Education and training of students is an essential component of the Center for Large-scale Scientific Simulations. CLASS exists, in part, because of the need for graduates to be equipped with a broad range of skills required by today’s researchers in large-scale scientific simulations. This need is largely unmet. As a result, organizations that depend upon large-scale multiphysics simulations (particularly national laboratories) must go to considerable and costly lengths to educate their newly hired workers.
CLASS is taking a leadership role at Texas A&M University to address this skills gap by leading a multi-department effort to revise and add courses that can provide graduate students with the needed skill set. To support working professionals that have already graduated, the center is developing options for providing continuing education courses and exploring the possibility of creating or revising certificate programs, as appropriate, that can enhance the value of a graduate degree and continuing education.
The center encourages its investigators to include outstanding undergraduate students in their research projects. This introduces students to the world of computational research and may spark their interest in pursuing graduate education.