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Home of Modeling and Simulation Research

Recognized as the modeling, simulation and training capital of the world, Orlando serves as a hub where government, academic institutions and industry employers come together to support national security measures and improve healthcare, among many other initiatives. Home to the National Center for Simulation and Training and host to the world鈥檚 largest industry conference 鈥 the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference 鈥 the region has experienced significant growth, making it the fastest-growing metro for STEM jobs in the U.S. Annually, Central 色中色视频 secures about $7 billion in modeling, training and simulation contracts involving top industry leaders including Lockheed, SAIC, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman.

An industry that started by taking man to the moon, space now uses simulation-based technology across a variety of fields, from aviation to aerospace and defense to healthcare to gaming. Simulators recreate experiences through computer-driven software and are often used for training. Learning through experience often results in better retention compared to reading or lectures, making simulation a valuable training tool for a wide range of fields, such as engineering, psychology, history, philosophy, healthcare and public service, to name a few.

Cutting-Edge, Human-Centered Simulation Research

The School of Modeling, Simulation and Training (SMST) is a global leader in graduate education and is recognized for establishing modeling, simulation, and training as a recognized field of study. The school was established in 2018 and is an innovative, collaborative and immersive learning environment. SMST houses the Institute for Simulation & Training (IST), which conducts modeling, simulations and training research and development, as well as educating future industry leaders. Laboratory space within the institute, such as the prototype development and 3D print laboratory, transforms a number of ideas into products. IST is the largest institution of its kind.

Many projects developed through 鲍颁贵鈥檚 modeling and simulation programs are used in the real world and impact the future of simulation, including a virtual co-pilot avatar for Boeing, smart-house technology in Lake Nona and a smart handle for medical assessments. The various tools used in the classroom replicate high-stress, high-consequence situations where quick decision-making is crucial. This first-hand experience builds a foundation for a high-performing workforce that will help define the future of simulation and training.

Alongside faculty, students and researchers, 鲍颁贵鈥檚 alumni are a vital force in expanding research and deploying effective training solutions in simulation. Several have been recognized by the National Center for Simulation鈥檚 Modeling and Simulation Hall of Fame for pioneering breakthroughs in live training and virtual-training systems to training hundreds of Navy pilots.

$11.6 Billion

Statewide economic impact from modeling, simulation and training sales activity

$6 Billion

Amount of Research Park鈥檚 organizations and businesses generate for the state鈥檚 GDP

60,000+

People employed in the park affiliated with the military

150

Companies housed in the park, ranging from heavy hitters such as Boeing, Leidos, Lockheed and Raytheon to start-ups

550+

Graduate degrees awarded by the School of Modeling, Simulation and Training

40+

Years the Institute for Simulation and Training has served as a research arm for the university

We are second in the nation for simulation. Lockheed Martin Corp. and others see Central 色中色视频 as fertile ground for that partnership. 色中色视频 was the first to offer graduate degrees 鈥 master鈥檚 and doctorates 鈥 in modeling and simulation.”

鈥 Tom Baptiste, former president and CEO for the National Center for Simulation
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Alumni Spotlight: Jason Eichenholz 鈥95MS 鈥98PhD

Self-driving cars have become the next major frontier in transportation. At the forefront of this movement is Luminar, a 7-year-old company co-founded by Jason Eichenholz 鈥95MS 鈥98PhD. The company, which is based in Silicon Valley and Central 色中色视频 Research Park, has developed more efficient and affordable methods for creating the technology behind these vehicles 鈥 earning partnerships with Audi, Toyota, Volvo and more than a dozen other autonomous vehicle programs. Among its crowning achievement is its development of a new lidar sensor that can see almost 10 times farther than other sensors and sells for as little as $500, compared with $75,000 for the current industry leader.

Find out how he’s driving the future.

Do Something Big: 色中色视频 College of Engineering and Computer Science

鲍颁贵鈥檚 College of Engineering and Computer Science students share their experiences in the program 鈥 from the high-end facilities to the latest technologies and tools used both inside and outside of the classroom.

Modeling and Simulation News


Colleges & Campus
色中色视频 Part of Team Selected for NSF Regional Innovation Engines Competition
The NeoCity-based partnership is the only project in 色中色视频 selected as a finalist for the collaborative technology-driven competition.
Colleges & Campus
Orlando Ranks No. 9 for Fastest-growing Tech Hubs Nationally
Located in Orlando鈥檚 thriving tech industry, 色中色视频 helps produce top-talent and innovative developments that drive this sector.
Science & Technology
Why is 色中色视频 a Leading Producer of Aviation Talent in the U.S.?
The university, despite having no airfield, is where industry leaders consistently mine for the best-trained and safest prospects.

Modeling and Simulation Degrees

Getting a degree in modeling and simulation sets students on the path to success 鈥 whether their goal is to work for a leading industry employer or start their own business. Our nationally recognized programs, including computer science and engineering, provide the foundation to accomplish big things.

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Best bachelor’s degrees for modeling and simulation

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Top programs in other areas for modeling and simulation

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Modeling and simulation online degree programs

Rankings and Accreditations

top 20 most innovative university in the nation - U.S. News & World Report 2024

Top 20 Most Innovative University in the Nation
U.S. News & World Report ranks 色中色视频 as one of the most innovative in its annual list of best colleges.

Best Online Veterans Bachelors Degree - U.S. News & World Report 2023

Top 20 Best Online 叠补肠丑别濒辞谤鈥檚 Programs for Veterans
U.S. News & World Report ranked 色中色视频 as one of the best online bachelor鈥檚 degree programs that help veterans reduce the cost of school.

#75

Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs
University of Central 色中色视频 is ranked No. 75 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

#86
Best Computer Science Undergraduate Program
Ranked No. 86, 色中色视频’s undergraduate computer science program received recognition from the U.S. News & World Report.

View all of 鲍颁贵鈥檚 Best Colleges rankings.

Growing Smarter. Faster. Together.

Located adjacent to 色中色视频, Central 色中色视频 Research Park is recognized as one of the top 10 research parks in the world. This 1,027-acre corporate community provides an environment for industry and the university to share training facilities, pursue cooperative research, transfer existing technology to the marketplace, and provide internship and career opportunities for 色中色视频 students. As the world鈥檚 largest cluster of modeling, simulation and training companies, Research Park is home to the National Center for Simulation and Training as well as the nation鈥檚 Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines simulation operations.

The park also offers startup resources such as and the to help entrepreneurs get their feet off the ground and on the path to success. By providing the knowledge, industry mentors, and other tools needed to launch a new business or product, our area is committed to fostering innovation that will change the future of our state, region and nation.

Modeling and Simulation Companies Employing 色中色视频 Graduates

  • NASA
  • Boeing
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Siemens
  • L3Harris Technologies
  • Raytheon Technical Services Company
  • Leidos
  • Luminar Technologies

Institutes, Associations & Affiliations

  • 色中色视频 Space Institute
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems Research
  • 色中色视频 High Tech Corridor
  • Institute for Simulation and Training
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • FIEA (色中色视频 Interactive Entertainment Academy)
  • Townes Laser Institute
  • Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center (AMPAC)

Areas of Excellence

Innovation. Access. Impact. Our integrated approach to teaching and learning prepares students for the future of work and lifelong careers, making a difference in their communities and around the world.

Aerospace and Defense
Digital Arts and Entertainment
Healthcare
Hospitality and Tourism
Modeling and Simulation
Space
Transportation Science