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08-029: Expert to Speak on Advancements in Simulation Research

HAMPTON, Va. -- Models and simulations will eventually be as "pervasive" as computers are today, according to Dr. Michael McGinnis, executive director of the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center at Old Dominion University.

The center has contributed to simulations and models in areas including human behavior, medical procedures and homeland security and defense.

McGinnis will discuss the recent advancements in modeling and simulation research and development in a colloquium lecture called "An Update on Strategic Initiatives in Modeling and Simulation in Hampton Roads, the Commonwealth of Virginia and Nationally." The lecture will be held on Tuesday, May 6, at 2 p.m. in the Reid Conference Center at NASA Langley. That evening, he will speak on the subject again for the general public at 7:30 p.m. at the Virginia Air & Space Center on Settlers Landing Road in Hampton.

Media interested in interviewing McGinnis at a news briefing at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday should contact Emily Outen at 864-7022 by noon for credentials and entry to NASA Langley.

McGinnis, a retired brigadier general, graduated from the United States Military Academy. He later became a professor of the academy and went on to become the head of the systems engineering department. McGinnis received his master's in applied mathematics and operations research from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a doctorate in systems and industrial engineering from the University of Arizona. He also received a master's in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College. With an international reputation in advanced computer simulation, McGinnis has received three national awards and has had over 40 peer-reviewed papers published in the fields of systems engineering and operations research.


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