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. I’m pleased to share some recent news with you.

We’ve had a busy several months in IOE with our IOE 60+ Anniversary Celebration, Homecoming Weekend, faculty and students making trips to conferences such as HFES and INFORMS, and many other activities.

It was an absolute pleasure for me to connect with so many alumni at our 60+ Anniversary Celebration. It was even more exciting to see alums of all ages connecting with our current students. I enjoyed every moment of the weekend from technical talks from our bright and innovative IOE community members, to dinner at the University of Michigan Art Museum, and, of course, our tour of the Michigan Stadium.

Speaking of our alumni, you may enjoy reading about a recent graduate, Ryan Kennedy, who took a few months after graduation to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. In an event a little closer to home, Gary Verplank returned to campus for Homecoming Weekend and shared his expertise and experience with IOE alumni, students, faculty, and staff as our Alumni Awardee. And, finally, I truly enjoyed reading our guest post from Mike Kahn, an IOE alum I had the pleasure of meeting at our 60+ Anniversary Celebration.

And, as usual, our current students are doing great things as well. Bassel Salka and Minjun Zhao have founded Michigan Lean Consortium Consulting (MLC Consulting) which is intended to spread Lean minded thinking across the University of Michigan campus. And, IOE 202 students, showed off their research in an amazing poster session. Many thanks to Lauren Steimle, an IOE PhD student, who taught this section of 202 and who organized this poster session.

You’ll see even more accomplishments from our community in the faculty & staff news and student & alumni news sections. There are also plenty of exciting research projects in our research funding updates. I’m pleased to share, for example, that Viswanath Nagarajan has received an NSF CAREER Award. Congratulations, Vish.

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.

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.

Go Blue!
Mark S. Daskin