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Originally established in 2002,  the SimCenter has established a national reputation for excellence in solving real-world engineering problems in diverse fields such as hydrodynamics, aerodynamics, propulsion, heat transfer, electromagnetics, and computational design optimization.  The  SimCenter will leverage its expertise in these areas to expand and broaden its research and education programs to promising new areas important to U.S. technology leadership and including national issues such as sustainable energy, environment, healthcare and defense.

The value proposition for cross-disciplinary research, education and training with a significant focus on Modeling & Simulation and HPC in various scientific and engineering domains has grown stronger since the start of SimCenter. Modeling & Simulation and High Performance Computing are widely recognized as the third integral component of scientific and engineering research and development (R&D), in addition to the traditional interplay of theory and experiment. Over the past few years the ability to manage, analyze, visualize, and to derive knowledge from large amounts of diverse and heterogeneous data (Data Science and Technology) has become equally important to advance S&T and to address problems of national and global importance. For example, wellness management and health care delivery rely increasingly on very large amounts of patient data to provide better results more effectively; major challenges in energy science and technology involve the capture and analysis of vast amounts of data pertaining to production, transmission and end-use of energy; and understanding our changing environment, managing and avoiding adverse impacts, and planning adaptation strategies are made possible increasingly by deploying technologies that measure critically important datasets and enable analysis of these very large and heterogeneous sets of data. Similarly, advanced manufacturing technologies and systems rely on often real-time analysis of large data sets to ensure energy efficient and cost-effective production of consistently high-quality products.