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News Article | May 11, 2017
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TROY, Mich., May 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Altair has placed a final call for submissions to this year’s Altair Enlighten Award. Nominations are being accepted now through May 26, 2017 in three categories: full vehicle, module and enabling technology. The annual Altair Enlighten Award, presented in partnership with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), SAE International and media sponsor, Automobil Industrie, recognizes achievements in weight reduction across the automotive industry. Photos accompanying this announcement are available at “So far, we’ve seen some exciting and inspiring submissions for the 2017 Enlighten Award come in from all over the globe,” said Richard Yen, Senior Vice-President, Automotive and Global Markets Team at Altair. “There are still two weeks left to get a nomination in, so we are eager to see what else people have been working on.” The Altair Enlighten Award honors the greatest achievements in vehicle 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. Manufacturers and suppliers interested in submitting a nomination can access additional information about the process, or submit an entry, at www.altairenlighten.com/award. “We’re honored each year to recognize automakers and suppliers alike for successful lightweighting strategies and technologies.  With the addition of the new 'enabling technologies' category, we anticipate many more supplier accomplishments highlighting their contributions that will be widely recognized by their peers and automakers who are seeking new lightweight solutions,” said Dr. Jay Baron, President and CEO at the Center for Automotive Research. The winners of the 2017 Altair Enlighten Award will be announced during the 52nd annual CAR Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, MI on July 31st, 2017. To allow sharing of innovation while respecting the business and technical confidentiality of all applications, all nominations submitted must be implemented on a production vehicle produced between August 2014 and August 2017, with no geographical restrictions. Altair ProductDesign is a global, multi-disciplinary product development consultancy of more than 700 designers, engineers, scientists, and creative thinkers. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Altair Engineering Inc., this organization is best known for its market leadership in combining its engineering expertise with computer aided engineering (CAE) technology to deliver innovation and automate processes. Altair ProductDesign firmly advocates a user-centered, team-based design approach, and utilizes proprietary simulation and optimization technologies (such as Altair HyperWorks) to help clients bring innovative, profitable products to market on a tighter, more efficient time-scale. Founded in 1985, Altair is focused on the development and application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance. Privately held with more than 2,600 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA with more than 50 offices throughout 22 countries, and serves more than 5,000 corporate clients across broad industry segments. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com. The Center for Automotive Research is a non-profit organization based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 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: www.cargroup.org.


NEW YORK, May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- South Korea has become one of the hottest markets in the 3D printing industry. In April 2017, the Korean Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning announced that they would invest KRW 41.2 billion (approximately, USD $37 million) to boost Korea's 3D printing industry. The director general of the ministry said that financial resources would be spent primarily on bio printing, 3D software and material development, which are essential in this sector. To build on this momentum, Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX) and Rising Media will hold the 4th annual Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo in Seoul on June 28-30, 2017. Inside 3D Printing is the largest professional 3D printing event series worldwide, having hosted 39 events globally since its launch in 2013 in New York City. Over 9,000 attendees are expected at this year's event in Seoul. The theme for this year's event is "The New Era of Digital Manufacturing." The exhibit category has been widened from 3D printers to 3D scanners, CNC milling machines, CAD/CAM/CAE software, metrology, reverse engineering, post processing and materials to showcase developments in this new era of digital manufacturing. This year's exhibition is expected to have over 70+ exhibitors including global corporations such as EOS, MakerBot, German Reprap, XYZ Printing, MSC Software as well as major Korean additive manufacturing players such as ZWCAD Korea, 3D Box, Motion Works, and Owl Works 3D. The connections made at Inside 3D Printing Seoul 2016 resulted in over 120 contracts signed worth USD $80 million within 6 months after the show. View the full list of confirmed sponsors and exhibitors at inside3dprinting.com/seoul. This year's opening keynote speech will be delivered by Omer Krieger, President, Stratasys APAC and Japan. The multi-track program will have over 30 world-class speakers from Autodesk, Stratasys, 3D Systems, EOS, Arcam, and Dassault Systemes. The session topics focus on manufacturing, metal, business, and the aerospace & automotive industries. The complete agenda is available at inside3dprinting.com/seoul. Prices increase on-site, so advanced registration is recommended. Online registration is available at inside3dprinting.com/seoul. To inquire about sponsorship & exhibition opportunities, contact sponsorship@risingmedia.com or inside3dprinting@kintex.com. Rising Media is a global events and media producer excelling in Internet and technology-related events and content. Events include Inside 3D Printing, RoboUniverse, Virtual Reality Summit, Data Driven Business, Building Business Capability, Predictive Analytics World, Text Analytics World, eMetrics Summit, Conversion Conference, AllFacebook Marketing Conference, Search Marketing Expo, Affiliate Management Days, Influencer Marketing Days, Future of Immersive Leisure, Global Online Classifieds Summit, and Web Effectiveness Conference in the USA, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, India, China, Korea, Singapore, Australia, Brazil. For more information, please visithttp://www.risingmedia.com.


