50 Years of MSC Software
When Simulation Met Reality C
omputers were almost as exotic as rocket ships in 1962, when President John F. Kennedy challenged the nation to send a man to the moon. Humming away in cold rooms at universities and big corporations, few people had ever seen a computer, never mind worked on one. The software that made computers tick was an even deeper mystery. It was buried deep in electronic brains, welded to application-specific hardware, part of monolithic machines that could be the size of a walk-in cooler. That was the environment into which Richard MacNeal and Robert Schwendler
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launched, MacNeal-Schwendler Corporation in 1963. Fifty years later we are MSC Software, but only the name has changed. The company is still on the leading edge of simulation software. Our products make it cheaper and faster to design high-quality products – including the first rocket to lift humans off the Earth and propel them to the moon, virtually every space vehicle designed since, and generations of aircraft and automobiles. “I can’t think of a single instance where a car or aircraft that was not structurally analyzed by NASTRAN, particularly MSC Nastran,” said Dr. Marc Halpern,
vice president, research with Gartner and a 30-year veteran of the simulation software market. “MSC Software is deeply respected in the field of computer-aided engineering technologies, particularly finite element analysis. They have such deep expertise in that domain they’re a de-facto standard, particularly in the aerospace and automotive industries.” Over 50 years, we grew from a twoman shop to a corporation of 1,100 employees. A new generation of leadership has returned our focus to our historical strengths while we chart a new path for the future of simulation and analysis software.