University of Texas Adds COSMOS/Works to its Mechanical Engineering Curriculum

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 24, 2001--Structural Research & Analysis Corp. (SRAC), developer of the COSMOS/ suite of design analysis products, today announced that the University of Texas has incorporated 40 seats of COSMOS/Works as part of several start-up projects focusing on PROject Centered Engineering EDucation (PROCEED) activities in the school's Mechanical Engineering department.

COSMOS/Works will be used in the freshman Engineering Graphics course, where SolidWorks has already been implemented. Approximately 500 students, majoring in Mechanical, Aerospace, and Civil Engineering, enroll in this course each year. According to Professor Ronald Barr, "Our overall project goal is to `Modularize the Graphics Curriculum' into natural flowing elements of learning materials. Our curriculum focuses on Concurrent Engineering, which is to relate to the students all graphical activities that can emanate from a 3-D Solid Model geometric data base."

Their goal is to demonstrate the new digital engineering process at an early time when entering the program. To convey the proper usage of COSMOS/Works, the students will build a piston head assembly. Pressure will then be applied to the head of the piston and FEA will be used to show the distribution of stresses in the assembly. This project is one of several headed up by the Mechanical Engineering department as a result of an initial grant by Ford Motor Company to provide more hands-on experience for their engineering students.

"We want to give students real-world design experience so they can compete effectively in the engineering job market," said Suchit Jain, SRAC's Vice President of Marketing. "Because of its ease of use and close integration with SolidWorks, COSMOS/Works is an ideal choice to teach these future engineers the benefits of utilizing analysis throughout the design cycle."

About Structural Research & Analysis Corporation

A wholly owned subsidiary of Dassault Systemes S.A. (Euronext Paris No. 13065, DSY.PA) (Nasdaq: DASTY - news), Structural Research & Analysis Corporation develops and markets design analysis software products for the mechanical computer-aided engineering market. Since its inception in 1982, SRAC has contributed innovations that have had a significant impact on the evolution of FEA. For more information and a product demonstration, contact your local COSMOS/ distributor or reseller today, or call SRAC directly at 1-800-469-7287 (outside of North America, call 1-310-207-2800). For the latest news and information from SRAC, see the company's web site ( www.cosmosm.com).

COSMOS/Works, COSMOS/DesignSTAR and COSMOS/Flow, and COSMOS/EMS are trademarks of Structural Research & Analysis Corp. SolidWorks and the SolidWorks logo are registered trademarks of SolidWorks Corporation. All other product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.


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