(June 16, 2017) ISE Assistant Professor Dr. Alejandro Salado was recently recognized as a winner of one of the Best Paper Awards and New Educator Outstanding Paper Awards, both from the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).
Dr. Salado and his graduate students Arash Baghaei Lakeh from ISE and John Morelock from Engineering Education won the Industrial Engineering Division (IED) Best Paper Award for their paper “Decision-Making, Information Seeking, and Compromise: A Simulation Game Activity in Global Industrial Management.” This paper reports the results of a simulation game that was used as the final project in his course (ISE 4304: Global Issues in Industrial Management) in Spring 2016. The game simulates a global competitive technology market, where various manufacturing companies, smartphone companies, and technology development companies partner with and compete against each other. Students are exposed to ambiguity, lack of information, and uncertainty. This setup fosters information seeking, decision-making, and strategic thinking, culminating in embracing creativity, compromise, and adaptation.
Dr. Salado also wrote a paper “Industrial Engineering beyond Numbers: Optimizing under Ethics,” which earned him the IED New Industrial Engineer Educator Outstanding Paper Award. This paper proposes slight modifications to traditional industrial engineering problems to seamlessly expose students to ethical dilemmas. A key purpose of these problems is to make students understand the broader impacts of their decisions as engineers, with the ultimate goal of teaching students that “No” is a valid answer to an engineering problem.
Award winners are acknowledged at the Joint Awards Banquet with other divisions at the annual ASEE conference, held in Columbus, Ohio in June 2017.