Dr Paolo Zannetti from The EnviroComp Institute in the USA recently presented an online course over three half days to a group of participants from Chile, Slovenia and the USA on Computer Simulation in Today’s World. The course was enhanced by the inclusion of three guest speakers:
  • Prof Giorgio Guariso, Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy
  • Prof Giuseppe Gambolati, University of Padova, Italy
  • Dr Frank Freedman, EnviroComp Inc, USA


The objective of this course was to introduce the concepts of computer simulation by exploring its current use in different fields. Without addressing complex mathematical details, the course provided a good introduction and a general view of methods, applications, and job opportunities in this growing field.

This course was targeted to both young scientists, who are considering and evaluating different possible career fields, and managers, who want to achieve a better understanding of current trends and business opportunities.

Course Topics

The topics covered included:

  • History of Computer Simulation

  • Simulation vs Forecasting

  • Monte Carlo Methods

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics

  • Linear Algebra

  • Optimization

  • Artificial Intelligence


Dr Paolo ZannettiDr Zannetti has performed studies and scientific research in environmental sciences for four decades. His activities have covered pure research in the fields of atmospheric sciences and numerical modelling, written publications, seminars and courses, project management, environmental consulting, editorial productions, and expert testimony. His major field of investigation and competence is air pollution. He has written more than 300 publications, and 40+ books and book chapters, including the book “Air Pollution Modeling”, completed in 1990, which was the first comprehensive book in the field and is still today a widely used textbook.

He is often invited to present talks at conferences and seminars throughout the world. In particular, he has taught air pollution courses in Italy (University of Bari-Taranto), California (Berkeley Extension), Kuwait (Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, KISR, and Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences, KFAS), and at the Wessex Institute of Technology, WIT, where he is Professor of Environmental Sciences.

Dr Zannetti’s professional credentials have been certified with the title of Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP), given by the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice (IPEP). The QEP certification recognizes professional achievements for environmental professionals and their compliance with the highest of ethical and professional standards.

For further information and details of the next event please contact:

Jane Chantler
Wessex Institute
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