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Swanson Laboratory for Advanced Simulation

The Swanson Lab is a computer lab to support the goal of integrating computer-based simulations into the MAE curriculum.

The Swanson Lab offers 16 workstations and 2 servers for performing engineering simulations and design using commercial software. The lab provides students with access to an extensive suite of software including ANSYS, Autodesk Inventor, CES, COMSOL, MATLAB and SOLIDWORKS.

The Swanson lab is managed by the Swanson Engineering Simulation Program which was established through a generous gift from Dr. John Swanson, the founder of ANSYS Inc. and an alumnus of the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. The Swanson program, led by Rajesh Bhaskaran, has facilitated the integration of commercial finite-element analysis (FEA) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tools into over a dozen mechanical and aerospace engineering courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Instruction in these tools is geared towards teaching students how to use these them intelligently and how to understand and interpret the results. It helps students improve their computing skills while also strengthening their grasp of the fundamentals.

Online tutorials developed for incorporating ANSYS® FEA and CFD tools into Cornell courses are available for free at simcafe.org.  Dr. Bhaskaran launched a massive open online course (MOOC) entitled "A Hands-on Introduction to Engineering Simulations” at edx.org in June 2016. Fundamental concepts and tool used are taught in an integrated fashion using the power of online learning. This course is of interest to a broad audience from high school students interested in engineering to practicing engineers. It is also of interest to instructors who are interested in using simulation tools in their courses.

The Swanson Lab for Advanced Simulation is located in 240 Upson Hall.