$1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education
EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — With a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the University of Texas at El Paso College of Engineering will establish a systems modeling and simulation concentration in under the Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering (IMSE) Department,
“With this new concentration, UTEP will train students to be more innovative, technologically sound, and able to cope with a rapidly changing industrial environment,” said Bill Tseng, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Manufacturing Industrial and Systems Engineering (IMSE) and Director of the Institute for Manufacturing and Engineering Systems Research. “This will enable our graduates to thrive in today’s industrial landscape, where the very nature of work is changing due to advances in technology and ever-changing supply chains and customer needs.
The new curriculum will allow graduate engineering students to deepen their knowledge in data analysis, computer simulation, augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) and machine learning for dynamic production and operating systems.
College officials say these are systems that tend to be complex in nature due to rapidly changing customer needs, operational parameters, involvement of technology and cyber-physical systems. interactive.
Under this grant, the IMSE department will establish a new Laboratory for Systems Innovation with Modeling and Simulation (SIMS) to stimulate student interest in practical skills such as big data analysis, simulation models, 3D model design and augmented reality. /Development of VR applications. Security, cost and scale prevent most students from developing expertise in these areas before entering the job market, Tseng said.
The researchers also hope to stimulate student-led innovation in modeling and simulation through original research projects.
The grant will also support significant revisions to existing IMSE programs. Two existing courses – Industrial Data Analysis and Computer Simulation – will be restructured to align with the objectives of this project. Additionally, two new courses – Machine Learning for Systems Emulation and AR/VR-Based Simulation – will be developed.
Tseng is the Principal Investigator of the grant. Michael Pokojovy, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematical sciences and computer science; Arturo Olivarez, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at UTEP; and Md Fashiar Rahman, Ph.D.., teacher-researcher at the IMSE department are the co-PIs of the project.
“Industries are always faced with new kinds of challenges and issues, such as constantly changing demand and customer preferences,” Rahman said. “These challenges cannot be fully addressed using traditional knowledge. Students graduating from this concentration will acquire the expertise necessary to make substantial contributions to the search for solutions.
The program will have its first cohort of students by the spring semester of 2024.
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