The desire to expand an ER waiting area leads to questions of how the room’s size will impact patient health outcomes. Owners of a theme park need to examine how changing a monorail system will alter guest movement across the grounds. A city manager contemplates how closing a street for an outdoor festival will affect traffic flow.
Such real-world scenarios are being tackled by College of Business students using virtual simulation technology made available through an $840,000 grant from Simio LLC. Management and Quantitative Methods (MQM) professor Dr. Askar Choudhury received a grant for 350 copies of Simio Academic Edition. Choudhury uses the software when teaching undergraduate business students in an operations analytics course.