News Release

October 5, 2009

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Susan Knight, Chief Financial Officer
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MTS Appoints New Board Member

Eden Prairie, Minn. – October 5, 2009 – MTS Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: MTSC) today announced the election of Gail P. Steinel to its Board of Directors. Ms. Steinel, former Global Managing Partner of Arthur Andersen’s Business Consulting Division, brings significant experience in global business strategy, operations and finance.

“The addition of Gail Steinel strengthens our capabilities and expands the breadth of experience and business perspective on our board,” said Laura B. Hamilton, chief executive officer and chair. “We believe she will add significant value to MTS.”

Ms. Steinel currently has her own business, Executive Advisors, providing companies with leadership development services and advice on entering new markets and improving operations. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Federal Realty Investment Trust and is the chairperson of the audit committee. Her career experience includes five years at BearingPoint, a global technology and management consulting company, as Executive Vice President, Consumer, Industrial & Technology business unit and twenty-three years of progressive management experience at Arthur Andersen, where her final position was Global Managing Partner of the Business Consulting Division with 10,000 employees operating in 85 countries. Gail also serves on the board of the non-profit organization, Shelter our Sisters. Gail is a CPA.

About MTS Systems Corporation

MTS Systems Corporation is a leading global supplier of test systems and industrial position sensors. The Company’s testing hardware and software 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 1,660 employees and revenue of $461 million for the fiscal year ended September 27, 2008. Additional information on MTS can be found on the worldwide web at