Now Accepting Nominations for the 2016 Altair Enlighten Award

Altair has announced that it is now accepting nominations for the fourth annual Altair Enlighten Award! The 2016 award program brings with it new categories allowing nominees to submit entries for lightweighting achievements in two distinct categories: full vehicles and modules.

The Altair Enlighten Award recognizes achievements in weight reduction across the entire automotive industry, from motorcycles to passenger cars, light trucks to commercial vehicles and buses. The annual award will be presented in collaboration with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) at the annual CAR Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Mich., August 1-4, 2016.

The award gives companies involved in automotive design and manufacturing the chance to be recognized as a leader in the development of lightweight solutions. The 2015 award was won by Ford Motor Company for its use of various lightweight materials to minimize the weight of the 2015 Ford F-150 by 700 lbs (317kg). Ford’s engineers took a holistic approach to weight reduction by incorporating advanced materials into the entire design of the vehicle, including the frame, body, powertrain, battery, and interior features such as the seats.


General Motors was awarded first runner-up for developing and using innovative computer-aided engineering (CAE) methods to achieve a 163 pounds (74kg) weight reduction on the Alpha architecture of the 2012 Cadillac ATS/CTS. Faurecia, together with Automotive Performance Materials, took home the second runner-up award for its NAFILean (Natural Fibers for Lean Injection Design) solution.

Do you have an amazing achievement in vehicle lightweighting? Applications for the 2016 Altair Enlighten Award must be received on or before Friday, May 20, 2016 to be eligible. Winners will be announced in August 2016. The judging panel will include industry experts and academic leaders, as well as CAR and Altair representatives. Check out the official rules on

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Richard Yen
Richard Yen

About Richard Yen

Richard has more than 27 years with Altair and just recently became the new Vice-President, Global Automotive. He is responsible for understanding the major trends of the automotive industry, aligning Altair’s technology, formulating marketing message and business strategy to maximize opportunities as well as values to the customers. In the past, he’s held various leadership roles in software, services business and overseas assignments. He earned his Master’s Degree of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1988. He is conversant in English, Chinese and Japanese.