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Autodesk Supports Education, Sustainable Design and Innovation at the Shell Eco-marathon Europe 2009

Students from 29 countries compete to see who’s vehicle will stretch one liter of fuel the furthest

Farnborough, 1 May 2009: Recognizing the importance of educating students on sustainable design practices, Autodesk, Inc., the worldwide leader in 2D and 3D design software, is sponsoring Shell Eco-marathon Europe, taking place at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz track in Lausitz, Germany on May 7-9. The Shell Eco-marathon sponsorship, which challenges students to design and build vehicles that travel further, with less energy, aligns with Autodesk’s commitment to inspire the next generation of engineers by providing technology and resources to advance sustainable design innovation.

The 202 student teams from universities and schools across Europe and beyond are competing in this year’s competition.  They used a variety of products and tools to develop new approaches to the future of modern transportation and fuel efficiency. Products such as Autodesk AliasStudio are the same industry-leading sketching, modelling and visualisation tools used by professionals in the automotive industry, enabling students to quickly realize their design visions. The software allows students to capture ideas digitally from initial sketches through to 3D concept models, which can then be incorporated into a digital prototype, saving time and effort.

Many of the vehicles competing at Shell Eco-Marathon 2009 Europe used Autodesk products in the design of their winning vehicles. By reducing reliance on physical prototypes and carrying out rigorous testing on a digital prototype, software such as Autodesk Inventor can give teams a competitive advantage in building and testing vehicles that can travel further using less energy.

Together, Shell and Autodesk are working to inspire students to think broadly and develop new approaches to creating a more sustainable future. Last month, Autodesk sponsored the Shell Eco Marathon Americas event, which continues to generate more participants every year. The Eco Marathons in Europe and America allow up-and-coming designers and engineers to develop new approaches to transportation and foster innovative ideas about fuel efficiency.

Autodesk’s Commitment to Education

Autodesk has long been committed to inspiring the next generation of design professionals. By offering complete multi-disciplinary suites that group the latest industry technologies along with high-quality training resources, teachers and students can access the same technology used by industry professionals to realize their design dreams.

Autodesk also hosts the Student Engineering and Design Community, where students and teachers from around the world can download the 2010 releases of 25 leading Autodesk products for free. Students can also download training resources, search for internships and jobs, and share their designs with their peers. Since its launch in 2006, the community has grown to more than 570,000 members representing more than 19,000 schools in 139 countries.

Autodesk Education Initiatives

Autodesk supports students and educators by providing design software, innovative programmes and other resources designed to inspire the next generation of professionals. By supporting educators to advance design education and science, technology, engineering and math skills, Autodesk is helping prepare students for future academic and career success. Autodesk supports schools and institutions of higher learning worldwide through substantial discounts, subscriptions, grant programmes, training, curricula development and community resources. For more information about Autodesk education programs and solutions, visit autodesk.com/education.

Autodesk’s Commitment to Sustainability

As a world leader in 2D and 3D design software, the most important contribution Autodesk can make to address global sustainability challenges is to provide customers with the best design and engineering software, enabling smarter, more sustainable design decisions. Autodesk provides tools that make it easier for architects, designers, and engineers to understand the environmental impact of their designs early in the design process. Additionally, Autodesk leverages sustainability best practices within its own operations, and provides technology and resources for initiatives that boost awareness and adoption of sustainable design. For additional information about sustainability at Autodesk, visit www.autodesk.co.uk/green.

About Autodesk

Autodesk, Inc.. is a world leader in 2D and 3D design software for the manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment markets. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk has developed the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art Digital Prototyping solutions to help customers experience their ideas before they are real. Fortune 1000 companies rely on Autodesk for the tools to visualise, simulate and analyse real-world performance early in the design process to save time and money, enhance quality and foster innovation. For additional information about Autodesk, visit www.autodesk.com.

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