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COR Students Attend Simulation Conference

Health trajectories, cybersecurity, maritime logistics, supply networks – in these and dozens of other areas, how can we better anticipate risks, and make better decisions when the outcomes are uncertain?

Enter the tools and methodologies of simulation, an area of specialization offered by the W&M master’s program in Computation Operations Research.

W&M students at presentation by Thomas Keelin on metalog distributions and extremely accurate sums of lognormals in closed form: (from right) Leyli Garryyeva, Cassie Chang, Will Wolz, Julia Reilly-Edwards, and Allie Miller.This year, 11 second-year COR students attended the Winter Simulation Conference, the premier conference for Monte Carlo and discrete-event simulation, held in Washington D.C. Their participation was funded in part by the A&S Annual Fund.

All of the students had completed their capstone course in Simulation Modeling, which uses the Arena language to construct a mathematical model of a real-world system. Attending the conference gave the students the opportunity to hear talks from and meet the top researchers in the field. They also interacted with industry leaders and innovators, and explored state-of-the-art software offered in the exhibits area.

And an added bonus: COR alumni Catherine King M.S. '20, Russ Shaffer M.S. '11, and Sidi Chang M.S. '16 were also at the conference, and met with the students to share their tips and insights.