Category Archives: Industrial and Systems Engineering

Project in Industrial Computer Simulation

Melinda Nelson

Melinda Nelson,
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 19 November 2015

The semester is quickly winding down, and for a lot of courses, that means projects are quickly coming due as well. Some classes and projects are definitely more enjoyable than others, but one class that has pleasantly surprised me is ISE 4130, Industrial Computer Simulation.

As ISE’s we study processes and how people and parts interact with them in different situations. The great thing about this is that it is super interactive. The downside to studying processes is that you cannot always be on location somewhere watching and recording what’s going on. This is where simulation comes in.

Simulation is a tool that can be used to model processes of all kinds on the computer. It can model anything from construction sites to package delivery centers to hospitals. The usefulness of simulation does not just exist in the fact that we are able to model processes and events on the computer; the real key is that we can predict outcomes based on changing events like unexpected order arrivals, patient emergencies and changes in demand.

There are several simulation software packages that model things with different capabilities. In my class we use Arena and Simio. Arena is a 2-D simulator while Simio has 3-D animation and 360 degree viewing capabilities. It’s cool how customizable it can be. Below is the animation of a transporter simulation I modeled; as you can see, you can have a lot of fun with the animations!

Transporter Simulation

Most models we have simulated thus far have introduced us to modeling operators, manufacturers, parts and different types of services like restaurants and banks. Most recently, we learned how to model transporters (operators or vehicles that actually carry parts or products).

Our final project for the class is in Simio and for that assignment we are modeling a real-life assembly process of an automobile headlight manufacturer and experimenting with operator job assignments. Though it can be challenging at times, I said before that simulation surprised me; the surprise is that I really enjoy it a lot!

Entrepreneurship Class

Alexa Hoynacke

Alexa Hoynacke,
Junior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 13 November 2015
Last semester, I decided to pursue an Entrepreneurship Certificate. This certificate is offered through the Ohio University Center for Entrepreneurship.

Currently, in my Introduction to Entrepreneurship class (MGT 3700), we are doing a group project where we create our own start-up company or social enterprise. My group and I choose to do a social enterprise. Our company is called Paddle Home. Last summer, one of our group members started this company on his own and we are continuing to build onto his original idea.

Paddle Home

Paddle Home is a non-profit social enterprise that empowers young adults to raise money and awareness for affordable housing through volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and participating in a cross-country kayaking adventure journey down the Mississippi River.


Since this is just a class project, we are starting small and not trying to overshoot with our idea. If we had more time and resources we would hope to expand Paddle Home to be more than just a summer trip down the Mississippi. We would do community outreach activities about outdoor education for all age levels. We also had an idea to install solar panel charging systems along the Mississippi at campgrounds to make camping and kayaking more accessible.

In this class we are taught about revenue models, markets, key partners, cost structure and other business model aspects.

As of right now I am not sure what I want to do with my certificate. I hope to pursue an MBA in the near future but I’m not entirely sure if I want to start my own company. Regardless of whether or not I want to be an entrepreneur, the certificate has taught me so much about the business side of a company, and it made me realize I really love the people aspect of it.

This has been a great experience and has opened my eyes to the many opportunities engineers have in the business world.

Athens Bike Path

Paige Preske

Paige Preske,
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 3 November 2015

During the fall (and every other month, really), my favorite spot at Ohio University is the bike path. Running right along the Hocking, it’s a beautiful spot for all seasons. This time of year with the changing leaves and a cool breeze, it really is the perfect place.

I initially fell in love with this spot during my freshman year. I lived in Johnson Hall, and the bike path was my favorite spot to walk, run, or catch some quiet time. At the time I kept to the section by South Green and didn’t venture very far past O’Bleness Hospital. This part of the bike path is beautiful–it’s right against the river and you can look across it to see the hilly landscape and changing leaves.

Now, as a senior, I really enjoy the portion of the bike path that runs through West State Street Park. It’s a little quieter and farther removed from the river but it is just as pretty. While I’m on this portion, I find myself at different times:

  • under canopies of trees
  • crossing a bridge over the Hocking River, and
  • passing a small local farm.

Overall, there isn’t a bad place to be find on the bike path and after four years it’s still my favorite spot at Ohio University.

Fall Trip to Chicago

Esteban Rodriguez

Esteban Rodriguez,
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 21 October 2015

I have been an active member of Phi Chi Theta Professional Business Fraternity since the spring semester of my sophomore year. I decided to join this organization to improve my professional skills and also because of the great social experience that it provides.

