SOUTHPOINTE, Pa. -- Engineering college students now have an opportunity to win cash for their design projects through a new College Design Engineering Award sponsored by ANSYS, Inc. and Design News magazine.

ANSYS, Inc. will award $10,000 to the best college design team and a $10,000 scholarship to their engineering program for the best computer-aided engineering (CAE) project. The winning team will also be honored at the Design News Engineering Awards Banquet in Chicago, March 6, 2001 at the Ritz Carlton.

"Engineering curricula need to combine strong traditional engineering education with the latest techniques being applied in industry," said Christie Johnston, education manager, ANSYS, Inc. "One of the biggest challenges faced by academic institutions around the world is to maintain up-to-date systems that resemble real-world applications. The ANSYS, Inc. education program provides the tools needed for student success."

ANSYS, Inc. assists teachers and faculty in driving engineering education and encourages curricula that provide students with the proficiencies they need to compete in today's CAE marketplace through its education program.

Undergraduate engineering students in U.S. and Canada can apply at www.ansys.com/cdeacontest/entryform.htm. All entries must be received by November 13, 2000.