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Modeling & Simulation Engineering (B.S.COM.E.-MSE)

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers a four-year undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Engineering with a Major in Modeling and Simulation Engineering. The Modeling and Simulation Engineering Major will prepare students as modeling and simulation engineers of engineering systems with analog and digital hardware components and software aspects at its technical core with the advantage to extend the knowledge to other applications in engineering and the sciences. Students will gain skills necessary to create a concept or a design and testing it in real-world conditions through graphical and mathematical models, virtual reality simulations, software development, and data analysis.

Modeling & Simulation Engineering (B.S.COM.E.-MSE)


Description


What is Modeling and Simulation Engineering at ODU like?

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers a four-year undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Engineering with a Major in Modeling and Simulation Engineering. The Modeling and Simulation Engineering Major will prepare students as modeling and simulation engineers of engineering systems with analog and digital hardware components and software aspects at its technical core with the advantage to extend the knowledge to other applications in engineering and the sciences. Students will gain skills necessary to create a concept or a design and testing it in real-world conditions through graphical and mathematical models, virtual reality simulations, software development, and data analysis.

Program Highlights


What makes Modeling and Simulation Engineering at ODU unique?

  • Old Dominion University is the first and only university in the nation to offer an undergraduate major in modeling and simulation engineering.

  • The ECE department has research laboratories focusing on Cybersecurity, Communications and Networking Innovation; Intelligent Transportation Systems; Medical Modeling and Simulation; Medical Imaging, Diagnosis, and Analysis; and Collaborative Autonomous Systems.

  • Advanced coursework in various topics include Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics Engineering, Gaming, and Medical Modeling and Simulation.

  • The major couples with a strong research program conducted jointly with ODU's Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC), located nearby in Suffolk. Researchers are working in cutting-edge areas such as unmanned aircraft systems, medical and health care modeling and simulation, high-performance computing, big data, Virtual & Augmented Reality, and transportation systems.

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Software Developers

$110,140

MEDIAN SALARY


Research, design, and develop computer and network software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions, applying principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis. Update software or enhance existing software capabilities. May work with computer hardware engineers to integrate hardware and software systems, and develop specifications and performance requirements. May maintain databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team.

Computer Systems Analysts

$99,020

MEDIAN SALARY


Analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to develop and implement solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or network concerns. Perform systems management and integration functions, improve existing computer systems, and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and schedule limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software.

Video Game Designers

$96,770 (Approx)

MEDIAN SALARY


Design core features of video games. Specify innovative game and role-play mechanics, story lines, and character biographies. Create and maintain design documentation. Guide and collaborate with production staff to produce games as designed.

Computer Systems Engineers/Architects

$96,740

MEDIAN SALARY


Design and develop solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or network concerns. Perform systems management and integration functions.

Employers


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

Google, Northrop Grumman, Newport News Shipbuilding - Huntington Ingalls Industries, Raytheon Technologies, MathWorks, Booz Allen Hamilton, NAVSEA Naval Surface Warfare Centers, Frontier Technologies and Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI).

Courses


What are some courses offered in Modeling and Simulation Engineering at ODU?

ECE 406:
Computer Graphics and Visualization


The course provides a practical treatment of computer graphics and visualization with emphasis on modeling and simulation applications. It covers digital image and signal processing basics such as sampling and discrete Fourier transform, computer graphics fundamentals, visualization principles, and software architecture for visualization in modeling and simulation. Written communication and information literacy skills are stressed in this course. |Cross listed with MSIM 441.) |Offered fall) Prerequisites: a grade of C or better in CS 250.

ECE 410:
Model Engineering


The goal of this course is to develop understanding of the various modeling paradigms appropriate for capturing system behavior and conducting digital computer simulation of many types of systems. The techniques and concepts discussed typically include UML, concept graphs, Bayesian nets, Markov models, Petri nets, system dynamics, Bond graphs, etc. Students will report on a particular technique and team to implement a chosen system model. |Cross-listed with MSIM 410.) |Offered spring) Prerequisites: MSIM 205. Pre- or corequisite: MSIM 320.

ECE 416:
Cyber Defense Fundamentals


This course focuses on cybersecurity theory, information protection and assurance, and computer systems and networks security. The objectives are to understand the basic security models and concepts, learn fundamental knowledge and tools for building, analyzing, and attacking modern security systems, and gain hands-on experience in cryptographic algorithms, security fundamental principles, and Internet security protocol and standards. (Offered fall) Prerequisites: permission of the instructor. Pre- or corequisite: ECE 355 or permission of the instructor.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Modeling and Simulation Engineering at ODU?

Students entering the Bachelor of Science program in Computer Engineering with a major in Modeling and Simulation Engineering (MSE) should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

  • The Office of Admissions evaluates and admits freshmen based on high school performance, references and SAT scores. All incoming freshman engineering students are admitted to the Engineering Fundamentals Division

  • The ECE Department will officially declare a student as a computer engineering student once the following requirements are met:

    • Completion of 30 credit hours applicable to your major
    • Grade of "C" or above in MATH 211 & MATH 212
    • Completion of Engineering Fundamental courses (Calculus I & II, Calculus-based Physics, Chemistry, and introductory engineering courses)
  • The ECE department works closely with local community colleges to develop transfer articulation agreements so that students who complete pre-engineering associate of science degrees can transfer seamlessly to the MSE major.

     

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 374

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,039

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Scholarships


The Department of Computational Modeling and Simulation Engineering offers its undergraduate students seven department-exclusive scholarships, including The Hope and Faith Garcia Modeling and Simulation Engineering Scholarship which was established to assist undergraduate students majoring in modeling, and simulation engineering (BSMSE) who hold a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.  Preference is given to members of the ODU Student Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). The recipient(s) must be enrolled at least half-time or enrolled in co-op education/intern position.

Other scholarships may be found here.

 

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Dr. Vishnu K. Lakdawala


Location:

217 KAUFMAN HALL, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-748-6744


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Lisa Moser


Location:

231 KAUFMAN HALL, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-4379


Undergraduate Admissions


Location:

1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-3255


Email:

admissions@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Transfer


I like this program and want to transfer. What are my next steps?

At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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