News Article | May 15, 2017
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The trade growth from Asia to Australasia is starting to slow down in 2017 with exports from North Asia taking the worst hit, according to the shipping consultancy Drewry. First quarter 2017 year-on-year growth for all of Asia to Australasia container shipments was 2%; the weakest in five quarters, Drewry said. The source of the slowdown was the trade from South Korea and Japan, where 1Q17 volumes decreased by 14% and 9% to Australia and New Zealand, respectively. Shipments from Greater China, by far the biggest export market to Australasia with approximately 55% share, continued to grow at a steady rate in the first quarter; 7% to Australia and 8.4% to New Zealand. Traffic from Southeast Asia was dampened by low growth of 1% to Australia, although 10% higher volumes to the much smaller market of New Zealand were some consolation, Drewry said. The poor start to the year is reflected in the 12-month rolling average of shipments, which clearly illustrates the fall-off in demand since the turn of the year. The latest Container Trade Statistics (CTS) numbers for March lowered the moving average growth rate for NE Asia to Australasia to 6.7% and for ex SE Asia to 5.3%. The current direction of travel suggests that end-year growth for the southbound market will be lower than the 7% rate put forward by CTS for last year. However, while the trade might experience a mild slowdown this year, there are sufficient reasons to believe it will still be one of the better performing deep-sea trades, Drewry said. Australia’s economy was given a boost by last year’s upturn in commodity prices and by China cutting its own coal production, contributing to the IMF’s recent 0.4 point upgrade to its GDP outlook for this year to 3.1%. At the same time, the IMF moved its 2018 expectation up by 0.1 point to 3%. Despite some rationalisation of NE Asia-Oceania services revolving around the May start-up of a new operation between Hamburg Süd, Maersk Line, MOL and MSC – variously branded YoYo, CAE and Panda – net capacity in the corridor will increase over the coming months. Drewry’s research of forward schedules indicates that as of June there will be 25% more effective slots available in the southbound market versus the same month in 2016. In contrast, the effective slots ex SE Asia will be 11% lower, giving a strong clue as to which route carriers are more positive about. Carriers appear to have been caught out by the extent of demand slide in Chinese New Year-affected February as southbound load factors fell below 50% in both the NE Asia and SE Asia trades. For the NE Asia trade the monthly slide was particularly steep as utilisation was over 80% in January. In February 2016, utilisation in the same trade dropped by a much less severe 8 percentage points. Come March 2017 ships ex NE Asia recovered to two-thirds full, but were still well short of the 80% average for 2016. Subsequently, spot rates continue to slide from their late-2016 peak with Drewry’s Container Freight Rate Insight reporting Shanghai to Melbourne 40ft rates of USD 1,310 for April. Compared to the same month last year, however, spot rates between those two ports were 15% higher. Southbound Asia to Australia container demand is losing some steam but is still likely to be one of the better performing deep-sea trades in 2017, according to Drewry. The consultancy has also suggested that carriers will need to lift monthly load factors if they want to resuscitate spot rates.


