There are two levels of computational science certificate programs. The basic certificate is aimed at those who have little experience with computer modeling and the underlying mathematics and computer programming needed. The advanced certificate focuses on deeper modeling expertise in particular industries or business sectors; this program is connected with follow-on software services and access to large-scale computer systems to carry out analyses. The first of the advanced certificate programs is designed for the polymer industry, and also will include some courses that are useful to a broad range of businesses.
Comp-U-Science Certificate Program
The basic certificate program consists of three courses:
• Introduction to Modeling and Simulation
• Computational Methods or Numerical Methods
• Programming and Algorithms
The courses are being offered as online distance courses through Columbus State Community College in collaboration with Sinclair Community College and the Ralph Regula School. Courses will be offered starting in November 2011.
Advanced Certificate (in Polymers)
The advanced certificate in polymers consists of a suite of courses from which three can be chosen to complete the certificate. We expect people will choose the mix of courses that most suits organizational needs or personal career goals. Shown below are the courses that are being scheduled starting in May 2011.
• Injection Molding
• Structure Model Relationships in Polymer Systems
• Introduction to Modeling and Simulation (same course as in basic certificate program)
• JobshopLean using PFAST (Production Flow Analysis and Simplification Toolkit)
We expect one or two additional courses may be available by the middle of Summer 2011. See the Polymer Portal for additional information.
How does the certificate program work?
Crucial workforce training in computational modeling and simulation is being developed through a $999,942 National Science Foundation grant awarded in March 2008. The grant, titled “Improving American Competitiveness through Workforce Education in Cyberinfrastructure Applications,” was awarded to:
Which other campuses are participating in the program?
The project’s lead organizations will partner with a consortium of Ohio colleges and universities that collaborated on an earlier NSF project to launch a virtual, undergraduate minor program in computational science through the Ohio Supercomputer Center’s Ralph Regula School of Computational Science. Yet another NSF project, involving three Ohio community and technical colleges and the Ralph Regula School, is currently expanding academic programs in computational science at the associate degree level.
The project team plans to expand participation in the computational science minor program and the related first-level certificates to additional institutions, particularly colleges or universities in Appalachian Ohio. The intent is to increase the reach of the programs into areas with low-income populations and to provide opportunities for students at those institutions to upgrade their skills.
In what other ways does the program address industry needs?
The grant also supplies Ohio’s businesses with advanced science and engineering Internet portals that will offer cyberinfrastructure resources – an integrated grid of computing, information, networking and sensor resources – that companies need to compete in the global marketplace.
The Council on Competitiveness is assisting OSC in creating a curriculum that addresses business community needs and regional economic potential. Through a grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), PolymerOhio, Inc., a networking group for the state’s plastics, rubber and advanced materials industry, has agreed to provide forums for the introduction of those tools and educational opportunities to key leaders of Ohio's 2,800 polymer firms.