Each year, at the Annual Conference of the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers, a competition is held for the best technical paper from an Industrial and Systems engineering undergraduate program. The technical paper is typically a report of the accomplishments of the students senior design project, presented by a member of the student team who worked on the project. To be eligible to compete the team must first win the regional competition held at the Regional Annual IISE meeting.
In March, two Rutgers student teams competed in the Northeast Region competition. The teams won first and second place. First place went to Taylor Au, Zoe Commons, Ayushi Chauhan, and Vidita Gawade for their project titled “Managing Traffic Flow for the Union Pacific Railroad.” This project assisted Union Pacific in managing delays in their system by analyzing operational data, simulating the rail network traffic, and recommending policies to manage congestion. Professor Grace Guo advised the student team. Second place went to Jie Lyu, Yifei Ma, Yuting Qiao and Yicheng Wang for their project titled “Highly Intelligent Mobile Tennis Ball Collector.” The team designed and built a mobile robot that could identify the location of tennis balls on a practice court using machine vision and efficiently collect them for deposit at a central location. Professor Thomas Boucher advised the student team.
The first place team will compete against eleven other regions, including Canada and Mexico, for national recognition at the Annual Conference in May, 2017.