Wallace Hopp Elected to NAE

HoppWallace Hopp, IOE faculty member as well as IOE alumnus and the senior associate dean of the Ross School of Business, has been elected as a member of The National Academy of Engineering (NAE). He was elected “for creating and applying fundamental engineering principles governing the underlying behavior of manufacturing systems and supply chains.”

Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature,” and to the “pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.”

Faculty & Staff Updates

Improving Clinical Learning Environments for Tomorrow’s Physicians,” an article co-authored by James Bagian, Director of the Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety (CHEPS) and faculty member in Industrial and Operations Engineering, is featured in The New England Journal of Medicine. The New England Journal of Medicine publishes peer-reviewed research and clinical content for physicians, educators and the global medical community. It is one of the most prestigious medical journals and is considered a go-to resource for keeping practicing physicians aware of developments of importance to their patients and for training medical students and residents. In addition to his position at CHEPS, Bagian is a Clinical Professor of Engineering, Research Professor of Anesthesiology, and Chief Patient Safety and Systems Innovation Officer at the Medical School.

Xiuli Chao

Xiuli Chao

Professor Xiuli Chao has been elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). This award is the highest classification of membership in IIE and is in recognition of outstanding leaders of the profession that have made significant, nationally recognized contributions to industrial engineering. The Council of Fellows represents many of the most prominent members of the industrial engineering profession. IIE is the world’s largest professional membership society dedicated solely to the support of the industrial engineering profession and individuals involved with improving quality and productivity.

IOE Professor and Chair, Mark Daskin, is the 2014 recipient of the David F. Baker Distinguished Researcher Award from IIE. The award recognizes outstanding research in the profession. It is given for a career of accomplishments that broadly benefit practitioners, organizations, or other researchers rather than for a single activity or application. The award is named for David F. Baker, Ph.D., late chairman of the industrial engineering department at The Ohio State University. Nominees are judged on: significance of the research; diligence, innovative abilities, and perseverance in advancing the research; value of accomplishments; scope of the research and use of the results.

Professor Brian Denton was featured in a National Science Foundation (NSF) Special Report on “Engineering a more efficient way to diagnose prostate cancer.” Professor Denton discussed his research and use of computational models to evaluate prostate cancer biomarkers.

Provost Martha Pollack, Candy Ellis

Provost Martha Pollack and Candy Ellis

Candy Ellis, Department Administrator in Industrial and Operations Engineering, received the Candace J. Johnson Staff Award for Excellence. “Candy is, simply put, an outstanding employee and a key member of the IOE community,” said Mark Daskin, Clyde W. Johnson Collegiate Professor of Industrial & Operations Engineering and IOE Department Chair. “She is the glue that holds the faculty and staff together.” The University of Michigan Office of the Provost established the Candace J. Johnson Staff Award for Excellence in 2004 as a memorial to an exemplary staff member.

IOE Professor Mariel Lavieri has been elected Secretary/Treasurer of the SPPSN (Section on Public Programs, Service and Needs) section of The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).

Debra Levantrosser, an IOE Lecturer, is quoted extensively in the front page article in Crain’s Detroit Business, “Mayor Mike Duggan: Help city think lean.”

Professor Nadine Sarter served as a witness for the NTSB hearing on the crash of Asiana Flight 214, San Francisco, CA, 7/6/2013 in Washington, D.C. on December 11, 2013. Professor Sarter is recognized as an academic expert on automation and human performance and served on Panel 3: “Effects and influence of automation on human performance in the accident sequence.” Dr. Sarter was also quoted in Reuters online December 12 regarding the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash.

Professor Siqian Shen and PhD student, Yan Deng, are featured in a College of Engineering article on planning epidemic responses using simulation software. “Using Portland, Oregon as their test city, … Shen and colleagues are developing computer programs to minimize the number of infected residents given a limited budget for vaccinations and building closures.

Lawrence Seiford

Lawrence Seiford

Professor Lawrence Seiford is the 2014 recipient of the Albert G. Holzman Distinguished Educator Award from IIE. The award recognizes educators who contributed significantly to the profession through teaching, research and publication, extension, innovation, or administration. Nomination is based on teaching excellence, research accomplishment and publication, continuing education or development of off-campus courses, and documented innovative education techniques.

Mary Winter, IOE Research Administrator, formally retired from the IOE Department on December 23, 2013. Mary had a long and distinguished career with the University of Michigan (47 years) and the IOE Department (31 years). Hired into the University in May 1967, she began her employment as an Assistant to the Director of Pediatric Neurology from 1967 to 1974. She then became an Assistant to the Director of Respiratory Intensive Care and Pulmonology from 1974 to 1982. Mary joined the Industrial & Operations Engineering Department in August 1982.

