Seventh annual SHS Student Simulation Competition

Enter this exciting student simulation competition at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2021!

FlexSim Healthcare

The competition is sponsored by FlexSim Software Products Inc.

Teams of a maximum of four ISE students solve a "real-world" healthcare situational case study using FlexSim's simulation software. This case study is prepared by FlexSim. Student team members and their faculty advisor are not required to be members of IISE or SHS to enter the competition. The finalists must be able to attend the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference, ALL VIRTUAL, Feb. 24-26, 2021.

General Rules and Guidelines

  • Teams consists of a maximum of four students, plus an advisor. Teams can have no more than two graduate students.
  • FlexSim will provide software and software licenses to all students who are interested in participating.
  • They are given approximately nine weeks to develop their solutions.
  • Three finalist teams are selected to present their solutions for final judging at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference, ALL VIRTUAL.
  • Each of the three finalist teams will receive up to $1,250 USD for travel expenses to the finals, plus complimentary conference registration, cash awards and framed certificates.
  • Winners will be announced at the conference.

Important Dates

  • Deadline: Entry forms by Sept. 28.
  • Case study will be sent to the teams the first week of October.
  • Deadline: Student teams must submit their solutions to FlexSim no later than Dec. 17.
  • The three finalist teams will be notified Jan. 11, 2021.

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

  • First place: $2,500 U.S. to the team
  • Second place: $1,500 U.S. to the team
  • Third place: $1,000 U.S. to the team

Information for instructions and dates for a tutorial using the FlexSim software will be in the information package that will be sent directly from FlexSim the first week of October.

Submit one online entry form per team with payment information for the $30 USD 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

Questions? Contact Bonnie Cameron at or (770) 349-1105.

2020 Winners

1st place: SSIE Binghamton
Binghamton University          
Team members: Farouq Halawa and Hala Ghali          
Faculty advisor: Mohammad Khasawneh

2nd place: Swampulation
University of Florida
Team members: Alexa Carrie, Steven Tenbuschc and Daniel Silva
Faculty advisor: Katie Basinger

3rd place: Houston Optimizers
University of Houston
Team members: Moaz Ahmed Mohiuddin and Zia Hussain
Faculty advisor: Taewoo Lee

Past winners