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The primary goal of the ASSESS Initiative is to facilitate a revolution of enablement that will vastly increase the availability and utility of Engineering Simulation, leading to significantly increased usage and greater business benefit from model-based Engineering Simulation technologies across the full spectrum of industries, applications and users. Engineering Simulation technologies include simulation, analysis, systems engineering, and simulation-driven design used in the engineering application domain.

The ASSESS initiative is organized around a key set of themes associated with expanding the usage and benefit of Engineering Simulation in the medium term. The ASSESS Congress provides an opportunity for participants to explore and progress these themes in depth. In addition to the ASSESS Congress, theme focused groups have been established to move the actionable themes forward between each annual ASSESS Congress by providing direction and guidance related to the mission, goals, activities, deliverables and collaborations for each ASSESS theme.

The theme topics are reviewed regularly and updated when needed. Once a theme topic has become well established, it is typically moved to a new or existing NAFEMS Working Group and replaced with a new theme. The current themes are:

Alignment of Commercial, Research and Government Efforts
Supporting Autonomy with Engineering Simulation
Business Challenges
Engineering Simulation Confidence & Governance
Democratization of Engineering Simulation
Generative Design
Integration of Systems and Detailed Sub-System Simulations
Engineering Simulation Digital Twin(s)

As part of the ASSESS Initiative, NAFEMS interacts and collaborates with multiple activities and organizations across the complete spectrum of Engineering Simulation for each theme including INCOSE, IEEE, CIMdata, Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, and others.