Academic Programs

Itasca has a long tradition of partnership between the classroom and the professional engineering practice. The company began on the campus of the University of Minnesota, and it actively pursues efforts to broaden this tradition of support and collaboration with colleges and universities around the world. Itasca understands students' and educators' need for state-of-the-art tools and the urgency to train engineers to solve the challenging problems that earth-resource engineering will encounter in the 21st century. It is one of Itasca's core goals to help foster the future generations of geotechnical and geomechanical engineers.

Itasca operates three programs that can put these tools into the hands of students, researchers, and lecturers, so they may tackle and resolve world-class engineering problems. These programs are the Itasca Teaching Partnership (ITP), the Itasca Educational Partnership (IEP), and the Itasca Software Training Scholarship. Itasca also provides software discounts for qualified educational institutions.

Itasca Teaching Partnership

The Itasca Teaching Partnership (ITP) provides university educators with access to Itasca software to use as teaching tools in their classes. By bringing real-world tools into the classroom, students can better understand how numerical modeling is performed. This program is intended for university instructors who must apply for the program and sign an agreement outlining acceptable use of the software. The software is loaned for the duration of the course (typically one semester).  Program applications are reviewed twice each year.

Application Deadline: Two months before class start date.

ITP Program Guide

ITP Application Form



Itasca Education Partnership

The Itasca Education Partnership (IEP) is intended for graduate students who intend to make significant use of advanced numerical modeling software in their graduate study and thesis work. The student must apply for the program. Acceptance is limited. The program includes mentorship, training, and software loan options. Applications are reviewed twice a year.

Application Deadline: June 16, 2017

IEP Program Guide

IEP Software Loan Agreement

IEP Suggested Research Topics

IEP Departmental Recommendation Form

IEP Application Form (Fall 2017)



Itasca Software Training Scholarship

Itasca offers students tuition-free admission to the introductory training courses on FLAC, FLAC3D, 3DEC, UDEC, PFC2D, PFC3D and Griddle (listed below). These are introductory courses that provide elementary access to the power of Itasca software and are an excellent stepping stone to mentorship in the IEP program or possibly internship at Itasca. The program covers the cost of course registration (valued up to $3,000 (USD), depending on the course). Students are expected to cover all other costs, including travel, lodging, and meals.

Application Deadline: Varies

Itasca Software Scholarship Guide

Course Location Application Due Date Application Link
FLAC Introductory Training Minneapolis, USA February 10, 2017 Apply (PDF)
FLAC3D Introductory Training Minneapolis, USA March 10, 2017 Apply (PDF)
Numerical Analysis in Geomechanics using UDEC and 3DEC Minneapolis, USA March 17, 2017 Apply (PDF)
PFC Introductory Training Minneapolis, USA February 24, 2017 Apply (PDF)