New award celebrates engineers’ world-leading innovation using MSC Nastran

Newport Beach, CA, February 18, 2020 -  MSC Software Corporation (MSC), a global leader in computer-aided engineering (CAE) simulation software and services today announced its inaugural MSC Nastran Excellence Award, which recognizes the engineering and design innovation of its users around the world.

MSC Nastran is a simulation tool used across nearly every kind of industry – from aerospace to medical technology. It is a widely used, trusted, and accurate Finite Element Analysis (FEA) platform for structural simulation. MSC Nastran has been the industry standard in aerospace since NASA’s Apollo missions, and is used to optimize the performance, lifespan and comfort of product designs across all industries.

The Award celebrates MSC Nastran users’ work in FEA simulation to optimize everything from planes, trains, automobiles, white goods, ships, to spacecraft and beyond. Lauding the most interesting and diverse projects using MSC Nastran, the award will provide global recognition to the engineers, designers and manufacturers employing the full potential of the tool, and up to $1,000 in Amazon vouchers or donation to charity of your choice.

Keith Hanna, VP Marketing, MSC Software talking of this new award said: “MSC Nastran has fueled some of the greatest product innovations in the modern world over the past 50 years, from NASA’s foundational explorations into space, to supporting our mobility, engineering and medical tech today by predictively optimizing designs before prototyping. At MSC we want to celebrate excellence in FEA by shedding light on the incredible innovation happening today, and the many talented people around the world that are using MSC Nastran to design the future.”

Submissions to the award must be made publically available during the 12 months before nomination, and can include papers presented at conferences, articles appearing in journals and magazines, and other original work documented in a publicly-available form, such as a research thesis.

Projects should demonstrate quantifiable benefits such as quality or productivity improvements, environmental or economic cost reduction. They must push the boundaries of the MSC Nastran tool, with multi-physics applications encouraged.

The full criteria and deadlines can be found on the  MSC Nastran Excellence Award entry page:

About Hexagon | About MSC Software

Hexagon is a global leader in sensor, software and autonomous solutions. We are putting data to work to boost efficiency, productivity, and quality across industrial, manufacturing, infrastructure, safety, and mobility applications.

Our technologies are shaping urban and production ecosystems to become increasingly connected and autonomous – ensuring a scalable, sustainable future.

MSC Software, part of Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division, is one of the ten original software companies and a global leader in helping product manufacturers to advance their engineering methods with simulation software and services. Learn more at


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