Presentation will discuss a practical set of computer-aided innovation tools that assist engineers and manufacturers in increasing their innovation skills. Ann Arbor, MI, May 12, 2017 --( In his presentation, Computer-Aided Innovation Tools, Dr. Vlahinos will describe and demonstrate a practical set of computer-aided innovation tools that assist engineers and manufacturers in increasing their innovation skills. These include: * Tools that use the “Theory of Inventive Problem Solving” (TRIZ) to generate innovative ideas for the most difficult engineering and manufacturing challenges. * A Mechanism Synthesis tool, that generates, in seconds, several concept mechanisms that follow a given path while its supports remain within a given domain. * Interactive Multi-Physics Topology Optimization tools that generate the optimum topology/shape of a component for a given structural, thermal, or fluid requirement. * Tools that generate Programmable Materials (meta-materials with predefined properties). CIMdata’s Product & Manufacturing Innovation Driven by Digital Design & Simulation Workshop, is the must-attend event for industrial organizations and solution providers interested in learning more about model-driven engineering strategies and the solutions that will enable on-going product and manufacturing innovation to create competitive advantage, minimize total lifecycle costs, and drive top-line revenue growth. It will provide attendees with independent experiences from industrial companies and a collaborative networking environment where ideas, trends, experiences, and critical relationships germinate and take root. CIMdata’s thought-leadership team of Don Tolle, Dr. Keith Meintjes, Dr. Ken Versprille, Dr. Suna Polat, and Frank Popielas, will be on hand in Chicago to facilitate the workshop and associated discussions. For more information visit http://www.cimdata.com/en/education/knowledge-council-workshops/joint-kc-workshop-2017 About Dr. Andreas Vlahinos Dr. Andreas Vlahinos is a Principal at Advanced Engineering Solutions. Dr. Vlahinos has been instrumental in rapid product development through the implementation of CAE and DFSS for several Government agencies and industry partners. He received his Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been Professor at the University of Colorado and has received the Professor of the Year and R&D 100 awards. He is regularly invited as to make keynote presentations at international conferences on a variety of subjects including innovation, rapid new product development, DFSS, and IoT. About CIMdata CIMdata, a leading independent worldwide firm, provides strategic management consulting to maximize an enterprise’s ability to design and deliver innovative products and services through the application of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions. Since its founding in 1983, CIMdata has delivered world-class knowledge, expertise, and best-practice methods on PLM solutions. These solutions incorporate both business processes and a wide-ranging set of PLM-enabling technologies. CIMdata works with both industrial organizations and providers of technologies and services seeking competitive advantage in the global economy. In addition to consulting, CIMdata conducts research, provides PLM-focused subscription services, and produces several commercial publications. The company also provides industry education through PLM certificate programs, seminars, and conferences worldwide. CIMdata serves clients around the world from offices in North America, Europe, and Asia- Pacific. To learn more about CIMdata’s services, visit our website at www.CIMdata.com, follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/CIMdataPLMNews, or contact CIMdata at: 3909 Research Park Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, USA; Tel: +1 734.668.9922; Fax: +1 734.668.1957; or at Oogststraat 20, 6004 CV Weert, The Netherlands; Tel: +31 (0) 495.533.666. Ann Arbor, MI, May 12, 2017 --( PR.com )-- CIMdata, Inc., the leading global PLM strategic management consulting and research firm, announces that Dr. Andreas Vlahinos, Principal at Advanced Engineering Solutions, will make a keynote presentation at the upcoming Product & Manufacturing Innovation Driven by Digital Design & Simulation Workshop. The workshop will take place at the UI LABS Innovation Center, home to DMDII, in Chicago, Illinois, on June 6 and 7.In his presentation, Computer-Aided Innovation Tools, Dr. Vlahinos will describe and demonstrate a practical set of computer-aided innovation tools that assist engineers and manufacturers in increasing their innovation skills. These include:* Tools that use the “Theory of Inventive Problem Solving” (TRIZ) to generate innovative ideas for the most difficult engineering and manufacturing challenges.* A Mechanism Synthesis tool, that generates, in seconds, several concept mechanisms that follow a given path while its supports remain within a given domain.* Interactive Multi-Physics Topology Optimization tools that generate the optimum topology/shape of a component for a given structural, thermal, or fluid requirement.