University of Erlangen-Nuremberg Implements First Educational MSC.Software MasterKey License System In Europe

The Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and Its Regional Computing Center (RRZE) Implement MSC.Software SimOffice Products Into Classroom Education and Research

SANTA ANA, Calif., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MSC.Software Corp. (NYSE: MNS), the leading global provider of virtual product development (VPD) products including simulation software and services, today announced that the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and the Regional Computing Center (RRZE) have signed the first MSC.MasterKey license agreement by a university customer in Europe. The agreement includes access to MSC.Software's SimOffice products MSC.ADAMS, MSC.Nastran, MSC.Patran, and MSC.Marc, which can be all accessed and used via the flexible token based MasterKey License System. Students of different university departments, including engineering, material science, engineering mechanics, quality management, engineering design, production engineering, and systems engineering can now take advantage of the breadth and depth of MSC.Software tools for research and science within a single, cross-campus licensing system.

"The education of future designers and engineers is very important for MSC.Software and a key focus of our educational sales and training activities," said Frank Perna, chairman and chief executive officer of MSC.Software. "We opened the MSC.MasterKey system to universities around the world in the last half of 2004 and I am very pleased that we are already starting to have success implementing more of our technologies across more university departments, classes and research teams. We are committed to ensuring that graduating engineers are proficient in VPD technologies and we look forward to working with the professors and students who are using MSC.Software technologies via MSC.MasterKey."

"We are very happy with the MasterKey license System from MSC.Software because it really meets our needs," said Dipl.-Ing. Hans Cramer, Director of the regional computing center (RRZE). "We at the RRZE serve several universities in the region of Northern Bavaria, all of them with many different departments in the engineering field. Our students need to get familiar with CAE and VPD products, and this can only be done by offering them a broad base of many types of software. We appreciate the MSC.MasterKey license system offering this broad range of solutions at a convenient pricing scheme for universities as well as the consultation we are receiving from our software partner. We feel that MSC.Software really speaks our language and expect our students' research to benefit greatly from the new possibilities."

About the University Erlangen-Nuremberg

The hallmark of the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg today, 260 years after its foundation is its commitment to both tradition and innovation. The university offers a wide spectrum of subjects, the diversity and interdisciplinary integration of which is unique in Germany. "Integrated diversity" is seen as the key feature that enables the university to enhance its profile in research and teaching while at the same time promoting the process of internationalisation more intensively.

Thanks to the breadth of its subject range, the university offers an ideal environment in which to generate innovative research. This has enabled the university to secure a leading place among the German universities in the German Research Foundation (DFG) rankings and to attract a large number of Humboldt scholars, who have chosen the university as the place to pursue their research. The university is committed to the constant improvement of its infrastructure, study and research conditions and its service-oriented administration, all of which are essential as the university forges ahead on its way to becoming a first-class university of international renown. For more information please visit:

About the Regional Computing Center (RRZE)

Being the IT service provider of the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) the RRZE provides since several decades a functional IT-Infrastructure to the University. It supports, within the frame of the regional concept, also other universities in the region. Being the interface between research and technology the RRZE understands itself as the center of computing competence in the university environment of Northern Bavaria and as the partner of science. For more information please visit:

About MSC.Software Corporation

MSC.Software (NYSE: MNS) is the leading global provider of virtual product development tools that help 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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