Panel Session: Educational Needs for Simulation - A Government Perspective
Charles R. McLean
At the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the goal of the program in Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization is to accelerate the development of standards that are needed by manufacturing users and simulation software vendors. As such, our government perspective with respect to simulation education is not necessarily different than the views of industrial users and simulation system developers. I believe that the article by Matt Rohrer and Jerry Banks, Required Skills of a Simulation Analyst, presents a fairly comprehensive discussion of simulation education requirements. I think that there are some additional areas that might be added to enhance the skills of the simulation analyst. To the extent that the simulation analyst wears a software engineering hat among others, the analyst needs to develop stronger skills in that area. From my perspective, I feel that the three most important skills are in structure software development, information modeling, and problem representation.