ANSYS: Developing Ideas Through Simulation

The ANSYS approach to helping its customers solve complex design challenges is replicated in its investment in the UW-Milwaukee ANSYS Institute for Industrial Innovation. AI3 provides a gathering place and resources for the business community to engage with college faculty and students – all aimed at fostering development of regional industries.

ANSYS Institute for Industrial Innovation

AI3 is located in the Engineering and Mathematical Sciences building on the UWM campus. The 2,800- square-foot facility contains presentation and training space and a workbench-type design studio with access to ANSYS simulation technology.

AI3 Mission

  • To provide a portal for industry, university researchers, medical researchers, and economic development agencies to easily engage with UWM’s College of Engineering & Applied Science to foster economic growth and development of regional industries and educational institutions
  • To create a mechanism for training students in the latest new product development techniques through hands-on, real-world experiences
  • To enhance entrepreneurial opportunities and foster innovation of UWM faculty, staff, and students

AI3 Capabilities

  • Infrastructure that spans the product development cycle from concept to functional prototype
  • World-class CAE capabilities (CAD, FEA, and Sumulation)
  • Rapid Prototyping (Fused Deposition and Powder Deposition)
  • Reverse Engineering (Contact and CCD Scanners)
  • Rapid Manufacturing (Vacuum Casting, CNC Machining, Injection Molding, Electronics – PCB, Microchip Programming, Analog, Digital & Mixed Signal Circuit Design)
  • Advanced Characterization and Testing (Instron, hardness, electronics, SEM, TEM)
  • Structural Engineering Testing Lab (Universal Test Machines – MTS/T&O/Hydraulic, NDE, Strong Floor/Walls/Test Frames, Large & Small Capacity and Size)

Benefits to Industry

  • Access to world-class facilities and talent with a small investment
  • Ability to investigate new markets or pet projects without using a significant amount of company resources
  • Access to potential new employees that are already trained in their core technologies
  • Ability to get completely new, out-of-the-box perspective on product development

Product Realization

This popular course provides a solid link between businesses and undergraduate students from both engineering and liberal arts. Business sponsors invest funds and mentor students as they develop a real prototype.  Students are given a product brief and granted a budget. They then spend several weeks designing a model using ANSYS software. Ultimately, they build a prototype, develop a product prospectus and present their approach to the sponsor. Learn more about product realization at UWM.

Professional Development

UWM partners with organizations such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers to provide continuing education events at the ANSYS Institute.


ANSYS is a global firm located near Pittsburgh that provides engineering simulation software. By incorporating computer-based engineering modeling early in the development process, engineers can refine and validate designs at a stage where the cost of making changes is minimal. A wide variety of industries use ANSYS software, including automotive, energy, aerospace, and consumer products. Founded in 1970, ANSYS employs approximately 2,600 professionals at 75 sales locations throughout the world with a network of channel partners in 40+ countries. Visit for more information.


ANSYS employes engineers in fields such as finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics, electronics and electromagnetics and design optimization. Learn more about ANSYS careers.