All senior students in the Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering culminate their undergraduate educational experience with the Senior Design course. In Senior Design, students complete an intensive, semester-long, team-based engineering design project. By the end of the semester, students will learn how to:
Students work in teams of six to eight individuals, with 20-30 student teams per semester. Teams work on well-defined real-world design problems faced by local, national, and international clients. Each team picks its project, but senior design faculty reserve the right to veto project proposals that do not appear to comply with the course objectives.
The World Food Program (WFP), the largest humanitarian organization fighting world hunger, has a decentralized decision making process across its supply chain. In order to centralize commodity, sourcing, and routing decisions, the team created a customizable optimization tool, based on a multi-period multi-commodity minimum cost network flow model. The tool outputs the most cost-effective solution given optional constraints over a planning horizon. With this visibility, WFP can potentially save $34 million or 12.91% of the supply chain costs.