Altair Enlighten Award

Great Minds Think Light:
The Altair Enlighten Award

Automotive industry’s only award dedicated to lightweighting and sustainability.

This year, the Altair Enlighten Award will honor the greatest sustainability and lightweighting advancements that show a successful commitment in reducing the carbon footprint, mitigating water and energy consumption, as well as successful efforts in material reuse and recycling. Sparking interest from industry, engineering, policymakers, educators, students, and the public alike, this annual award provides an environment to share the latest technology innovations dedicated to sustainability.

Enter Now

Our Partners

Car Group Automobil Industrie Automotive Engineering SAE

Our Timeline

Altair Enlighten Award Five Categories

Sustainable Product

Production vehicle (or major system module) award recognizing emissions, lightweighting, and safety advances.

Sustainable Process

Manufacturing award recognizing material reuse/recycling and water conservation advances.

Module Lightweighting

Mass reduction of a vehicle module, sub-system or component.

Lightweighting Enabling Technology

Technology advancement that enables vehicle lightweighting, including a material, production process, design method, or joining technology.

Future of Lightweighting

Process, material or technology that is not yet in production, but has significant potential to advance vehicle lightweighting.

Be recognized as a pioneer in sustainability and lightweighting innovations.

The 2021 Altair Enlighten Award will be presented at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars on August 4th, 2021.

Contact Us

See what our previous winners had to say

Past Participants

Our Judges

Judging is conducted by an independent panel of judges, led by the Center for Automotive Research (CAR). CAR will chair the group of recognized industry experts to select the winning entries in all the categories.

Harvey Bell

University of Michigan

Gary Latham

Pratt & Miller Engineering

Carla Bailo

Center of Automotive Research (CAR)

Tony Norton


Thomas Günnel

Vogel Communications

Brian Daugherty

Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association

Dr. Frank Zhao

Tsinghua University

George Panourgias


Josh Brugeman

Fresh Coast Climate Solutions

Dr. Deborah Mielewski


Gina Oliver

Senior Director, ACC

Dr. Wolfgang Seeliger

Leichtbau BW GmbH

Chris Theodore

Theodore & Associates
Automotive Industry Consulting

Ryan Gehm

Truck & Off-Highway Engineering Magazine
SAE International

Past Participants

Explore previous years’ entrants to Altair Enlighten Award below. You can toggle between past awards by clicking on the year.


Our Partners

Award Partner: The Center for Automotive Research

The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) is involved in the research of significant issues that relate to the future direction of the global automotive industry. CAR, a nonprofit organization, is focused on a wide variety of important trends and changes related to the automobile industry and society at the international, federal, state and local levels.

Learn more about CAR

Media Partner: Automobil Industrie

The »Automobil Industrie« media brand is the communication platform for management in the automobile business. The whole world of mobility is presented: Trends and highlights in production and developments in the markets. Tomorrow's vehicles and their related mobility concepts.
»Automobil Industrie« is on the lookout for new technologies and examines the opportunities for new materials. It communicates your automobile business topics in the right context and to the right partners – quickly, easily, and effectively. With its exclusive reader base, »Automobil Industrie« ensures – true to name – that your message arrives where you want it to: in the automobile industry!

Learn more about Automobil Industrie

Media Partner:Automotive Engineering

Automotive industry engineers and product developers are pushing the boundaries of technology for better vehicle efficiency, performance, safety, and comfort. Automotive Engineering, the flagship magazine of SAE International, is the authoritative source automotive engineers rely on to meet their technology challenges and to design the next generation of vehicles. Click here to begin your free subscription to Automotive Engineering and receive reports on the technologies and trends impacting product design and development from leading experts in the mobility space.

Learn more about Automotive Engineering