* Tools that generate Programmable Materials (meta-materials with predefined properties).CIMdata’s Product & Manufacturing Innovation Driven by Digital Design & Simulation Workshop, is the must-attend event for industrial organizations and solution providers interested in learning more about model-driven engineering strategies and the solutions that will enable on-going product and manufacturing innovation to create competitive advantage, minimize total lifecycle costs, and drive top-line revenue growth. It will provide attendees with independent experiences from industrial companies and a collaborative networking environment where ideas, trends, experiences, and critical relationships germinate and take root.CIMdata’s thought-leadership team of Don Tolle, Dr. Keith Meintjes, Dr. Ken Versprille, Dr. Suna Polat, and Frank Popielas, will be on hand in Chicago to facilitate the workshop and associated discussions.For more information visit http://www.cimdata.com/en/education/knowledge-council-workshops/joint-kc-workshop-2017About Dr. Andreas VlahinosDr. Andreas Vlahinos is a Principal at Advanced Engineering Solutions. Dr. Vlahinos has been instrumental in rapid product development through the implementation of CAE and DFSS for several Government agencies and industry partners. He received his Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been Professor at the University of Colorado and has received the Professor of the Year and R&D 100 awards. He is regularly invited as to make keynote presentations at international conferences on a variety of subjects including innovation, rapid new product development, DFSS, and IoT.About CIMdataCIMdata, a leading independent worldwide firm, provides strategic management consulting to maximize an enterprise’s ability to design and deliver innovative products and services through the application of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions. Since its founding in 1983, CIMdata has delivered world-class knowledge, expertise, and best-practice methods on PLM solutions. These solutions incorporate both business processes and a wide-ranging set of PLM-enabling technologies.CIMdata works with both industrial organizations and providers of technologies and services seeking competitive advantage in the global economy. In addition to consulting, CIMdata conducts research, provides PLM-focused subscription services, and produces several commercial publications. The company also provides industry education through PLM certificate programs, seminars, and conferences worldwide. CIMdata serves clients around the world from offices in North America, Europe, and Asia- Pacific. To learn more about CIMdata’s services, visit our website at www.CIMdata.com, follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/CIMdataPLMNews, or contact CIMdata at: 3909 Research Park Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, USA; Tel: +1 734.668.9922; Fax: +1 734.668.1957; or at Oogststraat 20, 6004 CV Weert, The Netherlands; Tel: +31 (0) 495.533.666. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from CIMdata


News Article | May 11, 2017
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NSF International, a global public health and safety organization that provides food safety and quality assurance services across all food supply chain sectors, announced the recipients of the 2017 NSF Food Safety Leadership Awards today at the 2017 Food Safety Summit in Rosemont, Illinois: 2017 NSF Food Safety Leadership Lifetime Achievement Awards: Jack J. Guzewich, MPH Consultant and Trainer in Foodborne Disease Epidemiology and Food Emergency Response NSF International’s Food Safety Leadership Awards recognize individuals and organizations for real and lasting improvements in food safety. Created in 2004, the awards encourage the development of educational programs, processes and technologies to advance food safety. Each year, an independent panel of food safety experts from academia, industry and the regulatory community reviews nominations from around the world to select the recipients. Nominations are evaluated on the basis of innovation, impact and contribution to the advancement of food safety. “These awards honor the recipients for their contributions to food safety and the protection of public health. The work of Jack Guzewich, David Theno and Lee-Ann Jaykus has contributed to important advances in food safety research, industry innovation and pathogen mitigation. Their leadership and enthusiasm in science-based research, collaboration and information sharing to help solve vital food safety issues embodies the spirit of NSF International’s Food Safety Leadership Awards,” said Kevan P. Lawlor, NSF International President and Chief Executive Officer. Lifetime Achievement Award: Jack J. Guzewich, MPH, Consultant and Trainer in Foodborne Disease Epidemiology and Food Emergency Response Over his 46-year career, Jack J. Guzewich has been a national leader in food safety regulation and the epidemiology of foodborne disease. He is a proponent of environmental assessment including root cause analysis to investigate the causes of foodborne disease outbreaks and food contamination events. Much of his career was spent on investigations to understand how food becomes contaminated with foodborne pathogens and the ecology of pathogens in various environments. Mr. Guzewich directed the New York State Department of Health’s food safety program for 17 years and created the Foodborne Disease Surveillance System (FBDS), an extensive database of reported foodborne disease outbreaks including their contributing factors. FBDS was one of the first systems of its kind and served as a precursor to today’s National Outbreak Reporting System. Mr. Guzewich guided the adoption of New York’s regulation to prohibit bare-hand contact with ready-to-eat foods and worked to include these provisions in the FDA Food Code. He was instrumental in documenting gastroenteritis and Salmonella enteritidis outbreaks associated with shellfish and shelled eggs, respectively, by identifying trends and developing interventions to prevent future outbreaks. As a result, control recommendations implemented by New York under his leadership led to national improvements as provided