Enterprise Simulation and Optimization Lab (eSOL)
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eSOL Receives $100,000 Research Grant from The Urban Child Institute

On Thursday, March 1, 2007, an inaugural ceremony was held in the FedEx Institute of Technology to celebrate the opening of Enterprise Simulation and Optimization Lab (eSOL). The mission of eSOL is to create a collaborative partnership among academic institutions and organizations within the private and public sectors to advance theory, develop solutions, systems and software, and transfer knowledge and technology relevant to the field of simulation and optimization through funded initiatives. Current partners include The University of Memphis, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Colorado at Denver, University of Missouri at Saint Louis, the US Navy, The Urban Child Institute, and OptTek, Inc. eSOL is located at the FedEx Institute of Technology, The University of Memphis, and its operations are planned by its National Advisory Board, made of world-class academicians and practitioners, and managed by an Executive Board. The two Co-Directors responsible for the eSOL activities are Dr. Mehdi Amini, from The University of Memphis, and Mr. Dave Cashbaugh, from the Navy Personnel, Research, Studies, and Technologies.

A strategic partnership has formed between the eSOL and The Urban Child Institute (TUCI), through which eSOL provides simulation modeling expertise to support the TUCI’s long-term research and development initiatives relevant to the community child wellbeing. Currently, researchers from The University of Memphis are involved in simulation modeling partnership include Dr. Mehdi Amini, Co-Director of the eSOL, and Dr. Mike Racer, member of the eSOL Executive Board. To manage complexities involved in studying community child welfare, the researchers within eSOL will benefit from expertise in many disciplines, including healthcare management, healthcare economics, pediatrics, political science, and anthropology. The TUCI simulation modeling research initiative will potentially impact child well-being policy and program analyses beyond our immediate community and have national and global implications.

To further enhance our strategic partnership, Mr. Gene Cashman, President and CEO of The Urban Child Institute, accepted an invitation to speak at the eSOL inaugural event. After his speech was completed he presented a surprise contribution for $100,000 to Dr. Mehdi Amini, Co-Director of eSOL, for supporting an ongoing research program focusing on application of simulation modeling in studying the welfare of the children of Memphis. This funding will support the eSOL research program relevant to TUCI for fiscal year 2007-2008.

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