MSC Software and St. Petersburg State Marine Technical University Establish Shipbuilding Simulation Competency Center

SANTA ANA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Mar 28, 2011 -- MSC Software, the leader in multidiscipline simulation solutions, today announced its strategic relationship with St. Petersburg State Marine Technical University (SPbSMTU). SPbSMTU is a highly specialized university in education of future engineers for the Russian Shipbuilding industry.

Under this agreement MSC Software and the St. Petersburg State Marine Technical University will build a Competence Center within the Institute of Information Technologies of SPbSMTU. The Competence Center ensures that future engineers for the Russian Shipbuilding industry will be experienced in modern simulation technology and able to find methods of resolution during complex engineering jobs in the computer aided design and simulation process. The engineers will gain these new skills using the advanced engineering simulation technology from MSC Software for finite element analysis and multi-body dynamics including MSC Nastran, Marc and Adams.

"Information technology and computer modeling is the most vital instrument in the creation of modern ships. Here, at SPbSMTU we have a functional IT model for the complete lifecycle management of marine machinery. Leading engineering analysis technologies from MSC Software will become one of the key elements in analyzing the model and further used for education of our students as well as for graduate scientific studies," says Mr. Alexey Lipis, Director of the Institute of Information Technologies of SPbSMTU.

"The most contemporary development step in the creation of marine machinery can be characterized as a modernization process of the entire shipbuilding industry, allowing the design and construction of innovative marine products. Gaining practical experience with MSC Software's leading engineering analysis products is essential in the education of current marine engineer professionals for the shipbuilding industry," says Mr. Konstantin Borisenko, chancellor of SPbSMTU.

"Through this agreement we set a milestone for a new generation of engineers in the Shipbuilding industry of Russia. We are delighted to be part of this project which transforms engineers to new heights in using engineering simulation so they can bring innovative techniques and experiences to their future employers," said Dominic Gallello, CEO and President, MSC Software. "They will be trained to work more efficiently with modern simulation software, and to accurately apply the latest methods of computer aided engineering in their industry."

About St. Petersburg State Marine Technical University
St. Petersburg State Marine University is the only educational entity that trains world-renowned marine engineers for the design, manufacturing as well as exploitation of marine vessels, military surface ships, submarines and technical equipment for oil, gas and other natural resources extraction. The University's high educational level as well as its compliance with international educational standards is confirmed by experts from the International Institute of Marine Engineers in London. The University's Diplomas obtained recognition in Europe and the United States. To learn more, please visit www.smtu.ru/engver/index.html.

About MSC Software
MSC Software is the worldwide 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 is a global company with offices in 20 countries. For additional information about MSC Software's products and services, please visit www.mscsoftware.com.

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