InfraGard Presents Tim Walsh as Guest Speaker on September 19

September 6 | Posted by scheuchr | Chapter News


Mr. Tim Walsh, CEO at SimCenter Enterprises, will be the guest speaker at the InfraGard meeting on Wednesday, September 19th at 9:30 AM in auditorium at the Fountainhead College of Technology. Mr. Walsh will speak about the application of high performance computing to public safety. He will also demonstrate a tool used to simulate a Radiation Dispersal Device (RDD) detonation in Los Angeles.

Special Agent Brent Watkins will be on hand with his “intel” report.

SimCenter Enterprises is a non-profit organization representing collaboration between  the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), the SimCenter, and private enterprise. Their mission is to identify, develop, and promote practical and commercial applications of the technologies developed within the SimCenter and facilitate the advancement of business by harnessing applicable capabilities and technologies.

Modeling and simulation using high performance computing is a critical component at the core of manufacturing in the 21st Century. Advancements in computing power and efficient computational methodology now allow both small and large businesses to solve challenges and problems that were previously beyond reach.

Disaster preparedness and recovery is another area expected to blossom with life saving implications. Advising residents where to seek safety in the event of chemical spills or other possible disasters is a real possibility with smartphone alerts from the plume analysis taking into account the wind conditions and specifics of the hazard.

The SimCenter: National Center for Computational Engineering is a state-of-the-art facility located at UTC dedicated to solving complex problems using computational methodologies. A research project for the SimCenter that was commissioned by the Department of Defense after 9/11 was recently declassified. The Department of Defense used the SimCenter to simulate catastrophic events. More importantly though, the SimCenter research was vital in finding ways to quickly contain a public catastrophe, limiting casualties and losses and protecting first responders as best they could.

Directions to Fountainhead College can be found on the location page of the FCT website.

If you have any questions about the meeting or InfraGard membership, please contact Pat Payne ( or Richard Scheuch (

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