The heart of America’s automotive industry circles Detroit. The city watches as the Big Three automakers make their cars and trucks in its leafy suburbs. In between the assembly plants, every office building and industrial park seems to exist to provide a service to the auto industry. To the North, in Troy, Mich., is Visual Collaboration Technologies, a maker of engineering simulation software that counts all the major auto manufacturers among its customers.
The company’s main product is VCollab, a solution created to make the results of engineering simulation more easily shared and understood. It was cofounded 20 years ago by Prasad Mandava, an India- educated structural engineer who, before founding Visual Collaboration Technologies Inc., managed the development of a finite element analysis (FEA) code for use on parallel processors and created digital mockups for the aerospace industry.
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