ANSYS turns 40!


Stock indexes:

  • Effective 2008: Russell 1000 Index; membership is determined by market cap and current index membership

  • Effective 2008: Cleantech Group's Cleantech Index, which is the first stock market index to reflect the global demand for clean technology products and services

  • Standard & Poor's MidCap 400, a market capitalization-weighted benchmark index made up of 400 securities with market values between $200 million and $5 billion

  • Standard & Poor's prestigious annual Global Challengers List, a roster of mid-sized companies that show the "highest growth characteristics." The list designates mid-size companies that show growth characteristics along dimensions encompassing intrinsic and extrinsic growth, which are expected to emerge as challengers to the world's leading companies.


[5] Footnote: ANSYS Recent Press Releases

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[6] Footnote: ANSYS: Three CEO's in 40 years


John A. Swanson


CEO #1: John A. Swanson graduated with a bachelors degree and a masters degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University in 1962 & 1963, respectively. He went on to earn a PhD in applied mechanics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1966. Swanson began his engineering career in 1963 at Westinghouse Astronuclear Laboratory in Pittsburgh and was responsible for stress analysis of the components in NERVA nuclear reactors and served as supervisor of the core analysis and methods group and the manager of the structural analysis group.

While at Westinghouse, John used and developed computer codes to model and predict transient stresses and displacements of the reactor systems. By developing a 3-D analysis model, he wished to integrate different computer codes in order to streamline the processing, but he left Westinghouse in 1969 when he was not supported in his endeavors.

Dr. Swanson then founded Swanson Analysis Systems, Inc. (SASI) in his home in Pittsburgh in 1970 to develop, support and market the ANSYS simulation software program he was developing. As we now know, the ANSYS software was to become an industry leader for assisting engineers and designers in optimizing product development processes in the aerospace, automotive, biomedical, manufacturing and electronics industries by simulating how products will function in real life.

Swanson served ANSYS in various roles as president, chief executive officer, director and chief technologist, until his retirement in March 1999.

Swanson was named the 1987 Pittsburgh Engineer of the Year by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) . In 1990, Swanson won the Computers in Engineering Award for outstanding contributions to the engineering & computing industries. In 1994 he was named one of the Top 5 of the Top 50 R&D Stars in the US by Industry Week and was elected as an ASME Fellow. In 1998, Swanson won the ASME Applied Mechanics Award and received the University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering's Distinguished Alumnus Award. He was awarded honorary membership in the ASME in 2003. In 2004, Swanson was awarded the John Fritz Medal, considered the highest and most prestigious award in the engineering profession, from the American Association of Engineering Societies. In 2006 he was awarded the ASME President's Award for significant contributions to the engineering profession, and in 2009 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Swanson serves as a member of the ASME Foundation Board of Directors and is a member of the Board of Trustees. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Pittsburgh since 2006 as well as on the Board of Trustees at Washington & Jefferson College. Swanson also serves consultant and trainer in the field of engineering simulation at ANSYS. Now residing in Florida , he is married to his wife Janet, and has one son, Eric.

At Cornell University, Swanson established the Swanson Fund for Excellence in Undergraduate Education and endowed the Director of the Swanson Laboratory for Engineering Simulation in the Cornell University College of Engineering . He also made two significant gifts in support of the Duffield Hall project, where an atrium was named in recognition of his support, and established the Dorothy G. Swanson Award, in honor of his mother, at the school.

At Washington & Jefferson College , Swanson donated $10 million to fund construction of the John A. Swanson Science Center that primarily houses physics and chemistry departments. Swanson also established the Swanson Wellness Center in the school's Old Gym and the Janet L. Swanson Tennis Center .

Dr. Swanson has also donated tens of millions to the University of Pittsburgh and its engineering school, including a $41.3 million gift in 2007 which, at that time, was the largest single gift ever by an individual to the university. He has also created the John A. Swanson Institute for Technical Excellence, which houses the John A. Swanson Center for Micro and Nano Systems; the John A. Swanson Center for Product Innovation; and the RFID Center of Excellence. He also has established the John A. Swanson Embedded Computing Laboratory in Computer Engineering. In 2007, the university renamed its School of Engineering to the Swanson School of engineering in his honor.

On May 03, 2010 The University of Pittsburgh's (Pitt) Swanson School of Engineering announced it had deployed software from ANSYS, Inc., providing its engineering faculty and students access to world-class simulation tools. Pitt has licensed ANSYS Academic(TM) and Ansoft Academic(TM) product bundles that include tools for classroom demonstrations and hands-on instruction as well as sophisticated products that provide the unlimited numerical capabilities necessary for doctoral and post-doctoral work.

ANSYS Academic product bundles provide universities access to all the features and capabilities available in its industry-standard engineering simulation tools in a value-added, scalable manner that meets the needs of diverse users. Not only can Pitt users access the simulation capabilities in individual engineering disciplines -- structural mechanics, electromagnetics, thermal analysis or fluid dynamics -- but they can take advantage of the technology's multi-physics capabilities to solve complex problems and perform multi-scale engineering simulations. ANSYS recently added Ansoft Academic product bundles to the portfolio, enabling students to address radio frequency, microwave, signal integrity, electromagnetics and mechatronics sectors.

"Our students now have access to the same powerful simulation tools that are used by professionals across the global engineering field. The software provides them with hands-on, real-world experience that will enable them to deliver more value as they move forward in their careers," said Brian Vidic, director of technology at the Swanson School.




University of Pittsburgh


The University of Pittsburgh, founded in 1787, is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. Today, the University serves more than 35,000 full- and part-time students at its 132-acre Pittsburgh campus and four regional campuses. The Swanson School of Engineering's 100 faculty members serve nearly 2,500 students in six departments -- including Bioengineering, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. The School also offers interdisciplinary programs in Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, Computer Engineering, Engineering Physics, Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Petroleum Engineering.

By the way, Dr. Swanson delivered the commencement address to University of Pittsburgh graduates on May 2, 2010, and he also received from the University an honorary degree of Doctor of Science “Honoris Causa” on the same date.



Peter J. Smith


CEO #2: Mr. Peter J. Smith has been Chairman of the ANSYS Board of Directors since July 1995. Peter served as president from until April 1999 and Chief Executive Officer from until February 2000. Prior to joining the Company, Smith was Vice President of European Operations for Digital Equipment Corporation from November 1991 to March 1994. Previously, he managed Digital's worldwide applications development and marketing activities, including its engineering systems group which focused on CAD and CAM, graphics and general engineering software business.


CEO #3: James E. Cashman III - See main body of the article.

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