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In Memory of Dr. Sadowski

​Dr. Randall P. Sadowski, age 71, passed away on May 17, 2014, in Columbus, Indiana. A native of Toledo, Ohio, Randy earned BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio University and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He served on the IE faculties at the University of Massachusetts and at Purdue before moving to the private sector, where he held a number of senior leadership positions with Systems Modeling Corporation and Rockwell Automation. A Fellow and Senior Member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), Randy founded and, for many years, led the annual IIE/RS Student Simulation Contest. He also served IIE as VP-Systems Integration, as president at the chapter and division levels, and was General Chair of the 1990 Winter Simulation Conference. Dr. Sadowski co-authored two simulation textbooks, published in eight editions combined and translated into four other languages, and authored more than 65 articles and papers. He was on the external advisory boards for IE departments at Ohio University, Lehigh University, and the University of Pittsburgh; he was a Distinguished Graduate of Ohio University. Randy’s survivors include his five children, four siblings, and four grandchildren; he was preceded in death by one sibling and his parents.

Memorial Contributions

Contributions can be made to the Brown County Humane Society, the Brown County Public Library, or the Brown County Habitat for Humanity.

2014 Arena Academic Symposium

Rockwell Automation conducted an Arena Academic Symposium in Austin, TX the week of July 14th. Professors and academic researchers from around the world were invited to this event to get training on Arena simulation software and to discuss best practices in simulation education. Twenty educators from the USA, Latin America and EMEA participated in this first-of-its-kind event. The symposium was conducted by the Arena simulation consulting team.

Arena simulation software is taught in more than 700 universities globally. Each year around 25,000 students graduate with training in Arena.