ANSYS recently donated a campus-wide licence to the University of Connecticut (UConn), giving students and researchers access to leading structures, fluids, electronics and systems simulation. Ansys is helping to promote STEM skills at university level but also equipping the next generation of students with experience in using real world software.
The ANSYS campus-wide solutions programme helps to consolidate curriculum tools, reduce software procurement and IT costs, expand simulation scope and increase research innovation.
Baki Cetegen, head of UConn's mechanical engineering department said: ‘This is a win-win arrangement between UConn engineering and ANSYS. This allows our students to learn to use the state-of-the-art computational software for fluid dynamics, structural and thermal analyses to analyse complex engineering problems. Their experience in learning the engineering principles underlying these software tools and using them in solving complex engineering problems make them highly desirable for a large number of employers who use the same software.’
Mechanical engineering students, for example, will use ANSYS to solve real-world engineering challenges as part of a corporate-sponsored design program using some of the same software they will employ after they graduate.
‘We are proud to be narrowing the gap between classroom learning and practical experience,’ says Murali Kadiramangalam, director of the ANSYS academic program. ‘This initiative makes students more marketable to employers by giving tomorrow's engineers hands-on experience with the software they are most likely to use after graduation. At the same time, the presence of ANSYS software in engineering labs makes schools more attractive to students. If students know that, by going to a particular school, they will be able to develop the skills they need to land jobs, they are more likely to enroll in that particular institution than go elsewhere.’