Computers are becoming an increasingly cheaper, more powerful tool that cannot be ignored by professionals. Computer simulation reproduces the behavior of natural and man-made systems to help us understand, predict, and communicate. In this series kick-off, we will show you how computer simulation is used by LLNL scientists on the worldÂ’s fastest computers. We will also show you how you can get started doing your own computer simulations with free, open-source tools for class projects or just for fun.

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Dr. Vic Castillo

Vic Castillo is a research engineer at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and uses computer simulation as a powerful tool. Projects that he has worked on include simulation of turbulent fluids, hypersonic flows, neural networks, enterprise dynamics, and additive manufacturing (aka 3D printing). Vic does a lot of STEM outreach including mentoring robotics teams, teaching simulation courses, and developing educational materials. Recently, Vic was honored with the 2013 Community Service Award from Great Minds in STEM for his outreach work. Vic received his PhD in Engineering Applied Science in 1999 from the University of California at Davis. You can follow Vic on Twitter @STEMdev and at LinkedIn.

Rodger Johnson

Rodger Johnson studied physical science at Cal State Hayward (now East Bay) and has been teaching physics and chemistry in the area since 1992.