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Altair’s Concept to Reality Magazine Recognized for Publication Excellence

Summer 2005 issue of three-time APEX award winning publication now available TROY, Mich. August 4, 2005 - Altair Engineering, Inc., a global leader in innovative product development, advanced engineering software and grid computing technology, today announced that the Summer 2005 issue of its biannual Concept to Reality (C2R) magazine is now available. Altair also announced that the publication was recently awarded the 2005 APEX Award for Publication Excellence, in a competition sponsored by the editors of Writing That Works: The Business Communications Report.

This is the third year in a row that C2R has received an APEX award. The annual competition is in its seventeenth year and drew close to 5,000 entries from business writers, editors, publication staffs, and commercial and non-profit communicators. There were more than 750 entrants in the Custom-Published Magazines and Journals category who were evaluated on excellence in graphic design, editorial content and the success of the entry in achieving overall communications effectiveness.

"We are very pleased that Concept to Reality has been recognized for excellence again," said Altair Vice President of Corporate Marketing Michael J. Kidder. "We work very hard to bring our readers the latest information and opinion about how technology and collaboration drives the product development process. Smart businesses know that providing innovative, cutting-edge products sets them apart from the competition and is essential to market leadership."

Concept to Reality targets upper-level managers and executives who want to improve their product development process. Prepared by a team of editors and subject-matter experts, the magazine offers information on innovative product strategy, design development, process automation and commercial technology. Material includes business solutions discussed by independent third-party experts, as well as by Altair engineers.

The Summer 2005 issue focuses on how technology plays an important role in transforming new ideas into innovative products. Featured articles include:

  • How technology partners collaborated to deliver a show vehicle based on the Ford Focus platform in six weeks

  • How Silicon Graphics (SGI) uses Grid technology to manage virtually unlimited amounts of data, with a discussion of the enormous potential for the new software

  • How NASA’s Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) schedules and manages its vast computational workload to provide data for space science, Earth modeling and aerospace exploration vehicles

  • How hydroforming can enhance part formability while cutting time and costs.

In his introductory editorial, James R. Scapa, Altair president and CEO, shares an historical perspective on the field of simulation technology and a glimpse of how forward-thinking companies are using it to advance innovative product development. He also discusses the role of Grid technology in fostering innovation in product development and manufacturing. Finally, Scapa looks back at Altair’s 20 years in business, and invites readers to the company’s third annual Optimization Technology Conference (OTC) to be held in Troy, Mich., on Sept. 27, 2005. For more information on Altair’s OTC05, visit www.altair.com/OTC2005.

Contributors to C2R Summer 2005 include: David Loren, Bayer Material Science Future Business Group project leader; A. Rasquinha, the chairman and managing director of Electroneumatics and Hydraulics (I) Pvt. Ltd. of Pune, India; Charles Fabros, Ford Racing engineer; Joe DiMario, PPG product design engineer; Alan Powers, NASA Advanced Supercomputing High-End Computing Lead; Walter Stewart, SGI’s global coordinator for Grid Strategy; and Dave Simon of Altair’s Design Studio.

To receive a free copy of Altair Engineering’s 20th Anniversary brochure, please visit www.altair.com/c2r. For a complimentary subscription to Altair’s Concept t

About Altair Engineering

Through product design consulting, advanced engineering software and high-performance computing (HPC) technologies, Altair Engineering increases innovation for clients around the globe. Founded in 1985 and privately held with offices throughout 12 countries, Altair's unparalleled knowledge and expertise in product development and manufacturing extend throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As the developer of Altair® HyperWorks® - The Engineering Framework for Product DesignTM, Altair is the leading provider of high-end, open CAE software solutions for modeling, visualization, optimization and process automation. The company’s grid computing software, PBS ProfessionalTM, is a workload management solution for HPC environments, Linux clusters and desktop cycle harvesting that delivers an ROI within one year. For detailed information about Altair, visit www.altair.com

Michael Kidder

Altair Engineering, Inc.

(248) 614-2400, ext. 269


Colleen Kmiecik

Marx Layne & Company

(248) 855-6777


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