Student simulation secures second place

Two students from the BYU School of Technology won second place in a simulation competition this week.

The ProModel Student Competition encourages students to submit simulation projects they completed for a class or worked on as part of a college course. The BYU team was comprised of Tony Liu and Chris Smith, whose simulation earned them second place and a prize of $250. Liu and Smith are both graduate students in the Manufacturing Systems program.

Dr. Charles Harrell, associate professor in the School of Technology's Manufacturing Engineering Technology (MET) program, mentored Liu and Smith through the competition. Dr. Harrell is part of the panel of judges for the ProModel competition, and so he encouraged Liu and Smith to submit their project.

In order to be eligible for the competition, students had to create their simulation using one of ProModel Corp.’s simulation tools. ProModel has software to simulate everything from product supply chains to emergency room triage.

A total of 38 students from various universities competed in the 2013 competition. The University of Michigan, Arkansas State University, the University of Idaho and ITESO (Mexico) were among the universities represented.

The BYU School of Technology is part of the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology.

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