MSC University eNewsletter - News4U 2008-Q1

MSC University eNewsletter
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  • Great job opportunity with Medtronic for biomechanical engineer who has experience with Adams; FEA experience a plus

  • Find out what successes other schools have achieved, and what you could do, with MSC software

    MSC News  
  • Save the date to attend one of MSC's 2009 Virtual Product Development (VPD) Conferences

  • Leverage the knowledge available through MSC's webinar series (live or recorded)

  • MSC Sinda is now included in our University MD FEA Bundle

  • Recent changes to Patran may require you to obtain a new license file for MD FEA Bundle

  • MD Adams/Engine now provided by MSC partner, FEV

  • MSC University eNewsletter may change format and/or frequency

    U Learning & Teaching with MSC Software
  • Faculty are invited to participate in an NSF proposal to create academic FEA tutorials based on the use of MSC's software products

  • Check out the useful new examples created to help spotlight new capabilities in MD Nastran R3

  • View the new "multimedia Introduction to Adams" that is now available online

  • The special Adams/Car database designed to facilitate Formula SAE vehicle simulations is now compatible with version MD R3

  • Learners: Accelerate the creation of your MSC web account to access a wealth of online resources

  • Teachers: Note the difference between your personal "MSC web account" and the account required to log in to MSC's Faculty-only website


    All About U

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    Medtronic job opening for Research Engineer, Computational Biomechanics (Memphis, Tennessee, USA)
    This exciting position is responsible for conducting multibody dynamics (MBD) analysis of the human musculoskeletal system, with a particular application to the spine. A strong background in mechanical engineering principles and experience using a multibody dynamics software package is required. Proficiency with MSC's Adams software is strongly preferred. Experience using commercial finite element analysis (FEA) or other simulation software would be beneficial.  For additional information, please visit the Medtronic website at, follow the link to "Career Opportunities", and search for job requisition # 64435.  If you are interested and meet the job qualifications posted there, you may apply directly via that same web site.

    MSC University Simulation Story Contest
    The latest MSC University Simulation Contest Stories provide excellent examples of how MSC software is being used in a variety of ways at universities like yours – for example, with applications ranging from biomedical research to classroom instruction for Mechatronics. Be sure to check out the most recent contest prize-winner for the best simulation story each quarter. Four times a year, we are giving away a current-generation iPod to a lucky author. So tell us your story for a chance to win.


    MSC News for U

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    Join us in the spring/summer 2009 at our annual, regional customer-conferences on virtual product development (VPD)
    Come network with other engineers and educators using MSC software. For dates & locations, and other details, or to submit your abstract for a presentation, visit

    Set aside time to participate in MSC's webinar series to keep informed about our latest technologies
    To learn more about MSC's latest products and enhanced capabilities (such as MD Nastran, MD Adams, SimXpert, and SimManager), directly from experts in our Product Development and Technical Marketing groups, be sure to check out MSC's online schedule of webinars. Any webinars that have already occurred are available for replay online.

    SindaAt no additional cost, you can now use MSC Sinda to do a wide range of thermal analyses
    Find out more about MSC Sinda for steady-state and transient thermal anaylsis since it is now included in our University MD FEA Bundle. There are also several tutorials available for download from our Technical Support page for MSC Sinda for Patran. Training courses for MSC Sinda are also available.

    Recent changes to Patran in our University MD FEA Bundle may require a new license file
    As you may have heard, we have merged our MD Patran and MSC Patran products into Patran 2008 r1. That means that, when you transition to this newest product version, you may need to obtain a new license file, especially if your current license file activates MD Patran. If you are not sure if you need a new license file, please contact your local MSC Account Representative.

    MD Adams/Engine has been transitioned to MSC's business partner FEV and re-branded as Virtual Engine
    Going forward, Adams/Engine will no longer be sold by MSC as an optional product for our "University MD Motion Bundle". Rather, it will be made available to commercial and academic customers directly by FEV. For more information, contact Dr. Martin Rebbert in Germany at

    University eNews format and/or frequency may change
    As we seek to share with you the latest useful news about MSC, we may make changes to our University eNewsletter format over the next several months in an effort to complement our corporate electronic newsletter. Stay tuned, but don't be surprised if you notice changes. Remember you can modify your MSC News subscriptions at any time to control the electronic news you receive from us.


    U Teaching & Learning with MSC Software

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    Support a proposal to NSF to develop FEA tutorials based on MSC software
    For more information, visit then search for Program NSF-08-546 "Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI)", and contact Dr. Ashland Brown, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA, via phone +1.209-946-3091 or e-mail

    Be sure to check out the numerous new Application Examples provided in the MD Nastran R3 User's Guide
    Learn about and leverage the powerful new multi-disciplinary capabilities available with MD Nastran R3. There are more than 50 realistic examples included with this version, each with modeling details and solution procedures, such as #39 "Brake Squeal Analysis" and #48 "Shape Memory Analysis of a Stent". All input files associated with these examples, if they were installed, will be located in your installation directory for MSC software which, on Windows, should be something like this: C:\MSC.Software\MD_Nastran\R3\doc\mdug
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    Want to know more about Adams? View the new online video introduction
    Online videoIf you are thinking about purchasing Adams, or your school already has licenses and you'd like some help getting started, our new multimedia Introduction to Adams is intended for you. The interactive design lets you quickly jump to sections of particular interest to you – you can see representative applications of Adams in industry; see how to simulate a simple spring-mass homework type problem and compare answers to hand-calculations; or follow step-by-step instructions to start using Adams yourself.

    Formula SAE database now available for MD Adams/Car R3
    Formula SAEPeriodically, through the goodwill of other veteran Adams/Car users who participate in our "Adams University" online discussion forum, we are fortunate enough to obtain from them updates to the special Adams/Car database that makes it easier to simulate Formula SAE vehicles. Thanks to forum participants "gwheeler_MSC" and "Akshay", you can download this latest version, together with Getting Started instructions, directly from new article #1-80028801 in MSC's corporate knowledge base. If you don't bookmark that web address in your browser and need to find this article at a later time, it can be accessed using the link labeled "Latest FSAE database" on the MSC University Program web page dedicated to Adams/Car.

    Your "MSC web account" enables you to access MSC's online learning resources
    Learners: When you register for your MSC web account, to avoid any delays in having your registration request approved by us, be sure to use your school email address as your username. That will enable us to confirm that you are indeed entitled to such an account as a student or professor at a school that has legitimate licenses of MSC software.

    Need unique username & password to access protected web area for faculty only
    Teachers: Note that the login information (username & password) required for you to access MSC's protected website "For Faculty Only" is different from the username & password associated with your MSC web account.


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