The Ralph Regula School of Computational Science

A national leader in computational science education, the Ralph Regula School of Computational Science features collaborations and programs that take advantage of Ohio’s geographically distributed centers of expertise to propel the entire state’s workforce to a new level of skill and productivity.

Featured as an academic program of the future in the August 2009 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education, the statewide virtual school has extended its undergraduate minor program to 13 campuses, and its associate of science concentration program has taken root at three community colleges. The Ralph Regula School is a collaborative program of the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), the Ohio Board of Regents and Ohio Learning Network.

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Through the Ralph Regula School of Computational Science, the Ohio Supercomputer Center and its partners offer a continuum of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational opportunities, from junior-high summer institutes to college-level programs to workforce certificates.

The computational science minor is a multiinstitutional, interdisciplinary undergraduate program that enables science and engineering majors to apply computational tools directly to their area of study. Participating institutions instruct students on modeling and simulation applications to solve real-world problems in a wide range of fields, including medicine, engineering, mathematics and physical sciences. An associate of science degree program began in Autumn 2009. Students learn about the role of modeling and simulation in science and basic approaches to modeling needed by advanced manufacturing and research firms.

The Ralph Regula School also provides workforce training and certification in computational science and supplies computational access for businesses that currently lack the expertise or capacity to leverage these applications to improve their global competitiveness.

“Both academia and industry require people with adequate
skills to apply computational science to challenging science
and engineering problems”
– Steve Gordon, Ph.D., director of the Ralph
Regula School of Computational Science

The first of several “stackable” certificates for manufacturing is offered at Sinclair Community College and Columbus State Community College, with an advanced certificate available in polymer manufacturing sponsored by The Ohio State University and the University of Akron. Working with PolymerOhio and Moldex3D, the polymer classes focus on the use of simulations in injection molding and structureproperty relations in polymer systems. The School also is working with the National Association of Manufacturers on a second advanced certificate program in metal stamping. In addition, OSC instructors provide training to faculty and student researchers through scientific computing workshops, one-on-one classes, and web-based portal training.

The Ralph Regula School coordinates several K-12 outreach programs, as well. Summer Institute provides high school students the opportunity to apply modeling and visualization to research problems, while the Young Women’s Summer Institute offers an environmental project-based STEM program to middle-school girls. OSC hosts student research interns from nearby Metro High School, a collaboration between Battelle, The Ohio State University and the Franklin County Education Council. And, finally, the Center serves as the OSU lead on the Ohio Board of Regents’ Choose Ohio First Scholarship program for the Ohio Bioinformatics Consortium, sponsoring 12 bioinformatics students this past year.