Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
James R. Scapa brings more than 35 years of engineering experience to his dual role of chairman and CEO of Altair, a title he has held since the company's inception in 1985.
Through Scapa's leadership, the company is now a global technology company that provides software and cloud solutions in the areas of product development, high performance computing (HPC) and data analytics. Today, the company employs over 3,000 engineers, scientists and creatives with more than 86 offices in 25 countries.
With more than 11,000 customers globally, Altair software enables customers to enhance product performance, compress development time and reduce costs.
Scapa earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University and a master of business administration degree from University of Michigan.
Chief Technical Officer
As chief technical officer for Altair's design and simulation solutions, James Dagg is responsible for delivering Altair's simulation, modeling, and visualization technologies to designers, engineers, and simulation specialists.
For more than 30 years, Dagg has been a visionary behind Altair's software strategy and development activities. Prior to his role as CTO, Dagg was the senior vice president for solidThinking where he was responsible for leading the development of its concept design technologies, Inspire and Evolve. For more than a decade, he oversaw the development of Altair's computer-aided engineering (CAE) software suite, Altair HyperWorks™.
Dagg earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in applied mechanics from University of Michigan.
Chief Technical Officer
Altair solver technology helps to unleash the limitless potential of the creative mind. We seek through our technology to inspire and empower people to solve the greatest engineering challenges. The 2020 software release further advances forward-looking technologies for simulation and optimization from concept to in-service across multiple disciplines encompassing structures, fluids, thermal management, electromagnetics, and electronics. With major additions to our multi-physics solver portfolio, we get ever closer to being able to reliably predict design performance.
Chief Technical Officer
As chief technical officer, Srikanth (Sam) Mahalingam is the CTO for Altair's cloud and high-performance computing (HPC) strategy where he is responsible for applying new cloud and mobile technologies to the digital simulation and HPC worlds.
With more than 20 years of experience in software development, software architecture, technical management, and project management, Mahalingam is responsible for shaping current products and identifying new products and solutions to ease cloud adoption and mobile strategies for Altair customers.
During his time at Altair, Mahalingam has worked on various products and projects across custom services and product teams. He then joined a start-up as a joint promoter to launch a disruptive virtual try-on product that was later acquired by a large software services firm in India. Mahalingam rejoined Altair in 2005 to spearhead new product initiatives and eventually became Altair’s thought leader for enterprise software strategies.
Mahalingam earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering and an executive master’s degree in business administration from the Indian School of Business.
Director of Program Management for Inspire
Andy Bartels is the Director of Program Management for Inspire. Mr. Bartels joined Altair in 2000 and has held several positions including application support and technical marketing roles. For the past 13 years, Mr. Bartels has been a program manager on the Inspire team and has watched Inspire transform from a single application focused on optimization to an entire platform of simulation-driven design products. Mr. Bartels holds a BS/MS from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Aerospace Engineering/Fluid Mechanics.
Responsible at Altair for Math & System
Responsible at Altair for Math & System Simulation enabling our customers to innovate mechatronic products.
Michael has 25+ years CAE experience in various positions in research, automotive product development, consulting, and software development & sales. He has a Masters and PhD from the University of Darmstadt.
(Re) Introducing HyperWorks
Our Senior Vice President of Modeling and Visualization, Michael Dambach leads a diverse team of creative problem solvers focused on reducing model lead times for engineers across all industry verticals.
Dambach has been at Altair for 17 years in various positions identifying and removing customer pain points ranging from individual tasks through overall workflows.
Now Dambach is ensuring our customers leverage the full range of HyperWorks to build mathematical representations of virtually any product across all domains. Prior to his role at Altair, Dambach was a process oriented Senior Product Engineer at General Motors and a Research Associate at NASA’s Langley Research Center, encompassing 24 years in computational mechanics.
Dambach earned dual bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and engineering mechanics from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from George Washington University
Director of Program Management - CFD, Altair Engineering, Inc
Mr. Corson currently holds the position of Director of Program Management for CFD. In this role, he oversees the development of pre and post-processing tools in support of Altair's Computational Fluid Dynamics solvers. Mr. Corson maintains an active role in CFD applications in various engineering disciplines including wind power, oil and gas, nuclear power, industrial
processing, atmospheric sciences, and external aerodynamics. Mr. Corson previously held the position of AcuSolve Program Manager at Altair, and Senior Analyst while at ACUSIM Software. Before coming to ACUSIM, he spent 8 years working at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory applying CFD to the design of naval nuclear propulsion systems.
