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Our vision is to transform product design and organizational decision making by applying simulation, optimization and high performance computing throughout product lifecycles.
Altair is a leading provider of enterprise-class engineering software enabling innovation, reduced development times, and lower costs through the entire product lifecycle from concept design to in-service operation. Our simulation-driven approach to innovation is powered by our integrated suite of software which optimizes design performance across multiple disciplines encompassing structures, motion, fluids, thermal management, electromagnetics, system modeling and embedded systems, while also providing data analytics and true-to-life visualization and rendering.
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Altair offers software in five categories related to Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) and High Performance Computing (HPC)

Solvers & Optimization

Solvers are mathematical software "engines" that use advanced computational algorithms to predict physical performance. Optimization leverages solvers to derive the most efficient solutions to meet desired complex multi-objective requirements.

Modeling & Visualization

Tools that allow advanced physics attributes to be modeled and rendered on top of object geometry in high fidelity.

Industrial & Concept Design

Tools that generate early concepts to address requirements for ergonomics, aesthetics, performance, and manufacturing feasibility.

Internet of Things

Analytics tools that simplify data collection, visualization, exploration and analysis, including large volumes of data generated by sensors during in-service operations of physical products or through digital twin simulations.

High Performance Computing

Software applications that streamline the workflow management of compute-intensive tasks including solvers, optimization, modeling, visualization and analytics in fields such as Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), weather modeling, bio-informatics and electronic design analysis.
We provide services related to our software including consulting, training, implementation services, and support, along with technical services for product development. Altair's headquarters includes an industrial design studio, a prototype shop, and test facilities.

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Our Core Values

Our people, affectionately referred to as Altairians, with their individual passions, talents and experience, collectively fuel the development of Altair technologies and our unwavering commitment to support our clients in making the great even greater and Innovating to succeed tomorrow.

 

Altair prides itself on its business culture that enables open, creative thinking, deeply valuing our employees and their individual contributions towards our clients' success as well as our own each and every day.

Executive Management

Leading a Culture of Innovation

James R. Scapa
James R. Scapa Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Howard Morof
Howard Morof Chief Financial Officer
Brett Chouinard
Brett Chouinard Chief Operating Officer
Massimo Fariello
Massimo Fariello Chief Strategy Officer
James Dagg
James Dagg Chief Technical Officer
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James R. Scapa
James R. Scapa
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

James R. Scapa brings more than 35 years of engineering experience to his dual role of Chairman and CEO of Altair Engineering, Inc., a title he has held since the company's inception.

In 1985, Mr. Scapa and two partners founded a small consulting activity in the new field of computer-aided-engineering. Today, the company employs over 2,000 employees with more than 40 offices throughout 20 countries.

Through Mr. Scapa's leadership, the company is now a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services that empower client innovation and decision-making.

With over 5,000 clients, Altair serves the automotive, aerospace, government and defense, heavy equipment industry sectors as well as the consumer products, ship building, energy, electronics, life sciences, and architecture engineering and construction markets.

Prior to establishing Altair, Scapa served as an engineering consultant to the automotive industry, beginning his career with Ford Motor Company in 1978.

Scapa holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.
Howard Morof
Howard Morof
Chief Financial Officer

As chief financial officer, Mr. Morof is responsible for Altair's global corporate financial strategy. A veteran financial executive of 30 years, Mr. Morof has extensive experience with high growth companies as well as expertise in capital markets, mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures.

Mr. Morof joined Altair in 2013 from North American Bancard, one of America's largest independent merchant and credit card processing companies, where he served as chief financial officer for five years. Previously, he held chief financial officer roles at FMF Capital, a wholesale mortgage banking company, and Broder Bros. Co., a leading distributor of imprintable activewear, after serving as a partner at Morof Sheplow Weinstein CPAs.

Morof is a certified public accountant, having earned his master's degree in taxation at Walsh College and his Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Michigan.
Brett Chouinard
Brett Chouinard
Chief Operating Officer

As chief operating officer for Altair since 2010, Chouinard has responsibility for global sales and technical support, including EMEA, APAC and Americas regional operations, as well as Altair's business partner programs. He joined Altair in 1993 as an engineering consultant, and has held a variety of positions since, including managing the North Central region for the Americas operation, and as Vice President of the Americas region in 2006.

With a strong technical background and business acumen, he has managed significant growth in all of his positions, while building an impressive team of business leaders worldwide. His leadership skills continue to produce strong, profitable growth today, while planning for sustained business success in the years to come.

