Automotive’s only award dedicated to vehicle lightweighting

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Automotive’s Only Award Dedicated to Vehicle Lightweighting

The Altair Enlighten Award is intended to honor the greatest achievements in vehicle weight savings each year; to inspire interest from industry, engineering, policymakers, educators, students and the public; to create further competition for new ideas in the industry; and to provide an incentive to share technological advances. The award offers nominees the chance to be recognized internationally as a leading figure in the effort to reduce vehicle weight and meet emissions targets. The Altair Enlighten Award 2017 will be presented at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars, Traverse City, Michigan, US on 31st July 2017

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Past Nominees


2017 Enlighten Award


Why Enter?

The Altair Enlighten Award highlights achievements in lightweight design across the automotive industry. With the award winners receiving press coverage around the world, it is an excellent opportunity to become recognized globally as a pioneer in lightweighting technologies and methodologies.

Achieve recognition in the press worldwide

The 2016 Award was covered by more than 350 publications and news outlets across the world. Publications included: Automotive News, The Auto Channel, TenLinks, PlasticsNews, Wards Automotive, Desktop Engineering, Today’s Motor Vehicles and many more.

Featured in dedicated advertising

The winner of the Award will be featured in dedicated, full page advertising in the automotive heartlands of the US and Germany. Placements include SAE Automotive Engineering International and Automobil Industrie.

Recognition from your industry peers

Collect the award from the world renowned Center
for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminar in Michigan; an event attended by the world’s most prominent automotive OEMs and suppliers.

Reward your design teams & attract new talent

Take back a physical award that represents your team’s achievements. Use the award to demonstrate your expertise to the industry and attract new talent to your organization.

Featured in interviews and blogs

Our winners are interviewed and featured in Altair’s popular ‘Enlighten’ and ‘Innovation Intelligence’ blogs.

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The Altair Enlighten Award has two categories, full vehicle and module.

Please select and download the form most appropriate for your entry.

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The Winners

Award Nominees

Explore the previous entrants to the Altair Enlighten Awards. You can switch between the past years awards by selecting the year below. Hover over each nominee to view more details and download a factsheet.


Our Judges

Dr. Jay Baron

President and CEO, Center for Automotive Research

Jim Brancheau

Member of Altair’s Board of Directors

Harvey Bell

Professor of engineering practice and co-director of the Multidisciplinary Design Program at The University of Michigan

Dr. Imtiaz Haque

Founding chair and executive director of the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research

Gary Latham

Director of Design Engineering at Pratt & Miller Engineering

Dr. Clemens Schmitz-Justen

Founder and head of strategic consulting, CSJ Schmitz-Justen & Company

Chris Theodore

President of Theodore & Associates automotive industry consulting

Ryan Gehm

Editor-in-Chief, Truck & Off-Highway Engineering Magazine at SAE International

Dr. Mark White

(Former) Chief Engineer Body Complete Business Unit, Body Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover Product Development

Dr. Frank Zhao

Professor and Director of Automotive Strategy Research Institute at Tsinghua University

Ken Fouhy

Managing Director, VDI Verlag GmbH and Editor in Chief of VDI nachrichten

Dr.Ichiro Kageyama

Professor at Nihon University, College of Industrial Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Nihon University Center for Automotive Research

Our Partners

Award Partner: The Center for Automotive Research

The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) is involved in the research of significant issues that relate to the future direction of the global automotive industry. CAR, a nonprofit organization, is focused on a wide variety of important trends and changes related to the automobile industry and society at the international, federal, state and local levels.

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Media Partner: SAE International

Automotive industry engineers and product developers are pushing the boundaries of technology for better vehicle efficiency, performance, safety, and comfort. Increasingly stringent fuel economy, emissions and safety regulations, and the ongoing challenge of adding customer-pleasing features while reducing cost, are driving this development. As this year’s Altair Enlighten Award, SAE is providing access to its flagship publication, Automotive Engineering, for free. Click here for your subscription and to access informative, relevant technical information.

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