Department Chair’s Message

Welcome to another issue of IOE News, our newsletter for alumni and friends of the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering. As always, the IOE Department is an exciting place to be and I’m pleased to share some recent news with you.

I’m proud to share that four of our faculty members have earned promotions. I’m delighted to work with  Amy Cohn, Marina Epelman, Eunshin Byon, and Siqian Shen and congratulate them on the well-deserved promotions.

I’m sorry to share the news that Richard Wilson, one of our influential faculty members from the early days of the IOE Department, passed away earlier this year. The memories shared in this newsletter illustrate why his influence is still felt in the department today.

I am also honored to share the accomplishments of our IOE community members. Be sure to read our Faculty & Staff Updates, Student & Alumni Updates, and Research Funding Updates to see what our accomplished community members are doing. And, of course, this issue wouldn’t be complete without a big congratulations to our 2017 graduates!

I’m always eager to hear what our alumni are up to and to highlight alumni stories in this newsletter and on our website. If you have news of achievements and awards that we can share with the IOE community or would like to be featured in the Alumni Spotlight, please contact us at

In the spirit of keeping in touch, I’d like to remind you that IOE has a Twitter account, @UMIOE, which you can follow for the most recent news and updates.

I have enjoyed meeting many of you in the past years. Whenever you are on campus, our doors are always open to you. Please drop by to introduce yourself or catch up.

In closing, I hope you will plan to join us from Thursday, November 9th to Saturday, November 11th, 2017 for an event which will celebrate the history, present, and future of the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering! Activities will include panels featuring students, faculty, and alumni; family friendly activities; networking; opportunities to mentor current students; talks from prominent members of the IOE community; and more! Keep an eye out for more information regarding this event!

Go Blue!
Mark S. Daskin