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New faculty member receives software grant

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Emmanuelle Wallach joined the MU College of Engineering faculty in August as an adjunct instructor in the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Department. She brings access to Simio Enterprise Edition, state-of-the-art simulation software, thanks to a grant valued at $228,000.

Emmanuelle Wallach joined the MU College of Engineering faculty in August as an adjunct instructor in the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Department. In addition to sharing her knowledge about simulation models with the department’s students, Wallach brings access to Simio Enterprise Edition, state-of-the-art simulation software, after receiving approval for her Simio Academic Grant proposal.

The grant provided 100 copies of the software — a gift valued at $228,000 — and her new MU department paid for Wallach’s training.

“Others in the department have been wanting this software,” Wallach said. “It will replace Arena, and will be used in teaching and research.

“You can write beautiful equations, but until you can verify them, you can’t be sure they will work,” she added. “This software will verify the models students develop.”

Simulation allows for testing a variety of variables in a model created to solve an operational problem. It allows a designer to apply any number of alterations to the model, or combinations of changes, to come up with the best solution.

Some of the advantages inherent in Simio software are that it has no model size limits and allows for object library development and 3-D animation.

Department Chairman Luis Occeña is pleased with Wallach’s initiative.

“This grant enables our faculty and students to work with the cutting edge in discrete simulation modeling tools,” he said.