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30 Years of Experiential Learning On September 1 and 2, 2015, the faculty of the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering in the College of Engineering will hold an event entitled “Thirty Years of Experiential Learning.” In this method of teaching, students take ownership of a series of challenges which are designed to meet very specific course objectives. Faculty and staff from throughout the university are invited where you will gain an understanding of how students from diverse educational backgrounds develop critical thinking and communication skills through experiential learning. This event is relevant to any discipline involving team-based decision-making in complex systems.

A special opportunity of this event will be a challenge for event participants to design and operate a national supply chain for the distribution of antivirals during a pandemic influenza. To provide context for a discussion of the method, participants can choose to actively manage a distribution system corresponding to the one in place during the 2009 pandemic; other participants may observe the process.

A keynote address will be given by Professor Dennis Severance, Accenture Professor of Computer and Information Systems, Emeritus, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. Professor Severance is recognized as one of the most effective teachers at the University of Michigan over the past quarter century. The complete program is listed below.

Thirty Years of Experiential Learning

September 1
1:00 p.m.-1:50 p.m. Introduction to Experiential Learning (Rhodes Hall 471): Professor Jack Muckstadt
2:00 p.m.-3:05 p.m. Design Challenge: Can You Manage the Distribution of Antivirals During a Pandemic?
3:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m. What Happened Under Your Management and What Really Happened in 2009?
3:45 p.m. Refreshments
4:15 p.m. Keynote Address (Rhodes Hall 253): Dennis Severance, Accenture Professor of Computer and Information Systems, Emeritus, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

September 2
8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Introduction to the Manufacturing Operations Game (Rhodes 471): John Jenner (’57, B.M.E. ’58, M.B.A. ‘59), I.B.M. Manufacturing Technology Institute, retired.
2:30 p.m.-3:50 p.m. Observe Students Playing the Manufacturing Operations Game (Rhodes 471)
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Observations on Student Participation and Experiential Learning (Rhodes 253)

For more information, contact Professor Peter Jackson ( or Professor Jack Muckstadt, Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow (