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

    Charpy Impact Energy Absorption of 3D Printed Continuous Kevlar Reinforced Composites, Journal of Composite Materials - January 1, 2021
    Collaborators: Dakota Hetrick; Seyed Hamid Reza Sanei; Charles Bakis

    Assessment of the Efficacy and Effectiveness of Virtual Reality Teaching Module: A Gender-Based Comparison, International Journal of Engineering Education - December 1, 2020
    Collaborators: Vidanelage Dayarathna; Sofia Karam; Raed Jaradat; Michael Hamilton; Morteza Nagahi; Sayali Joshi; Junfeng Ma; Bouteina Driouche

    Evaluating the effect of variable fiber content on mechanical properties of additively manufactured continuous carbon fiber composites, Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites - September 30, 2020
    Collaborators: Dakota Hetrick; Seyed Hamid Reza Sanei; Charles Bakis

    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; Ashkan Negahban

    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; James Cunningham; Conrad Tucker

    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; Ashkan Negahban

    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

    Connected Learning and Integrated Course Knowledge (CLICK) Approach, STEM for all Multiplex - May 12, 2020
    Collaborators: Conrad Tucker; Christian Lopez

    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; James Cunningham; Conrad Tucker

    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; Conrad Tucker

    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; Conrad Tucker

    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; Conrad Tucker

    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; Ann Sokoloff

    Efficacy Investigation of Virtual Reality Teaching Module in Manufacturing System Design Course, Journal of Mechanical Design - October 17, 2018
    Collaborators: Junfeng Ma; Raed Jaradat; Michael Hamilton; 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; Abdulaziz Ahmed; 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; 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; Junfeng Ma; Michael Hamilton

    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; 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; 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; 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; 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

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

    Engineering Economy: Bridging the Gap between Engineering, Business, and Entrepreneurship, Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference - May, 2016
    Collaborators: Paul Lynch; 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; Charlotte DeVries; William Lasher

    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; Russell Warley; Oladipo Onipede

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

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

    Model Comparison in Emergency Severity Index Level Prediction, Expert Systems with Applications - December 1, 2013
    Collaborators: Seifu Chonde; David Nembhard; Gul Kremer

    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

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

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

    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

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

    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; Deborah Medeiros

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

    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; Deborah Moore-Russo; Timothy Simpson; Gul Kremer; Xaver Neumeyer; Ann McKenna; Wei Chen

    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

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

    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; Timothy Simpson; Gul Kremer

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

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

    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; Abdullah Al-Dwairi

    Education

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

    M.E., 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