Prior to joining Altair, he worked as an engineer at GE Aircraft, and studied engineering at Michigan Tech, University of Cincinnati and University of Michigan.
Massimo Fariello
Massimo Fariello
Chief Strategy Officer

Massimo Fariello is the Chief Strategy Officer for Altair's global operations. In this role, Mr. Fariello leads a the Corporate Development team responsible for accelerating business advancement and technology development through strategic business partnerships and acquisitions. Taking into account progressive market trends, emerging and disruptive technologies, Mr. Fariello is focused on increasing the valuation and long-term growth of Altair's business.

Mr. Fariello joined Altair in 1993 as the Chief Executive for the company's Italian operations, Altair Engineering Srl. In 2005, he transitioned to a corporate executive position as the Vice President of Advanced Technologies where he was responsible for identifying and acquiring new technologies globally. Three years later Mr. Fariello's was promoted to Chief Technology Officer for Altair's Enterprise Solutions where he provided the executive leadership, partnering strategies and technology vision for Altair's data analytics and high-performance computing offerings.

Prior to joining Altair, Mr. Fariello worked in the aerospace industry for Alenia Spazio S.p.A. and then for an Italian computer-aided engineering and manufacturing software developer.

Mr. Fariello received his Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Turin's Polytechnic University.
James Dagg
James Dagg
Chief Technical Officer

James Dagg is the Chief Technical Officer for Altair's modeling, visualization and math-based solutions and strategy. With a primary responsibility to create an exceptional user experience across Altair's entire software portfolio, Mr. Dagg's organization is focused on making Altair's simulation, math and optimization technologies available to a broader audience to accelerate sound business and product design decisions.

For more than 25 years, Mr. Dagg has been a visionary behind Altair's software strategy and development activities. Prior to his role as CTO, Mr. Dagg was the Senior Vice President for Altair's newest subsidiary, solidThinking®. In this role, he was responsible for leading the development of its concept design technologies, Inspire and Evolve.

Mr. Dagg joined Altair in 1987 where he worked as a structural analyst and as a multi-body dynamics analyst in the field of vehicle dynamics. He then transitioned to a software development role in 1990 where he was responsible for both custom and commercial software projects. Beginning in 1995 and for more than a decade, Mr. Dagg oversaw the development of Altair's computer-aided engineering (CAE) software suite, Altair® HyperWorks®.

Dagg received his BSME in 1988 from the University of Michigan and his MS in Applied Mechanics from U of M in 1993.
Dr. Uwe Schramm
Dr. Uwe Schramm Chief Technical Officer
Sam Mahalingam
Sam Mahalingam Chief Technical Officer
Jeff Brennan
Jeff Brennan Chief Marketing Officer
Martin Nichols
Martin Nichols Chief Information Officer
Tom Perring
Tom Perring Chief Administrative Officer
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Dr. Uwe Schramm
Dr. Uwe Schramm
Chief Technical Officer

Dr. Uwe Schramm is the Chief Technical Officer for Altair's solvers, optimization and smart multi-physics solutions and strategy. Beyond developing computational engines for speed and accuracy to solve today's most complex engineering problems, his organization is committed to developing and deeply embedding optimization technology throughout Altair's software portfolio to spur innovation and to drive the design process.

Holding senior management positions at Altair over the past 18 years and globally recognized for his research contributions in structural and multi-disciplinary optimization, Dr. Schramm brings a unique blend of deep technical and business management expertise to his role as CTO.

Dr. Schramm joined Altair in 1996 as an Engineering Manager following a career in academia at the University of Virginia and University of Rostock. In 1999, Dr. Schramm was promoted to Director and relocated from Germany to California to oversee the development of Altair's optimization technologies and to build a western region consulting practice. Having success in both endeavors, he was promoted to Vice President of Product Technology for Altair HyperWorks in 2004 and then to CTO of HyperWorks in 2008. Moving back to Germany in 2011, Dr. Schramm assumed responsibility for Altair's German operations as Managing Director.

Dr. Schramm received his Dipl.-Ing. (Masters degree) and Dr.sc.techn. (Doctorate degree) in Solid Mechanics in 1984 and 1988 as well as his Dr.-Ing. habil. (Doctorate degree) in Mechanical Engineering in 1991 from the University of Rostock.
Sam Mahalingam
Sam Mahalingam
Chief Technical Officer

Srikanth (Sam) Mahalingam is the Chief Technical Officer for Altair's cloud computing and high-performance computing strategy, with the primary responsibility of applying the newer cloud and mobile technologies to the digital simulation, high performance computing world and identifying and mentoring talented individuals within the organization.