Mr. Corson has a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Altair SimLab Real World Multiphysics Solutions
Guna Krishna is Sr Vice President of SimLab development, responsible for addressing the market needs for Multiphysics applications and focusing in automation of engineering processes.
Guna started his career at PDA Engineering as a software engineer and customer support engineer. After PDA Engineering merged with MSC, as a manager of meshing team, he overlooked the creation of automatic meshing software and component development. Later he founded SimLab Corporation with 2 associates and as a Vice President helped SimLab become a premier software for powertrain modeling in automotive industry. After the acquisition by Altair, Guna has continued to expand the scope of SimLab for SMB market with focus on Multiphysics.
Principal Engineer and Head of the Business Development team at EDEM
Dr. David Curry is Principal Engineer and Head of the Business Development team at EDEM. He joined EDEM in 2006 as an Applications Engineer after completing his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Edinburgh. Since joining David has worked with a range of industries to support the adoption of granular material simulation and helped support engineers address challenges for process and equipment design. In his current role, David is responsible for identifying and developing new applications for DEM and help support the future growth of EDEM technology.
EM and EDA, from Concept to Production
Ulrich Jakobus graduated in electrical engineering from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He completed his PhD and Habilitation and became Privatdozent at the same university. His areas of research included numerical techniques in electromagnetics, antennas, electromagnetic compatibility, and bio-electromagnetics, laying the foundations for the electromagnetics code Feko in 1991.
Since 2000 Dr. Jakobus has been Director of EM Software & Systems in Stellenbosch, South Africa, and in 2002 he also founded EM Software & Systems GmbH in Böblingen, Germany, focusing on the development and commercialisation of Feko. In 2014 he joined Altair through an acquisition of the EMSS Group of companies, and since then Dr. Jakobus is acting as Senior Vice President – Electromagnetic Solutions, overseeing all the electromagnetic and EDA product developments at Altair.
Dr. Jakobus has published extensively on computational electromagnetics and related topics. He received several awards for his research and leadership.
Dr. Jakobus is a member of URSI commission B, the German VDE/ITG, Fellow of IEEE, and Fellow of ACES, the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society.
chief optimization technologist at Altair
Dr. Ming Zhou joined Altair in 1998, and has been carrying the role of chief optimization technologist at Altair ever since. Since 2008 he has been VP/SVP responsible for R&D of structural analysis and optimization software. Ming has published over 100 research papers on peer reviewed journals and at conferences, which have received over 4500 citations to date. He was among the original authors of the SIMP method for topology optimization, and his latest contributions include the patented fail-safe topology approach. His roles in the research community include Co-Editor of the journal 'Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization', VP of ISSMO (international society of structural and multidisciplinary optimization).
Program Manager for the GPU-based Lattice-Boltzmann solver Altair ultraFluidX
Dr. Christian F. Janßen is Program Manager for the GPU-based Lattice-Boltzmann solver Altair ultraFluidX.
Christian studied Civil Engineering and Computational Sciences in Engineering (CSE) at Braunschweig University of Technology, where he also obtained his PhD degree. After a postdoc stay at the University of Rhode Island, he joined Hamburg University of Technology in 2012, where he initiated and led the development of an academic GPU-based CFD code. In 2017, he joined Altair Engineering as Program Manager for Altair ultraFluidX
Senior VP SimSolid business development
Ken Welch is Senior VP SimSolid business development at Altair engineering and is the former co-founder and CEO at SIMSOLID Corporation. Ken has over 30 years’ experience in the CAE industry in a variety of technical, sales and executive roles at companies including PDA Engineering, Rasna, Moldflow and MSC Software. Ken holds a B.S. and M.S. in civil engineering from the University of California, Davis. Ken is located in Newport Beach, California.
AltairONE - Senior Vice President
Our Senior Vice President - Altair One, Supratik Champati (Champa), leads a global team of engineers working on a modern, low-code, cloud collaboration platform built for the citizen Engineer/HPC Admin/Data Scientist. Champa has been at Altair for 10 years. He was involved with the development of the Inspire product platform. He then shifted to the world of Enterprise Data Management and currently leads the development of the Altair One platform. Prior to joining Altair, in a career that spans over 25 years in the CAE industry, Champa has a track record of creating commercially successful products. Champa earned his bachelors in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and has a masters in the same field from Missouri University of Science and Technology.
product management at Altair
Dr. Bill Nitzberg leads the product management and engineering teams for the PBS Works product line at Altair. With over 25 years in the computer industry, spanning commercial software development to high-performance computing research, Dr. Nitzberg is an internationally recognized expert in parallel and distributed computing. Dr. Nitzberg served on the board of the Open Grid Forum, co-architected NASA’s Information Power Grid, edited the MPI-2 I/O standard, and has published numerous papers on distributed shared memory, parallel I/O, PC clustering, job scheduling, and cloud computing. When not focused on HPC, Bill tries to improve his running economy for his long-distance running adventures.
