FORT WORTH, TX (July 20, 2009)--Pointwise interns have been named winners in the Intern Hero contest conducted by Little Debbie(R) Muffins. Their winning entry, seeking to answer the question "Are Little Debbie Muffins Aerodynamic?", included a three dimensional model of a muffin created by Pointwise(R) software and a flow visualization. The interns encouraged Little Debbie to send them some of the contest prizes, large muffin sampler boxes, so "physical testing" could be conducted.
Their winning entry may be seen at
Interns who worked on the project were Matt Kijowski, Allison Johnson, Riane Kiraly, Travis Carrigan and Satyam Kondle.
"Pointwise is so reliable and easy to use that meshing a Little Debbie Muffin is as easy as eating one," said Carrigan. Carrigan, who graduated Suma Cum Laude this spring with a BS in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, will begin graduate school there this fall. He is focusing his study on the optimization of a helical vertical axis wind turbine using computational fluid dynamics (CFD).
"Using Pointwise's built-in database tools, I was able to effortlessly create a three dimensional model of the muffin," said Carrigan. "After the database was created using a series of revolves, the domains on database entities tool was used to create a hybrid type mesh consisting of both structured and unstructured domains."
"Although it originally was developed for solving challenging problems in the aerospace, automotive and manufacturing industries, Pointwise shows its outstanding flexibility by easily meshing the organic shape of a Little Debbie Muffin," said Dr. Richard Matus, Pointwise vice president of sales and marketing.
"I've meshed a truck's intake manifold, UT-Arlington's formula SAE race car and an F-16 fighter jet, but this project was particularly exciting because who has meshed a muffin before?" said Ms. Johnson, an intern with Pointwise since April 2007. She will graduate in December with a BS in mechanical engineering from UT-Arlington.
Ms. Kiraly, a marketing intern at Pointwise, said, "The great thing about this contest, besides winning muffins of course, is that the meshing of a muffin is a fun and unique marketing opportunity for Pointwise. We are able to Tweet and send emails out across the globe about our software and how the interns were able to use it. Current and potential users can get a kick out of our muffin meshing from Israel to Japan."
Ms. Kiraly will start her sophomore year this fall at Indiana University. She is an international studies major with a minor in Spanish and a certificate in liberal arts and management.
Kondle is working on his master’s degree in engineering at Texas A&M University, focusing on laminar flow through microchannels with microencapsulated phase change materials. Kijowski is a junior mechanical engineering student at the University of Texas at Austin.
Pointwise, Inc. is solving the top problem facing engineering analysts today -- mesh generation for computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The company’s Gridgen and Pointwise software generates structured, unstructured and hybrid meshes; interfaces with CFD solvers, such as FLUENT, STAR-CD and ANSYS CFX, as well as many neutral formats, such as CGNS; runs on Windows (Intel and AMD), Linux (Intel and AMD), Mac and Unix, and has scripting languages that can automate CFD meshing. Large manufacturing firms and research organizations worldwide rely on Pointwise as their complete CFD preprocessing solution. More information about Gridgen and Pointwise is available at pointwise.com.
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