) products including simulation software and services, today announced the keynote speakers for its 2004 Worldwide VPD Conferences being held in Huntington Beach, California; Munich, Germany; Tokyo, Japan and other locations worldwide. These premiere industry events will bring together thousands of engineering professionals to share their knowledge, best practices and views concerning the future of design and simulation in the automotive, aerospace, defense, rail, shipbuilding and other industrial manufacturing industries.

Business executives, engineering managers and product development experts from more than 2000 companies have committed to presentations during these multi-day events. Current keynote speakers include:

   North America -- October 18-20, Huntington Beach California:
   * Larry Achram, Vice President, Virtual Engineering and Chrysler
      Crossfire, DaimlerChrysler Corporation
   * Nancy Gioia, Engineering Director, Small FWD and RWD Vehicle Platforms,
      Ford Motor Company
   * Frank Statkus, Vice President, Advanced Technologies and Processes,
      Boeing Commercial Aircraft

   Japan -- November 8-9, Tokyo, Japan:
   * Dr. Bernd Hessing, Technical University of Munich
   * Dr. G.Q. (Kouchi) Zhang, Philips Center for Industrial Technology and
      Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Eindhoven

   Europe -- November 22-24, Munich, Germany
   * Dr. Jean-Francois Imbert, Vice President, Airbus, France
   * Dr. Ralf Brunken, Executive Director, Volkswagen AG, Germany
   * Mr. Steef Klein, Chief Information Officer, Meyn Food Processing,

With more than 2,000 engineering professionals expected to attend the worldwide VPD Conferences provide unsurpassed opportunities for networking with colleagues who face common product development challenges and share like-interests in engineering processes and technologies.

Conference highlights include; Keynote Presentations, Management and Technical Presentations, Special Interest Groups, Breakfast & Learn Seminars, Technical Workshops and User Forums, Partner Exhibits, Social Activities and Networking.

Complete conference details for each major region as well as early registration discounts are available on-line at:

About MSC.Software Corporation

MSC.Software (NYSE: MNS) is the leading global provider of simulation software and related services, that helps companies make money, save time and reduce costs associated with designing and testing manufactured products. MSC.Software works with thousands of companies in hundreds of industries to develop better products faster by utilizing information technology, software, services and systems. MSC.Software employs more than 1400 people in 23 countries. For additional information about MSC.Software's products and services, please visit

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