Engineering Simulation and Animation Laboratory at Cogswell

ESALimageCogswell, through its Engineering Simulation and Animation Laboratory (ESAL) under the direction of Dr. Hadi Aggoune, is involved in two types of projects with the Boeing Company. One is to develop animation scenarios that visualize the employment of new technologies in several areas of aircraft operations and the other is to develop virtual environments using game engines for real time simulation of unmanned vehicles.

Check out the new videos in the project section.

In 2004 the College created the ESAL to work on projects for Boeing and has plans to provide similar services for other companies in the future. Students submit a formal application and go through an interview process in order to be hired on at ESAL and to work on the projects. The goal is to provide real-world experience by requiring that the product be delivered on-time, within budget and to the customer’s satisfaction.

Participants in the program use skills and concepts acquired in the classroom while engaging in problem solving to tackle issues that arise during the project. Students who are selected, work under the supervision of faculty and attend regularly scheduled meetings with Boeing Project Managers. Team members are expected to discuss issues and find solutions to problems encountered during the task, meet the deadlines and project specifications set by Boeing and provide routine status reports on their work.

To date projects have focused on demonstrating applications of Boeing’s swarm technology. ESAL’s team from its Kirkland Washington and Sunnyvale California facilities have generated scenarios that include swarms examining transmission lines and dams, inspecting the interior and exterior of aircraft and in utilizing fire fighting applications.

Work done through ESAL is held to the same high standards that other contractors for Boeing must meet. Cogswell is pleased to have been recognized by Boeing as one of its 2008 Silver Performance Excellence Award recipients.

-Bonnie Phelps, Dean of Institutional Advancement

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