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Engineering amusement

Matthew Derr’12G, a recent graduate student from industrial engineering, completed a multi-year project with Kennywood Amusement Park in Pittsburg, PA, to find solutions to issues such as allocation of the park’s seasonal workforce, attendance forecasting, and research related to customer experiences at the park’s new Sky Rocket roller coaster attraction. With the advice of project advisors George Wilson and Robert Storer, Derr developed a simulation computer model of the park’s Sky Rocket attraction, and a custom-designed software tool that recommends allocation of employees by taking into consideration trends in attendance, employee availability, and the park’s physical layout.

The Dendrite and Graphite of a Grey Cast Iron Structure

Kennywood Amusement Park