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Gov. McDonnell Will Give Keynote Address at VMASC Conference Sept. 26

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will be at Old Dominion University's Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC) on Wednesday, Sept. 26, for a national symposium on modeling and simulation.

McDonnell will give the keynote address at the National Modeling and Simulation Coalition business meeting, one of a series of events being hosted at VMASC next week that spotlight ODU's emergence as an M&S research hub.

"Hampton Roads has really become a national hub of modeling and simulation, with multidisciplinary investments in research, training and economic growth," said VMASC executive director John Sokolowski. "Gov. McDonnell's appearance at VMASC is proof of that, and demonstrates the state's commitment to this growing technology."

The meeting is being held as part of the Modeling and Simulation Multi-Con, a three-day series of events Sept. 25-27 at VMASC that encompass the current significance and future promise that modeling, simulation and virtual reality hold for the nation and its citizens.

The event on Sept. 25 is called MODSIM WORLD, an in-depth examination of the scope of the modeling and simulation industry, notably non-defense industries such as transportation and logistics, health care and medical training, and education and workforce development, fields now beginning to deploy modeling and simulation applications to provide a range of solutions.

Among the speakers at MODSIM will be David Way from the NASA Langley Research Center, who will discuss the integral role played by modeling and simulation in designing and carrying out the entry, descent and landing of the Mars Science Lab spacecraft.

A panel discussion about M&S in transportation and logistics will feature ODU's Asad Khattak, Batten Endowed Chair of transportation engineering, and Mecit Cetin, associate professor of civil engineering, both from the Batten College of Engineering and Technology.

The Sept. 26 annual meeting of the National Modeling and Simulation Coalition - formed in 2010 to bring together stakeholders using modeling and simulation in a range of different fields, to drive the growth of M&S in many areas - will feature industry and academic experts from across the United States.

The final day of Multi-Con, Sept. 27, will consist of a technology review and open house sponsored by VMASC. The Suffolk-based ODU research center will open its doors to the community to build relationships and foster increased awareness of the wealth of M&S research and development taking place in Hampton Roads. VMASC researchers will demonstrate M&S applications in health care, defense and cyber security, and economic development planning from 10:30-4 p.m.

"There is an abundance of collaborative, cutting-edge M&S research being done in Hampton Roads. We are excited for the opportunity to demonstrate some of our research projects," Sokolowski said.

All three days of the Modeling and Simulation Multi-Con will be hosted at VMASC's headquarters, located at 1030 University Blvd. in Suffolk.

For complete Multi-Con details, including all agendas and registration specifics, visit http://www.trainingsystems.org/events.