Ansys, the global player and innovator of engineering simulation software, is establishing its first physical presence in Africa with a new office in Kigali, Rwanda. Opening in August, the office will expand Ansys’ world-class customer support team, servicing Ansys’ global customer base out of Kigali Innovation City, a growing Pan-Africa technology hub.
Ansys’ Innovation City location will neighbor and partner with CMU-Africa, the only U.S. university conducting research and offering master’s degree programs supported by full-time College of Engineering faculty, staff, and operations in Africa. The partnership includes campus-wide access to Ansys Academic software for teaching and research, supporting students to graduate with the resources they need to usher in a new era of innovation and design.
Kigali Innovation City is central to Rwanda’s vision to become a pan-African hub by co-locating technology companies, startups, academia, financial investors, and other services focused on progressing cutting-edge ideas from the research and development phase through to commercialization.
“We are tremendously excited to establish Ansys’ presence in Africa and immensely proud to expand our current partnership with Carnegie Mellon in Kigali Innovation City,” said Anthony Dawson, vice president of customer excellence at Ansys. “Further, our partnership brings together two world leaders with a global mindset in engineering, computer science, and simulation technologies.”
“Ansys is a powerful partner to join Carnegie Mellon’s mission to accelerate the digital transformation of Africa and enable Africa’s leaders of tomorrow to make an extraordinary impact in their communities and the world,” said Bill Sanders, dean of the College of Engineering. “CMU-Africa is an important part of our college, and we are proud of its achievements over the past 12 years and excited by the enormous economic potential we see going forward,” he added.