Sewickley, Pa. – Simio, a developer of 3D object-oriented simulation software, has awarded a $59,400 grant to The Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State. In 2010, U.S. News and World Report, ranked Penn State 15th on their list of “Top 50 Public National Universities” and the IME department was ranked in the top five of undergraduate engineering specialties.
Penn State is now one of over 140 universities worldwide to join Simio’s academic program, which offers Simio’s 3D 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 3D animation.
“The faculty at Penn State is committed to providing the best environment for their students to learn simulation,” said Dr. Dennis Pegden, Founder and CEO of Simio. “We are honored to provide them with the best software available to teach their students."
Penn State teaches Simio in two graduate level simulation courses offered by the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. Graduate students also use the software to conduct research in areas including manufacturing, supply chain modeling, and healthcare.
“Our graduate students appreciate Simio’s object-oriented approach and easy extensibility,” said Dr. D. J. Medeiros, Associate Professor. “I also will use Simio to introduce freshman engineers to simulation: the standard object library is easy to use and the animation is engaging. From a research perspective, Simio offers new opportunities for optimizing patient flow in healthcare systems using its intelligent objects.”
Students at the school will be able to model systems using intelligent objects and the software’s direct connection to Google’s 3D Warehouse – two features unique to Simio.
The intelligent objects are built by modelers and then may be reused in multiple modeling projects. These objects can be stored in libraries and easily shared. Simio’s connection to Google’s 3D Warehouse gives access to a free online library of thousands of graphic objects – providing students with the ability to solve real-world problems in visually-rich environments.
Simio LLC is a privately held company that is dedicated to delivering leading edge solutions for the design, emulation, and scheduling of complex systems.
Simio LLC was founded in 2005 by a highly experienced team. Founder and CEO of Simio LLC, C. Dennis Pegden, Ph.D., has over three decades experience in simulation and scheduling and has been widely recognized as an industry leader. He led in the development of SLAM (marketed by Pritsker and Associates) and then founded Systems Modeling Corporation. Dennis led the creation of the market-leading simulation products SIMAN® and Arena®, as well as, the finite capacity scheduling product Tempo. Now Simio is a market leading, 4th generation simulation product with patents for flexible object design and scheduling risk analysis. Simio object design eliminates text based coding for building models and planners can predict the risk in their detailed production schedules. Simio’s unified model works for both facility design and managing daily operations. To learn more, visit Simio.