By MEG SIOZON
Taking the digital world to new heights, two formidable organizations, Far East Air Transport Incorporated (FEATI) University and MSC Software Corporation, recently inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) at the Solaire Resort and Casino, Entertainment City in Paranaque City.
MSC, an American Company is known to be a global leader in simulation software and part of the Hexagon firm, commenced a partnership with the Philippines’ pioneer in aviation and aeronautical engineering. FEATI was founded in 1946 and has grown to become a premier institution that produces pilots, mechanics, and maintenance professionals for the aeronautics industry. Its partnership with MSC aims to train and equip engineering students and professionals to be competitive world-class engineers in the future.
Knowledge through Revolutionary Technology
FEATI, having been appointed as the Center of Excellence (CoE) on Finite Element Analysis (FEA) Simulation, is the first institution in the country to adopt the groundbreaking digital transformation, bridging the gap between simulation and reality. It can make learning and product design more efficient and cost-effective via virtual prototyping. This allows engineers to simulate the realistic behavior of components under various conditions.
Kaustubh Nande, director for Marketing for Indo Pacific Region at MSC Software, pointed out the pronounced improvements in the learning tools of today’s engineers through the influx of state-of-the-art technology available in the market like MSC Software more efficient and productive learning.
“Between the 1960s and 1980s, most of the engineering drawing and simulation calculations were handwritten and done manually. Today, as we speak, engineering simulation software has become extremely powerful and they can predict product behavior very accurately,” Nande said.
FEATI University president Adolfo Jesus R. Gopez added that the capabilities of the program are so advanced that it can precisely determine the success or failure of a project. “You can input in the program certain parts of the design and see how it reacts to certain stresses, temperature, or other factors,” he explained. “It is a very important tool for engineers, and it increases the capability of the engineers both from students up to professionals to be able to go beyond the paper and pencil type of design to visualization and simulation, then to manufacturability done with efficiency and reduced cost.”
Cutting edge learning through customized programs
FEATI will formally include MSC tools in their curriculum for Finite Element Methods Courses, open to all students and professionals, this coming school year. Students can use the Center of Excellence facility to conduct their research projects and training programs.
The Center also offers targeted programs that cater to the specific needs of its learners. Other institutions and universities can access the system and enroll in the FEATI program where regular short term paid training is offered with certification.
“With this partnership, we can give access to students of different universities and offer training to industries,” Gopez said.
One of the main visions of this partnership is to make the Philippines a global giant in the engineering industry. In order to achieve this goal, producing competent and well-prepared engineers is paramount.
Balik-Scientist Engr. Vicente Dy Reyes, one of the FEA Simulation program experts, pointed out the economic advantages of having this program in the country. “My mission here is to make the Philippine competitive internationally,” he said. “When I was exposed abroad, the scientists there were not even exceptionally smart. The only reason why they were ahead of us is that they have a lot of resources. But as far as talent goes, we have enough here. The first step is to learn everything on the software because, once you learned the tool and you know how to simulate, you can make a product. Once you have the product, you can now compete internationally because it is cheaper and more affordable here in our country. The cost of manpower between Western and Asian people is huge. That will be our strength.”