Travel Scholarship and Code Competition

Often, theoretical developments and final figures do not tell the entire story of the effort involved in executing a simulation based composites solution. This year, we are pleased to offer a chance for students to be recognized for codes they have developed for executing or assisting a composites simulation solution through a travel scholarship and competition. The codes will be made available publically on for the entire composites community to view and use.

We have up to 20 travel scholarships available that include free admission for ASC 2017 as well as up to $500 in travel expenses. Additionally, the submissions will be ranked with the top 6 receiving a cash prize (1 x 1st @ $1000, 2 x 2nd @ $750 each, 3 x 3rd @ $500 each) to be announced at the conference banquet.


  • Abstract submission by March 3, 2017.
  • Final submission by June 16, 2017 (extended to June 30, 2017).
  • Notification of travel award by July 16, 2017.


  • The travel scholarship and code competition is open to any student (except Purdue students).
  • To be eligible for a travel scholarship and cash prize, the student must attend ASC 2017.

Submission Details:

  • A valid submission is any code based resource for assisting or performing composites simulation. This could be anything from Python scripts used to convert meshes from one format to another, custom user materials such as UMATs for Abaqus, Matlab codes for visualization, model generation scripts, etc.
  • A submission must include a document describing the functionality of the submissions such as descriptions of use environment (e.g. Python script in Abaqus, Matlab script, etc..), necessary inputs, and expected outputs. The document must be detailed enough for an intelligent 3rd party who does not necessarily understand the details of the theory and the codes to setup, run, and test the code.
  • An example set of inputs as well as the expected outputs should be included.
  • Any relevant references should be cited. (theory reference, use reference, etc.)
  • The full submission package should be uploaded to cdmHUB as a public Resource or Tool. cdmHUB personnel can assist the upload of the resource or deploy the tool. The author(s) own the complete rights of the resource and grant the right of display to cdmHUB and right of use to cdmHUB users.

Abstract Requirements:

  • The abstract should describe the codes to be included in the submission including the environment the code is to be used in (Matlab, Python, Abaqus, ANSYS, etc.).
  • The abstract should highlight the usefulness of the code in a composites simulation.

Currently available tools on cdmHUB can be found at This travel scholarship and competition is open to both resources that can be used on cdmHUB (as a tool) or must be used in another environment (uploaded to cdmHUB as a downloadable Resource). However, submissions should try to not repeat already available content without significant reason (enhanced visualization of solution, more intuitive user input, significantly more efficient, etc.).

Please Click Here to submit your abstract. Please select Track Travel Scholarship & Code Competition. Please note that abstracts submitted to this track are only used for considering travel scholarship and code competition. If you want the same or modified abstract to be also considered for conference presentation, please submit to other relevant technical tracks instead.

Please contact Mr. Anthony Favaloro ( if you have any questions regarding the travel scholarship and code competition.