Mary Winter

Mary Winter with her IOE colleagues at her retirement party

Research Funding Updates

Eunshin Byon

Eunshin Byon

Professors, Eunshin Byon (IOE) and Jerome Lynch (Civil Engineering), have received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their project titled “Regularized Learning Enabled Monitoring and Control for Wind Power Systems.” The objective of this project is to develop new monitoring and control strategies for enhancing wind turbine reliability so that operations and maintenance costs of wind energy can be reduced. In wind power systems, the “wind input”-to- “turbine response” relationship is nonstationary, due to both internal (e.g., system’s degradation) and external (e.g., surface contamination on blades) changes. This nonstationary dependency causes significant technological challenges in managing the health and performance of wind turbines. This project will develop a new regularized learning method to characterize the time-varying dependency among system variables so that changes in a turbine system can be tracked and predicted. Subsequently, a statistical monitoring method and an adaptive control strategy will be devised in an effort to improve the reliability of a wind turbine.

IOE Professors, Xiuli Chao and Cong Shi, have received funding from NSF for their project, “Managing Perishable Inventory Systems: New Algorithms and Approximations.” This project is on the development of simple, efficient, and near-optimal approximation algorithms for perishable stochastic inventory systems. Perishable products, such as fresh food, pharmaceuticals, and blood banks are ubiquitous and an indispensable part of our society, and spoilage and outdating represent a major threat to the profitability of companies such as grocery retailers. However, the analysis of dynamic perishable inventory systems is notoriously difficult in both theory and computation due to the high-dimensional nature. Indeed, the optimal control policies are very complex even in the case of independent and identically distributed demands, and the computation of optimal policies using dynamic program is in general intractable due to the “curse-of-dimensionality.” The project develops approximation algorithms for perishable stochastic inventory systems with arbitrarily correlated demand processes that admit theoretical worst-case performance guarantees. The outcome of the project will help firms reduce waste, increase revenue, and even save lives (e.g., in blood bank applications).

Mark Van Oyen

Mark Van Oyen

The research team of Dr. Joshua Stein from Kellogg Eye Center, IOE Professors Mariel Lavieri, Mark Van Oyen, and IOE PhD Candidate Pooyan Kazemian received the 2014 Shaffer Grant for Innovative Glaucoma Research from the Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF) for the project titled “A Dynamic, Personalized Glaucoma Monitoring Decision Support Tool.” The goal of this project is to develop a powerful new type of glaucoma decision support tool to help eye doctors quickly and effectively identify which glaucoma patients are at high risk of getting worse and prevent them from losing more vision. Key features of this innovative technology are that it: (1) learns more and more about the stability of the patient’s glaucoma with every measurement of eye pressure or visual field, (2) can be personalized to identify the optimal frequency of testing for each individual patient, and (3) would suggest an eye pressure level specific for that particular patient that the care provider would use in the process of recommending treatment.

IOE Students Recognized at 2013 Engineering Graduate Symposium

IOE Students, Selin Merdan, Spyridon Potiris, Nadine Moacdieh, and Rosemarie Figueroa received awards in the 2013 Engineering Graduate Symposium Technical Sessions.

Each presenter’s research was evaluated on its originality, scientific merits, structure, and clarity of composition. All submissions were reviewed by at least two independent faculty members working in the same or similar research areas. Winners from each session received an honorarium and a Certificate of Merit.

The awardees and their presentation titles and abstracts are listed below.

IOE Operations Research session (First position was tied and no second position was awarded.)

Selin Merdan (1st Position)
Title: “When Is Bone Scan Needed For The Baseline Staging Of Newly Diagnosed Prostate Cancer?”
Abstract: accurate staging is of crucial importance for treatment choice as well as for patient diagnosis. Bone scan (BS) is the most widely accepted method for evaluating the entire skeleton for evidence of metastatic PCa; however it is also an expensive and time-consuming staging modality. This poster will present a study using statistical methods to evaluate the ability of clinical and pathological variables in predicting positive BS among a large sample of PCa patients from community and academic practices. We used the statistical model to identify subgroup of patients for whom staging BS could be safely eliminated due to low probability of BM.

Selin Merdan

Selin Merdan (R) pictured with IOE alumnus Barsaa Mohapatra (L)

Spyridon Potiris (1st Position)
Title: “Using Stochastic Programming and Discrete Event Simulation to Improve Service Quality in an Outpatient Infusion Center”
Abstract: Demand for outpatient chemotherapy delivery is rising, resulting in high patient volumes at infusion centers. To reduce patient waiting times and operating hours, we developed a stochastic programming model and easy to implement heuristics to generate patient appointment times at an infusion center. Our models explicitly consider the uncertainty of patient infusion times. We also show a detailed discrete event simulation model to evaluate the performance of the new patient appointment schedules.

