TROY, Mich.--Altair Engineering Inc. will host its 2003 Optimization Technology Seminar on September 16th, 2003 at the St. John's Golf and Conference Center in Plymouth, Michigan. Leading manufacturers will present applications, techniques and strategies in structural optimization and CAE-based robust design methods to improve product design performance and reliability. This free seminar is open to Altair Engineering customers, engineering professionals and product manufacturers. The seminar, exclusively sponsored by technology partner HP, will bring together over 200 engineering professionals and will focus on innovative applications of optimization methods and techniques in product design and development. Altair(R) HyperWorks(R) client technical presentations will highlight real-world applications and the significance of optimization technologies in a simulation-based product design and development process. The seminar will also include presentations and demonstrations by Altair and HP as they relate to designing for performance, robustness and reliability. "Manufacturers globally are relying more heavily on CAE and optimization technology to improve product reliability and robustness -- resulting in an order of magnitude increase in computational workload. Our new Itanium architecture, market-leading position in high-performance computing and our partnership with Altair, an optimization technology leader, provides the CAE community with solution capabilities unrivaled in capability and performance," says Winston Prather, HP vice president -- high-performance technical computing Presenting companies will include Alcoa, Altair Engineering, ArvinMeritor, DCX, Dofasco, Edison Welding Institute, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Hewlett Packard, Honda R&D Americas and the Robert Bosch Corp. For more information about registering for the seminar, visit http://www.altair.com/optimization.