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Tuesday, November 17, 2009 Simio Awards $300,000 Grant to Engineering

Lynchburg, VA, 17 November, 2009 – Simio, an industry leader in simulation software, has awarded a $300,000 grant to the School of Engineering & Computational Science at Liberty University. Liberty University is the largest private educational institution university in Virginia with a total annual enrollment of over 40,000 students and academic offerings of more than 60 accredited programs of study.

“The faculty at Liberty 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."

The grant is in the form of the Simio Software Academic Edition allowing the Lynchburg, Va.-based Engineering program to learn and create simulations using Simio’s innovative software, which allows users to users to rapidly model almost any system without require programming.

Faculty will use Simio to teach students the core competencies of Engineering and Systems Design.

 “Our Engineering faculty came with a request for simulation software.  After looking at the various options, we decided to look at Simio”, said Scott Pleasants, Manager of LUSECS Technology & Research Labs. “The interface and feature set contains everything a modern software package should offer.  The interface is simple which allows our students to begin their work immediately.  Simio’s ability to incorporate objects from Google’s 3D warehouse allows students to create robust and dynamic simulation processes without sacrificing time.”

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 School of Engineering & Computational Science at Liberty University is counting using Simio to teach the students how to solve real world problems in visually-rich environments by using the software’s connection to Google’s 3D Warehouse, an online library with thousands of free models.

Robert Rich, Profess of Industrial Engineering at Liberty has been pleased with the software and how quickly the students grasping the technology. “Simio offers the capabilities of examining real world processes such as the U.S. Air Force supply chain to the traffic flow of Lynchburg, VA, or specifically Liberty University.  It provides an analysis of growth rates over an x number of years and while offering an analysis of bottlenecks for potential conflicts.  This helps in the allocation of resources where action would be needed at a future time.  Since you can model into the future, Simio allows us to model the processes to find conflicts and to objectively forecast resources and budgets accordingly.”

About Liberty University

Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, is the worlds largest Christian university with over 11,000 students attending residentially and over 35,000 students attending Online with a campus that stretches more than 5,000 acres and over 2.9 million square feet of facilities.


Simio LLC
is a private company headquartered in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and is dedicated to delivering leading edge solutions for the design, emulation, and scheduling of complex systems.

For more information, please contact Scott Pleasants at the School of Engineering and Computational Sciences at 434-592-7150.

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