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Simio grant boosts advanced simulation projects in engineering

By T.C. Sprencel
University News Service
March 25, 2010

Simio LLC has awarded the Ingram School of Engineering at Texas State University-San Marcos a grant in support of simulation teaching and research for both students and faculty.

The software will be used in engineering courses and in the Center for High Performance Systems, where students and faculty conduct research on factory logistics, manufacturing systems design, and intelligent transportation systems.

“The faculty at Texas State is committed to providing the best environment for their students to learn simulation,” said Simio founder Dennis Pegden. “We are honored to provide them with the best software available to teach their students."

Texas State is one of more than 100 universities worldwide to join Simio’s academic program, which offers 3-D modeling software to schools at no charge. Simio Academic Edition is fully capable software with no model size limits and includes discrete and continuous modeling, object library development, and 3-D animation. The grant from the Pittsburgh, Penn., based company totals $99,000.

Students will be able to model systems using intelligent objects and the software’s direct connection to Google’s 3-D Warehouse. These applications, unique to Simio, allow modelers to build objects and reuse them in projects, providing students with the ability to “solve real-world problems in visually rich environments.”

For more information, please contact Jesus Jimenez in the Ingram School of Engineering at (512) 245-1826, or via email at Jesus.Jimenez@txstate.edu.