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SIMCenter Offers Online Certification Program

Program at Ohio State University focuses on finite element principles.

Program focuses on finite element principles.

The Simulation Innovation and Modeling Center at The Ohio State University is offering an online certification program. Image courtesy of OSU SIMC.


The Simulation Innovation and Modeling Center at The Ohio State University (SIMCenter) is offering an online certification program: Certification in Practice of Finite Element Principles. This program, designed for the practicing engineer, provides graduate course material with practical application to support engineers in adapting CAE techniques to their work.

The program is available completely online. Each course within the program is 10 weeks long, with each course containing six modules.

Those who take three courses in the program will receive an overriding certificate in the Practice of Finite Element Principles. However, the courses are designed to be flexible, and students can take any of the four courses that they are interested in while earning a certificate upon the completion of each course.

How it Works

To complete a course, students are assigned multiple choice quizzes reviewing the technical content of the module, a homework problem set evaluating their theoretical understanding of the content, and a project that is built upon week after week to apply the theory and knowledge to a practical application. The project is selected by the students so that each student is empowered to work on a topic that is relevant to their job.

“We saw that it was hard for engineers out in the workforce to acquire new skills and abilities while they’re also working. There is a real need to develop professional development programs that are designed for the working engineer,” says Emily Nutwell, research specialist and educational manager at SIMCenter.

With this certification program engineers can learn to come up with interesting solutions at low cost by testing in the virtual world instead of prototype testing. Using these virtual tools opens new and creative ways to solve problems and allows engineers to consider solutions that may have not been intuitive or clear tbefore.

“The biggest thing that I want people to get out of this program is to remind them that getting back to the more technical foundations will support them in their everyday jobs and their approach to solving problems. I think that often when engineers go out into the workforce, they don’t really make that connection between the things that they learned in school and the things they need to know,” says Nutwell. “If we can encourage engineers to look at the theory at an appropriate level and apply that to their problem solving it will support and accelerate their ability to solve problems and meet the challenges they’re facing.”

Course participants can use whatever software tools are available to them. If they don’t have access to the necessary tools, the SIMCenter has a partnership with the Ohio Supercomputer Center that can provide them with a virtual classroom space and resources.

The SIMCenter is an interdisciplinary research center for virtual simulation and modeling of product performance and manufacturing processes in the College of Engineering. The center researches and applies computer-aided engineering techniques to the design and manufacturing of advanced product and production concepts.

For more information about the individual courses and schedule visit this page

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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