With more than 20 years of experience in software development, software architecture, technical management and project management, Mahalingam's role focuses on shaping the current products and identifying newer products and solutions to ease the cloud adoption and mobile strategies for Altair customers both in the Simulation Lifecycle Management and High Performance Computing Lifecycle Management arenas.

Mahalingam joined Altair in 1994 and worked on various products and projects both in the custom services and product teams. He then joined a technology start-up as a joint promoter for launching disruptive virtual try-on product into the market that was later acquired by a large software services firm in India. He rejoined Altair in 2005 to spear head newer product initiatives that includes the cloud platform and eventually became the thought leader within Altair for the Enterprise Software Strategy.

Mahalingam holds a bachelor of engineering degree in Computer Science and Engineering and executive masters of business administration from the Indian School of Business.
Jeff Brennan
Jeff Brennan
Chief Marketing Officer

As Chief Marketing Officer, Brennan has responsibility for corporate, business unit marketing, communications, public relations and web marketing. In his dual role as Senior Vice President, Global Markets, he also has responsibility for industry-focused business development and strategy in major market segment such as Automotive, Aerospace and Academia. He also oversees product training and documentation. He has a strong passion for Altair and is focused on growing the business while helping to maintain the unique Altair culture.

Since joining Altair in 1992 as an engineering consultant, he has served a variety of technical and business roles, including Program Manager for Altair's optimization products, Director of Sales and Marketing, and Vice President of the HyperWorks business unit from 2001-2009. He was responsible for the creation of the OptiStruct software at Altair and managed the product during its early years. His technical background includes specialties in biomechanics and optimization, receiving his engineering education at the University of Notre Dame, Northwestern University and the University of Michigan.
Martin Nichols
Martin Nichols
Chief Information Officer

As chief information officer, Nichols oversees Altair's global IT systems, enterprise business systems and and corporate human resources.

He was previously Altair's executive vice president of global alliances and operations. His role included oversight of Altair's partnering and alliance activities, as well as sales operations.

Since joining Altair in 1992, Nichols' accomplishments include opening and managing Altair's UK operation as well as directly managing the Altair China operation in Shanghai. He also spearheaded the establishment of Altair's operations, business presence and distribution channels in several other major global markets, including Spain, France, India and Brazil.

Prior to joining Altair, Nichols volunteered in the Peace Corps, teaching Math and Science at a rural high school in the Southern African country of Lesotho. After Peace Corps, Nichols worked in Lesotho on a USAID funded project focused on basic and non-formal education.

Nichols holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Tom Perring
Tom Perring
Chief Administrative Officer

Tom M. Perring is chief administration officer for Altair, with purchasing and legal oversight, as well as responsibilities for computer systems administration and facilities.

Mr. Perring joined Altair in 1993 as an Account Manager, became Director of Finance in 1997, promoted to Chief Financial Officer in January 2001, Chief Operating Officer in 2007 and then to Chief Administrative Officer in 2010. His leadership has helped position Altair as one of the most fiscally sound private corporations in operation today.

Prior to joining Altair, Mr. Perring had fifteen years of experience in managing large scale software development projects at Chrysler Corporation and CIMLINC, Inc. following an academic career as a college physics professor.

Perring holds bachelor and master of science degrees in physics from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., and a master of business administration degree from the University of Michigan.

Board of Directors

Providing Oversight and Guidance for Success

James R. Scapa
James R. Scapa
Trace Harris
Trace Harris
James E. Brancheau
James E. Brancheau
Steve Earhart
Steve Earhart
Jan Kowal
Jan Kowal
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James R. Scapa
James R. Scapa

James R. Scapa brings more than 35 years of engineering experience to his dual role of Chairman and CEO of Altair Engineering, Inc., a title he has held since the company's inception.

In 1985, Mr. Scapa and two partners founded a small consulting activity in the new field of computer-aided-engineering. Today, the company employs over 2,000 employees with more than 40 offices throughout 20 countries.

Through Mr. Scapa's leadership, the company is now a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services that empower client innovation and decision-making.

With over 5,000 clients, Altair serves the automotive, aerospace, government and defense, heavy equipment industry sectors as well as the consumer products, ship building, energy, electronics, life sciences, and architecture engineering and construction markets.

