Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Abdolazim Houshyar

Second Advisor

Dr. Richard E. Munsterman

Third Advisor

Dr. Tarun Gupta

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Computer Aided Simulation is the process of designing a mathematical-logical model of a real system and experimenting with this model on a computer. Simulation encompasses a model building process as well as the design and implementation of an appropriate experiment involving that model. A simulation experiment involves observing the dynamic behavior of a model by moving from state to state in accordance with well-defined operating rules designed into the model. This research contains the development of a novel approach for the HIV transmission dynamics by using computer simulation to track the HIV positive individuals in a population and to determine their encounters with the susceptible population. This was achieved by developing a mathematical model and simulation program that can be used to imitate any population with specified social and behavioral characteristics.