This group was formed and is run by users in the western
Pennsylvania ANSYS community. The goal of the group is to bring ANSYS users together to:
exchange ideas, network, keep updated on new technology applying to FEA, problem solve,
training, socializing, etc.
Members of the group are made up of ANSYS users from a
variety of industries and universities from western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York
[NOTE: We are frequently asked to post job descriptions, email job opportunities, or allow recruiting at our meetings. We believe that the Western PA ANSYS User's Group is not a job search assistance tool, but a professional organization and we decline to post jobs on our website or by email to our members nor will we set aside meeting time for recruiting. The attendees at our meetings expect technical topics and discussions to improve their use of FEA technologies in their jobs and we will keep the meeting content focused on that content.]
2016 - present ANSYS Inc., Canonsburg, PA1991 - 2015: Mallett Technology Inc. (MTI), Canonsburg, PA
The Users Group was supported by MTI, our local ASD. MTI helped provide a meeting place along with technical and sales support from Dan Vasalani and expert, technical support from Shawn Catlin.
The group was formed in May of 1991 at the 5TH International ANSYS Users conference in Pittsburgh. The initial meeting had eight users from the western Pennsylvania area in attendance. From that meeting enough interest was shown to continue with the group. The goal was to meet for a day, three or four times per year to exchange ideas and information. The purpose of the group was to bring ANSYS users together who may not have other users at their facilities to interact with. Phil Niton, formally of SASI and Mallett, provided a great deal of effort and support in getting the group under way.
Some of those initial attendees are still attending meetings today but the group has grown to have thirty or more users attending per meeting. We reach our members using a Penn State email Listserv and we have over 150 subscribers on this list. We maintain the same list on the Eventbrite website which allows meeting registration and online payment of the meeting fee.
Co-Chairman: Dave Johnson, Penn State, Erie, PA
Co-Chairman: Rich Alfieri, Philips Respironics, Monroeville, PA
Co-Chairman: Ram Chundru, Elliot Group, Jeannette, PA
Secretary/Treasurer: Nicole Skias, Eriez, Erie, PA
ANSYS support: Dan Vasalani, Fran Bolanis, Joe Yearsley, Shawn Catlin
previous chairman: Ed Heald, Westinghouse, Cranberry, PA
previous vice-chair: George Hrico, DEAC, Canonsburg, PA
previous secretary/treasurer: Jamie Orr, Joy Mining Machinery Inc., Franklin, PA
previous secretary: Dave Roth, Penn State, Erie, PA
previous treasurer: Eric Horne
previous treasurer: Ginny Broz
previous treasurer: Harold Patterson
To get on our e-mailing list, contact Dave Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org
(PLEASE send your postal address, as well as your e-mail address)
Expect 15-20 e-mails/year, ONLY for meeting organization/announcements.
Volunteers Needed !!!
Do you have a problem (or a solution) to present ?
Need to practice giving a paper before you go to your conference ?
Any ideas for topics you would like to see addressed at a User's Group meeting ?
E-mail your ideas/requests to the chairman ( email@example.com ) !!! We are always looking for ideas !!!