Prior to establishing Altair, Scapa served as an engineering consultant to the automotive industry, beginning his career with Ford Motor Company in 1978.

Scapa holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.
Trace Harris
Trace Harris

Trace Harris is a finance, strategy and business development executive. She has spent 20 years managing transactions and leading teams in global media companies and in education.

Ms. Harris' professional experience includes 13 years with Vivendi, ultimately as its senior executive in the US for strategy, finance, corporate development, and business innovation. She was previously Senior Vice President of Strategic Development for Universal Studios Television Group, where she was responsible for developing and implementing international television strategies as well as for launching its first international television network. Prior to Universal Studios, Ms. Harris was Director of Finance and Channel Operations for Warner Bros. International Channels. She started her career at JP Morgan in New York. Currently, Ms. Harris is consulting to media and education companies.

Ms. Harris was granted her Bachelor's degree from Stanford University in Economics and her MBA from Yale School of Management with a concentration in Finance.
James E. Brancheau
James E. Brancheau

James E. Brancheau currently serves in a consulting capacity for Altair after retiring from his executive role as Altair's chief technical officer in 2013. As Altair's technical leader and trusted advisor for 25 years, Brancheau excelled in identifying and nurturing new technology and talented people within the organization to support the company's vision and success.

With more than 40 years of experience in engineering, software development and technical management, Brancheau thrives on applying new technology in different ways to bring innovative solutions to customer challenges.

Brancheau joined Altair in 1988, after five years with General Motors and 12 years at Ford Motor Company in a number of positions relating to product testing, design and computer-aided engineering (CAE).

Brancheau holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Detroit (Mich.).
Steve Earhart
Steve Earhart

Mr Earhart is a CPA/MBA with a career that includes forty-two years of finance & operating experience focused on technology and consumer companies, publicly and privately held. Specialties include business strategy, acquisition optimization and corporate finance.

Retired from Motorola, Inc in 2003 as SVP of Finance with contributions in: the launch of the Cellular industry, the opening of Japan, China and several European markets to cellular technology, venture investment for market development and capital formation for overall Corporate stability.

Post Motorola, Mr Earhart joined SSA Global Technologies (a leading provider of ERP software) as EVP & CFO. During his tenure revenue grew three-fold largely through acquisition achievement. In 2005, he led SSA's initial public offering and in 2006 he led SSA's sale to Infor Global Technologies where he became CFO of Infor Global post closing. In 2009 Mr Earhart joined Torex Ltd (a UK based retail software provider) as EVP & CFO with a focus on the Company's operational turnaround. In 2012, Mr Earhart joined World Kitchen LLC (a leader in branded consumer products) as CFO and he held this position until 2017.
Jan Kowal
Jan Kowal

Jan Kowal became president of Brose North America, Inc. in 1998; managing the North American arm of Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. after 12 years of strategic positions within the company.

Jan Kowal, an expert in market development, has spearheaded Brose North America's growth to 20 percent market share and 1.3 billion USD and establishing six manufacturing locations with 4,000 employees.

Transferring his position to the new President John Dunn in August 2012, Jan Kowal remained with the company as the Chairman for Brose North America, Inc. until May 2015. For the last two years Jan Kowal has consulted the Brose group in Europe and US.

Between 2006 and 2013, Jan Kowal has been member of the board for OESA; the last four years as a member of the executive committee, including the chairmanship for 2012.

Jan Kowal joined Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. in 1986 with over nine years experience in different areas of the automotive industry in Sweden. Since joining Brose, he has managed the development of markets in Sweden, United Kingdom, Japan, France and Germany.

Jan Kowal has a master's of science degree in mechanical engineering from University of Technology, Goteborg, Sweden.
Richard Hart
Richard Hart
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Richard Hart
Richard Hart

Richard Hart is a seasoned financial executive with deep operational and banking experience.

Mr. Hart is currently Chief Financial Officer for Guidewire, a NASDAQ-listed technology company providing software to Property and Casualty insurers, with overall global responsibility for Finance Operations. From March 2004 to November 2013, Richard served as Managing Director at Deutsche Bank, an investment bank. From 1999 to 2004, Richard served as an investment banker at Credit Suisse First Boston, an investment bank, most recently as Managing Director.

Mr. Hart holds a J.D. degree from New York University School of Law and a B.A. in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania.

History

We were founded in 1985 in Michigan and have a balanced global footprint, with 69 offices in 24 countries, and over 2,000 engineers, scientists and creative thinkers.
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