What is the SimCenter?


The SimCenter: National Center for Computational Engineering is a center for integrated research and education whose primary goals are to establish next-generation technologies in computational modeling, simulation and design, to educate a new breed of interdisciplinary computational engineer who can solve a broad range of real-world engineering problems, and to provide consequent leadership and national impact in critical technology areas affecting defense, sustainable energy, environment, and health.


The National SimCenter employs the new model it has pioneered for integrated research and education in a university setting.  This model emphasizes interdisciplinary team research encompassing engineering analysis and design applications, scientific computing, and mathematics of computation. Its integrated MS and PhD programs in computational engineering offer a unique educational environment in which students can participate in interdisciplinary team research, with opportunities for significant student interaction with multiple researchers.


Why is the SimCenter involved in STEM education?


At the SimCenter, we use computers to create simulations of airplanes, submarines, boats, and even golf balls.  Though our use of high-speed computers is cutting edge, the engineering process our researchers employ is time tested: we identify a design problem, do research, build models, and present solutions that help our clients improve product designs and make production processes more efficient. 


As a player in Chattanooga’s ongoing renaissance as a technology hub, we are committed to STEM education outreach in our community not only because improved education in science, technology, engineering, and math grows the local pool of potential SimCenter students and engineers but also because we are convinced that engineering education is essential to the success of every student, regardless of academic interest or chosen career path.  In today’s demanding academic and professional environments, English majors, economists, artists, and computer nerds alike must be prepared to identify complex problems, select pertinent facts in an increasingly crowded information landscape, model possible outcomes, and concisely communicate effective solutions.  This process of problem solving in the 21st century is the SimCenter engineering process at work.