January 2019  Newsletter
Message from the President

Dear fellow members of the M&S Division,

This is our third Newsletter this year. I would like to remind everybody with our election that will be held in February. The election nomination deadline is February 22nd. Please consider nominating yourself for our leadership positions. We have three open positions: President-elect, and two director positions. We have created a new award to recognize excellence in teaching Modeling & Simulation (M&S) courses. I encourage everybody to provide nominations for this award.  

This issue of the Newsletter provides information about the election call for nomination, teaching award call for nomination, upcoming webinar, 2019 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) call for papers, important deadlines, and ways to join the Division.

Please contact me at oma110@psu.edu should you have any questions or need more information.

Best Regards,
Omar Ashour, PhD
Modeling & Simulation Division, President (2017 - 2019)    
Annual Conference Paper Submissions by January 22

If you had abstracts accepted for the IISE Annual Conference & Expo, please submit the optional 6 page papers by January 22. This includes an extension that has been given, so you have a few more days to polish your submissions. 
Call for Nomination - M&S Board of Directors

The M&S division will soon hold election for Board of Directors. The M&S Nominating Committee is making a call for nominations for 2 dynamic directors (two-year terms) and the position of president-elect (three-year term). All nominees must be current M&S members of IISE. Self-nominations are also welcome. Students are not eligible.

The new term will begin on June 1. Board members are expected to be an active participant in board conference calls and to participate in various initiatives, some of which are led by committees working in partnership with the full board. Board members are also expected to attend IISE Annual Conference and to participate in the Town Hall meeting held during the annual conference.

To submit a nomination, complete the nomination form and send to Kathy Gamboa by February 22, 2019.

Contact Omar Ashour if you have any questions about the positions and responsibilities. Please consider giving back to your profession through a M&S leadership position.
Call for Nominations - Excellence in Teaching Award

The M&S Division would like to invite all IISE members to nominate faculty members for our new Excellence in Teaching Award. The purpose of the award is to recognize excellence in teaching modeling and/or simulation courses. The objectives of the award are to show appreciation to IISE faculty members who are outstanding in teaching and encourage instructors to raise the standards in teaching and disseminating modeling and/or simulation concepts in engineering or related programs. The candidate may be nominated by a faculty member or a student who has taken a course from the candidate. To be eligible, candidates must be a member of IISE. 

The course for which the candidate is being recognized must be an undergraduate/graduate course in modeling and/or simulation within an engineering or similar program. The candidate should have been preparing and teaching the course materials for at least three years. All application documents must be emailed as a single PDF file or a single compressed file to the Director of Awards ( Weihang Zhu ) by the due date (midnight CST Feb. 11, 2019) for full consideration. No application fee is required.

For more information click here.
Upcoming M&S Webinars

The M&S division successfully held their fall webinar in November, 2018, hosted by Dr. Allen G. Greenwood from Mississippi State University and FlexSim Software Products, Inc. The webinar received positive feedback from the 66 registrants and 33 live attendees. Dr. Greenwood's presentation, titled "The ABCs of Simulation", showed the key role of simulation in improving organizational performance, which provides valuable support to problem-solving and decision-making processes. Specifically, the seminar introduced the application of simulation through three fundamental activities: (1) Analyze system performance via simulation models; (2) Build representations of systems (models) as a basis for analysis; and, (3) Collaborate among project stakeholders to effectively build and analyze simulation models. For more information, please find the archived webinar  click here .

Our upcoming webinar will be presented by Mr. Edward J. Williams, senior simulation analyst, PMC. The webinar entitled: Examples of Simulation Analysis Power and will be held on January 31 at 2:00PM Eastern Time. For registration and more information click here  .

The M&S division welcomes all IISE colleagues to share research and professional practice in the M&S webinar series. Please contract Raed Jaradat if you are interested in hosting a webinar in the M&S Division.

Have you made your travel plans for IISE 2019 in Orlando? 
See you May 18-21 for the IISE Annual Conference & Expo 2019 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Where ISEs unite for education, connection, recognition and innovation.  Register here.
Call for Entries to the M&S Newsletter

The M&S Division is soliciting newsletter entries from our members. The Division's newsletter provides a great opportunity to showcase state-of-art research, practical applications, and education and outreach activities.  Examples of entries include professional activities and accomplishments, such as a promotion or other honors/awards, as well as career development items, such as job-available ads or interview tips. To contribute entries to the newsletter, please provide a brief write-up (within 300 words), a photo, and a link (if possible) to a detailed version of the story. Please email your materials to Dr. Dongping Du  and your entry will appear in the next newsletter.
Call for Papers for the 2019 Winter Simulation Conference

The Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) is the premier international forum for disseminating recent advances in the field of system simulation. In addition to a technical program of unsurpassed scope and quality, WSC provides the central meeting place for simulation practitioners, researchers, and vendors working in all disciplines in industry, service, government, military and academic services. 

Want to enter a paper for the conference? Click here for more details

IISE is one of the sponsoring organizations of the conference. Read more about the conference here.



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