Omar Ashour, Ph.D.

Omar Ashour, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Industrial Engineering
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213 AMIC Building
AMIC BUILDING
5350 TECHNOLOGY DRIVE
ERIE PA 16510
Biography

Dr. Omar Ashour is an associate professor of industrial engineering at Penn State Behrend, where he started working in fall 2013. He has previously held a post-doctoral appointment at Penn State University, University Park. Dr. Ashour received the B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering/Manufacturing Engineering and the M.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) in 2005 and 2007, respectively. He received his M.Eng. degree in Industrial Engineering/Human Factors and Ergonomics and the Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Pennsylvania State University (PSU) in 2010 and 2012, respectively. Dr. Ashour was the inaugural recipient of William and Wendy Korb Early Career Professorship in Industrial Engineering in 2016.

Research Interests

Dr. Ashour’s research is to investigate the application of data-driven decision-making for the improvement of healthcare and manufacturing systems. This is achieved by modeling problems and building decision-support tools using data analytic techniques including simulation to aid decision-makers in healthcare and manufacturing systems to make accurate and repeatable decisions with the main goal of improving safety and quality of care in healthcare systems while improving the efficiency and productivity in manufacturing systems. In addition, Dr. Ashour's research involves using virtual reality (VR), artificial intelligence, and gamification in the area of personalized and adaptive learning for design and engineering education.

Publications

Multi-Context Generation in Virtual Reality Environments using Deep Reinforcement Learning, ASME 2020 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC/CIE 2020) - August 18, 2020
Collaborators: James Cunningham; Christian Lopez; Conrad Tucker

Novel Simulation-Based Learning Modules for Teaching Database Concepts, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) - June 18, 2020
Collaborators: Sabahattin Ozden, Co-Author; Ashkan Negahban, Co-Author

The CLICK Approach and its Impact on Learning Introductory Probability Concepts in an Industrial Engineering Course, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) - June 18, 2020
Collaborators: Christian Lopez, Co-Author; James Cunningham; Conrad Tucker, Co-Author

Enhancing Teaching and Learning of Order Picking Operations via Augmented Reality, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE) Annual Conference & Expo - May, 2020
Collaborators: Sabahattin Ozden, Co-Author; Ashkan Negahban, Co-Author

Improving the global supply chain for commercial aircraft using six sigma principles, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE) Annual Conference & Expo - May, 2020
Collaborator: Safinaz Elhadary, Co-Author

Deep Reinforcement Learning for Procedural Content Generation of 3D Virtual Environments, Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering - February 11, 2020
Collaborators: Christian Lopez, Author; James Cunningham, Author; Conrad Tucker, Author

Reinforcement Learning Content Generation for Virtual Reality Applications, ASME 2019 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC/CIE 2019) - August 18, 2019
Collaborators: Christian Lopez, Author; Conrad Tucker, Co-Author

An Introduction to the CLICK approach: Leveraging Virtual Reality to Integrate the Industrial Engineering Curriculum, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) - June 18, 2019
Collaborators: Christian Lopez, Co-Author; Conrad Tucker, Co-Author

Factors Influencing User Experience of Engineering Students in Simulated Environments, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE) Annual Conference & Expo - May, 2019
Collaborators: Christian Lopez, Co-Author; Conrad Tucker, Co-Author

Acute Stroke Patients Flow Analysis to Reduce Door-to-Intervention Time, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE) Annual Conference & Expo - May 16, 2019
Collaborators: Safinaz Elhadary, Co-Author; Ann Sokoloff, Secondary Author

Efficacy Investigation of Virtual Reality Teaching Module in Manufacturing System Design Course, Journal of Mechanical Design - October 17, 2018
Collaborators: Junfeng Ma, Co-Author; Raed Jaradat, Co-Author; Michael Hamilton, Co-Author; Parker Jones; Vidanelage Dayarathna

Mastery Learning and Assessment Approach in Operations Research Course, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) - June 23, 2018

Development Of Experiment-Based Mathematical Models Of Acoustic Emissions For Machine Condition Monitoring, CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems - May, 2018
Collaborators: Derek Shaffer; Paige Lorson; Zack Plunkett; Ihab Ragai; Amir Danesh-Yazdi

