Penn State industrial engineering graduate, Achal Goel, along with the help of Service Enterprise Engineering (SEE) 360 associate director Bárbara Venegas and SEE360 scholars Vignesh Ramanathan and Pawornwan Thongmak, recently developed an innovative software application to improve vastly on the snow removal operations that take place at the Penn State University Park campus. The software, named Real-time Optimization for Adaptive Removal of Snow (ROARS), optimizes operations by minimizing the snow-removal time in an efficient manner.

Since launching in Fall 2018, the development of this software has garnered the attention of local snow plowers, as well as businesses and college campuses, eager to learn more about this tool. In the 2019 spring semester ROARS attracted national attention as Bárbara Venegas appeared on The Weather Channel’s Hi-Tech Winter segment to discuss its advantages.

The ability of this software to utilize and respond to real-time data and weather forecasts allows every point in the snow-removal operations to function more efficiently and effectively, creating a safer campus for everyone.

Story by – Shane Ramsay

Dr.Prabhu (left), with SEE Fellows and Scholars at the IME Industrial Open House, 2018

SEE organized a poster presentation competition at the Industrial Open House to provide students a platform to show their Service Engineering research

SEE 360 setup a booth at the Industry Open house to inform industry members and students about the Service Enterprise Engineering Initiative.

SEE Advisory Board Panel Discussion, 2017

The SEE Advisory Board panel discussions provide Penn State IE students the opportunity to get career advice and learn job hunting techniques from successful industry leaders. These panel discussions help achieve SEE 360’s goals of informing students of engineering opportunities available to them in the service industry as well as increasing collaboration with industry and alumni partners to improve the productivity and quality of the service sector.

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