in the 2009 Egg Safety Final Rule. At the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Mr. Guzewich created and led the Center’s Emergency Coordination and Response program with a strong emphasis on prevention and control of foodborne disease. He developed the FDA procedures for investigating produce farms implicated in outbreaks or contamination events to identify the root causes of contamination, which required an environmental assessment versus a routine inspection. He worked very closely with the CDC’s Environmental Health Specialist Network to help develop the National Environmental Assessment Reporting System which is used by several states to help identify the root causes of foodborne disease outbreaks. He was also instrumental in developing the publication Procedures to Investigate Foodborne Illness and contributed to the first editions of Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response and Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response – Toolkit. “Jack Guzewich is the epitome of a food safety leader,” says Dale L. Morse, MD, Associate Director for Food Safety, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases, CDC. “His career was built on hard work, innovative creation of foodborne illness surveillance networks and databases, application of these networks to identify causes and initiate long-term control recommendations, and educational pursuits to train the next generation of food safety leaders.” Lifetime Achievement Award: David M. Theno, Ph.D., CEO/CBIO, Gray Dog Partners, Inc. Throughout his 40-year career, Dr. David M. Theno’s work set new standards for food safety leadership and management in food production and in the foodservice industry. He has been instrumental in demonstrating how the scientific community and the meat/food industry can work together to solve food safety challenges. Dr. Theno installed the first Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) program in an animal protein production plant while at Foster Farms in the mid-1980s. His work in the early 1990s at Jack in the Box is widely credited with setting new standards for food safety leadership and management in all aspects of food production. After an Escherichia coli (E. coli) 0157:H7 infection of the chain’s burgers caused a foodborne illness outbreak in the Pacific Northwest, he developed the first comprehensive food safety management plan for a foodservice chain. He also implemented a finished ground beef testing protocol, a comprehensive supply chain auditing system and a “test and hold” protocol for ground beef that is now an industry standard. This management program resulted in a significant reduction of foodborne illness outbreaks in the foodservice industry, and all major foodservice chain organizations today have implemented a food safety management plan based on this program. Serving as a member of the USDA’s National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods, Dr. Theno was instrumental in changing the way the USDA and the industry look at food safety. He played an essential role in helping guide the beef industry’s research activities to better understand E. coli O157, and helped form the Beef Industry Food Safety Council, which develops and updates food safety practices that are critical for the food industry. Dr. Theno is one of the original authors of the HACCP guidance issued by FDA and USDA/FSIS that is in place today, and has authored numerous scientific and trade publication articles. “David Theno’s leadership through the E. coli outbreaks in the 1990s set the stage for the entire industry to come together in a non-competitive, collaborative effort to employ science-based solutions to tackle emerging pathogenic threats,” says Thomas H. Powell, Ph.D., CAE, Executive Director, American Meat Science Association. “Dr. Theno led the effort to identify and implement viable interventions and spurred research into new intervention strategies. His greatest impact was his unswerving dedication to protecting the consumer and his complete transparency with other industry food safety leaders. He freely shared the valuable insights he gained through the fiery trials on the front lines of the early outbreaks.” Dr. Lee-Ann Jaykus has over 30 years’ experience advancing the science of food safety through applied infection prevention and control science, especially regarding norovirus. She has collaborated on many large, multi-institutional projects on foodborne pathogens and food virology, including developing methods to detect human enteric virus contamination in foods and environmental samples, and better understanding the dynamics of virus transmission through the food chain. She serves as the Scientific Director of the USDA-NIFA Food Virology Collaborative (NoroCORE), a team of 30-plus scientists representing 18 academic and government institutions working to develop improved tools, skills and capacity to understand and control foodborne virus disease risks. Under Dr. Jaykus’ direction, NoroCORE has worked closely with companies, trade organizations, government regulators and public health entities to identify and address the most important food virology problems, and translate results into real-world processes and actions. These include cultivating human norovirus which had eluded scientists for 50 years, developing a risk-modeling program for tracking norovirus that can calculate disease risk and screen strategies for managing contamination in food service and health care facilities, confirming that alcohol-based hand sanitizers cannot completely inactivate norovirus and working to modify FDA Food Code recommendations to facilitate norovirus