Find the answer to popular questions here. Think an important question is missing? Email SEE General Manager Stephen Paglialonga to submit a question for consideration.



How do I start a team?


Starting a team is easy! Visit our Start A Team page to learn more.


What is M&S?


You can learn more about M&S (Modeling & Simulation) by visiting our Knowledge Base.


Why have an event like SEE?


Modeling and simulation is a critical tool in both science and engineering. Unfortunately, programs that provide strong educational background in modeling and simulation are rare. SEE is an effort to promote better awareness and understanding of both the importance and complexity of modern modeling and simulation through hands-on mentoring and participation with modeling and simulation professionals.


What are the benefits to students participating in SEE?


Students not only learn important  technical skills in distributed simulation, programming, standards and interoperability but also have the opportunity, working as part of an international team, to build a meaningful professional network, reliable  information resources, credibility and visibility


What software is needed to participate in SEE?


HLA Toolbox and MATLAB are both provided to SEE participants for the duration of the SEE. HLA Toolbox is provided by industry sponsor ForwardSim Inc. MATLAB is provided by The Mathworks. RTI's and other tools by Mak/Pitch. You can find links to software providers in the Knowledge Base.


Does SEE cost anything to participants?


No, SEE is free for participants and software is provided free of charge for the duration of SEE projects. The only cost associated with SEE is travel to the SEE event location.


Why learn distributed simulation and collaborative teamwork?


There is a current and growing need for college graduates who can work with distributed simulation in a highly dispersed environment. Employers need this and SEE enhances student employability.


How does SEE support the faculty adviser and student team?

SEE provides, through the simulation community, content, systems, tools, tutoring and mentoring in an environment dedicated to fail-free learning and true collaboration. The student teams participate in tag-up meetings, testing and tutorials as well as the Technical forum. A new Executive Team Forum specifically supports the Faculty Advisor. 


How does SEE benefit participating faculty mentors?


SEE provides an engaging subject, flexibility to adapt to faculty goals—class, research, independent studies, inter department or inter-university project.  NASA offers content, systems and expertise.  Industry offers state-of-the-art, free software and mentoring. SEE provides a positive —if highly dispersed — fail-free environment that supports faculty-specific classroom and research goals.


Do we need a faculty advisor?


Yes! Visit the Team Requirements page to learn more.


How do teams communicate during SEE?


The SEE communication network includes e-mail, VSEE audio visual meetings, and a NASA Technical Forum.  The SEE 2016 General Manager, Stephen Paglialonga, oversees student team communications to ensure that teams receive information as needed, including notice of tag-up meetings, tutorials, lectures and testing.



What are some common acronyms used at SEE?


HLA – High Level Architecture


SISO – Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization


FOM – Federation Object Model


FeDEP – Federation Development and Execution Process


SIW – Simulation Interoperability Workshop


What is SEE?


Led by NASA, the Simulation Exploration Experience (SEE) joins students, industry, associations, and faculty in breaking down barriers to employability and building career confidence and capability. The experience creates collaborative college-level modeling and simulation learning as highly-dispersed inter-university teams design, develop, test and execute a simulated lunar mission. Visit our About SEE page to learn more!