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$210,000 Engineering Software Gift

College of Science, Engineering and Technology receives gift from Transvalor Americas.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-4-2013

NOTE: A video of the software's capability can be seen here.

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology recently received a gift of FORGE engineering software valued at $210,000 from Transvalor Americas, a material forming simulation software provider company.

The FORGE software is considered one of the most powerful metal forming simulation software types of its kind. It is used both at design and research & development levels by many material-forming companies and universities worldwide.

Transvalor Americas, which has its main office in Chicago, donated 20 software licenses to Minnesota State Mankato for classroom use. The FORGE software will be incorporated into the Materials Processing II (MET 277) course taught by Kuldeep Agarwal, an assistant professor in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology’s Department of Automotive & Manufacturing Engineering Technology.

Using this software, students will perform case studies on manufacturing of different products. FORGE software can perform complex analysis on different processes, such as forging, sheet metal forming, powder metallurgy, heat treatment and more. There are very few software types with these capabilities.

The software will provide Minnesota State Mankato students hands-on experience on the simulation of manufacturing processes that is not available at any other university in Minnesota. Agarwal said the hands-on experience will enhance students’ employment prospects in several manufacturing industries.

Transvalor Americas also donated one license for research by Agarwal, who along with industries will use this software to conduct research on improving the software through development of models for novel processes. The research results will be published in journals and presented at conferences.

The president and CEO of Transvalor Americas, Bruno Castejon, said his company was committed to advancing the education of future engineers.

“A tight partnership between universities and technology providers is mutually beneficial and virtuous in many ways,” said Castejon. “Forward-thinking institutions like Minnesota State University, Mankato need to ensure graduates leave with the professional skills that employers and manufacturers need right now. This partnership between Transvalor Americas and Minnesota State University, Mankato will provide the technology platform to ensure undergraduates and graduates reach the work place fully prepared to leverage the latest manufacturing/engineering technologies. As a world leading material forming simulation software provider, it is essential for Transvalor Americas’ development to ensure the next generations of manufacturing engineers will join the industry with hands-on manufacturing engineering simulation experience to reap the benefits of our solutions. We believe this partnership with Minnesota State University, Mankato will achieve exactly that.”

Agarwal said he was appreciative for the generous software gift.

“I am really grateful to Transvalor for this support for student teaching and research,” said Agarwal. “I have worked with them in the past and helped develop solutions to complex problems. I hope to continue doing this in future so that the industry, Transvalor and students all benefit from this mutual partnership.”

More information about Transvalor Americas is available at

The software donated by Transvalor Americas will be used in Minnesota State Mankato’s Materials Processing II course (MET 277). This course is a study of the principles of manufacturing technologies, measurements and equipment used in processing of an end product. Advanced manufacturing processes including casting, forging, sheet metal forming, material removal, joining, and powder metals are discussed. Topics also include materials treatment, preparation, and design for manufacture.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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