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School of Engineering receives $300,000 software grant

November 19, 2009 : University Advancement staff

Liberty University School of Engineering and Computational Sciences (SECS) was recently awarded a $300,000 grant from Simio to add new simulation software to its educational resources library.

The Simio Academic Edition software will teach students how to solve real world engineering and computational problems, allowing them to rapidly model almost any system without programming. The software has no model size limits and includes discrete and continuous modeling, object library development and 3D animation.

Scott Pleasants, manager of SECS Technology & Research Labs, said the software can incorporate objects from Google’s 3D Warehouse, which will “allow the students to create robust and dynamic simulation processes without sacrificing time.”

SECS was recharged in the fall of 2007 for the purpose of showcasing Liberty University’s academic curriculum related to the fields of Engineering, Computer Science, Information Systems, and Web Technology & Design.

SECS is temporarily located on the renovated third floor of the Arthur S. DeMoss Learning Center, but plans are under way to build a new $20 million facility. With these plans, a $113,000 research grant and now a software grant, SECS is sure to lead a prosperous future, helping fulfill the late Dr. Jerry Falwell’s vision to train and send engineers out into the world with a Christian worldview.

SECS offers undergraduate degrees in four engineering fields — electrical, industrial, software and computer engineering. Along with the electrical and software concentrations, students can earn an intelligence specialization minor. Rounding out the school’s offerings are three computational science programs –computer science, management information systems and Web design and technology.

For more information, visit the SECS webpage.