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"South Africa suffers from a shortage of electrical energy impeding economic growth. Nuclear power is seen as a critical part of the solution,” said Erich Wimmer, CEO of Materials Design. “Our technology will help increase the efficiency and safety of the engineering work. We welcome PBMR as a member of Materials Design's growing software user group and development forum. We look forward to a long-term relationship that will grow into an advanced nuclear materials development program involving academics from South Africa and students across a wide discipline of science and engineering.”

PBMR has been using the Materials Design® software platform MedeA® for over a year. “Atomistic computer simulations contribute significantly to the development and testing of nuclear materials, both structural and on the fuel side,” said Dr. Johan Slabber, CTO of PBMR. “Our relationship with Materials Design® is an important part of our ongoing research and desire to develop solutions for energy sustainability.”

Senator Tom Udal and his wife Jill stopped by our banquet to meet the Materials Design team and our customers from around the world. October 22, 2009. Washington, D.C., User Group Meeting.

Mr. Hong Gao, President of Beijing Hongcam Software Technologies presented Materials Design®, CEO, Erich Wimmer with an elegant statue of a dragon which included a stamp of the Materials Design® logo. This stamp is the same size as the seal used by the Chinese emperor. In Chinese culture, the dragon symbolizes good luck and prosperity.
Beijing Hongcam has been Materials Design's distribution partner in China since 2008.

Dr. Stephen J. Mumby joins Materials Design® as Vice President of Global Sales.

Stephen Mumby comes to Materials Design® after a twenty-year career at Accelrys and its predecessors Biosym Technologies and MSI, where he held a range of technical, marketing and sales leadership positions.

“Stephen’s global depth, scientific background, and business expertise is aligned with our growth strategy,” said Erich Wimmer, President and CEO of Materials Design®. “As we continue to build customer relationships around the world, Stephen’s experience will be invaluable.”

Join us October 21-23 in Washington D.C. for our annual MedeA Users Group Meeting

We'll begin with our hands on MedeA workshop Wednesday, 21 October 2009. You will have the opportunity to get a general introduction to MedeA and VASP 5.2, work on specific application examples and discuss technical details with our support team. Because we provide a limited number of MedeA workstations, please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to participate.

Everyone is invited to join us for an informal reception Wednesday evening, 21 October.

Materials Design® launches VASP 5.2

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