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IISE/Arena Student Competition

The annual IISE/Arena Student Simulation Competition is a great way for undergraduates to demonstrate their skills with simulation and compete against the world’s best simulation students.  The winning teams compete for cash prizes and the honor of being recognized as the top simulation students in the world.

More than 75 teams from around the world participated in the 2016 competition.  Watch a video of 2016 Winning team.

2016 Finalist Teams
1st Place:  École de Technologie Supérieure 2nd Place:  Worcester Polytechnic Institute 3rd Place:  San Jose State University

Here are the 2015 Finalist Teams:

Here are photos of the 2014 Finalist Teams:


How it works:

Organize your team of 3 engineering undergraduate students and a faculty advisor. Sign up for the Fall (October) contest program or the Winter (January) program.

Following your registration your team will receive the contest rules and problem statement. You will have 8 weeks to develop your solution. Finalists will be announced in the Spring of 2017 and must be able to attend the IISE Annual Conference and Expo, May 20-23, 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA.

General rules and guidelines:

  • Teams of three undergraduate students (plus an advisor) are given eight weeks to develop their solutions.
  • Three finalist teams are selected to present their solutions for final judging at the IISE Annual Conference and Expo.
  • Each finalist team will receive $1,250 for travel expenses to the finals, plus free 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 administer two 8-week contest sessions during this academic year.
    • A Fall session will take place from October 2016 – December 2016.
    • The contest will also run during a Winter session from January 2017 – March 2017.
  • Teams can sign up to compete in the Fall session or Winter session.
  • All submissions from the Fall and Winter sessions will be judged together in Spring 2017.