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President of Algor, Inc. Donates $1,000 From Scientific Achievement Award to Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh, Inc.

PITTSBURGH, April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Michael L. Bussler, president of Pittsburgh-based Algor, Inc., a leading maker of software for mechanical engineers, announced he will donate the $1,000 he received with the Scientist Award, one of the 1999 Science and Technology Awards for Excellence, to the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh, Inc. (AAAP). The AAAP is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about astronomy and related sciences.

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Bussler received the Scientist Award from Carnegie Science Center, an institution that promotes the education and advancement of science, in cooperation with Pittsburgh Technology Council, an organization committed to building a stronger regional economy. The award honored Bussler for his outstanding recent scientific accomplishments that have economically benefited Southwestern Pennsylvania.

"The donation will assist the AAAP's efforts to teach both children and adults about astronomy, which is the basis for modern science," said Bussler. "Education about astronomy will lead to technological advancements in all science-related fields."

The AAAP exposes 6,000 people to astronomy every year, often through its Wagman Observatory in Deer Lakes Regional Park. The Observatory offers free opportunities to the public for instruction on constellations and viewing celestial objects through basic and advanced telescopes.

"Learning the science of astronomy doesn't require a math and physics background, but it exposes people to these subjects," said Eric Fischer, associate director of the Wagman Observatory. "Michael Bussler's donation will contribute to inspiring people's interest in science, which is a channel for development."

Bussler is the founder of Algor, a company that produces innovative, affordable and easy-to-use engineering software products that enable engineers to create safe, efficient, cost-effective designs. Bussler received the Scientist Award for his role in the invention of Accupak/VE Mechanical Event Simulation software, the first engineering software that uses the physics of motion, impact and contact associated with the real world behavior of mechanical designs to produce an FEA-based virtual reality for parts as they would be used in the real world. Accupak/VE replaces physical prototype testing with virtual prototype testing because engineers can view the behavior of their designs on-screen in real time. This shortens their design cycle and eliminates some of the costs and time invested in physical prototyping. This unique product is sold worldwide and has brought valuable business to the Southwestern Pennsylvania region.

Algor offers a range of other FEA capabilities including linear and nonlinear stress, vibration and natural frequencies, heat transfer, electrostatics, fluid flow, piping design and composite materials.

Algor has strongly supported science education since its inception in 1976, continuing to offer its latest engineering software capabilities to universities at affordable prices. Algor has granted approximately one million dollars to Carnegie Mellon University's Computational Mechanics Laboratory for research, and software and training to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers' Manufacturing Engineering Education Foundation for teachers and their students throughout the United States and Canada.
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