Representatives of The MathWorks Inc., developer of mathematical computing software MATLAB and Simulink, will travel to Virginia Tech Sept. 2 to kick off its initiative with Virginia Tech's College of Engineering.

A ceremony will start at noon in Room 310 of the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science Building on Stanger Street. The ceremony will come after the group tours the Virginia Tech Joseph F. Ware Jr., Advanced Engineering Laboratory. MathWorks is providing the lab with software for technical computing and model-based design.

The Ware Lab houses content for approximately 13 engineering-based design competitions, such as EcoCAR, for undergraduate students. Access to MATLAB and Simulink in the Ware Lab will afford students the opportunity to gain expertise using industry-standard software tools in preparation for entering the workforce.

Glenda Scales, associate dean of international programs and information technology, led Virginia Tech’s efforts to secure the partnership with The MathWorks. She described the partnership as “an extraordinary asset for our engineering and science students. The MathWorks cutting edge tools will prepare our students well for their future careers.”

The MathWorks Vice President of Marketing Richard Rovner and Dan Lluch, a member of The MathWorks educational marketing team, will be present at the event. They will participate in a tour of the campus, the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, and participate in an engineering education roundtable discussion.

The MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software. MATLAB, the language of technical computing, is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation. Simulink is a graphical environment for simulation and Model-Based Design of multidomain dynamic and embedded systems. Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on these product families to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development in automotive, aerospace, electronics, financial services, biotech-pharmaceutical, and other industries. MathWorks products are also fundamental teaching and research tools in the world’s universities and learning institutions. Founded in 1984, The MathWorks employs more than 2100 people in 15 countries, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, USA.

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