FREE Cornell University Course Teaching Engineering Simulations

Do you or someone you know want to learn how to simulate exciting engineering applications using ANSYS and pick up a practical skill sought by employers? Starting next week, February 15th, Cornell University is offering a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that teaches the hands-on use of ANSYS. This FREE online course entitled “A hands-on introduction to engineering simulations” is self-paced, enabling participants to go through the lecture videos and complete homework problems on their own schedule. Interested people can sign up now.

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Recent technological developments have significantly lowered the barriers to entry in FEA and CFD, leading to excitement about the “democratization of simulation”. Employers are looking for engineers who have FEA and CFD skills in their repertoire and students are eager to pick up these skills. However, faculty have found it difficult to integrate industry-standard simulations tools into core engineering curricula for a variety of reasons including lack of teaching materials that connect simulations with existing textbook content.

Cornell University SimCafeThe SimCafe wiki at is being developed at Cornell University as an e-learning resource to integrate industry-standard simulation tools into courses and to provide a resource for supplementary learning. Professors and students around the world use  for free to teach and to learn simulations. SimCafe learning modules on FEA and CFD cover a broad spectrum of subjects: solid mechanics, fluid dynamics and heat transfer. Short embedded YouTube videos demonstrate the software steps. Continue reading

Educating the Next Generation of Engineers

This is an exciting time at universities and colleges around the world. Innovations in education make it easier, more accessible and more fun for students to learn — and for professors to educate the next generation of engineers. The rapid pace of interdisciplinary, collaborative academic research is directly (and indirectly, through relationships with industry) reshaping our daily lives in ways we could not have imagined a decade ago. More students participate in the challenge of gaining engineering knowledge today than ever before. In the classroom, in the lab or during student competitions, computer-aided simulation is a vital tool in engineering education. Our latest issue of ANSYS Advantage magazine features how the academic world uses engineering simulation. Continue reading

It’s Women’s History Month – Honoring Famous Female Engineers

Acknowledging the achievements of women across all walks of life – engineering, science, literature, art, sports, medicine, education – can have a big impact on girls and young women who are just beginning to make their way in this world.  In March, we celebrate those achievements through “Women’s History Month.”

Image of Kate GleasonWhile researching women in engineering, I came across the story of Kate Gleason. Kate was the first female member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Concrete Institute. Born in 1865 in Rochester, New York, she didn’t have any thorough engineering training. Kate attended Cornell University as a “special student” in 1884 to study mechanical arts while pursuing part-time studies at the Sibley College of Engraving and the Mechanics Institute. She started her career working in her father’s machine-tool factory, and by 1893 they had designed and perfected a machine that produced beveled gears quickly and at low cost. She was instrumental in helping the factory become a leading U.S. producer of gear-cutting machines in the early 1900s. Continue reading