ASME E-FESTS® Altair Simulation Challenge


2021 Winners Announced!

1st place, Dhathresh M(left) and Madan M N(right), Sir M Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology, Team Optimizers


The team optimized and redesign a hub motor casing, a component used in most electric bikes and bicycles, using Altair Inspire they were able to achieve weight savings of upto 1.1 Kg.

2nd place, Omkar Vikas Sarkar, AISSMS’s College of Engineering Pune, Team Mechanizers


The participant redesigned and optimized the arm of an excavator, achieving significant weight savings using Altair Inspire.

3rd place, Subodh Potdar & Siddhesh Pawar, Mahatma Gandhi Mission's College of Engineering and Technology, Kamothe, Team Furia

The team optimized and redesigned a student car differential carrier bracket, using Altair Inspire the team was able to reduce the mass of the drivetrain assembly by upto 1.6 Kgs


We at Altair are very excited to be an official partner of the ASME E-FESTS®. The Altair CAE suite with its leading edge simulation technology in the fields of light weight design, aerodynamics, safety, manufacturing, electromagnetics and in combination with our passion for student competitions, teaching and technical support will help you design the difference.

Find more details about our sponsoring offer at: Competition & Sponsorship Information

Find more details about our Student Edition at: Free Student Edition

 The Challenge


What is the Altair Simulation Challenge?


This challenge recognizes the use of CAE (computer aided engineering) simulation to understand and enhance a part or system of parts.  Simulation must be done with Altair simulation tools, which can be obtained either by requesting a free software sponsorship from Altair, using the Free Student Edition or using it at school if available at a participant’s school.  Simulation options can include but are not limited to linear analysis, optimization or light weighting, control systems, CFD, NVH, and fatigue.  Awards will be presented to the Teams which demonstrate outstanding improvement in the design of any part or system of parts that was achieved by using CAE simulation.

 Software and training resources:
  1. Altair will support Teams/individuals by providing free Altair software, virtual learning sessions and a dedicated active support forum. by filling out the sponsorship form on
  2. Altair will be providing software training for the following topics. Dates, times and sign up will be provided here -
  • Creating Lightweight Optimized Designs with Altair Inspire
  • Lower energy consumption and better performance with optimized aerodynamics (CFD) with Altair Virtual Wind Tunnel.

While the sessions will be recorded and available here, we strongly encourage attending these sessions so you can ask questions to the instructors.

Contest Prizes

1st Place - $750.00

2nd Place - $500.00

3rd Place - $250.00

Contest Procedure
Competition Type

  1. Either an individual or a team of individuals (not to exceed 4 members). Senior Capstone Design teams are allowed if they comply with point 2 below.
  2. A team can only submit one entry.
  3. An individual can only be on one team.


  1. Must be registered for ASME E-Fest Digital AND registered for the competition. Competition registration will open in February.
  2. ASME membership is not required to compete.
  3. Must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student in any engineering program of study at their school. Any individual that is currently a full-time student, enrolled for the next upcoming semester/quarter, or has been enrolled for the previous semester/quarter, but graduated no earlier than six months prior to the competition date, is eligible to fully participate in the competition.
Preliminary report

  1. By March 29th, each team must submit a short preliminary report form (PDF). The report should describe the problem the team will simulate and what type of simulation(s) they will be doing to improve the part or a system of parts. The report must include names of all participates with email address, school they are attending and college level (freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior).  Each report must not exceed 700 words.
  2. Preliminary report will be graded only on written communication criteria and this score will be added to the final report’s score.
Final Report

  1. Final reports must be provided by April 14th and submitted through the upload option in this page
  2. The report must show how simulation driven design methods were used for the design of their system or part. The report should cover the steps followed and results obtained from the software that was used.
  3. Teams/individuals will be required to explain their virtual approaches, the methods they applied and the benefits they targeted and finally achieved.
  4. Information and details must be provided in the report on how the simulation helped to improve the initial design. This includes the description of initial as well as the improved design. Images or animations should be used where beneficial to demonstrate how CAE software was used to verify performance in virtual tests.
  5. Improvements in design may include but not limited too weight savings by using structural optimization software, reduced drag by using CFD simulation, higher safety by using crash analysis or higher vehicle efficiency by optimized motor design or control strategies. The virtual analysis and optimization of manufacturing processes for 3D printing can be included as well.
  6. Reports must be in English, contain all contact information provided 3 (a) and can be provided either as a PDF or PPT. Final reports should not exceed 2000 words.
  7. Winners of the Altair Simulation Challenge will be announced at E-Fest Digital on April 24th (time TBA).
Judging Criteria:

  1. Approximately 3-5 judges will evaluate each final report
  2. Each judge will use a predetermined / uniform scoresheet
  3. Winners will be announced at the E-Fest Digital
  4. Decisions for judges are final and cannot be changed.
  5. Judging Criteria includes but is not limited to:
    1. Final report effectiveness, layout, and written communication
    2. Creativity used to solve the problem
    3. Problem Formulation
    4. Effective Application of simulation
    5. Degree of improvement

Winners of the ASME E-FESTS® Altair Simulation Challenge

    • 1st place, Madan M N & Dhathresh M, Sir M Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology, Team Optimizers
    • 2nd place, Omkar Vikas Sarkar, AISSMS’s College of Engineering Pune, Team Mechanizers
    • 3rd place, Subodh Potdar & Siddhesh Pawar, Mahatma Gandhi Mission's College of Engineering and Technology, Kamothe, Team Furia