Altair Seeks 2017 Enlighten Award’s Nominations

TROY, MI, May 12, 2017 – Altair has placed a final call for submissions to this year’s Altair Enlighten Award. Nominations are being accepted now through May 26, 2017 in three categories: full vehicle, module and enabling technology. The annual Altair Enlighten Award, presented in partnership with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), SAE International and media sponsor, Automobil Industrie, recognizes achievements in weight reduction across the automotive industry.

“So far, we’ve seen some exciting and inspiring submissions for the 2017 Enlighten Award come in from all over the globe,” said Richard Yen, Senior Vice-President, Automotive and Global Markets Team at Altair. “There are still two weeks left to get a nomination in, so we are eager to see what else people have been working on.”

The Altair Enlighten Award honors the greatest achievements in vehicle weight saving each year to inspire interest from policymakers, educators, students and the public, to create further competition for new ideas in the industry and to provide an incentive to share technological advances. Manufacturers and suppliers interested in submitting a nomination can access additional information about the process, or submit an entry, at

“We’re honored each year to recognize automakers and suppliers alike for successful lightweighting strategies and technologies. With the addition of the new “enabling technologies” category, we anticipate many more supplier accomplishments highlighting their contributions that will be widely recognized by their peers and automakers who are seeking new lightweight solutions”, said Dr. Jay Baron, president and CEO at the Center for Automotive Research.

The winners of the 2017 Altair Enlighten Award will be announced during the 52nd annual CAR Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, MI on July 31st, 2017. To allow sharing of innovation while respecting the business and technical confidentiality of all applications, all nominations submitted must be implemented on a production vehicle produced between August 2014 and August 2017, with no geographical restrictions.

About Altair ProductDesign

Altair ProductDesign is a global, multi-disciplinary product development consultancy of more than 700 designers, engineers, scientists, and creative thinkers. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Altair Engineering Inc., this organization is best known for its market leadership in combining its engineering expertise with computer aided engineering (CAE) technology to deliver innovation and automate processes. Altair ProductDesign firmly advocates a user-centered, team-based design approach, and utilizes proprietary simulation and optimization technologies (such as Altair HyperWorks) to help clients bring innovative, profitable products to market on a tighter, more efficient time-scale.

About Altair

Founded in 1985, Altair is focused on the development and application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance. Privately held with more than 2,600 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA with more than 50 offices throughout 22 countries, and serves more than 5,000 corporate clients across broad industry segments.

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About CAR

The Center for Automotive Research is a non-profit organization based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Its mission is to conduct research on significant issues related to the future direction of the global automotive industry, organize and conduct forums of value to the automotive community and foster industry relationships.

For more information, visit the CAR website

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