Fifth annual SHS Student Simulation Competition

Enter this exciting student simulation competition at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2019! Entry forms are still being accepted.


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, Feb. 20-22, 2019, in San Antonio, Texas.

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.
  • 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 are still being accepted.
  • 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, 2018.
  • The three finalist teams will be notified Jan. 11, 2019.

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) 449-0461, ext. 105.

2018 Winners

1st place: IME
Tsinghua University
Team members: Yang Zou, Yishen Xu and Hao Ye
Faculty advisor: Xiaolei Xie

2nd place: IEPG - UNIFEI
Federal University of Itajuba - UNIFEI, Brazil
Team members: Carolliini Tumani, Afonso Teberga Campos, Alexandre Fonseca Torres and Carlos Henrique dos Santos
Faculty advisor: Jose Antonio de Queiroz

3rd place: TEAM BULACAN
Bulacan State University, Philippines
Team members: Jasper Dionisio, Kim Rondina and Denise Unsay
Faculty advisor: Hazel Caparas

2017 Winners

1st place: University of Washington ISE
University of Washington
Team members: Courtney Seto, Dustin Wang, Brandon Pittaway and Rungpatch Nethnapat
Faculty advisor: Joseph Heim

2nd place: Going for Gold
Western Michigan University
Team members: Matthew Bracey and Ryna Mabie
Faculty advisor: Azim Houshyar

3rd place: Team BulSU
Bulacan State University
Team members:Letrelle Montes, Danielle Tancio and John Arabejo
Faculty advisor: Ivy Mar Ramos

2016 Winners

1st place: Geaux FlexSim
Louisiana State University 
Team members: Justin Neilson, Michael Toler and Dana Scalf 
Faculty advisor: Hyun Woo Jeon

2nd place: Forerunners
West Virginia University
Team members: Alireza Ebrahimvandi and Mahsa Kiani
Faculty advisor:Kenneth Currie

3rd place: True Maroon Engineers
Mississippi State University
Team members: Shuchisnigdha Deb, Mahmudur Rahman, Jack Francis and Rachel Creely
Faculty advisor: Lesley Strawderman