Seven Prominent Auto Industry Leaders Will Judge Entries for Altair Enlighten Award

Seven Prominent Auto Industry Leaders Will Judge Entries for Altair Enlighten

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TROY, Mich., Jan. 31, 2013

TROY, Mich., Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Altair today announced that an
eminent group of industry leaders will serve as judges for the Altair
Enlighten Award, a new program to recognize innovation in vehicle
light-weighting for the auto industry. In collaboration with the Center for
Automotive Research (CAR), Altair has created this award as a competition open
to original equipment manufacturers, systems and parts suppliers, and
materials suppliers from all segments of the industry.

The judging panel for the award program will comprise the following industry

  oDr. Jay Baron, president and CEO, Center for Automotive Research, Ann
    Arbor, Mich., and director of CAR's Coalition for Automotive
    Lightweighting Materials (CALM)
  oHarvey Bell, professor of engineering practice and co-director of the
    Multidisciplinary Design Program at The University of Michigan
  oLynn Bishop, vice president of engineering services at Pratt & Miller
  oDr. Imtiaz Haque, founding chair and executive director of the Clemson
    University International Center for Automotive Research
  oDr. Royston Jones, president of Altair ProductDesign Europe
  oDr. Clemens Schmitz-Justen, founder and head of strategic consulting, CSJ
    Schmitz-Justen & Company, former director of international programs at the
    Clemson University College of Business and Behavioral Science, and former
    president of BMW Manufacturing LLC in Spartanburg, S.C.
  oChris Theodore, president of Theodore & Associates automotive industry
    consulting; former CEO of ASC, Inc., vice president of Ford Motor Co. and
    senior vice president of DaimlerChrysler; and former executive director
    ofNorth American advanced vehicle development at General Motors

"CAR's Coalition for Automotive Lightweighting Materials has gained
considerable recognition and grown significantly since its inception one year
ago," said Baron, who co-chairs the judging panel with Jones. "The Altair
Enlighten Award focuses on the same critical issues of how to achieve
significant reductions in vehicle mass through integration of lightweight
materials. As the industry draws closer to the 2017-2018 mid-term review, we
anticipate that the innovations brought to light by this competition will help
suggest approaches to mass reduction to meet stringent fuel economy
regulations for light-duty vehicles."

The deadline for entries in the award competition has been extended to April
12, 2013. Finalists will be interviewed in April and May, and the winners will
be announced in August of this year. Companies can submit entries online at The Enlighten Award will be presented at CAR's
2013 Management Briefing Seminars (MBS) August 5-8 in Traverse City, Mich.,
with the opportunity for the winning organizations to make a presentation and
conduct a question-and-answer session.

"We are grateful to have found such extensive interest in the goals of the
Altair Enlighten Award among leaders of the automotive industry who are
volunteering their time to judge entries from around the world," said David
Mason, vice president, global automotive for Altair. "The judging panel is
exceptionally qualified to evaluate the best of the industry's efforts in
reducing vehicle weight through optimization, new materials, new systems and
components, and new designs."

The Altair Enlighten Award is intended to honor the greatest achievements in
weight saving each year; to inspire interest from policymakers, educators,
students and the public; to create further competition for new ideas in the
industry; and to provide an incentive to share technological advances.

About CAR
The Center for Automotive Research is a non-profit organization based in Ann
Arbor, Mich. Its mission is to conduct research on significant issues related
to the future direction of the global automotive industry, organize and
conduct forums of value to the automotive community, and foster industry
relationships. For more information, visit the CAR website:

About Altair
Altair empowers client innovation and decision-making through technology that
optimizes the analysis, management and visualization of business and
engineering information. Privately held, with 1,800 employees, Altair has
offices throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With
a 27-year track record for high-end software for engineering and computing,
enterprise analytics solutions, and innovative product design and development,
Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to customers in a broad
range of industries. To learn more, please visit or


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