ASME Symposium to Focus on Verification and Validation of Computational Modeling and Simulation

April 12, 2019


Each year, the ASME Verification and Validation (V&V) Symposium brings together engineers and scientists from the various disciplines that practice verification, validation, and uncertainty quantification (VVUQ) in their computational modeling and simulation. This year’s symposium will be held May 15-17 at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort in Las Vegas, Nev.

Now in its eighth year, the event will offer attendees the opportunity to interact and exchange ideas with leading experts involved in the verification of codes and solutions, simulation validation and the assessment of uncertainties in mathematical models, computational solutions, and experimental data. Participants will also have the chance to share and gain insights into innovative ways of enhancing technologies to improve modeling, simulation capabilities, and more. The 2019 V&V Symposium in Las Vegas will encompass 25 technical presentation and paper sessions, two Challenge Problem Workshops, as well as four plenary presentations on the use of VVUQ principles in a wide variety of industries.

On Wednesday May 15, Mark C. Anderson, director of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Office of Advanced Simulation and Computing and Institutional Research and Development Programs, will present the first of that morning’s two plenaries at 8:00 a.m. A second plenary session, from 9:00 a.m. to 10 a.m., will feature Valri Lightner, the acting director of Advanced Manufacturing Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the Department of Energy.

The following day from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., Bill Skamarock, senior scientist section head of Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Laboratory, Weather Modeling and Research at the National Center for Atmospheric Research/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, will deliver his plenary presentation, ”Numerical Weather Prediction: Are Weather Forecasts Improving?” In the next plenary session at 9:00 a.m., Martin Pilch, a consulting engineer with MPilchConsulting, will share insights based on his 37-year career specializing in establishing the credibility of computer simulations, verification, validation, uncertainty quantification and risk assessment for engineering applications spanning the full spectrum of engineering disciplines at Sandia National Laboratories and his own business.

Registration for the V&V Symposium is $675 for ASME members and authors and $775 for non-members through May 11. Student registration is $325 for ASME student members and $375 for non-member students until May 11. One-day registration is also available.

For more information on the ASME 2019 Verification and Validation (V&V) Symposium, including related events such as ASME V&V Committee meetings and Learning & Development programs on May 13-14, visit To learn more about ASME V&V activities and how to become involved, visit