control. In her academic career, Dr. Jaykus has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in food microbiology and safety, mentored over 30 graduate students and post-doctoral research associates, and authored over 150 publications. “I have never met a scientist or food safety professional as enthusiastic and competent as Dr. Jaykus is in defining the issues, developing key needs, initiating the means to fill gaps and translating findings quickly into industry applications,” says Hal King, Ph.D., President/CEO of Public Health Innovations LLC. “Her work will lead to improved methods to prevent norovirus foodborne disease infections around the world, and she has elevated our nation’s food safety competencies across all sectors of the food chain.” Editor’s note: For more information on the NSF Food Safety Leadership Awards or to schedule an interview with an NSF International food safety expert, contact Liz Nowland-Margolis at media(at)nsf.org or +1 734-418-6624. About NSF International: NSF International (nsf.org) is a global independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment. Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. NSF International is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment. NSF International provides expertise and accredited food services across all supply chain sectors, including agriculture, animal feed and welfare, produce, processing, distribution, dairy, seafood, quality management software, retail and restaurants. Services include Global Food Safety Initiative, foodservice equipment and nonfood compounds certification, HACCP validation and inspection, label claims verification and certification, DNA and food package testing, product and process development, food fraud consulting and training, and organic and Certified Transitional certification through Quality Assurance International (QAI).


During the 2016-2017 school year, tens of thousands of students in schools nationwide and in U.S. schools overseas submitted original works to be considered for PTA's highest honors in the arts. Outstanding Interpretation Award recipients will receive an $800 scholarship to further their artistic talents, and their local PTA will be awarded $200 to support arts and culture in their community. Award of Excellence recipients will receive a $200 scholarship. All national award recipients receive a medallion and certificate. The following students have been recognized with the Outstanding Interpretation Award: Emma Liu  Urbana Middle School PTSA, Ijamsville, Md. Literature: "The Sun Above Me" Rachel Doyle  Syosset High School PTA, Syosset, N.Y. Photography: "Out Of The Darkness" Kassandra Burger  Mentor High School PTSA, Mentor, Ohio Visual Arts: "The Story of My Life" These students are invited to present their works on stage at the 2017 National PTA Convention & Expo, Saturday, June 24 during an awards celebration. The award recipients will also be honored in a student showcase in January 2018 at the U.S. Department of Education's LBJ Building in Washington, DC. The ceremony will open an exhibition of their artwork, which will be displayed in the building through the end of February 2018. Each year, the National PTA Reflections program encourages students of all ages to explore and be involved in the arts. Through the program, National PTA and PTAs across the country encourage students in preschool through grade 12 to create and submit original works of art in the medium of their choice—dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography or visual arts—that reflect on the annual theme. There also is a special artist division to provide all students the opportunity to participate in the program. Submissions are reviewed by visual, literary and performing art experts, and students are recognized for their artistic ingenuity in bringing the theme to life. "For nearly 50 years, the National PTA Reflections program has been bringing the arts to life for millions of students across the country," added Nathan R. Monell, CAE, National PTA executive director. "National PTA remains committed to the importance of arts in education, and continues to work to ensure all students have access to art programs and classes in their schools and communities." About National PTA National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/student-artists-honored-for-creative-talents-in-2016-2017-national-pta-reflections-program-300455425.html


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

TROY, Mich., May 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Altair has placed a final call for submissions to this year’s Altair Enlighten Award. Nominations are being accepted now through May 26, 2017 in three categories: full vehicle, module and enabling technology. The annual Altair Enlighten Award, presented in partnership with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), SAE International and media sponsor, Automobil Industrie, recognizes achievements in weight reduction across the automotive industry. Photos accompanying this announcement are available at “So far, we’ve seen some exciting and inspiring submissions for the 2017 Enlighten Award come in from all over the globe,” said Richard Yen, Senior Vice-President, Automotive and Global Markets Team at Altair. “There are still two weeks left to get a nomination in, so we are eager to see what else people have been working on.” The Altair Enlighten Award honors the greatest achievements in vehicle 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. Manufacturers and suppliers interested in submitting a nomination can access additional information about the process, or submit an entry, at www.altairenlighten.com/award. “We’re honored each year to recognize automakers and suppliers alike for successful lightweighting strategies and technologies.  