Monthly Archives: December 2012

Topics Covered in my Class Via Memes

The Fall 2012 semester is in the grade books.  I truly enjoyed both of the courses I taught this fall.  I taught a graduate-level Operations Research course and an undergraduate elective course called Industrial Engineering Applications in the Service Sector.  I had a great group of students in both of my classes and I learned a lot teaching them this semester.

As a fun way to review for the final exam, I had students in my Service Sector course develop a Meme and then come to class and discuss the conceptual point that the Meme portrayed.  The assignment was as follows:

A meme is “an idea, behavior or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.” If you are on social media, memes seem to be everywhere. To help review for the final exam, provide an “IE Applications in the Service Sector” meme to help your fellow students remember a main topic in the course.  To receive full points, the meme needs to convey an important concept from class and be a creative, understandable, and appropriate meme.

Here are some of my favorites:

1. CRAFT Algorithm for the Facility Layout Problem


2. Optimization Modeling in the Service Sector

Nemo - Binary Reminder

3. Service Quality Design

ServiceQuality4. Queuing Models