Spyridon Potiris

Spyridon Potiris

IOE Ergonomics session

Nadine Moacdieh (1st Position)
Title: “Effects of Primary Flight Display Clutter: Evidence from Performance and Eye Tracking Measures”
Abstract: There is an ever-growing increase in the amount of information needed and available to operators in complex environments. One example of this trend is modern primary flight displays (PFD), many of which now include weather, terrain, and navigation data. The addition of more information to already busy displays has raised concerns about display clutter. In this study, our goal was to investigate the performance and attentional costs associated with PFD clutter during a simulated flight and to determine to what extent pilots are aware of clutter and its effects.

Rosemarie Figueroa (2nd Position)
Title: “Development Of A Next-Gen Hand Model”
Abstract: Hands are the primary means by which we exercise control over objects in our environment. In industry, proper design of workspace and tools, considering hand properties and population variability, is necessary for proactive prevention of hand acute and chronic injuries. To fully understand the relationship between exposure and development of work-related musculoskeletal disorders, objective measurements to quantify physical risk factors (e.g. human models) are needed. The main goal of this project is to collect new knowledge to develop a scalable 3D biomechanical hand model. This model could be used to determine required hand forces and postures so that risk factors can be identified and controlled.

IOEs Develop Professionalism Seminar to Help Fellow Students

Christopher Stevens, Jenette Kuo, Crosby Steiner, and Nicole Haven have spent the school year piloting a seminar series on professionalism for fellow IOE undergraduates. Stevens says the idea came about because The Engineering Global Leadership Program (EGL), which he is a member of, has a similar program for their students.

“Often times, the people who are in EGL need that program the least. It’s actually a lot of other students who need the benefit of this program and perhaps don’t know as much about professionalism, networking, interviewing and all of that,” Stevens explained.

Stevens and the rest of the team wanted to develop a program similar to EGL but broaden the scope to reach more students. Though he described it as an “organizational and timing challenge” to get their busy group together, the students involved were dedicated to making this project work because of the potential benefit they saw to the IOE community. They began a year of planning and working with staff and faculty like IOE Chair Mark Daskin and IOE Administrator Candy Ellis to develop a pilot program.

Kuo, Stevens, Steiner

Jenette Kuo, Christopher Stevens, and Crosby Steiner

The group then started brainstorming ideas for seminar topics. They used the existing EGL program as a framework but put their own spin on it, adding and subtracting some topics. The juniors and seniors on the planning committee considered the things they’d wanted and needed to learn as freshman and sophomores as a starting point, conducted their own research, and met with interested parties in the IOE Department in order to sculpt their seminar schedule.

“We tried to span a number of different topics…. We wanted to give everyone the same level playing field,” Stevens said. He noted that incoming IOE students come from different backgrounds and have varying levels of knowledge when it comes to professionalism. Taking that into consideration, final topics for the seminar series included: the basics of professionalism, available jobs, what Career Fair has to offer, why internships are important, interviewing, and working in a diverse workplace.

Students have responded positively to the opportunity to learn more. The group handed out feedback surveys at the end of the first two seminars and averaged a rating of 4.8 out of 5 from participants.

“The thing that I think people liked most is that we had a lot of mentors in the room and there was a lot of small group discussion so it wasn’t one person lecturing for an hour and a half. It was constantly people getting to ask — in a small group — a person who was older, who had had an internship and who had worked in some capacity, questions which I think was really unique to this program,” Stevens observed.

The mentors Stevens mentioned above are more experienced students – juniors, seniors, and graduate students – but some alumni mentors will be participating as well. The final seminar this term features IOE graduates who are now working in industry, consulting, academics, and other areas returning to campus to talk about their experience.

The students involved are already making plans to carry-on and improve the series for the next academic year. The series will be run by Alpha Pi Mu, the Industrial & Operations Engineering Honor Society.

Department Chair’s Message

Mark DaskinWelcome to IOE News, our newsletter for alumni and friends of the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering. As always, we have a lot to share with you!

I and the rest of the IOE community were extremely proud when Wallace Hopp, an IOE faculty colleague and the senior associate dean of the Ross School of Business, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. This is one of the highest honors that an engineer in this country can receive. Congratulations, Wally!

We are also excited that Xiuli Chao was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. In addition, Larry Seiford will be receiving the Albert G. Holzman Distinguished Educator Award. This is the highest award that IIE has for excellence in education. Congratulations to both Xiuli and Larry. These awards highlight the excellence of our faculty in all dimensions.

