On Monday, the GigTank-ers stepped out of the CO.LAB offices to visit UTC’s SimCenter: National Center for Computational Engineering. The SimCenter, part of the US Ignite Partnership, focuses on integrated research to establish next-generation technologies in computational modeling, simulation and design.

Bill Brock, an associate computational engineer at SimCenter Enterprises, presented to the GigTank. SimCenter Enterprises is a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the SimCenter through commercialization of the center’s intellectual property.

Currently, SimCenter Enterprises is developing a disaster mitigation system that relies upon SimCenter research. The technology, utilizing the GENI network and the Gig, will provide visuals of real-time data, allowing first responders to make informed decisions immediately following a disaster.

“The GENI network goes between a lot of the universities with really strong computer science networks,” Brock explained. Money has been put into the network, but Brock said that applications truly utilizing the power of the Gig network haven’t been developed – until now.

Dr. D.L. Whitfield, director of the SimCenter and associate dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at UTC, also spoke to the entrepreneurs and students about the wide variety of research performed at the center.

“Over the years, our business has been in land, sea, air and space,” Whitfield said.

The center uses a combination of applied mathematics, advanced computing and engineering to provide innovative solutions – from flooding prevention in the Chattanooga valley to groundbreaking techniques employed by the US Navy.

Even if computational engineering isn’t their “thing,” Whitfield said that the GigTank entrepreneurs and students can be of service to the SimCenter as research efforts expand.

“We have to develop alternative ways of getting a revenue stream back to the SimCenter,” he said.  “Those kinds of things need ingenuity. That’s why I’m talking to you – that’s what you do.”