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Pointwise Sponsors SAE Design Competition
Posted Tue April 24, 2012 @08:49PM
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News Pointwise, Inc. is sponsoring five teams for the SAE Collegiate Design Series 2012, as well as the SAE Aero Design East and West competitions this spring.

“We’re thrilled to continue our sponsorship of student teams for these SAE events,” said John Chawner, Pointwise’s president. “Seeing how computational fluid dynamics (CFD) can impact their designs often lights a spark that leads to a career interest in computational simulation. Or at least it should improve their designs and help them place higher in the results. We wish all of them the best of luck.”


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The competition, intended to provide undergraduate and graduate engineering students with a real-life engineering challenge, has been designed to provide exposure to the kinds of situations common in the professional environment. Primarily a design competition, the competition requires students to perform trade studies and make compromises to arrive at a design solution that will optimally meet the mission requirements while conforming to the configuration limitations.

Teams fly their airplanes as part of the event. SAE Aero Design features three classes of competition, regular, advanced and micro.

Teams sponsored by Pointwise are

  • The Flying Dutchmen from Union College in Schenectady, NY, entered in the Aero-East competition
  • The Assailing Falcons from Vellore Institute of Technology in Tamil Nadu, India, entered in the Aero-West competition
  • The UTA Formula SAE Racing team from the University of Texas at Arlington, entered in the Formula SAE competition
  • The UTA Formula Hybrid team from the University of Texas at Arlington, entered in the Formula Hybrid competition
  • The Bigg Bird team from Ohio Northern University in Ada, OH, entered in the Aero East competition.

SAE International is a global body of scientists, engineers, and practitioners that advances self-propelled vehicle and system knowledge in a neutral forum for the benefit of society.

Pointwise, Inc. is solving the top problem facing engineering analysts today – mesh generation for computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The company’s Pointwise software generates structured, unstructured and hybrid meshes; interfaces with CFD solvers, such as ANSYS FLUENT, STAR-CCM+, ANSYS CFX and OpenFOAM, as well as many neutral formats, such as CGNS; runs on Windows (Intel and AMD), Linux (Intel and AMD), Mac and Unix, and has scripting languages that can automate CFD meshing. Large manufacturing firms and research organizations worldwide rely on Pointwise as their complete CFD preprocessing solution.

More information about Pointwise is available at www.pointwise.com.Pointwise is a registered trademark and Pointwise Glyph and T-Rex are trademarks of Pointwise, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owner.

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    Hybrid (Score:2, Informative)
    by AlexaJ on Tue May 08, 2012 @03:28AM EST (#1)
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    Hybrid car racing, while still somewhat of a novelty, is nothing brand new. The Formula Hybrid International Competition, being held this week in Loudon, N.H., is exclusive in that all the automobiles in the race are student-designed and constructed. The function is a recruiting forum for car makers searching for engineers. Source article: International hybrid race showcases future car engineers that works for you. Since the competition is mainly about preparing eager young engineers for careers, one of the challenges each team has to face is making a mock-pitch to potential investors. Other events test the cars in various aspects of engineering, such as acceleration, braking and handling.
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