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Modeling and simulation (M&S) is a critical discipline that examines how to construct and analyze decision-making scenario models that can be applied in a wide variety of application areas. These models are widely used in understanding complex systems in both general and specific scenarios. The huge popularity of the field can be seen in the wide set of application areas such as manufacturing, transportation, government and healthcare, along with its ability to drive increasingly high quality animation. Advances in computing power and efficient computation methodologies have allowed M&S to be used to solve increasingly large problems. M&S is especially valuable in the design, modification, and evaluation of many complex systems and inter-dependent decisions. The applications of M&S is virtually limitless and so is the demand for this division.

M&S has been in use for more than four decades, and it is a fast growing area in industrial and systems engineering. The creation of the M&S Division within the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineering (IISE) is an important addition especially with the change in the Institute name and the extended focus to include systems engineers. While multiple divisions within the IISE apply M&S in solving problems within their focal areas, there is no one division currently concentrating on this critical set of tools independent of the specific application area. The M&S Division will provide the means to deliver focused topical contents to its membership. It will offer a new benefit to attract more scholars, practitioners, and students to join the IISE.

The M&S Division will attract professionals working in areas, including but are not limited to:

  • Manufacturing systems
  • Emergency services and response
  • Healthcare delivery systems
  • Virtual, augmented, and mixed reality, and immersive technology
  • Training, education, and pedagogical and instructional methodologies
  • Energy systems
  • Defense and military
  • Cybersecurity
  • Decision Analysis
  • Simulation and Optimization
  • Public Safety
  • Human-in-the-Loop (HITL) Simulations


The mission of the Modeling & Simulation (M&S) Division of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) is to provide its membership with a body of knowledge, networking opportunities, recognition and educational programs to stay competitive in the global market.


 The M&S Division is the leading Division in IISE that promotes and shares innovative ideas in the field of modeling and simulation, as well as facilitates networking and increases ties between members from academia and industry.


  • Develop, maintain, and disseminate a body of technical knowledge with a focus on modeling and simulation.
  • Provide a forum for technical networking for its members.
  • Be perceived as the voice of the modeling and simulation community.
  • Provide the means to promote excellence in teaching, industry and research.
  • Support IISE’s mission, provide member value, and promote the discipline.


The Division is currently hosting two awards:

1)      Best Track Paper Award

2)      Best Track Student Paper Award 

Click here to see all awards and their policies and procedures 

2018 IISE Annual Conference and Expo - SAVE the Date

IISE Annual 2018

Modeling and Simulation Track 
Call for Papers

Track: Modeling and Simulation (M&S)
Deadline for Abstract Submission is November 7, 2017
For Abstract submission site click here. For conference website click here

The Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Division of the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers (IISE) is sponsoring the Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Track at the 2018 IISE Annual Conference and Expo. The conference is a forum for exchanging knowledge and discoveries in the industrial and systems engineering research and practitioner communities. The 2018 IISE Annual Conference and Expo integrates research and industry under one conference. For more information please contact any of the current year track chairs: Jeffery Smith, Faisal Aqlan, and Asli Solyler.

The important deadlines for the conference are (NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO EXTENSIONS)

  • Abstract Submission Deadline:                                                          November 7, 2017
  • Notification of Decision on Abstract:                                                 November 28, 2017
  • Submission of Full Papers (optional but encouraged):                       January 16, 2018
  • Notification of Decision on Paper:                                                     February 20, 2018
  • Final Version of Full Paper Due:                                                       March 6, 2018
  • Presenting Author Registration Deadline:                                          March 13, 2018
  • Schedule Published                                                                             April 3, 2018
  • 2018 IISE Annual Conference and Expo                                           May 19-22, 2018


You can connect with us using the following:

1)      Membership is free for all IISE members. To update you membership record, click here.

2)      Join our LinkedIn group to stay updated. Search for IISE Modeling and Simulation Division or click here.

3)      Contact the President of the Division. 


Role: President 

  Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering  Omar Ashour
  Pennsylvania State University, The Behrend College
  Industrial Engineering Department 

Role: Director of Events and Conferences

Faisal Aqlan         
  Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering 
  Pennsylvania State University, The Behrend College
  Industrial Engineering Department 
  Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Center (AMIC)

Role: Secretary

  Caroline KrejciAssistant Professor of Industrial Engineering 
  University of Texas at Arlington 
  Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering

Role: Director of Newsletter

  Xueping Li   
  Associate Professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering  
  University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  Industrial & Systems Engineering Department 

Role: Director of Awards

Weihang Zhu

  Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering 
  Lamar University
  Department of Industrial Engineering 

Role: Director-At-Large- I
Renee Theising

  Senior Application Engineer 
  Simio LLC 

 Role: Director-At-Large- II

Jeffery Smith

  Joe W. Forehand Jr. Professor
  Auburn University 
  Industrial and Systems Engineering Department 

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