Great Minds Think Light: The Altair Enlighten Award

Celebrating the automotive industry's only award dedicated to lightweighting and sustainability

The Altair Enlighten Award honors the greatest sustainability and lightweighting advancements that successfully reduce carbon footprint, mitigate water and energy consumption, and leverage material reuse and recycling efforts. An award that garners interest from industry, engineering, policymakers, educators, students, and the public alike, the Enlighten Award showcases the latest and greatest technology innovations dedicated to sustainability.

This year’s Enlighten Award features a new category, “Sustainable Computing,” sponsored by Google Cloud. Named a Top 10 Sustainability Award by, the Enlighten Award is presented annually in conjunction with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), and will be presented this year on August 6, 2024.

Our Timeline

FEB 15

Entries Open

MAY 31

Entries Close


Finalists Announced


Awards Presented

2024 Award Categories


NEW! Sustainable Computing

Recognizes implementing practices and technologies that prioritize precise measurement, optimizing resource and energy efficiency, unlocking new opportunities for low-carbon transition, and building more sustainable and eco-friendly computing.

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Sustainable Product

Recognizes a production vehicle (or major system module) embracing emissions reduction, lightweighting, material circularity, and safety advances.

Sustainable Process

Recognizes processes that enable emissions reductions, material reuse and/or recycling, and water conservation during manufacturing or engineering phases.

Module Lightweighting

Recognizes mass reduction of a vehicle module, subsystem, or component.

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Enabling Technology

Recognizes technology advancements that enable vehicle lightweighting, including a material, production process, design method, or joining technology.

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Future of Lightweighting

Recognizes a process, material, or technology not in production, but has significant potential to advance vehicle lightweighting.


Responsible AI

Recognizes responsible AI deployment throughout the automotive value chain – from design, engineering, and operation to production and in-service use.

2023 Altair Enlighten Award Winners

Every organization that wins the Enlighten Award joins a distinguished, trailblazing club. Last year's winners – Polestar, Nikola, ArcelorMittal, Volteras, Toyota, BASF Corp, US Farathane, Adient, Multimatic, and Marelli – are among the latest organizations to showcase the future of vehicle lightweighting, sustainability, and responsible AI.

You can see a complete list of previous winners here.

Interested in the 2024 Altair Enlighten Award?

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Past Participants

Our Partners

Highlighting the organizations who make the Enlighten Award possible.


Center for Automotive Research

Center for Automotive Research


Google Cloud

Google Cloud


Auto Bild Japan

Auto Bild Japan


Automobil Industrie

Automobil Industrie


Automotive Engineering SAE

Automotive Engineering SAE


Korean Society of Automotive Engineers

Korean Society of Automotive Engineers


Tech Briefs

Tech Briefs


Autocar Professional

Autocar Professional


Our 2024 Judges

Judging is conducted by an independent panel of judges led by CAR. CAR chairs the group of recognized industry experts to select each category’s winning entries.


Anant Agarwal

Dr. Sarma S R Akella
Mahindra & Mahindra

Dr. Cristina Alonso Alija
Formerly Bayer

Niko Barach
Google Cloud

Professor Harvey Bell
University of Michigan

Brian Brothers

Josh Brugeman
Fresh Coast Climate Solutions

Vanessa Eriksson
Data & AI Expert

Ryan Gehm
SAE International

Sean Lang

Sanjiv Mantri
Tata Motors

Dr. Deborah Mielewski
Dione Solutions

Dr. Saravanan N
Ashok Leyland

Gina-Marie Oliver
American Chemistry Council

Dr. Sandhya Pande

Shekhar Paranjape
Eka Mobility

Dr. K. Venkatesh Prasad
Center for Automotive Research

Chris Theodore
Theodore & Associates

Rick Watkins