September 6, 2023
Integrating simulation in undergraduate engineering courses is becoming an easier feat through Ansys’ latest initiative to deepen its support of new and strategic ways to teach with simulation. As part of its ongoing mission to equip students with in-demand simulation skills and thrive in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)-related careers, Ansys is inviting educators from accredited academic institutions around the world to submit proposals through its Funded Curriculum Program. Proposals must either reshape existing undergraduate engineering curricula or develop new curricula using Ansys’ simulation tools in creative ways. Selected projects will receive a grant and relevant technical review.
The current submission period is accepting applications through April 12, with preference given to proposals that incorporate Ansys tools into an electronics/electrical engineering or sustainability-focused course.
However, any proposal that integrates Ansys simulation into an undergraduate course in a forward-thinking way will be considered. Award recipients for this round of proposals can receive up to $5,000 for an individual course or up to $25,000 for a department-wide proposal impacting many courses across the university’s engineering programs.
Earlier this year, Ansys announced that it would contribute up to $250,000 toward funded curriculum proposals in 2023 with two open calls awarding up to $125,000 each.
Each proposal should include a description of course content, how Ansys tools will be used, and why the course is important, including any fundamental teaching issues it addresses. Further, courses should integrate Ansys technologies with proven teaching and assessment methods, such as active learning techniques and project-based learning.
The inaugural open call launched in March, with priority given to proposals that integrated Ansys simulation into multiple courses within a department, including at least one first- or second-year course. In total, 13 universities received funding spanning several countries.
The current submission period is open through April 12 and Ansys will announce awardees and notify recipients no later than May 17. Additional open calls are being developed for 2025.
Ansys’ invitation for funded curriculum proposals is open to educators worldwide. Ansys is dedicated to enabling engineering education globally and equipping tomorrow’s engineers with industry-ready simulation skills. The Ansys Academic Program, which provides universities with affordable simulation software and supplies students with free resources for self-learning, reaches more than 3,100 universities across 86 countries.
Similarly, the latest initiative for funded curriculum proposals has garnered attention across continents.
“Through these open calls, we are able to engage thought leaders and forward-thinking academics who are dedicated to making their students industry ready,” says Bridget Ogwezi, Eng.D, a senior education development manager at Ansys. “We are working with universities in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, and North America.”
The University of New Castle (UON) in Australia was an award recipient earlier this year.
“The winning of the Ansys funding for curriculum development has been a significant factor in revitalizing our programs use of contemporary tools in a holistic way,” says Bill McBride, Ph.D., an engineering professor at UON. “Rather than bidding for course-by-course, year-by-year funding and implementing progressive change, the Ansys grant has enabled us to transform numerous courses under the same funding, which has allowed for a deeper and more connected set of program changes.”
McBride provides the major component of computer aided engineering (CAE) education within the mechanical engineering degree program at UON.
“The Ansys team has been of great assistance in granting us access to their pool of both human and technical resources,” he adds. “Significantly, Ansys integration will enable us to explore complex engineering phenomena gaining graphical representations of situations that are far beyond traditional evaluation methods. This enables student to explore deep fundamental and complex engineering problems and be aware that these problems do have solutions.”
Academic simulation integration enhances the student learning experience with hands-on projects, positively impacts student retention rates, and provides students with sought-after skill sets that increase job prospects after graduation.
“Simulation and computer-aided design (CAD) tools are critical components of engineering — not specialized tool sets, but required, standard tool sets,” Prith Banerjee, chief technology officer at Ansys and executive sponsor of the Ansys Academic Program, said in a press release. “Ansys is dedicated to preparing the next generation of engineers for this digital transformation with educational opportunities and resources that provide students with firsthand simulation experience.”
For more information, eligibility criteria, and key dates, visit Ansys Funded Curriculum.