Penn State Great Val­ley hires fac­ulty mem­ber

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - BUSINESS -

Ashkan Ne­gah­ban, as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of en­gi­neer­ing man­age­ment, has joined Penn State Great Val­ley from Auburn Univer­sity, where he taught un­der­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate cour­ses in sim­u­la­tion mod­el­ing and prob­a­bil­ity and sta­tis­tics.

Born and raised in Iran, Ne­gah­ban wanted to study en­gi­neer­ing from a young age. Each of his de­grees are in in­dus­trial and sys­tems en­gi­neer­ing — he re­ceived a bach­e­lor of science from the Univer­sity of Tehran and a master of en­gi­neer­ing and a doc­tor­ate from Auburn Univer­sity.

He also de­vel­oped an eight-part video learn­ing se­ries on sim­u­la­tion soft­ware. Orig­i­nally created to re­place a weekly lab com­po­nent for an un­der­grad­u­ate class, the videos have been viewed more than 40,000 times and are used by fac­ulty from in­sti­tu­tions around the world.

This fall he will teach an on­line eco­nomics course for en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents and an on-cam­pus cap­stone course in en­gi­neer­ing man­age­ment. In prepa­ra­tion for the cap­stone course, Ne­gah­ban has con­nected with local com­pa­nies with whom stu­dents will col­lab­o­rate and cre­ate projects.

His re­search in­ter­ests in­clude the use of Monte Carlo, dis­crete event, and agent-based sim­u­la­tion in man­u­fac­tur­ing sys­tem de­sign. He has au­thored several jour­nal ar­ti­cles and re­search pa­pers and is the 2014 re­cip­i­ent of the Spe­cial In­ter­est Group on Sim­u­la­tion and Mod­el­ing Award from the As­so­ci­a­tion for Com­put­ing Machin­ery.

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