The Link Trainer, invented by Mr. Link in 1929, was the first successful flight simulator and truly a pioneer engineering effort that started a whole new field of endeavor. Simulation is on the brink of further major developments in many new fields where operators use complex systems.
The Advanced Simulation & Training Program was put in place by the foundation in 1990 and the first awards made in 1991. Grants of $26,000 are awarded by a selection committee to qualifying doctoral students. Through 2012-13 the Foundation has made 90 awards. The Foundation intends to continue the program as the simulation and training field develops.
To foster advanced level study in simulation and training research; to enhance and expand the theoretical and practical knowledge of how to train the operators and users of complex systems and how to simulate the real-world environments in which they function; and to disseminate the results of that research through lectures, seminars, and publications.
The doctoral student fellowships are awarded by a national competition in the following programs:
Energy Fellowship Program administered by the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College
Advanced Simulation and Training Fellowship Program administered by the College of Aeronatuics at Florida Institute of Technology
Ocean Engineering and Instrumentation Fellowship Program administered by Florida Atlantic University