With the addition of the new 'enabling technologies' category, we anticipate many more supplier accomplishments highlighting their contributions that will be widely recognized by their peers and automakers who are seeking new lightweight solutions,” said Dr. Jay Baron, President and CEO at the Center for Automotive Research. The winners of the 2017 Altair Enlighten Award will be announced during the 52nd annual CAR Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, MI on July 31st, 2017. To allow sharing of innovation while respecting the business and technical confidentiality of all applications, all nominations submitted must be implemented on a production vehicle produced between August 2014 and August 2017, with no geographical restrictions. Altair ProductDesign is a global, multi-disciplinary product development consultancy of more than 700 designers, engineers, scientists, and creative thinkers. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Altair Engineering Inc., this organization is best known for its market leadership in combining its engineering expertise with computer aided engineering (CAE) technology to deliver innovation and automate processes. Altair ProductDesign firmly advocates a user-centered, team-based design approach, and utilizes proprietary simulation and optimization technologies (such as Altair HyperWorks) to help clients bring innovative, profitable products to market on a tighter, more efficient time-scale. Founded in 1985, Altair is focused on the development and application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance. Privately held with more than 2,600 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA with more than 50 offices throughout 22 countries, and serves more than 5,000 corporate clients across broad industry segments. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com. The Center for Automotive Research is a non-profit organization based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 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: www.cargroup.org.


News Article | May 11, 2017
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TROY, Mich., May 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Altair has placed a final call for submissions to this year’s Altair Enlighten Award. Nominations are being accepted now through May 26, 2017 in three categories: full vehicle, module and enabling technology. The annual Altair Enlighten Award, presented in partnership with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), SAE International and media sponsor, Automobil Industrie, recognizes achievements in weight reduction across the automotive industry. Photos accompanying this announcement are available at “So far, we’ve seen some exciting and inspiring submissions for the 2017 Enlighten Award come in from all over the globe,” said Richard Yen, Senior Vice-President, Automotive and Global Markets Team at Altair. “There are still two weeks left to get a nomination in, so we are eager to see what else people have been working on.” The Altair Enlighten Award honors the greatest achievements in vehicle 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. Manufacturers and suppliers interested in submitting a nomination can access additional information about the process, or submit an entry, at www.altairenlighten.com/award. “We’re honored each year to recognize automakers and suppliers alike for successful lightweighting strategies and technologies.  With the addition of the new 'enabling technologies' category, we anticipate many more supplier accomplishments highlighting their contributions that will be widely recognized by their peers and automakers who are seeking new lightweight solutions,” said Dr. Jay Baron, President and CEO at the Center for Automotive Research. The winners of the 2017 Altair Enlighten Award will be announced during the 52nd annual CAR Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, MI on July 31st, 2017. To allow sharing of innovation while respecting the business and technical confidentiality of all applications, all nominations submitted must be implemented on a production vehicle produced between August 2014 and August 2017, with no geographical restrictions. Altair ProductDesign is a global, multi-disciplinary product development consultancy of more than 700 designers, engineers, scientists, and creative thinkers. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Altair Engineering Inc., this organization is best known for its market leadership in combining its engineering expertise with computer aided engineering (CAE) technology to deliver innovation and automate processes. Altair ProductDesign firmly advocates a user-centered, team-based design approach, and utilizes proprietary simulation and optimization technologies (such as Altair HyperWorks) to help clients bring innovative, profitable products to market on a tighter, more efficient time-scale. Founded in 1985, Altair is focused on the development and application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance. Privately held with more than 2,600 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA with more than 50 offices throughout 22 countries, and serves more than 5,000 corporate clients across broad industry segments. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com. The Center for Automotive Research is a non-profit organization based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 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: www.cargroup.org.


