News Release

October 8, 2015

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Andy Cebulla
Director of Investor Relations and Treasurer


Eden Prairie, Minn. – October 8, 2015 – MTS Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: MTSC), a leading global supplier of high-performance test systems and position sensors, has provided Penn State University with a comprehensive suite of advanced materials testing equipment and software for its state-of-the-art Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) laboratory.

The purchase of the five MTS Criterion® Electromechanical Universal Test Systems, which are reserved primarily for teaching College of Engineering undergraduates, was made possible through the MTS University Program. This program offers educational facilities access to special academic pricing on industry-leading equipment, as well as accredited curricula for use by colleges and universities around the world.

MTS has been providing test systems, service and application support to Penn State for over 20 years. This latest installation builds on the strong relationship between the two organizations by giving the university’s engineering undergraduates access to the very latest techniques for testing and analyzing the performance of materials, ranging from thin-film plastics and advanced materials to metals.

“By taking advantage of our University Program, Penn State’s engineering science and mechanics department is able to offer College of Engineering undergraduates access to our most recent electromechanical systems designed for accurate and reliable testing of materials,” says Dr. Jeffrey Graves, Chief Executive Officer and President of MTS. He adds, “Providing universities with the solutions they need to advance the knowledge and experience of new generations of engineers and scientists illustrates that our core value of ‘investing in our future’ is delivering tangible benefits.”

Scott Kralik, ESM Laboratory Coordinator, comments, “Penn State has had a strong relationship with MTS for almost a quarter of a century and the company's solutions have played a key role in teaching and research across a variety of departments. The MTS Criterion equipment, as well as MTS software and accessories, will allow us to develop more sophisticated programs for our students and support our mission to develop future state, national and international leaders of scientific and engineering endeavors.”

About MTS Systems Corporation

MTS Systems Corporation’s testing hardware, software and services solutions help customers accelerate and improve their design, development, and manufacturing processes and are used for determining the mechanical behavior of materials, products, and structures. MTS’ high-performance position sensors provide controls for a variety of industrial and vehicular applications. MTS had 2,180 employees at September 27, 2014 and revenue of $564 million for the fiscal year ended September 27, 2014. Additional information on MTS can be found at

About the Engineering Science and Mechanics Department

The Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics is the home of the Engineering Science undergraduate major, which is the honors program for Penn State’s College of Engineering. Engineering Science is a highly interdisciplinary program which integrates the mechanical, physical, chemical and biological sciences with the engineering disciplines. With a heritage of 109 years of mechanics education, ESM teaches courses in statics, dynamics, strength of materials, and experimental mechanical behaviour to students from the Colleges of Engineering, Earth and Mineral Sciences, and Agriculture. More information about ESM can be found at