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Awardee:UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS SYSTEM
Doing Business As Name:University of Arkansas
PD/PI:
  • Manuel D Rossetti
  • (479) 575-6756
  • rossetti@uark.edu
Award Date:07/19/2007
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 470,000
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 1,033,758
  • FY 2009=$237,837
  • FY 2007=$94,000
  • FY 2011=$155,000
  • FY 2012=$94,000
  • FY 2008=$170,000
  • FY 2010=$282,921
Start Date:08/01/2007
End Date:07/31/2014
Transaction Type:Grant
Agency:NSF
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.041
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:Collaborative: CELDi Renewal
Federal Award ID Number:0732686
DUNS ID:191429745
Parent DUNS ID:055600001
Program:IUCRC-Indust-Univ Coop Res Ctr

Awardee Location

Street:1125 W. Maple Street
City:Fayetteville
State:AR
ZIP:72701-3124
County:Fayetteville
Country:US
Awardee Cong. District:03

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:University of Arkansas
Street:1125 W. Maple Street
City:Fayetteville
State:AR
ZIP:72701-3124
County:Fayetteville
Country:US
Cong. District:03

Abstract at Time of Award

The existing multi-university Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) for Engineering Logistics and Distribution (CELDi) is beginning their second 5-year cycle. The mission of the center is to solve integrated design and analysis problems in logistics and distribution via simulation and mathematical modeling, analysis, and the development and application of powerful, intelligent, real-time algorithms. By integrating resources at the multiple campuses, CELDi has promoted a fundamental paradigm shift from the traditional compartmentalized logistics and distribution research approach to an examination of the problem as a whole. The I/UCRC expects to grow in regard to partner universities and member companies during this second phase of funding. Several member organizations are actively involved with the partner universities to provide real-life logistics and distribution problems to graduate and undergraduate classes. The center's research holds the promise of creating new practice based education models that can be used to augment this undergraduate and graduate instruction.

Publications Produced as a Result of this Research

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Rossetti, M. D., Buyurgan, N., Bhonsle, A., Gumrukcu, S., Chittoori, K. "An Analysis of the Effect of Inventory Record Inaccuracy in a Two-Echelon Supply Chain" International Journal for Inventory Research, v.Vol. 1,, 2008, p.174. doi:10.1504/IJIR.2010.031462 

Gokhan, N. M., Needy, K. L., & Norman, B. A. "Development of a simultaneous design for supply chain process for the optimization of the product design and supply chain configuration problem." Engineering Management Journal, v.22, 2010, p.20.

Gokhan, N. M., Needy, K. L., & Norman, B. A. "Development of a simultaneous design for supply chain process for the optimization of the product design and supply chain configuration problem." Engineering Management Journal, v.22(4), 2010, p.20.

Rossetti, M. D., Buyurgan, N., Bhonsle, A., Gumrukcu, S., Chittoori, K. "An Analysis of the Effect of Inventory Record Inaccuracy in a Two-Echelon Supply Chain" International Journal for Inventory Research, v.1, 2008, p.174. doi:10.1504/IJIR.2010.031462 

Buyurgan, N., Rossetti, M. D., and Walker, R. T. "An Analysis of Imperfect RFID Visibility in a Multi-echelon Supply Chain" International Journal of Logistics Systems Management, v.7, 2010, p.431.

Buyurgan, N., Rossetti, M. D., and Walker, R. T. "An Analysis of Imperfect RFID Visibility in a Multi-echelon Supply Chain" International Journal of Logistics Systems Management, v.7, No., 2010, p.431.

Rossetti, M. D. and Unlu, Y. "Evaluating the robustness of lead time demand models" International Journal of Production Economics, v.134, 2011, p.159. doi:10.1016/j.jipe.2011.06.010 

Rossetti, M. D. and Unlu, Y. "Evaluating the robustness of lead time demand models" International Journal of Production Economics, v.134, 2011, p.134. doi:10.1016/jjipe.2011.06.010 


Project Outcomes Report

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Summary

 The 2013-14 RET project was to develop a simulation, game-based competition intended to develop interest among middle school and high school students in the field of industrial engineering, with the goal of recruiting future students.  The competition was to have sound industrial engineering content, involve a team of students who would collaborate to achieve their goals, and be inexpensive for the competitors.  The platform chosen for this year’s competition is the online game “Theme Hospital” from the website “Best Old Games”. A web-based competition was created called The IE Challenge at the following web address: https://sites.google.com/site/iechallengethemehospital/

The IE Challenge challenged teams of students to design an efficient hospital which would be profitable, have high customer satisfaction ratings and high overall ratings.  Teams were to address the industrial engineering concepts of facilities layout, hospital management, customer queuing, personnel management, and overall customer satisfaction.

Research

Project research consisted of INEG 1103 curriculum review and reading of material related to basic industrial engineering and engineering logistics.

The textbooks included:

 Introduction to Industrial and Systems Engineering,

 Designing and Managing the Supply Chain

 

Time was devoted to researching industrial engineering processes and engineering competitions.  We used Roller Coaster Tycoon games for several years, but this year we will use Theme Hospital.  We felt that continuing to use the same game was not challenging to returning competitors.  This year’s focus for EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology) classes is health and wellness.  We have had entrants from EAST classes in the past and this change will encourage increased participation. Finally, Roller Coaster Tycoon was a software based game that had to be purchased and Theme Hospital is a free download. 

The IE Challenge website was created to provide information about the competition to teachers, parents, and students.  It included the directions for downloading Theme Hospital and DOSBox, a download required to run Theme Hospital on most computers.  It also included lesson plans correlated to common core state standards in literacy and math, as well as to science and technology standards..

Project Description

The IE Challenge promotes interest in industrial engineering as a career option.  Most areas of engineering focus on designing/creating a physical product that can be tested. Industrial engineering typically focuses on creating and managing a system to optimize parameters such as productivity in a manufacturing facility.  In order to promote interest in middle/high school students, a “hands on” approach for a competition was chosen, with an emphasis on facility layout.   

Teams of students were challenged to design a hospital using “Theme Hospital”.   They were asked to submit an entry paper which addressed:

  • Problem studied 
  • Performance rating
  • Analysis of the layout design
  • Quality control
  • Procedures used to determine optimum queue structure.
  • Patient population

The rules for The IE Challenge competition were:

  • Each team must consist of 2 students and a faculty sponsor. 
  • Junior Division – grades 6-8, Senior Division – grades 9-12.  All team members must be in the same division.
  • 1st – 3rd place will be...

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