ProModel Salutes Founder Charley Harrell for Years of Service—and Getting This Whole Thing Started!
Dr. Charles Harrell founded ProModel in 1988 and was the original developer of the Company’s simulation technology (ProModel PC). Today he serves on the Board of Directors and has been actively involved in new product development, acting as chief technology advisor. Charley is also an associate professor of Engineering and Technology at Brigham Young University and the author of several simulation books.
In May, Charley officially retired from the company. To honor his innovative and productive career, ProModel held a celebration for Charley in Orem, Utah along with many of his colleagues who have been with him from the start.
The entire ProModel family would like to thank Charley for his years of service, guidance and friendship and we wish him all the best in the future! He has made ProModel what we are today.
In 2013 ProModel celebrated its 25th Anniversary and Charley shared his memories and appreciation for ProModel in this thoughtful BLOG POST
One of ProModel’s Biggest Supporters Reflects on a Career in Academic Optimization!
When Sandra Petty, Academic Coordinator at ProModel Corporation, invited me to contribute to ProModel’s guest blog, it gave me an opportunity to reflect on an academic career with one ever present constant, the ProModel’s suite of simulation software products. My Universities may have changed, yet each year for the past twenty or so I have taught at least one, (many times far more) discrete-event simulation courses to an undergraduate, graduate, corporate or government audience. Regardless of the class, a Ph.D. or a freshman undergraduate, I have continued to use ProModel since its early days as one of the first Window’s based simulation products. As ProModel Corporation has introduced new products, MedModel, ServiceModel, Process Simulator and Portfolio Simulator, my students have had an invaluable opportunity to be exposed to some of the best simulation products in the industry.
||ProModel Guest Blogger:
Linda Ann Riley, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of Engineering, University of New Haven;
former Associate Dean and recently retired professor from the School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management at Roger Williams University.
Each simulation class that I teach involves an external project where students work with non-proprietary data from industry, government or non-profit entities. Working only with the ProModel Student Package, I have seen some of the most impactful and innovative uses of ProModel simulation software. From modeling casino floor slot machine layout to nuclear reactor evacuation scenarios, the variety of applications for the software has been virtually limitless. The simulation skillset acquired by students is one of the primary factors companies have cited when hiring students with ProModel experience. Through the years, the aerospace, health care, automotive, logistics and defense industries have identified significant value in students graduating with exposure to ProModel’s suite of products.
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Teaching Systems Analysis and Modeling
Dr. Robert Loomis, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor, Florida Institute of Technology; NASA (Retired)
I teach a number of courses for the Florida Institute of Technology, one of which (Systems Analysis and Modeling) is a 17 week graduate level survey course in Systems Analysis, various types of modeling and how the modeling fits into the SA process. This course is designed to be “a mile wide and an inch deep” in that it introduces several topics that could, by themselves, be the subject of dedicated courses.
One of the challenges in teaching a course such as this (particularly in an MBA environment) is to find tools that are effective and demonstrate the concepts well without becoming bogged down in the mechanics of the tools employed. It also helps if the students find them engaging to use. I ended up writing some of my own applications for certain deterministic models in order to meet those requirements and to emphasize the concepts that I felt were important.
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Check out our previous ProModel Academic Guest Bloggers!