If you haven't heard of MATLAB, chances are you aren't a scientist or engineer. The MathWorks provides technical computing software used for data analysis, visualization, and mathematical computations. Its MATLAB, Simulink, and Polyspace products are used in such industries as aerospace, automotive, communications, electronics, financial services, and industrial automation. MathWorks products are also used for teaching and research at more than 5,000 universities. The company was co-founded in 1984 by majority owners Jack Little (president), Cleve Moler (chief mathematician), and Steve Bangert.
MATLAB is increasingly being used as a chip design tool, with the software being incorporated into design suites from such vendors as Agility Design Solutions, Altera, and Xilinx, among others. Other applications for MathWorks' products include hybrid electric vehicle design, race car performance improvements, paper currency verification, and the development of algorithms for DNA sequencing instruments used in mapping the human genome.
Both MATLAB and Simulink were used by General Motors to design the Chevrolet Volt. At the Cleveland FES Clinic atCase Western Reserve University, researchers are using MathWorks tools to reduce development time for functional electrical stimulation (FES) devices. FES devices are being used to restore movement to patients with neuromuscular disabilities. Other customers have included NASA, NATO, Xerox, Cessna Aircraft, FLIR Systems, and Sandia Naitonal Laboratories.
With operations in some 15 countries, MathWorks gets more than half of its revenues from outside the US. The company has been profitable every year since its founding.