Faculty Advisor

Trapp, Andrew C

Abstract

The goal of this MQP is to improve Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s (WPI) Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division (IGSD) off-campus IQP placement process. The IQP is a cornerstone of the WPI plan, however, placements have become increasingly complex and demanding as the number of applicants grow. Our team proposes an Excel-based decision support tool to improve the matching of students and IQP project center directors based on expressed preferences, thereby assisting IGSD by recommending student-IQP site placements. The decision-support tool uses VBA to build and solve an optimization model. In addition to reducing the time and effort required to place students, we believe that the decision-support tool will increase overall participant satisfaction with placements.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2017

Major

Mathematical Sciences

Major

Industrial Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Business

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