IISE/Arena Student Simulation Competition

2021 Fall session registration is now open for the 27th annual IISE/Rockwell Undergraduate Student Simulation Competition.

Teams of three IE undergraduate students solve a real-world situational case study using the Rockwell Automation simulation package, Arena. This case study is prepared by Rockwell. Student team members and their faculty advisers are not required to be members of IISE to enter the competition, but they will become IISE members, for one year, if they are one of the three teams selected to compete at the finals courtesy of Rockwell Automation. The finalists must be able to attend the IISE Annual Conference & Expo, May 22 – 25, 2021, at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

General rules, guidelines and eligibility:

  • Teams of three undergraduate students (plus an adviser) are given approximately eight weeks to develop their solutions.
  • Three finalist teams are selected to present their solutions for final judging at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo.
  • Any student that has been a member of a first place finalist team is no longer eligible to participate in future competitions. Any team that includes a first place winner from previous years shall not be considered for the finalist round of competition.
  • Each finalist team will receive $1,250 USD. for travel expenses to the finals, plus complimentary conference registration, complimentary tickets for the Honors & Awards Banquet and a framed certificate.
  • Winners are announced at the honors and awards ceremony.
  • To broaden contest participation, we will again, administer two eight-week sessions during this academic year.
  • A winter session will take place from January to March 2021.
  • Teams can sign up to compete in the Fall or Winter session.
  • All submissions from the Fall and Winter sessions will be judged together in Spring 2021.
  • The top three finalists from the entire year’s submissions will be announced in early April 2021.

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

  • First place: $5,000 USD to the team plus $500 to the team's chapter
  • Second place: $2,500 USD to the team plus $250 to the team's chapter
  • Third place: $1,500 USD to the team plus $250 to the team's chapter

Participate in the Fall session

Deadline to enter the Fall session: Sept. 30

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

The Student Simulation Competition is sponsored by Rockwell Automation and Arena Simulation Software.

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

2019 Winners

1st Place: Team ETS
Ecole de Technologie Superieure
Team members: Sebastien Gamache, Jeremie Picard and Erik Roy-Veilleux
Faculty adviser: Jean-Francois Boulet

2nd Place: UQTR
Team members: Joanie Huot, Marie Charbonneau-Genest and Lory Thibodeau
Faculty adviser: Georges Abdulnour

3rd Place: Bearcats
Binghamton University
Team members: Rachel O'Connor, Thomas Krewson and Michael Rutigliano
Faculty adviser: Sang Won Yoon

Past Winners