The recognition of our exceptional group of faculty, students, alumni, and staff doesn’t stop there. You’ll see in our faculty and staff news section that several of my IOE colleagues have been elected to prestigious positions along with many other achievements.

Our students and alumni have been keeping busy as well. Many IOEs were recognized at the 2013 Engineering Graduate Symposium and in the most recent round of College of Engineering Awards. And several students have been awarded other prestigious fellowships, scholarships, and prizes.

In this issue we also highlight a group of undergraduates in our program who are taking the initiative to make sure their classmates are prepared for the professional world. These students demonstrate the sense of community, service, and camaraderie that makes our department so special.

An alumnus of our department, Aniket Gune, is expressing that same sense of community with his work on projects that include a movement empowering New Yorkers to recharge through meditation and a people owned social advocacy initiative to counteract violence with acts of nonviolence.

And, of course, we can’t talk about the IOE community without thanking the generous alumni and friends of the department that have given to IOE in a variety of ways. I and the IOE Department appreciate your continued support. We couldn’t achieve what we have without all of you.

We hope to highlight more alumni news in upcoming newsletters and on our website and to feature more IOE alumni in our Alumni Spotlight. 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 IOENewsletter@umich.edu.

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

Student & Alumni Updates

Michael Bruk was awarded the 2014 Charles F. Barth, Jr. Prize, Undergraduate by the College of Engineering at the Leaders and Honors Brunch. This award is presented to an outstanding sophomore who has demonstrated academic excellence, leadership qualities and outstanding contributions to the University and/or community.

Ryan Chen

Ryan Chen

Ryan Chen was awarded the 2014 Distinguished Achievement Award, Graduate by the College of Engineering at the Leaders and Honors Brunch. This award recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the College, University, and community.

IOE student Yan Deng received a travel award to the 2014 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics optimization conference to be held in San Diego in May 2014. Yan Deng was also recently featured in an article on Planning Epidemic Responses along with IOE Professor Siqian Shen. See more information in our faculty and staff news section.

Rosemarie Figueroa was awarded the 2014 Distinguished Leadership Award, Graduate by the College of Engineering at the Leaders and Honors Brunch. This award recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the College, University, and community.

Ben Gezon was awarded the Fall 2013 Andrew S. Crawford Award for Entrepreneurship Excellence for his work in IOE 422. Gezon is pursuing two entrepreneurial projects. C2Cars (Connect to Cars) is a next generation, online automotive marketplace specifically designed to help buyers save time, frustration, and money while making one of life’s hardest purchases: a used car. GiftRoulette is the brain child Gezon and fellow University of Michigan IOE students Mark McCarthy, John Corser, Shankara Bharadwaj, and Anthony Tohme. It is designed to help the busy college student stay connected with family and friends through the simple act of gift giving while eliminating the hassle of actually finding and shipping a gift.

Crawford Fall 13

David Tarver, Karen Crawford, Ben Gezon, and Mark Daskin

IOE PhD Candidate Grace Guo has been selected to receive a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for the year 2014-2015. The award consists of a three term stipend and other benefits and supports outstanding doctoral students who have achieved candidacy and are actively working on dissertation research and writing.

Dr. Julia L. Higle was the Industrial and Operations Engineering 2013 IOE Alumni Awardee. Dr. Higle received her PhD in IOE from the University of Michigan in 1985. She currently serves as Professor and Chair of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California. She was an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor in the Systems and Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Arizona, 1985-2006; and Professor and Chair, Integrated Systems Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2006-2012. Dr. Higle serves as Senior Vice President for Academics, Institute of Industrial Engineers, 2009-present. She has served as vice-chair of the INFORMS Section on Optimization and Program Chair for the 10th International Conferences on Stochastic Programming, among a variety of other positions. Video of Dr. Higle receiving her award can be seen here.


Julia Higle and Mark Daskin


IOE alumnus, Gregory King, received second prize for Best Student Paper from the Service Science Section of INFORMS for the paper “Dynamic customer acquisition and retention management” The paper was authored by Greg King, Xiuli Chao, and Izak Duenyas. Greg defended and graduated in summer 2013, and is currently employed in the Operations Research Group of Gap, Inc., in San Francisco.

Two IOE students were on the team that took 2nd Prize in the 2013 China Business Challenge. Twenty five teams from three universities competed in the business model competition designed to challenge students’ entrepreneurial abilities to tap China’s exponentially growing market and to solve magnitudes of social, environmental, medical, and technological problems. Members of the 2nd place team were: Joshua Ma (IOE, Master), Fangning Qu (IOE, