Algor Software partners with universities

Algor Inc., a maker of software for mechanical engineers, has announced that its University Program is helping engineering departments prepare students with finite element analysis (FEA) knowledge that can be transferred into job skills.


Algor Inc. , a maker of software for mechanical engineers, has announced that its University Program is helping engineering departments prepare students with finite element analysis (FEA) knowledge that can be transferred into job skills. One such program at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA., is benefiting students and local businesses such as American Glass Research (AGR), a division of AGR International, Inc.

Professor Robert Draper of Point Park University uses Algor in a course that combines theoretical FEA instruction with practical examples. "Since most of our students are already employed in an engineering organization as draftsmen or technicians and looking to advance their careers, many can immediately apply these new skills in their workplace," he says.

Scott Pridemore, a research-engineering technician at AGR, is taking Draper’s course as an independent study. One of Pridemore’s class projects involves steady-state heat transfer and linear static stress analyses of a glass candleholder to simulate the thermal stresses that result from the high temperatures of a burning candle. In his work at AGR, Pridemore uses FEA to conduct product feasibility studies, improve existing products and optimize designs prior to prototype testing.

The Algor University Program offers affordable university licenses that provide software and a course curriculum kit with materials to assist in incorporating FEA into the classroom. Visit the Algor Website for more information.

—David Greenfield, Editorial Director, Control Engineering,

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