Great Minds Think Light: The Altair Enlighten Award

The automotive industry's only award dedicated to lightweighting and sustainability celebrates a decade of innovation.

The Altair Enlighten Award honors the greatest sustainability and lightweighting advancements that successfully reduce carbon footprint, mitigate water and energy consumption, and leverage material reuse and recycling efforts. An award that garners interest from industry, engineering, policymakers, educators, students, and the public alike, the Enlighten Award showcases the latest and greatest technology innovations dedicated to sustainability.

The Altair Enlighten Award is presented annually in conjunction with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR). This year's Award will be presented on August 2, 2022.

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Award Categories

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Sustainable Product

Production vehicle (or major system module) award that recognizes advancements in emissions reduction, lightweighting, and safety.

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Sustainable Process

Manufacturing award that recognizes advancements in material reuse, recycling, and water conservation.

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Module Lightweighting

Recognizes vehicle module, subsystem, or component mass reduction.

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Lightweighting Enabling Technology

Recognizes technology advancements that enable vehicle lightweighting, including a material, production process, design method, or joining technology.

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Future of Lightweighting

Recognizes materials or technologies that are not yet in production, but have significant potential to advance vehicle lightweighting.

2021 Altair Enlighten Award Winners

Every organization that wins the Enlighten Award joins a distinguished, trailblazing club. Last year’s winners – Ford, Magna International, Faurecia, ArcelorMittal, Jeep (Stellantis, BASF, and L&L Products), and American Axle & Manufacturing – are the latest organizations to showcase the future of vehicle lightweighting and sustainability.

You can see a complete list of previous winners here

Submit your entry today for a chance to win.

Download 2022 Entry Form

Past Participants

Our Partners

Highlighting the organizations who make the Enlighten Award possible.



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Our 2021 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.

Carla Bailo
Center of Automotive Research (CAR)

Harvey Bell
University of Michigan

Josh Brugeman
Fresh Coast Climate Solutions

Brian Daugherty
Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association

Ryan Gehm
Truck & Off-Highway
Engineering Magazine
SAE International

Thomas Günnel
Vogel Communications

Gary Latham
Pratt & Miller Engineering

Dr. Deborah Mielewski

Tony Norton

Gina Oliver
Senior Director, ACC

George Panourgias

Dr. Wolfgang Seeliger
Leichtbau BW GmbH

Chris Theodore
Theodore & Associates
Automotive Industry

Dr. Frank Zhao
Tsinghua University