Industrial engineering team takes 2nd place in national conference

Ryan Mabie, Matt Bracey and Dr. Azim Houshyar

A team from the College of Engineering Applied Sciences industrial engineering program recently took 2nd place in a Student Simulation Contest at the 2017 Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference in Orlando, Fla. Ryan Mabie, Matt Bracey and Dr. Azim Houshyar, professor of industrial and entrepreneurial engineering and faculty advisor, participated in the event, which was put on by the Society for Health Systems in early March 2017.

For the simulation, teams of a maximum of four students and an advisor solve a "real-world" healthcare situational case study using simulation software. They are given nine weeks to develop their solutions. Three finalist teams then are selected to present their solutions for final judging at the conference.

Each of the three finalist teams received $1,250 for travel expenses to the finals, plus complimentary conference registration, cash awards and a framed certificate.

Western Michigan University was one of 31 teams that had started the competition, but only 19 teams were able to finish the project and compete. “In the first round of the competition, our team was recognized as one of the top three,” Houshyar said. “After a very nice presentation by Matt and Ryan, 10 judges selected Western for second place.”

Both students received their bachelor’s degrees from the college and were admitted into the accelerated degree program to pursue their master’s degrees.