The latest Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering/Rockwell Undergraduate Student Simulation Competition brought quite a few firsts for WPI. It was the first time WPI placed in the global competition, and also the first time since 2011 that an American team has placed. And the fact that it was an all-female team is rare, if not a first, said the advisor of the second-place winning group, Industrial Engineering Assistant Professor Renata Konrad.
The WPI team went up against 72 teams from across the world and was one of only three to be selected to present their recommendations at the conference.
Elizabeth Karpinski, Camila Barros, and Lin Jiang—all rising seniors and industrial engineering majors—took on the challenge of solving the real-world supply-chain problem. To do that, competitors analyzed information concerning duck farms—more than 250 different farms, to be exact—thousands of possible routes connecting them, and five years’ worth of data considerations concerning demand, profit, costs, and more.