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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 2018 competition.

Cash prizes are also awarded to competitors based on their finishing position

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


2018 Finalist Teams

1st Place:  École de Technologie Supérieure 2nd Place:  Binghamton University 3rd Place:  University of Arkansas

2017 Finalist Teams



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

Watch a video of 2016 Winning team.

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 2019 and must be able to attend the IISE Annual Conference and Expo, May 18-21, 2019 in Orlando, FL.

General rules, guidelines and eligibility:

  • 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.
  • Any student that has been a member of a 1st place finalist team is no longer eligible to participate in future competitions.  Any team that includes a 1st place winner from previous years shall not be considered for the finalist round of competition.
  • 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 2018 – December 2018.
    • The contest will also run during a Winter session from January 2019 – March 2019.
  • 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 2019.