Bringing Systems Engineering to Universities

systems engineering academic blogWith the increase of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones) in the skies, the rapid rise of robotics, and the development of embedded technologies and autonomous smart systems for the Internet of Things, small teams of engineers face bigger and bigger challenges. While it was once enough to be an expert in a single type of physics, these complex, interacting systems require modern engineers to have more knowledge of multiphysics, model-based systems engineering and embedded software than their predecessors.

Similarly, the single physics solution tools that were sufficient before must now interact with each other, exchanging data and updating models simultaneously as a simulation proceeds. To accomplish this, the single physics solutions are being merged into multiphysics platforms that allow them to be set up and run in a seamless environment. Such environments or platforms can make it easier for engineers to approach multiphysics challenges.

I believe young engineers, students and researchers will be most affected by these changes, and that they must maintain a position at the leading edge of these technologies. Through research projects, cooperation with industrial partners, and advanced teaching duties, they will tackle all the issues and questions of multiphysics up front. In turn, they will prepare the next generation of engineers who will design tomorrow’s even more complex systems.

Industrial partners must also play a key role in this ongoing education process. They can provide the means to prepare the new generation for the coming challenges. That is why ANSYS has launched a revised version of the Academic Program for this academic year. I believe that it is our role to support researchers, teachers and students in making the most of simulations technology to put their great ideas into action.

The program not only grants access to the ANSYS SCADE products, it also delivers expertise and industrial awareness through a comprehensive curriculum of constantly evolving material. As part of this initiative, videos to help beginners get started and advanced users to optimize their use of ANSYS solutions are now available on YouTube.

Because the world’s biggest challenges are in their hands, we at ANSYS want to partner with academia to ensure they have the best tools and educational resources to meet the future’s toughest problems.

I hope you will join us in this venture. Please visit the ANSYS SCADE Academic Program webpage to learn more about this exciting opportunity! You can also hear from one of our partners on how they are using ANSYS SCADE.  Check out the on-demand webinar The SCADE Academic Program: Exploring the Benefits with The Technical University of Braunschweig as they develop a rail application.

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About Chloe Dasse

Chloe Dasse is the E-Training Manager and the Academic Program Manager of the System Business Unit of ANSYS.
She focuses on the SCADE® products family – SCADE Suite®, SCADE Display®, SCADE System® and SCADE LifeCycle® – and on the ANSYS Simplorer® product. She implements the e-learning strategy for ANSYS embedded systems customers and partners.
Chloe also creates synergies between ANSYS customers’ training and the SCADE Academic Program. She is in permanent contact with worldwide academic entities to foster the community around the embedded systems products of ANSYS.