News Article | May 10, 2017
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Nor-Tech just announced that it will be showcasing an innovative cluster simulation site at Dassault’s Science in the Age of Experience event May 15-18 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. The event is designed to show attendees in the scientific and analytics communities how to fully leverage the shift toward digital simulation and modeling. Dassault will present an expanded simulation program that includes: Nor-Tech and Dassault are long-term partners that have worked together on a number of projects including a groundbreaking digitally accessible simulation cluster at simulationclusters.com. The site, a collaboration between Intel, Dassault and Nor-Tech, is a no-cost way for users to test drive the latest Intel processors and newest Abaqus platform while quantifying the ROI of upgrading from a workstation to an HPC cluster. Simulationclusters.com runs Abaqus FEA, a SIMULIA product developed by Dassault. It is a scalable suite of unified analysis products that allows all users to collaborate and share simulation data and approved methods without the loss of information fidelity. Nor-Tech has been at the forefront of simulation innovation, delivering HPC solutions integrated with leading-edge simulation software for more than a decade Nor-Tech President and CEO David Bollig said, “We are very enthusiastic about this event. It is another opportunity for us to showcase our hardware and integration expertise and also brainstorm with some of the keenest minds in the scientific and technology communities.” Nor-Tech is on CRN’s list of the top 40 Data Center Infrastructure Providers—joining ranks with IBM, Dell, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and Lenovo. The company is renowned throughout the scientific, academic, and business communities for easy to deploy turnkey clusters and expert, no wait time support. All of Nor-Tech’s technology is made by Nor-Tech in Minnesota and supported by Nor-Tech around the world. In addition to HPC clusters, Nor-Tech’s custom technology includes workstations, desktops, and servers for a range of applications including CAE, CFD, and FEA. Nor-Tech engineers average 20+ years of experience and are responsible for significant high performance computing innovations. The company has been in business since 1998 and is headquartered in Burnsville, Minn. just outside of Minneapolis. To contact Nor-Tech call 952-808-1000/toll free: 877-808-1010 or visit http://www.nor-tech.com. Full release at: http://www.nor-tech.com/category/news/. release at: http://www.nor-tech.com/category/news/. Media Contact: Jeanna Van Rensselar, Smart PR Communications; jeanna(at)smartprcommunications.com.


News Article | May 9, 2017
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The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) is thanking the 65 members of the House of Representatives who sent a bipartisan letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis calling for implementation of the TRICARE Acquisition Cost Parity Pilot Program for Retail Pharmacy. The pilot program was included in the FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and has the potential to reduce costs while also restoring TRICARE patient access to medications and services from their neighborhood pharmacies. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), chairman of the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee, along with Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) and Rep. Bob Brady (D-PA), led the effort on the letter. The letter states: “The pilot program allows the military to realize the maximum voluntary manufacturer discounts on brand name prescription medications at all filling locations, which now include retail pharmacies.” The letter also emphasizes that if the Secretary decides to implement the program, time is of the essence as the NDAA requires the pilot program to begin by October 1, 2017. The letter urges the Secretary to act quickly to begin implementation of the pilot in order to meet the October start date. “NACDS appreciates the work of Congressmen Mike Coffman, Walter Jones and Bob Brady – and each of the members of Congress who signed this letter – to advance this important pilot program,” said NACDS President & CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE. “This pilot has the potential to preserve the choice of military families and veterans, to reduce Defense Department costs, and to enhance patient health by maintaining access to the pharmacist-patient relationship.”

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