Improving Patient Flow at a Cardiology Outpatient Clinic, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE) Annual Conference & Expo - May 19, 2018
Collaborators: Nicholas Bowers; Jessica Hocsman

An Approach for Rush Order Acceptance Decisions using Simulation and Multi-attribute Utility Theory, European Journal of Industrial Engineering - October, 2017
Collaborators: Faisal Aqlan, Co-Author; Abdulaziz Ahmed, Co-Author; Abdulrahman Shamsan; Mohammad Hamasha

A Hybrid Mastery-Conventional Assessment in Engineering Economy, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) - June, 2017
Collaborators: Faisal Aqlan; Paul Lynch

Integrating Industry-based Projects into an Undergraduate Manufacturing Systems Course, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) - June, 2017
Collaborators: Faisal Aqlan, Author; Keegan O'Bannon

Virtual Reality Implementation to Improve System Thinking Skills—An Engineering Education Case Study, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE) Annual Conference & Expo - May, 2017
Collaborators: Raed Jaradat, Co-Author; Junfeng Ma, Co-Author; Michael Hamilton, Co-Author

A Case Study on Improving First Case Starts in Operating Rooms, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE) Annual Conference & Expo - May, 2017
Collaborators: Faisal Aqlan, Author; Angela Zorn ; Andrew Lesko; Christopher Lashway; Anne Pedersen

Improve Operating Rooms Performance Using Lean and Statistical Methods: A Case Study, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE) Annual Conference & Expo - May, 2017
Collaborators: Faisal Aqlan, Co-Author; Anne Pedersen; Rachael Knox; Nicholas Bowers

A Lean Process Improvement of First Case Scheduling in Operating Rooms, Industrial Engineering and Operations Management (IEOM) - September 25, 2016
Collaborators: Faisal Aqlan, Author; Anne Pedersen

Process Improvement Approach to Investigate Low Block Utilization of Operating Rooms: A Case Study, Industrial Engineering and Operations Management (IEOM) - September 25, 2016
Collaborators: Faisal Aqlan; Anne Pedersen

Engineering Economy: The Crossroads of Business, Engineering, and Entrepreneurship, American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) - June, 2016
Collaborators: Paul Lynch, Primary Author; Joseph Wilck

Dynamic Patient Grouping and Prioritization: A New Approach to Emergency Department Flow Improvement, Health Care Management Science - June 1, 2016
Collaborator: Gul Kremer, Secondary Author

A Simulation-Optimization Framework for Cross-Docking Assignment Problem, Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC) - May, 2016
Collaborator: Faisal Aqlan, Co-Author

Engineering Economy: Bridging the Gap between Engineering, Business, and Entrepreneurship, Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference - May, 2016
Collaborators: Paul Lynch, Primary Author; Joe Wilck

Simulation for Triage , Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC) - May, 2016
Collaborators: Faisal Aqlan; Paul Lynch

Teaching Idea Generation to Undergraduate Students within the Time Constraints of a Capstone Course, American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) - June 14, 2015
Collaborators: Shraddha Sangelkar, Author; Charlotte DeVries, Co-Author; William Lasher, Co-Author

Using Artificial Neural Network as Meta-Modeling Technique in Supply Chains , Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC) - May 30, 2015
Collaborator: Abdulaziz Ahmed, Co-Author

Redesign the Engineering Teaching and Assessment Methods to Provide More Information to Improve Students’ Learning, Frontiers in Education (FIE) - October 22, 2014
Collaborators: Shraddha Sangelkar, Co-Author; Russell Warley, Co-Author; Oladipo Onipede, Co-Author

Mastery Learning in Engineering: A Case Study in Statics , American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) - June 15, 2014
Collaborators: Shraddha Sangelkar, Co-Author; Russell Warley, Co-Author; Oladipo Onipede, Co-Author

A Study on Situated Cognition: Product Dissection’s Effect on Redesign Activities, Advances in Engineering Education - 2013
Collaborators: Katie Grantham, Author; Gul Kremer, Co-Author; Timothy Simpson, Co-Author

Model Comparison in Emergency Severity Index Level Prediction, Expert Systems with Applications - December 01, 2013
Collaborators: Seifu Chonde, Primary Author; David Nembhard, Secondary Author; Gul Kremer, Secondary Author

