updates listed in alphabetical order by last name
Shi Cao has been selected to receive a 2012 Rackham International Research Award for his research on “a cross-cultural examination of speech interfaces and driving performance.” His research combines laboratory experiments and computational modeling with a Queuing Network (QN) cognitive architecture.
Valerie Chase’s abstract “Improving Discharge Communication and Room Turnover Using Systems Engineering” was accepted for poster presentation at the 2012 Society for Health System’s Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference. The abstract evolved from a project in IOE 424.
Cheng Chen, a junior in IOE, has been honored as one of two Student Entrepreneurs for 2011, by the College of Engineering Center for Entrepreneurship and, co-sponsor, RPM Ventures of Ann Arbor. You can read more about Cheng in our feature article.
Fred Feng is IOE’s 2012 Joel and Lorrainne Brown GSI of the Year. Every March, IOE students cast their vote for instructors who have made great impacts on their education and lives. Fred follows in a long tradition of teaching excellence.
IOE PhDs Jonathan Helm and Hoda Parvin and Professor Mark Van Oyen, along with Shervin AhmadBeygi, an IOE alum, and Peter Larson, authored the paper, “Malaria Treatment Distribution in Developing World Health Systems and Application to Malawi.” The paper has been selected as one of the finalist for the 2012 College of Healthcare Operations Management (CHOMS) Best Paper Award.
IOE PhD Candidate, Jonathan Helm, has been selected by the Faculty as the 2012 winner of the Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement. This prize is awarded annually to one IOE graduate student based on excellence in leadership, academic performance, and research.
IOE Alumni, Kate Heynoski has been nominated as a finalist for the best paper based on a dissertation by the Organization Development and Change Division at the Academy of Management annual meeting. Each division nominates one paper as a finalist for the William H. Newman Award.
Marcial Lapp has been selected as one of the Rackham Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award recipients for 2012. The awards are designed to honor Graduate Student Instructors who have demonstrated: exceptional ability and creativity as teachers; continuous growth as teachers; service as outstanding mentors and advisors to their students, colleagues and others in need of their help; and growth as scholars in the course of their graduate programs. Marcial was also selected to receive the 2012 Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Outstanding GSIs. As one of four award recipients, he received a cash prize and was recognized during the College of Engineering Student Leaders and Honors Brunch.
The IOE Department was quite successful in this year’s NSF Graduate Fellowship competition, winning two of the seven “Industrial Engineering/Operations Research” fellowships that were awarded nationally. Those awards went to IOE students Elliott Lee and Troy Long.
IOE PhD candidate Troy Long is also the 2011 Bonder Fellow. The one year Seth Bonder Fellowship is awarded on a competitive basis to a superior IOE graduate student who wishes to study and do research in the field of applied operations research.
Sara Lu is a 2012 recipient of the Rackham Centennial Spring Summer Fellowship Award. Awardees receive a stipend of $6,000 to work on research, scholarly, or creative projects in collaboration with faculty mentors during the Spring/Summer 2012 term to advance progress towards the degree and their future impact as “Michigan Graduate Students in the World.” Sara’s faculty mentor is Professor Nadine Sarter.
IOE undergrad, Rama Mwenesi, has been selected to receive the Stellar Multicultural Performance Award. The awards are given to those nominees who show outstanding contributions to multicultural understanding and diversity awareness. The primary initiative Rama has been working on called E-MAGINE in which the goal has been to create awareness and solutions to “help teachers, help students, by bridging the digital and social divide in underprivileged schools around the world”. Learn more and help out at: http://michiganemagine.org/?p=Support
Nadine Moacdieh and Zohar Strinka, both IOE PhD Candidates, tied for first place award in the College of Engineering 2011 Engineering Graduate Symposium technical poster presentations. Nadine’s presentation was titled “Eye tracking based measurement of clutter in visual displays”. Zohar’s was titled “Exact and heuristic methods for a class of selective newsvendor problems”.
Crawford Award Presentation (Left to Right: Mark Daskin, Kurt Skifstad, Natalie Naruns, Karen Crawford)
Natalie Naruns was the Winter 2012 recipient of the Andrew S. Crawford Award for Entrepreneurship Excellence. Akshay Baliga won the award in Fall 2011. Askay worked on two projects. The first was Autogreeter, aimed at making the process of checking into hotels more efficient, and the second was Clearwater, an environmental consulting firm for developing economies. Natalie, working with fellow students Katy Feaver and Jon Rubins, developed Spirit Friday, a retail website that promotes using non-branded, colored apparel to show team spirit. Fans who prefer a dressier, more unique look for game day outfits, professional wear, or everyday spirit, can use Spirit Friday to easily find clothes in their desired color combinations. Spirit Friday is in the live beta stage this summer.
IOE PhD candidates, Jie Ning and Soroush Saghafian, are winners of the 2012 Wilson Prize. This prize is given to the best student paper dealing with any aspect of manufacturing systems, including, but not limited to, operations, quality control, finance, logistics, production planning, product development, facility layout, material handling. Jie’s paper is titled, “Pricing Production Capacity in Component Outsourcing Under Guaranteed-Delivery Contracts” and Soroush’s is titled, “Compensating for Dynamic Supply Disruptions with Backup Flexibility”.
Jie Ning and Mark Daskin at the 2012 Graduate Student Banquet
PhD student Jie Ning has been chosen to receive the 2012 Murty prize. Her paper is titled “Optimal Contracts Based on Customer’s Willingness to Pay: An Empirical Study”. A committee reviews papers nominated for the annual award, formally known as the Katta Murty Prize for Best Research Paper on Optimization by an IOE Student.
IOE Alumnus, Maury Nussbaum (PhD ’94), professor of industrial and systems engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been appointed as the Hal G. Prillaman Professor in Industrial and Systems Engineering.
Kamran Paynabar received a Best Student Paper Award in the Data Mining Section of INFORMS (2011) for his paper “Hierarchical Non-Negative Garrote for Group Variable Selection.” He also received Best Application Paper Award from IIE Transactions, for his paper “Characterization of Nonlinear Profiles Variations using Mixed-Effect Models and Wavelets.”
Soroush Saghafian won the College of Engineering Outstanding PhD Research Award for 2011. Each department in the College of Engineering nominates one person and three winners are selected for the 2011 Richard and Eleanor Towner Outstanding PhD Research Award. Each winner will receive a $2500 prize. The main criteria are academic achievements and publications and the nominees are judged by representatives from the College.
Samantha Scotland has been selected to receive a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for the year 2012-2013. The award consists of a stipend for three terms and other benefits and supports outstanding doctoral students who have achieved candidacy and are actively working on dissertation research and writing.