IE Graduate Seminar: 'Arena Simulation Projects at the UIHC'

Thursday, September 15 at 3:30 pm to 4:20 pm
4030 Seamans Center

"Arena Simulation Projects at the UIHC" presented by Salvador Rojas Murillo. The Office of Operations Excellence at the University of Iowa Hospitals and clinics (UIHC), provides lean management and process improvement initiatives throughout the University of Iowa Health Care system. This office utilizes different industrial engineering techniques, such as Lean and Six Sigma, discrete event simulation, and data analyses to serve as the expert source for process analysis, data acquisition, problem definition, and process improvement. In the past months, the office has developed a couple of discrete simulation projects using arena software. In this talk, the development of two simulation projects and their preliminary results will be discussed. The first project was developed for the stores section. In the past years, UIHC has been growing at a very fast rate making it more difficult for the different service areas to have enough space to provide adequate service. One area that demands more space is stores; they store a high variety of supplies, from personal hygiene products to syringes. One approach to solve this problem is to take it to an outside location. A proposed simulation project was performed to understand the efficiency of the system and to understand the impact of taking it to an outside location. The second project is related to the cancer infusion suite. The objective is to increase the efficiency of the system. The ultimate goal is to increase the number of patients while reducing waiting time. Salvador Rojas-Murillo is a Ph.D. student in industrial engineering in the area of humans factors at the University of Iowa. He graduated from the Tecnologico de Morelia (Mexico) with a B.S. in industrial engineering and earned a Master's in Engineering in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. His area of research is concentrated in visual cognition with a specialization on visual interpretation for real and virtual environments.  Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the MIE Office in advance at

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