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A Project-based Learning Approach in Teaching Simulation to Undergraduate and Graduate Students

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

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IED Technical Session: Preparing for the Future Through Projects and Research

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Industrial Engineering

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Gokhan Egilmez University of New Haven Orcid 16x16

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Gokhan Egilmez is an assistant professor in the Industrial and Systems Engineering program at University of New Haven. He previously worked as assistant professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at North Dakota State University and postdoctoral research associate in the department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering at University of Central Florida. Gokhan has Ph.D. in Mechanical and Systems Engineering, M.S. degrees in Industrial & Systems Engineering, and Civil Engineering from Ohio University, and B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Turkey. His research interests cover a variety of topics that include engineering education, applied optimization and simulation modeling, social, economic and environmental life cycle assessment, data analytics, engineering education, energy and sustainability, input-output analysis, transportation sustainability and safety. Gokhan has over 50 peer-reviewed publications in prestigious academic journals, books, and conference proceedings related to sustainable development, life cycle assessment, manufacturing system design and control, supply chain management, transportation safety assessment, and predictive modeling & machine learning. For more information, please visit his personal blog at

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Dusan Sormaz Ohio University

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Dr. Dusan N. Sormaz is a Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Ohio University, Athens, USA. Dr. Dusan N. Sormaz’s principal research interests are in Lean manufacturing, Simulation, Additive Manufacturing, Process planning, and application of knowledge-based systems in manufacturing. He teaches Lean manufacturing, Simulation and Computer Integrated Manufacturing courses at Ohio University. His student team recently received the 1st place among 220 teams from 11 countries in the Global simulation competition sponsored by Simio company.
He has published his research (over 100 refereed papers) in refereed journals, the four book chapters and at international conferences. He serves as a reviewer for several international journals, and he co-edited proceedings of Group Technology/ Cellular Manufacturing World Symposium 2003.He is the general chair of the Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing conference FAIM2018 which is being organized by the Russ College in June 2018 in Columbus, OH.
Dr. Sormaz received his Ph.D. degree in industrial and systems engineering and MSc. in computer science from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, and MSc in industrial engineering and BS. in mechanical engineering from University of Novi Sad, Yugoslavia. He is a member of IIE, a senior member of SME, and member of IEEE.

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Ridvan Gedik University of New Haven

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industrial system simulation course is presented. Simulation has been among the courses against which students feel uncomfortable or frightened due to heavy software use, prerequisite of probability, and statistics knowledge, and its application requirements. To minimize this fear and improve student’s understanding about the subject matters and have them develop ample skills to build complex models, a project-based learning approach is proposed and used in undergraduate and graduate teaching settings. To achieve the project-based learning goals, a 15-week curriculum is designed to have a balanced lecture and lab sessions, which are specifically designed to address the needs of the term project as the semester continues. In the term project, groups of 2-3 students were asked to form a group, where each group was expected to work on a real system to 1) understand, conceptualize, and model the existing system as a mental, then software-model; 2) validate the existing system model statistically; 3) identify areas for improvement (in addition to the ones given by the supervisor); 4) complete the project with testing out system improvement scenarios and conducting cost/benefit analysis. The effectiveness of project-based learning is surveyed and studied based on the course learning outcomes. The results indicated that the proposed project-based learning approach was found to be effective in students’ learning experience and critically supportive on reaching the learning outcomes, and it was found that students’ learning and skills of simulation modeling and application are improved regardless of their grade.

Egilmez, G., & Sormaz, D., & Gedik, R. (2018, June), A Project-based Learning Approach in Teaching Simulation to Undergraduate and Graduate Students Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--29716

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