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AHPCRC Bulletin: Winter/Spring 1995 - Volume 5 Number 1-2

A Grateful Nation Remembers 1945-1995

Paul Muzio (AHPCRC-MSCI)

Figure 1. Dr. Richard Chait, Director of Army Research, Dr. Tayfun Tezduyar, AHPCRC Director, Dr. Frank Kulacki, and Admiral Owens, Vice Chairman, DoD Joint Chiefs of Staff
The University of Minnesota's Institute of Technology (IT) commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the end of World War II at its annual IT Alumni Week Reunion Banquet on May 5, 1995. The Banquet theme was RA Grateful Nation Remembers 1945-1995: 50 Years of ProgressS and honored the contributions of IT faculty and students in the War effort. The keynote speaker for the event was Admiral William A. Owens, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. During World War II, The University of Minnesota campus housed the V-12 Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program, the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps, the Army Specialized Training Program and other military programs. More than 1,500 students were in the Navy program and several hundred individuals participated in the Army programs. Two alumni Naval officers were killed at Pearl Harbor and a total of 568 University alumni or students were killed during the War.

Admiral Owens' keynote speech focused on three major topics affecting defense strategy and priorities: The End of the Cold War; Budgetary Constraints; and, The Revolution in Technology. Admiral Owens indicated that each of the three factors will have a significant impact on the way future wars may be fought and on the requirements for future war fighting tools. The end of the Cold War and the demise of the Soviet Union basically eliminates the possibility of a future large scale, multi-front war against a single, technologically sophisticated adversary. Future wars are more likely to have limited battlefields, on the order of 200 by 200 miles. Potential adversaries will have access to sophisticated weapons including limited numbers of strategic missiles and nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. The military advantage will lie not necessarily with those nations with the strongest economy or technological leadership, but rather with those who are able to most effectively adapt and quickly meld military doctrine, information technology and weapons technology to dynamically changing battlefield conditions.

Figure 2. Chris Waters (right), undergraduate student in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, demonstrating the visualization tools available at the AHPCRC to Admiral Owens.
Admiral Owens visited the AHPCRC on May 6. He was welcomed to the Center on behalf of the Army by Dr. Richard Chait, Director of Research and Laboratory Management, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Research, Development and Acquisition) and on behalf of the University by AHPCRC Director Tayfun Tezduyar. The Admiral was briefed on the research activities of the Center, in particular, the results of collaborative projects with the Army on the use of high performance computing in parafoil modeling, regenerative liquid propellant gun design, resin transfer molding, finite element modeling of fluid flow in spillways, and distributed interactive simulation. The Admiral also toured the AHPCRC and the Minnesota Supercomputer Center facilities. Major General Eugene Andreotti, Adjutant General, Minnesota National Guard and Harold Breaux, Walter Sturek and Charles Nietubicz, Army Research Laboratory, also participated in the tour.