© 2014 Creative Gaming & Simulation at Norfolk State University
  • CGS
  • The Director

CGS, a 3700 sq. ft. facility housed in MVMCAR, is equipped with multi-core processor, high performance gaming development PCs supported by advanced 3D graphic rendering chipsets and large capacity storage and memory. CGS development machines are equipped with gaming industry standard modeling, simulation, and professional software development tools. CGS facilities include:

• Gaming and Simulation

• Systems, Visualization, and Interactive Technologies

• MoCap

Modeling, Simulation, Visualization, and Training Technologies (MSV&TT) research and development at CGS is predominantly in areas that include game-based and interactive web-based applications as well as interactive training solutions for education, industry, and government. The research evolves around the development of interactive simulation and game-based applications for the PC, mobile devices, and off-the-shelf game consoles that are a “niche over other’s working in interactive simulation and game design and development.” The focus is on the design of innovative solutions that incorporate embedded assessment in the implementation of these educational and training tools.

Dr. Rasha Morsi is a Professor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and director of the Creative Gaming and Simulation (CGS) laboratory in the Department of Engineering at Norfolk State University (NSU). She received a first class honors B.Eng. degree in Computer Systems and Electronics Engineering from King’s College, University of London, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Old Dominion University.

Dr. Morsi is an exceptional scholar with extensive research experience in the areas of Modeling, Simulation, Visualization, and Training Technologies (MSV&TT) design and development, Formal Methods, and Data and Visual Analytics. Dr. Morsi's research has been supported by several agencies securing her over $5.3M in funding from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense, among other public and private agencies.

Dr. Morsi is also a pioneer in the design and development of assessment based games and interactive simulations for education. Her unique and exemplary experience as a teacher, scholar, and software developer has afforded her the means to design and lead several cutting edge projects which include console-based games, mobile apps, and interactive web-based tools for K-16 education. Her innovation in the use of modeling and simulation in the design and development of these educational tools has earned her Governor McDonnell's prestigious 2012 SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award. This is just one of Dr. Morsi's slew of honors and awards. Dr. Morsi has been ecognized as the 2009 YWCA Woman of Distinction for Science and Technology for her service to her profession and the community. She was also named one of the 2008 Diverse: Issues in Higher Education’s Emerging Scholars. In 2007, she was the first recipient of the NSU ‘University Award of Excellence,’ an award given to a faculty member who has performed in a superior manner in teaching, scholarly activity, and service. This is one of the highest honors the University can bestow on one of its faculty. Other awards and honors include the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology’s Teacher of the Year, Outstanding Grantsmanship, and Engineering’s Top Faculty.

Dr. Rasha Morsi
Professor and Director