An Exploration of the Effectiveness of Product Archeology in an Undergraduate Engineering Curriculum: What Can a Five-Hour Curriculum Do?, Advances in Engineering Education - July, 2013
Collaborators: Gul Kremer, Primary Author; Timothy Simpson, Co-Author

Group Technology-based Patient Grouping and Prioritizing Algorithm, Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC) - May, 2013
Collaborator: Gul Kremer, Secondary Author

Neural Networks, Bayesian Networks, and Logistic Regression for ESI Prediction, Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC) - May, 2013
Collaborators: Seifu Chonde, Primary Author; David Nembhard, Secondary Author; Gul Kremer, Secondary Author

Rank Aggregation Methods Comparison: A Case for Triage Prioritization, Expert Systems with Applications - March, 2013
Collaborators: Erica Fields, Co-Author; Gul Kremer, Co-Author

A Simulation Analysis of the Impact of FAHP–MAUT Triage Algorithm on the Emergency Department Performance Measures, Expert Systems with Applications - January, 2013
Collaborator: Gul Kremer, Secondary Author

Patient Prioritization in Emergency Departments: Decision Making under Uncertainty - August, 2012
Collaborator: Gul Kremer, Secondary Author

Discrete Event Simulation Analysis to Compare Emergency Severity Index and FAHP-MAUT Triage Algorithms, Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC) - May, 2012
Collaborators: Gul Kremer, Secondary Author; Deborah Medeiros, Secondary Author

Exploration of Group Technology Applications: Triage in the Emergency Department, Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC) - May, 2012
Collaborators: Geoffrey Silvera, Secondary Author; Gul Kremer, Secondary Author; Madhu Reddy, Secondary Author

From Product Dissection to Product Archaeology: Exposing Students to Global, Economic, Environmental, Societal Impact through Competitive and Collaborative “Digs", International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference - August, 2011
Collaborators: Timothy Simpson, Author; Gul Kremer, Co-Author; Kemper Lewis, Co-Author

Teaching the Global, Economic, Environmental, and Societal Foundations of Engineering Design through Product Archaeology, American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) - June, 2011
Collaborators: Kemper Lewis, Co-Author; Deborah Moore-Russo, Co-Author; Timothy Simpson, Co-Author; Gul Kremer, Co-Author; Xaver Neumeyer, Co-Author; Ann McKenna, Co-Author; Wei Chen, Co-Author

Developing a Correction Factor to Modify the FAHP and Utility Theory based Triage Algorithm, Industrial Engineering Research Conference (IERC) - May, 2011
Collaborator: Gul Kremer, Secondary Author

Fuzzy AHP and Utility Theory Based Patient Sorting in Emergency Departments, International Journal of Collaborative Enterprise - 2010
Collaborator: Gul Kremer, Secondary Author

A Novice-Centered Decision-Support System for Type Synthesis of Function-Generation Mechanisms, Mechanism and Machine Theory - September, 2010
Collaborators: Abdullah Al-Dwairi, Co-Author; Fikiri Dweiri, Secondary Author

A Study on Situated Cognition: Product Dissection's Effect on Redesign Activities, International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference - August, 2010
Collaborators: Katie Grantham, Co-Author; Timothy Simpson, Co-Author; Gul Kremer, Co-Author

An Improved Triage Algorithm for Emergency Departments Based on Fuzzy AHP and Utility Theory, Industrial Engineering Research Conference (IERC) - June, 2010
Collaborators: Gul Kremer, Secondary Author; Carol Smith, Secondary Author

Patient Sorting Through Emergency Severity Index and Descriptive Variables’ Utility, Industrial Engineering Research Conference (IERC) - June, 2010
Collaborator: Gul Kremer, Secondary Author

An AHP-Based Approach to Type Selection of Mechanisms for Periodic-Function Generation, IFToMM World Congress on Mechanism and Machine Science - June, 2007
Collaborators: Fikri Dweiri, Secondary Author; Abdullah Al-Dwairi, Co-Author

Education

Ph D, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, The Pennsylvania State University

Other, Industrial Engineering/Human Factors/Ergonomics, The Pennsylvania State University

MS, Industrial Engineering, Jordan University of Science and Technology

BS, Industrial Engineering/Design and Manufacturing , Jordan University of Science and Technology