November 13-17, 2019
Palm Springs, California

James Scapa

CEO, Altair


Jim Scapa brings more than 35 years of business growth, innovation and cultural stewardship to his role as Founder, Chairman and CEO of Altair. Jim and two partners identified a need and formed Altair in 1985 with a focus on the then-new field of simulation using high-performance computing. Today, through Jim’s leadership, the company employs more than 2,000 employees with 81 offices across 25 countries.

Altair is a leading global provider of simulation and optimization software, high-performance computing technology, product development software and consulting, and data intelligence solutions to a broad range of industry sectors including automotive, aerospace, government and defense, heavy equipment, ship building, energy, electronics, life sciences, architecture, finance, and construction. Growth has been achieved through long-term nurturing of internal technology development and by strategic acquisitions of complementary technologies that have been successfully integrated into Altair’s offerings.

Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

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