(Left to right) Dr. Amir Mirmiran, Dean, Dept. of Engineering; Dr. Stavros Georgakopoulos, Asst. Professor; Chuck Paglicco, ANSYS; Bob Helsby, ANSYS; Dr. Shekhar Bhansoli, Chairman, Dept. of ECE
Students in Florida International University’s (FIU) College of Engineering & Computing will be one step ahead of their future employment competition thanks to a new partnership with ANSYS that provides its robust electromagnetic simulation technology in the laboratory and classroom. By making commercial simulation technology available in an academic setting, FIU engineering students will become acquainted with sophisticated software that is widely deployed in the engineering universe, increasing their value as prospective employees. This partnership will also allow FIU faculty to conduct significant leading edge research in electrical engineering and gives ANSYS a seat on the department’s Industry Advisory Board.
Stavros Georgakopoulos, a professor in FIU’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been using ANSYS software for more than a decade. Not only does he teach it in the classroom, but also takes advantage of the tools for university research projects to develop compact and reconfigurable antennas.
“Exposing my students to ANSYS in the classroom is beneficial for them because they will acquire a specific skill set that is highly sought after in the marketplace,” said Georgakopoulos. “It’s also a tremendous help for my research because it enables me to quickly and accurately design complex electronic devices and achieve optimal performance,” he said. Continue reading
Courtesy Solar Team Eindhoven \ Bart van Overbeeke
Solar Team Eindhoven (Eindhoven University of Technology) placed first in the cruiser class at the world solar challenge held recently in Australia, which took place October 6-13, 2013. The World Solar Challenge is a solar-powered car race that covers 3,021 km through the Australian desert, from Darwin, in the North to Adelaide in Southern Australia. Forty teams from 23 countries participated in the world’s largest solar car event. The teams in the Cruiser Class are judged on a formula based on time, how many people were transported, energy levels and practicality. Continue reading
In 2002, the European Research Community on Flow, Turbulence & Combustion (ERCOFTAC) instituted the annual Osborne Reynolds Research Award for outstanding young researchers in the field of applied fluid dynamics in the UK. Osborne Reynolds was a prominent fluid dynamics innovator who investigated turbulence — and after whom the Reynolds number (Re) is named. This year’s Osborne Reynolds prize was awarded in July at an event held at the BP Institute, University of Cambridge.
Joseph Sherwood of University College London (currently at Imperial College London) won based on his outstanding PhD thesis entitled “A New Approach for Investigating Microhaemodynamics.” He conducted the work under the guidance of Dr. Stavroula Balabani from University College London.
Sherwood modeled the flow at the scale of small vessels, considering the blood to be a continuum with spatially varying viscosity. The viscosity was defined based on an empirical viscosity model combined with experimentally derived distributions of red blood cells and local shear rates calculated intrinsically in ANSYS CFX. Continue reading
Abstraction is a fundamental principle of engineering. It allows engineers to ignore the seemingly infinite number of details about reality that don’t impact the solution to a problem, and instead focus on the few details that do affect the problem. The simplified problem is (hopefully) easier to solve. But abstraction is not limited to the field of engineering. Most of us make useful abstractions each day.
Whether a professional sport or a chess match in the park, games provide us with a very useful abstraction of reality. We can worry only about how to hit a round ball with a round bat, or determine only how to deal with the Queen’s Gambit while we blissfully ignore the rest of reality (if only for a few minutes).
But games provide more benefit than just the occasional leisure time activity. Educators have found that games can be a useful vehicle for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. In the same way engineers have used abstractions for centuries to progress technology, educators have now begun to use an abstraction to educate the next generation of engineers. At ANSYS, we are proud to support games that promote STEM education, like BAJA SAE India and BEST Robotics. Continue reading
BAJA SAE India 2013 was held at NATRIP in Pithampur, Madhya Pradesh, India. Aside from being one of the co-sponsors of this great event, we also awarded the coveted CAE (computer-aided engineering) prize. Over 110 teams participated in this year’s competition and our staff reviewed the design reports of each of the teams and then shortlisted several of them based on design reports that showed the best use of CAE for structural and CFD analysis of a vehicle.
We had a great time participating as judges for the event and got to visit the pits and interview some of the teams about CAE simulation, design and implementation of the vehicle. Most of the teams did structural analysis of the roll cage and other important vehicle components. The reports and on-grounds implementation of the teams were outstanding. It made judging quite difficult as the performance of teams was very close (photo finish). Continue reading
What do iPhones and 3-D printers, drones and self-driving cars, cloud computing and composites airliners all have in common? They are all man made, made by minds and hands, made by those with expertise in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Referred to as STEM, it is the foundation for a U.S. education initiative. Yet we seem to learn daily about the coming shortage of engineers and scientists.
From corporate boardrooms and the halls of ivory towers to humble classrooms at high schools with a few dozen students, leaders in technology and education are looking for answers to the same question. How can we improve education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics?
National Robotics Week provided us with a unique opportunity to answer this question. Development of robots is a challenging field that combines many engineering disciplines. Most robotics endeavors require knowledge of at least electrical, mechanical and software engineering. When students are exposed to robotics, they gain invaluable broad-based experience in these and other STEM fields. Continue reading
Education and engineering are in the news lately: Here is just one recent example, an article from USA Today. The line that is particularly relevant to me is that only about a third of U.S. students “who started out as engineering majors in 2005 finished that way four years later.”
When I was a college freshman in the late 1960s, I declared my major as math. I loved algebra, geometry, chemistry and physics in high school, and the subject matter and solving its problems seemed to come naturally to me. But somewhere along the line, I missed a pre-calculus course, and the Calculus 1 class I took was absolutely Greek. I stuck it out through Calculus 2, and got Cs in both classes ― but only because every morning after class, I headed directly to the professor’s office, where he tried to explain it to me all over again. It wasn’t enough. In spring of that year, I changed my major to something I felt I could master. I began my post-collegiate career as a writer, full of enthusiasm and belief that I could solve the world’s big problems. Continue reading
The Formula 1 engineer is the royal class of automotive engineering. Even the smallest improvements in aerodynamics, engine performance, traction or durability can influence a team’s success or failure. Each of the F1 teams have a large number of highly qualified engineers working on each part of the car to improve its overall performance. Where do these engineers come from? Is there a given educational path a person should follow to get a chance to work for an F1 team? Next to a sound engineering education and the right motivation and will, probably not. But there are some initiatives that are helpful on the way to the automotive engineering summit. One of them is Formula SAE/Formula Student. Continue reading