Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Liberty Gets $300,000 Engineering Grant
Simio, an industry leader in simulation software, has awarded a $300,000 grant to the School of Engineering & Computational Science at Liberty University in Lynchburg.
The grant is in the form of the Simio Software Academic Edition allowing the engineering program to learn and create simulations using Simio’s innovative software, which allows users to users to rapidly model almost any system without programming. The faculty will use Simio to teach students the core competencies of Engineering and Systems Design.
“The faculty at Liberty is committed to providing the best environment for their students to learn simulation,” says Dr. Dennis Pegden, Founder and CEO of Simio. “We are honored to provide them with the best software available to teach their students."
“Our Engineering faculty came with a request for simulation software. After looking at the various options, we decided to look at Simio,” says Scott Pleasants, manager of LUSECS Technology & Research Labs. “The interface and feature set contains everything a modern software package should offer. The interface is simple, which allows our students to begin their work immediately. Simio’s ability to incorporate objects from Google’s 3D Warehouse allows the students to create robust and dynamic simulation processes without sacrificing time.”
The engineering faculty at Liberty is counting using Simio to teach the students how to solve real world problems in a visually-rich environment, while utilizing models provided by Google.
Robert Rich, professor of Industrial Engineering at Liberty, has been pleased with the software and how quickly the students are grasping the technology. “Simio offers the capabilities of examining real world processes, such as the U.S. Air Force supply chain to the traffic flow of Lynchburg, or specifically Liberty University," he says. "It provides an analysis of growth rates over an X number of years and while offering an analysis of bottlenecks for potential conflicts. This helps in the allocation of resources where action would be needed at a future time. Since you can model into the future, Simio allows us to model the processes to find conflicts and to objectively forecast resources and budgets accordingly.”
(From press release.)