MSC.Software Donation to University of California, Irvine Gives Students Engineering Simulation Experience for the Future

SANTA ANA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Jun 15, 2010 -- MSC.Software, the leader in multidiscipline simulation solutions that accelerate product innovation, today announced that it has renewed its donation of 50 software seats to The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine). These seats give students the opportunity to become proficient in industry-standard simulation software while exploring key engineering theories and principles.

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Lizhi Sun, Ph.D. at UC Irvine is one of the Samueli School professors using the software in his undergraduate classes. Sun feels it is important for his students to learn how to use the software through an understanding of the basic theory and principles of the finite element method. Finite Element Analysis (FEA) consists of a computer model of a material or design that is stressed and analyzed for specific results. It is used in new product design and existing product refinement, allowing a company to verify a proposed design will perform to specifications prior to manufacturing or construction.

"My students enjoy solving structural engineering problems using the software, and we are very appreciative of this generous annual software donation from MSC.Software," stated Professor Sun from University of California, Irvine (UCI).

MSC.Software's donation includes the company's state-of-the-art multidisciplinary (MD) simulation products, including MD Nastran, Patran and MD Adams that are widely used in a variety of engineering disciplines and industries, particularly in the aerospace, defense, automotive and medical fields.

The donation, made through MSC.Software's University Program, strives to help students find desirable jobs within organizations that are looking to hire engineers proficient with MSC.Software's Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) software solutions.

"Our engineering students are fortunate to have the outstanding opportunity to expand their knowledge beyond traditional classroom curricula, gaining valuable insight and practical experience with resources that are commonly used in the workplace," said Rafael L. Bras, dean of The Henry Samueli School of Engineering. "I would like to express my sincere appreciation to MSC.Software for their generous donation and contributions to engineering education."

MSC.Software supports universities such as UC Irvine with tools and resources that enhance engineering research and education, and teaches students how their designs perform in "real-world" conditions, without requiring the necessary resources to build and test physical prototypes.

"We are pleased to make this donation to a university in our local community," said Dominic Gallello, President & CEO of MSC.Software. "Through our University Program we aim to facilitate collaboration between MSC.Software and leading universities, researchers and students to arm students with CAE skills for the future, and collaborate to rapidly bring advanced, leading-edge technologies to industry."

MSC.Software has partnered with UC Irvine since 1985. This gift represents the company's continued contributions and commitment to education by preparing the next generation of engineers with a practical skill set they can apply in the workplace.

About MSC.Software
MSC.Software is a global leader of multidiscipline simulation solutions that help companies improve quality, save time and reduce costs associated with designing and testing manufactured products. MSC.Software works with thousands of companies worldwide to develop better products faster with simulation technology, software, and services. MSC.Software employs 1,000 people in 23 countries. For additional information about MSC.Software's products and services, please visit www.mscsoftware.com.

The MSC.Software corporate logo, Adams, Dytran, Easy5, Marc, MD Adams, MD Nastran, Patran, Mentat, MSC, MSC.Masterkey, MSC Nastran, Mvision, SimDesigner, SimManager, and SimXpert are trademarks or registered trademarks of the MSC.Software Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. NASTRAN is a registered trademark of NASA. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.

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