Sweet Water native earns master degree at UAH

Published 2:51 pm Monday, December 31, 2012

HUNTSVILLE — One of the first students to earn a master of science degree in modeling and simulation at The University of Alabama in Huntsville was Retonya Dunning, a native of Sweet Water.

She was awarded her diploma on Saturday, Dec. 15 in downtown Huntsville.

Approximately 900 students were expected to complete their degree requirements and participate in the university’s fall commencement ceremony.


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Dunning researched graduate schools until she discovered UAH.

“I chose UA-Huntsville because of its modeling and simulation program,” she said. “My interest in modeling and simulation began after I was introduced to the field through an internship at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. I would like to explore the various applications of modeling and simulation within the defense industry.”

As a graduate assistant, Dunning has worked on a combat modeling project that involved recreating a historical battle utilizing VR-Fortes software.

“I also performed research which lead to the statistical analysis of Likert scale data analysis using gamma statistics,” she said. “My academic experience and relationship with my professors at UA-Huntsville have equipped me with the necessary knowledge and skill set, and networking opportunities which will lead to success in my career.”

Dunning has accepted employment with Northrop Grumman in Huntsville.

The graduate program in modeling and simulation, housed in the university’s College of Science, began in 2010 and is an innovative program preparing graduates for employment in private industry or government, conducting research in laboratories focused on modeling and simulation.

The term modeling is equivalent to selecting specific attributes and facets of a selected physical or abstract system or process, and simulation is the imitation of the operation of a real-world system or process after it has been developed.