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VISTAGY Donates 10 Software Licenses

VISTAGY, Inc., a leading global provider of industry-specific engineering software and services, has partnered with the UMass College of Engineering through the donation of 10 software licenses for the company’s FiberSIM® software. The licenses represent very sophisticated and specific software for computer aided design used to model carbon-fiber analysis. VISTAGY also donated one license of its FiberSIM® software to the college last year.

Powered by VISTAGY’s unique EnCapta® technology, FiberSIM® has become the world’s leading software for composites engineering—used by numerous leading manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, marine, and medical equipment industries.

“We are delighted that VISTAGY, Inc. has decided to donate 10 licenses of FiberSIM® software to our college,” said Dean Ted Djaferis of the College of Engineering. “VISTAGY has had a long-term partnership with the College of Engineering through its support of the Center for e-Design and the Innovation Challenge. The donation of FiberSIM® software is another example of the commitment that VISTAGY co-founders and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department alumni Steve Luby and Ralph Verrilli have in advancing engineering innovation within the College of Engineering. We are very grateful for their support.”

The donation of FiberSIM® software will greatly enhance the college’s capability to perform cutting-edge research in composite manufacturing and analysis. Utilization of FiberSIM® will provide new knowledge in the research and educational programs within the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department. The software will also allow students and faculty members to gain a greater understanding of the design process in highly complex engineering products such as wind turbine blades and prosthetic medical devices.

"As new industries embrace composites and the range of materials and processes continue to expand, the design and manufacturing challenges are becoming far more complicated," said Mr. Luby. "Being able to understand and surmount the challenges on an industry-by-industry basis will be crucial so we are delighted to have the opportunity to help prepare future generations of UMASS engineers to meet these complex and evolving challenges."

More specifically, there are a number of ways the MIE department will benefit from the VISTAGY technology. The undergraduate team that designs and builds the supermileage vehicle each year can use FiberSIM® to optimize the carbon-fiber body. Researchers in the Wind Energy Center could use FiberSIM® to perfect their design of carbon-fiber wind turbine blades. Newly hired faculty member Dr. Frank Sup can use FiberSIM® to improve the design of the robotic prosthetic devices he creates. In the graduate Introduction to Finite Element Analysis course, students engaged in projects involving laminated composites could use FiberSIM® to develop more accurate finite element models. Finally, the Center for e-Design could explore ways to model some of the manufacturability information that FiberSIM® enables design engineers to capture in the native CAD tool using formal information modeling techniques.

“This represents an extraordinary opportunity for everyone in the department -- the undergraduates, the graduate students, and the faculty -- to engage in world class composites engineering,” said Donald Fisher, the department head in Mechanical and Industrial Enginering. “The long term support of alumni like Steve Luby and Ralph Verrelli is essential to the continued growth and excellence of the department, and we thank them for their new and most generous gift.”

VISTAGY, which is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, with sales and support offices throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe, boasts nearly 300 customers across the globe and over 4,500 software users. The company is a strategic supplier to hundreds of the world’s leading manufacturers—including Bombardier Aerospace, General Motors, NASA, Sinomatech Wind Power Blade Co., and the Renault F1 Team.

The company has long supported the university’s Innovation Challenge, an $85,000 competition that promotes entrepreneurial brainstorming and planning based on technology and ideas invented by faculty, students, and alumni of UMass Amherst. In addition, Mr. Luby has served as a judge in the Innovation Challenge.

VISTAGY has also supported the college’s Center for e-Design, a joint research coalition comprised of four universities and their industrial partners. The center, headquartered at UMass Amherst, was established to create new electronic design tools that will assist in generating high quality products and systems at a reduced cost while also reducing the time associated with designing complex engineered products and systems. VISTAGY is one of the center’s three industry partners. (December 2010)