Two weeks ago, we had our annual fall trip which consists of visiting our alumni at one city, in addition to having company visits within the city. This trip is always a great experience because not only do we get to expand our network, but we also get to know about companies and the job opportunities that they have to offer.


This year our trip was to Chicago. We left on a Thursday morning and after 7 long hours on the road we arrived to a nice Marriott in downtown Chicago. Two of our alumni were waiting for us at the lobby, so that we could go to a restaurant near the hotel for dinner, and then experience the city.

On Friday during the day, we had 3 company visits and they were all very interesting and informative. We first visited JP Morgan and they had a panel ready for us on the 58th floor of their building. We were able to learn more about the banking industry from important executives such as the CFO of Commercial Banking.

We then went to Marketing Werks and had a couple panelists that told us about their company and clients. Finally, we visited CDW, a technology sales company where we had a great speaker that told us about the importance of having sales skills.

For the rest of the trip we toured around Chicago and we networked with our alumni. All in all, it was a very fun professional weekend.

Research in the Motor Control Lab

Alexa Hoynacke

Alexa Hoynacke,
Junior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 11 October 2015

Fall semester is almost halfway done and I cannot believe how fast my junior year is flying by! This past summer I worked as a research assistant with the Motor Control Lab, which is a part of the College of Health Sciences and Professions. As a research assistant I was placed with the FLAG Study. Most of my summer was dedicated to writing and adjusting code, pilot testing, data collection, and analyzing pilot data.

A large part of the Motor Control Lab is working with virtual reality gaming to help find solutions for back pain. Here is a picture of me suited up in our motion capturing sensors and using an Oculus Rift.

Suited Up for Motion Capture

This past week has been very exciting because The FLAG study which has been my main focus for the past few months finally opened for enrollment. I cannot wait to see how the data collection process goes during these next few months.

Coming in as a freshman I would have never expected my college career to lead me towards research in biomechanics and motor control, but I very glad it did. I hope to continue with my research and pursue my Masters and possibly a Ph.D focused around biomechanics and ergonomics.

Weekend Getaway with Cru

Melinda Nelson

Melinda Nelson,
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 6 October 2015

It is October and fall semester is in full swing. There aren’t any more “free” days as homework and projects start to pile up. We are in the midst of midterms, group meetings and deadlines quickly approaching. This all sounds awful, I agree, but don’t worry there is some light at the end of this tunnel of mid-semester work and it’s called FALL RETREAT!!!

The first weekend in October this year was the end of the first week of midterms, the buffer before the next week’s midterms and time for the best weekend away of fall semester! I spent this particular weekend at Fall Retreat with Cru (a Christian ministry I’m involved in here on campus) and had an amazing time along with a much needed break from school. Now, it sounds like I wouldn’t have time to go away with all that’s going on at school, but reading day (our day off classes to study for midterms) allowed me to finish all my homework and head to Scioto Hills for a great time of relaxing and bonding with friends.

Cru Friends

I have made a ton of friends through student organizations and it was great to spend time with a lot of them on retreat. This was my first time going on retreat and I had a blast! I had a great time with community, music, bonfires, late nights and tons of fun! As a first-timer, I got to experience Ultimate Pumpkin (yes, it’s ultimate Frisbee with a pumpkin!) for the first time and it was awesome!

Ultimate Pumpkin

Spending time with friends and other leaders in the organization was a great way to get recharged as we came back into another busy week at school. I am so glad I made the decision to go do something fun; it was a great experience I will never forget!

Intramural Soccer

Esteban Rodriguez

Esteban Rodriguez,
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 4 October 2015

Before starting my last year at Ohio University, I decided to make a bucket list, and one of the things on my bucket list was to play intramural sports again. The last time I played was my freshman year, and the following years I was so busy that I didn’t play again.

My roommates and I, along with some other friends decided to play 4 vs 4 soccer and named our team Muchachbroz. Our name is a combination between English and Spanish to say “young friends”.

Intramural Soccer

Our first game was on a Wednesday night and since we are all very busy in our senior year, we didn’t get to practice beforehand. This first game was terrible; we definitely didn’t think it through, especially by signing up to men’s competitive. Every single player was better than us and the fact that we didn’t practice made it impossible to know how we all were playing. We lost 0-6 and it was indeed very shameful, however I hadn’t felt that good after playing a sport in a while.

We realized that our future in the tournament wasn’t going to be too positive, but we were just there to have fun. Our following games were not too great either, but we all enjoyed playing, had a great time and we’re all signing up for 7 vs 7 later this semester! I am very glad we decided to do this, and I’m looking forward to complete my bucket list.