Innovation Driven Software Drives Success at Formula SAE Michigan: 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th place winners sponsored by Altair University

Formula SAE recently hosted their annual competition at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan this past May. 109 teams competed in the 2017 event in multiple categories to determine who had the best Formula vehicle. Altair has been a proud sponsor of SAE events for over 15 years.

We’re proud to announce that 4 out of the top 5 finishers were sponsored by Altair this year! University of Stuttgart (1st), Graz Technical University (3rd), UAS Graz (4th) and University of Michigan (5th). These teams used software from their Altair University sponsorship to design and optimize their Formula car for the competition. From optimizing critical brackets, to crash analysis, to optimizing their composite ply layup, they used many products in the Altair suite to create exceptional vehicles. Several other Altair University sponsored teams placed in the top 20 as well. Congratulations to all the teams for their high achievements at this year’s event!

In addition to sponsoring the Formula SAE competition each year, Altair University is pleased to offer individual sponsorships to Formula SAE teams. This sponsorship includes complimentary licenses of HyperWorks, the industry leading CAE analysis and optimization software. HyperWorks is used worldwide by the automotive engineering community and is ideal for helping students turn lightweight design concepts into fully functioning Formula style prototypes for competition. Within the HyperWorks suite of tools, students also have access to solidThinking Inspire. Inspire enables design engineers to create and investigate structurally efficient concepts quickly and easily. To top off the sponsorship, the Altair University further supports teams with real-time and self-paced training, e-books, and a dedicated support forum to help fuel the success of each team. Sponsorship is open to all college and university teams.

Request sponsorship for your team and learn more about how Altair University can help your team win in 2018!

Darius Fadanelli
Darius Fadanelli

About Darius Fadanelli

Darius joined Altair in 1990, and is currently the Director of EDU Outreach for the U.S. He has over 28 years of experience in CAE, developing employees, managing our technical support operations and helping users with HyperWorks tools. His current role involves the integration of our enterprise-class FEA Analysis, lightweighting and model-based development software into universities. Darius holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Michigan.