Merritt Williamson Award for Best Paper at the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) Conference

Stuart Madnick, Allen Moulton, and Travis Trammell won the Best Paper award at the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) Conference for their paper "Using System Dynamics to Analyze the Effect of Funding Fluctuation on Software Development." All full paper submissions to the ASEM International Annual Conference are reviewed by a team of EMJ editors, associate editors, and reviewers from a broad range of specialty areas within Engineering Management. The selection of the Merritt Williamson Award Best Paper is made as the result of a two-stage process. In the first stage, a subset of papers are identified as best paper candidates. In the second stage of review, a detailed review is completed by at least two different members of the review team. A working paper pre-publication version is available online. Congratulations to Stu, Allen, and Travis!

UND and UIB: Exploration and Research of Energy Development Society members Pål Davidsen and David Wheat, faculty members in the Faculty of Social Sciences at University of Bergen; Scott Johnson, the principal advisor at the Institute of Energy Studies (IES) at University of North Dakota (UND); and others are meeting again to continue their research partnership. The system dynamics approach will be used during this project, which includes sharing faculty and research information about oil and energy development, environmental management, social programs, and other information. The week-long visit included a tour of the UND's extensive core sample library. (See Valleynewslive September 24, 2013.)

Diana Fisher Provided Modeling and Simulation Training for Pre-College Teachers Interests NASA

The MODSIM Workshop (July 15-26, 2013) for high school mathematics teachers in Virginia was sponsored by NASA Langley Research Center and Radford University. This two-week, 8 am to 5 pm, workshop provided instruction in system dynamics modeling appropriate for the high school mathematics classroom, and provided a hook for interdisciplinary lesson planning within their schools. The teachers worked with the STELLA software building models, reflected on curriculum change, and developed their own lessons to use in their classrooms in the fall.

They aligned many of their lessons with the Virginia Standards of Learning Mathematics. As the workshop was housed at the NASA Langley Research Center, the teachers also had an opportunity to take field trips to flight simulators, crash landing test sites, and wind tunnels. They also had presentations by leading NASA research scientists on the importance of simulation and modeling in space exploration and how frequently NASA engineers use simulation in their work.

Diana M. Fisher, with the help of Kim Brush for the NASA related activities, provided the workshop design, implementation, and instruction.

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