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 EVMagazine.com, 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

JULY 1

Finalists Announced

AUG 6

Awards Presented

2024 Award Categories

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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.

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Sustainable Process

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

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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.

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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?

Download Entry Form

Past Participants

Our Partners

Highlighting the organizations who make the Enlighten Award possible.

 

Center for Automotive Research

Center for Automotive Research

AWARD PARTNER

Google Cloud

Google Cloud

AWARD SPONSOR


Auto Bild Japan

Auto Bild Japan

MEDIA PARTNER

Automobil Industrie

Automobil Industrie

MEDIA PARTNER

Automotive Engineering SAE

Automotive Engineering SAE

MEDIA PARTNER

Korean Society of Automotive Engineers

Korean Society of Automotive Engineers

MEDIA PARTNER

Tech Briefs

Tech Briefs

MEDIA PARTNER

Autocar Professional

Autocar Professional

MEDIA PARTNER

Our 2023 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
Nissan

Dr. Sarma S R Akella
Mahindra & Mahindra

Professor Harvey Bell
University of Michigan

Brian Brothers
Altair

Josh Brugeman
Fresh Coast Climate Solutions

Vanessa Eriksson
Zenseact

Ryan Gehm
SAE International

Sean Lang
Altair

Sanjiv Mantri
Tata Motors

Dr. Deborah Mielewski
Dione Solutions

Dr. Saravanan N
Ashok Leyland

Gina-Marie Oliver
American Chemistry Council

Dr. Seshanka Palukuri
Greenko Group

Dr. K. Venkatesh Prasad (Prasad)
Center for Automotive Research

Chris Theodore
Theodore & Associates

Dr. Frank Zhao
Tsinghua University