Applied Flow Technology aids students, offers affordable educational software

[Kaitlynn Labit | The Banner]

As a global leader in the pipe flow modeling software market, Applied Flow Technology is extending its reach beyond world-class companies into college classes with a new software created with affordability, education and career preparation in mind.

Founded in September 1993, AFT’s simulation software for fluid transfer systems, AFT Fathom, has been used for 23 years by some of the largest companies worldwide, including Chrysler, NASA and University of Arkansas, all trying to implement safe and cost-efficient systems.

The company released AFT Fathom Student Sept. 28. It is a program designed as a platform to learn its parent software, AFT Fathom, and to educate students on the importance of energy use.

Trey Walters, president and founder of AFT, grew up in Riverside. While he is now in Colorado where AFT’s offices are located, he hopes to reach and make a difference in engineering programs across the nation. Part of making that difference includes offering the software at an affordable price of $10.

“The intent is to help students learn the concepts of pipe-flow simulation, double check work and improve student project efforts,” Walters said. “Further, we plan to use the student version as a platform to educate students on the issues of energy efficiency, protecting the environment and sustainable practices that impact society every day.”

Walters hopes AFT Fathom Student will benefit engineering students across the nation.

“The student version is available to students in all U.S. universities,” Walters said. “It is designed to help students learn and ultimately be a platform for AFT to educate students at CBU and across the nation on important issues of energy use.”

Chelsea Woodward, 2015 California Baptist University alumna and marketing assistant for AFT, handles the company’s social media, press releases, copy editing and design. Woodward said she hopes to see her company integrate with her alma mater.

“Ultimately, we want to familiarize engineering students with some of the technology used in the workforce that they will soon be entering,” Woodward said.

Steffano Oyanader, junior chemical engineering major, said he looks forward to working with AFT Fathom Student.

“Currently, the main programs used are COMSOL Multiphysics and Aspen HYSYS, yet when both of those programs were open-source now they cost a fortune, making them inaccessible for students,” Oyanader said. “We are really looking forward to start working with AFT Fathom 9 for the sake of the availability it provides to students. It allows students to be able to simulate industry-standard problems with such an ease.”

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