(noun)  1. the application of science and mathematics by which the properties of matter and the sources of energy in nature are made useful to people 2. the systematic, iterative, creative design of objects, processes, and systems to meet human needs and wants



The SimCenter National Center for Computational Engineering and the UTC College of Engineering and Computer Science offer a joint outreach program designed to equip students and teachers in Chattanooga and the broader region with the knowledge and resources needed to excel in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.

Each highly customizable education program engages participants in the practices of engineering design, exposing students and teachers to the creative and collaborative work of real world engineering.  Interested parties are encouraged to contact the representatives listed below for more information about program content and scheduling.

Lindsey Frost

STEM Outreach Coordinator

SimCenter: National Center for Computational Engineering



Julie Sanders

Director of Workforce Development and STEM Initiatives
UTC College of Engineering and Computer Science



Engineering Design Tours

WHO: School groups, student clubs, summer camp groups, students participating in after-school activities, or any interested community members in Chattanooga or the broader region. Groups of up to 100 students can be accommodated. More advanced hands-on activities are available for groups with fewer than thirty participants. 

WHEN: Tour schedules change each semester. Trip coordinators are asked to schedule tours at least a month in advance. Tours last between two and three hours depending on the selected program. Most groups choose to conclude their visit to the UTC campus with lunch in the University Center (average lunch cost is approximately $10/student). 

WHERE: UTC Campus (Detailed campus maps and parking directions will be provided.)

Students are invited to tour UTC’s state-of-the-art engineering labs and the SimCenter’s nationally-renowned research facility to learn more about the fascinating process of engineering design. Students will have the opportunity to see engineers at work, to learn from UTC professors, and to meet UTC engineering students. Customized tours provide students with the opportunity to tackle a hands-on, real world engineering problem and to explore engineering as a possible career field. Multiple engineering fields are highlighted with particular emphasis on the exciting and growing field of computational engineering.

Tours are appropriate for any grade level and are specifically designed to address Common Core mathematics standards relating to modeling and A Framework for K-12 Science Education essential questions and practices for engineering design. 



CONTACT: Lindsey Frost


Classroom Visits

UTC staff members, professors, and students are available to visit your classroom or community group to discuss engineering, the engineering design process, and opportunities in STEM fields. Generally, these talks last about 30 minutes with additional time for Q&A.

Virtual classroom visits will soon be available via video conferencing! Check back soon for more information. 


CONTACT: Julie Sanders


Teacher Professional Development

Teacher professional development opportunities are offered on campus at UTC throughout the school year and during the summer.  Professional development workshops are always hands-on and model the best practices in engineering education.

Outreach staff members are eager to help teachers integrate engineering practices into their work in the classroom.  Teachers interested in collaborative lesson planning or unit design are strongly encouraged to contact Lindsey Frost.

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Research Opportunities for Students and Teachers

Summer internships are available for students, and research opportunities are offered for K-12 teachers throughout the year. Please contact Lindsey Frost for more information




Summer Camps and Workshops for Students

Stay tuned for more information about new opportunities coming in Summer 2013!





Online Euler Emulator with Adaptive Refinement

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NOTE 1: No flux limiters are employed (this allows students to use this as a tool in verifying their basic code).
Discussion of Flux Limiters and Results for Comparison

NOTE 2: Menus will automatically update to show only cases that ran completely through the adaptation cycles solely first or second order. The order of accuracy denotes the stencil used to determine gradients. First order accuracy denotes the use of only the nearest neighbors, while second order accuracy denotes the use of neighbors of the nearest neighbors in calculating the gradient. Also, first order accurate solutions will often lack the resolution of second order accurate solutions, but occasionally first order accurate solutions must be run and restarted at second order accuracy because the speed of the change in gradients can cause numerical instability in the initial iterations. Due to the massive numbers of cases, anything that needed to be run multiple times and hand generated (i.e., needed to be run first order for an unspecified number of iterations then second order to allow for massively changing gradients) was left out.

NOTE 3: Images were generated using Gnuplot, XMGrace, and Tecplot. You will need Adobe Acrobat to view the PDF files, which can be downloaded for free at Adobe's website.

Any questions, comments, or bug reports should be sent to Lindsey Frost, STEM Outreach Coordinator, UT SimCenter: National Center for Computational Engineering

Discussion of Euler Solver Methodology for Prospective Graduate Students
Tutorial for Students Regarding Use of the Euler Solver Emulator and Relations to Secondary Mathematics