(Smart) Product Development
Christian Buckner leads Altair’s IoT and Smart Product Development engineering teams. He has a strong background in IoT and connectivity, using his past experiences as consultant, entrepreneur and development lead to bring a unique perspective.
With Altair, he has spearheaded many of the initiatives to combine IoT and connectivity with Altair’s traditional technology offering. To start, he led the development of toggled iQ, a connected product line which combines powerful end user software with smart, connected devices to optimize building operation (togglediq.com). Today, he uses his background and Altair’s deep experience in product engineering to guide the development of SmartWorks; a software platform for easily solving the hardest problems in the development of smart product lines.
Christian graduated with a BS in Communication Technology from Michigan State University.
Principal Data Scientist
Sabina is currently the Principal Data Scientist at Altair engineering, leading a team of Data Scientists to solve a wide variety of Data Science problems across different industries and use cases. Previously, she had worked at Points as Lead Data Scientist in Marketing and as Lead Product Manager for Machine Learning, where she was integrating machine learning into Points' products. Sabina's love for statistics and data brought her on an unconventional journey from academia to Data Science in industry. Sabina completed her MSc in Plant Ecology at the University of Guelph in 2012, after which she started her journey in Data Science at Angoss Software.
Sr. Vice President Panopticon Product Engineering
Ludvig Sandman is the head of development and chief architect for Altair Panopticon. Ludvig was the co-founder and chief architect of Panopticon Software since 2002. Prior to Panopticon Ludvig held the position as Senior Developer at Brunswick Direct, an online brokerage for emerging markets. Before that he had worked in software consultancy roles in the Financial and Telecom sectors for Elit Logik. Ludvig studied Computer Science and Information Systems at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. Ludvig drives technical architecture, product innovation, strategy, development process and platform, systems integration, and leads the product management, development, QA and technical support and services teams in Stockholm, Delhi, London and New York.
Senior Vice President, Strategic Relationships Corporate Development
Ravi Kunju brings over 20+ years of experience in applying advanced numerical methods and analytics, specifically in applying HPC and cloud computing, to solve complex problems in the areas of computer-aided engineering (CAE) and manufacturing process, and business intelligence (BI). Ravi’s career includes roles at Ford and Chrysler in the areas of crash-safety and advanced manufacturing (sheet metal forming), and at Altair in product design, software product management, and executive roles in global sales, regional management and strategic product marketing. Currently heads the business data insights team and is responsible for product pricing and development of strategic relationships in the areas of advanced manufacturing and IoT.
Run Faster, Make Friends and Embrace the Power with HyperWorks Unlimited HPC Appliances
Rick Watkins is the Director for Altair’s Cloud and Appliance Solutions, focusing on making HPC and Cloud Computing resources easy-to-use and available to all CAE and CFD analysts. After attaining Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Aerospace Engineering from MIT and the University of Texas, he started his career as a designer on the 787 in Boeing’s Commercial Aircraft division. He joined Altair in 2006 as an Application Engineer before moving to the HyperWorks business team. After 8 years, he moved to the Enterprise Computing business team focusing on high-performance computing software. He transitioned to his current role 2 years ago, where he’s able to leverage on his CAD, CAE and HPC experience to assist customers making the move to cloud and high-performance computing.
Run Faster, Make Friends and Embrace the Power with HyperWorks Unlimited HPC Appliances
Dr. Stewart has been developing design tools for the automotive industry for over 30 years. His doctoral research on vehicle design curves and surface mathematics at the University of Michigan was sponsored by the Chrysler Corporation. He then spent 11 years with the Ford Research Lab developing technology and design applications for the Design Studio, Body and Advanced Engineering. He then joined Exa Corporation for 15 years where he continued his work integrating vehicle shape design technologies with CFD, including optimization, visualization and virtual reality. He has been with Altair for the past two years where he is leading an integrated team of developers, product managers and designers to create the next generation of collaborative design tools.