IISE/Arena Student Simulation Competition

2018 Fall session registration opens Aug. 3 for the 25th annual IISE/Rockwell Undergraduate Student Simulation Competition. 

Teams of three IE undergraduate students solve a real-world situational case study using the Rockwell Automation simulation package, Arena. This case study is prepared by Rockwell. Student team members and their faculty advisor are not required to be members of IISE to enter the competition, but they will become IISE members, for one year, if they are one of the three teams selected to compete at the finals courtesy of Rockwell Automation. The finalists must be able to attend the IISE Annual Conference & Expo May 18-21, 2019, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, Florida.

General rules, guidelines and eligibility:

  • Teams of three undergraduate students (plus an advisor) are given approximately eight weeks to develop their solutions.
  • Three finalist teams are selected to present their solutions for final judging at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo.
  • Any student that has been a member of a first place finalist team is no longer eligible to participate in future competitions. Any team that includes a first place winner from previous years shall not be considered for the finalist round of competition.
  • Each finalist team will receive $1,250 U.S. for travel expenses to the finals, plus complimentary conference registration, complimentary tickets for the Honors & Awards Banquet and a framed certificate.
  • Winners are announced at the honors and awards ceremony.
  • To broaden contest participation, we will again, administer two eight-week sessions during this academic year.
    • A Fall session will take place from October - December.
    • The contest will also run a Winter session from January 2019 - March 2019.
  • Team can sign up to compete in the Fall or Winter session.
  • All submissions from the Fall and Winter sessions will be judged together in Spring 2019.
  • The top three finalists from the entire year’s submissions will be announced in early April 2019.

Additional cash prizes are also awarded to competitors based on their finishing position

  • First place: $5,000 US to the team plus $500 to the team's chapter
  • Second place: $2,500 US to the team plus $250 to the team's chapter
  • Third place: $1,500 US to the team plus $250 to the team's chapter

Participate in the Fall session

The Fall session registration opens Aug. 3.
Deadline to enter the Fall session is Sept. 28.

Winter competition entry

Entries for the Winter session opens Nov. 2. The deadline to enter is Jan. 4, 2019. If you register your team for the Fall session, you will not be permitted to sign up again during the Winter session.

Submit one online entry form per team with payment information for the $30 entry fee. This fee is non-refundable. If paying by check, send completed entry form and payment to:

Attn: Bonnie Cameron
3577 Parkway Lane
Suite 200
Norcross, GA 30092

The Student Simulation Competition is sponsored by Rockwell Automation and Arena Simulation Software.

Questions? Contact Bonnie Cameron at (770) 449-0461, ext. 105.

2018 Winners

1st Place: Team ETS
Ecole de Technologie Superieure
Team members: Xavier Rousseau-Laliberte, Nicolas Bernard and Shawn Hebert
Faculty advisor: Jean-Francois Boulet

2nd Place: Bearcats
Binghamton University
Team members: Darren Silvanic, Michael Hindin and Lauren Kelemen
Faculty advisor: Sang Won Yoon

3rd Place: Razorbacks
University of Arkansas
Team members: Luke Turner, Kyle Kraichely and Olivia Ohlstein
Faculty advisor: Manuel Rossetti

Past Winners