Autodesk connects with Kettering

Oct 5, 2011

Autodesk, the world leader in design, engineering and entertainment software recently shared technology and expertise with Kettering students.

As part of an initiative to connect with Mechanical Engineering programs at universities across the country, Autodesk, a world leader in design, engineering and entertainment software, recently presented Kettering’s SAE students with a $4,500 donation of software, hardware and resources.

Autodesk representatives were also on campus Sept. 1, lending their expertise to students. An Autodesk engineer, Andrew Sears, delivered two technical presentations via webcast from Oregon to Dr. Raghu Echempati’s MECH-516 (Finite Element Analysis) and MECH-312 (Machine Design) classes. Sears presented several real-life examples of the design and analysis of components and systems using Autodesk Inventor and other Autodesk software modules.

“Autodesk has come in to Kettering with more than just software," said Kettering student Erik Hardy. “They have been supporting us with experienced staff to help aid in the learning of the software to further our designs.”

The visiting Autodesk team also made presentations to the ASME and Pi Tau Sigma student members.

“The students enjoyed all these presentations since they are complex, challenging and are real-life examples,” Echempati said, adding that he plans to invite the Autodesk team back to campus during the fall 2011 term and beyond.

“Autodesk has been committed to supporting the education of engineers, designers, architects, and digital artists for many years and the support that we are providing to Kettering University’s SAE teams is a demonstration of that commitment,” said Nabil Sater, Education Program Manger – Americas at Autodesk. “The experiences that Kettering University and the SAE chapter provide to students, which include solving problems as a team and competing to win, are ideal because they relate to what students will experience in their professional careers. We are excited to help make it possible for them to have access to the software and hardware tools that will allow them to be competitive and work together to solve the design challenges of today and tomorrow.”

Contact: Patrick Hayes
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