MSC Software Announces Research Assist Program Winners for Q1

Collaboration with researchers leading to advancements in mechanical engineering and biomechanics

SANTA ANA, CA--(Marketwire – May 23rd, 2012) – MSC Software Corporation, the leader in multidiscipline simulation solutions that accelerate product innovation, today announced the Q1 winners of its Research Assist Program. Three researchers from around the world were awarded simulation software including MSC Nastran, Marc, and Adams, and will apply the technology to engineering research projects aimed at accelerating technological innovation advancements in aerospace, automotive, and biomechanics.

The MSC Software team congratulates Mike Huang from Beijing Transportation University, Robert Owens from Vanderbilt University, and Fulufhelo Masithulela from University of South Africa.

I am very excited about the opportunity to use MSC’s first-class tools in our efforts to increase the productivity of design and analysis of complex systems,” said Robert Owens. “The Research Assist Program affords us the opportunity to use many more analysis capabilities than would otherwise be available to us, and thus greatly enhances our research efforts and our potential for success.

MSC Software’s Research Assist program was announced last November, and continues to gain momentum. The program is intended to stimulate innovation by enabling qualified researchers to apply MSC Software technology with no cost burden to further develop their scientific research. Three researchers are awarded software each quarter, with a total of 12 per year.

Mr. Huang at the Beijing Transportation University was awarded Adams to assist with a prestigious program in China aimed at improving the dynamics of a docking system on spacecraft. They will use Adams to build dynamic models of the steel rope as well as the complete space docking lock system, then analyze the dynamic transmitting characteristics of steel rope in detail, and use the simulation results for design improvements.

Mr. Owens at Vanderbilt University was awarded MSC Nastran and Adams to improve the efficiency of the engineering process for defense products by a factor of 5X per DARPA’s Adaptive Vehicle Make Project. MSC Nastran will be used to increase the efficiency of structural, modal, fatigue, buckling, and thermal modeling and analysis.

Mr. Masithulela at the University of South Africa was awarded Marc nonlinear FEA modeling and analysis software to assist with biomechanics engineering research, specifically in the area of computational modeling and experimental studies of cardiac mechanics after treated and non-treated myocardial infarction.

MSC Software will continue initiatives aimed at improving the quality of engineering research through the application of computational modeling and analysis to projects that positively impact our society,” said Leslie Rickey, Sr. Director, Global Marketing at MSC Software. “Science and engineering is changing the world and we are honored to collaborate with such esteemed researchers in support of their research and development initiatives.”

We are accepting applications from researchers throughout the year, and plan to announce Q2 winners later this summer. Please visit, to learn more about the program, or apply today.


About MSC Software

MSC Software is one of the ten original software companies and the worldwide leader in multidiscipline simulation. As a trusted partner, MSC Software helps companies improve quality, save time, and reduce costs associated with design and test of manufactured products. Academic institutions, researchers, and students employ MSC’s technology to expand individual knowledge as well as expand the horizon of simulation. MSC Software employs 1,000 professionals in 20 countries. For additional information about MSC Software’s products and services, please visit:

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