Altair South Africa Inspires Local Youth

Altair South Africa recently hosted a group of 46 enthusiastic Grade 11 pupils from schools in the area as part of their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) initiative. The idea of the day was to expose pupils who are considering engineering as a field of study, to the various disciplines and opportunities available to them.

It was important that the pupils left us feeling inspired and excited about engineering and the great things that are being achieved here in South Africa.

“This is the second year we have hosted the event and were thrilled with the response from the local schools,” said Gronum Smith, Country Manager of Altair SA. “We aimed to cover all the engineering disciplines with presentations, success stories as well as personal insights into our world.”

image 2One pupil’s response in our post-event survey epitomized the success of the day – “this conference inspired me be patriotic to South Africa and it would be a privilege to be an engineer in this country!”

Local companies from various engineering disciplines were invited to join us to present and share their knowledge. Presentations from Denel Spaceteq, the CHPC, Stellenbosch University Industrial Engineering Faculty, Sustnet, Garmin (iKubu), Mix Telematics, Stellenbosch University and EMSS Antennas were on the agenda.

All the pupils were open minded, interactive and extremely appreciative of the initiative. The common thread throughout the day by all the presenters was work hard, to be passionate, take risks, be entrepreneurial and realize that learning never ends.

Fiona Richardson
Fiona Richardson

About Fiona Richardson

Fiona is the Marketing Manager for EM Solutions (FEKO) and is based in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Fiona is also part of the team marketing Altair products into the SA market. Qualified in public relations and communications, Fiona has worked in a variety of industries over the years. Fiona began working with FEKO early in 2013 as part of EM Software & Systems – S.A. before the company was acquired by Altair in 2014.