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Embry-Riddle Teams With ANSYS Startup Program to Provide Software and Savings at Research Park

A new partnership between Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and engineering simulation industry leader ANSYS will provide startup companies at the university’s Daytona Beach-based Research Park with direct access to cutting-edge, cost-effective software—empowering them to bring high quality products to market faster.

Beneficiaries of this collaboration will include startup companies in the research and development stage that are part of Embry-Riddle’s John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex (MicaPlex) Technology Business Incubator.

By developing, marketing and supporting engineering simulation software to predict how product designs will behave in real-world environments, ANSYS provides services to more than 40,000 customers globally in the aerospace, automotive, defense, electronics and energy industries, among others.

“This relationship will provide a direct and much-needed link for startups in our Technology Business Incubator to refine their products with high-level simulation technology at a reduced cost, which is vital not only to their bottom line but gives them yet another tool to ensure their product is successful,” said Embry-Riddle Director of Technology Transfer and Research Park Initiatives Dr. Stephanie Miller.

In addition to virtual prototype software and customer support, benefits for startups include:

  • Industry-leading software to help expedite design timelines and reduce product development costs.
  • Discounted access bundles of ANSYS' flagship simulation tools, including Structural and Fluids, Electromagnetics and Embedded Software Bundles.
  • Marketing partnerships and opportunities.

“Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is a world-class academic facility and technology incubator, and the ANSYS Startup Program is proud to collaborate and provide startups at the Daytona Beach Research Park access to our world-class simulation software,” said Paul Lethbridge, Senior Manager, ANSYS Startup Program. “Our software enables entrepreneurs to develop and thoroughly explore virtual prototypes from their initial concepts to final production designs in a low-risk, virtual environment — saving time and money, and encouraging further innovation.” 

For more information on the MicaPlex, go to erau.edu/micaplex. For more information on ANSYS, go to ansys.com.


About The John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex (MicaPlex)

Known as the MicaPlex, this cornerstone building of the Research Park at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will house collaborative workspaces, a wide range of laboratories and business support services collocated to ensure that technology-focused startups will have every advantage for success. The first building phase also includes a large wind tunnel and test facility with cutting-edge instrumentation. Named for former U.S. Rep. John Mica (R-Florida) in honor of his key role in supporting the university’s educational and research endeavors, it is strategically located in Central Florida’s “Convergence Zone” of innovation and discovery. This collaborative atmosphere is designed for incubating new technologies across 10,000 square feet of flex lease space to meet tenants’ needs. For more information, go to erau.edu/micaplex. For information about partnership opportunities, call (386) 226-4928 or email micaplex@erau.edu.

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