Mayor Sessoms Hails Modeling and Simulation Industry; World Conference and Expo Kicks Off Next Week

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

In advance of one of the country’s largest modeling and simulation conferences, Virginia Beach Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr. hailed the industry as one of the cornerstones of Hampton Roads’ economy.


With nearly 100 companies and military commands in Hampton Roads – including 20 in Virginia Beach – modeling and simulation is a major employer in the region. Scientists in southeast Virginia are at the forefront of one of the nation’s most exciting and innovative industries.


“Modeling and simulation is an economic development engine for Hampton Roads and the Commonwealth of Virginia,” the mayor said, declaring the week of Oct. 9 to 15 as Modeling and Simulation Week. “Critical sectors are increasingly reliant on modeling and simulation to support our military, emergency preparedness, energy, telecommunications, transportation and logistics, and health and medicine.”


Next week, the nation’s leading scientists and educators will discuss exciting new developments in modeling and simulation at the MODSIM World Conference & Expo, Oct. 11 to 14 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St. The conference is open to students, educators and the general public. It will feature tracks on defense, homeland security and first responders;  serious games and virtual worlds; health and medicine; human dimension and education.


For more information on the conference and expo, visit, call (757) 842-4825 or e-mail


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