PANEL: Developers Talk about How They Won a Dept of Ed Grant
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Chris Whitmer is the Co-founder & CTO of Parametric Studio Inc. In the past 10 years, he has been responsible for leading R&D efforts, spearheading model-based engineering design tools, game-based engineering, and software for applications in industry, academia, government (NASA, DoD, Dept of Ed, and NSF) and for K-12 education. Dr. Whitmer holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering (Kansas State University), and MS and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University. He has technical expertise in such areas as the development of computational design tools; vibration and acoustics analysis, control, and mitigation; early-stage multi-disciplinary design and optimization; early-stage modeling and simulation of hypersonic systems; modeling and analysis of nonlinear aeroelastic behavior in civil and aerospace structures; and engineering focused STEM education. A common theme in Dr. Whitmer’s work is to help engineers by creating software tools to facilitate better early-stage design, analysis, and simulation. More recently as a co-founder and CTO of Parametric Studio, he applied the same strategies and approaches to improve K-12 STEM and engineering education. Solutions at the intersection of model-based engineering, game-based simulation, project-based learning, and advanced manufacturing have great potential to revolutionize the way K-12 students learn math and science. He co-founded Parametric Studio Inc., with a goal to develop game-based and engineering design-infused STEM software, projects, and curricula for K-12 and post-secondary learners. Parametric Studio’s mission is to leverage the power of gaming, engineering design, and project-based learning to catalyze STEM education and encourage the next generation of scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and leaders.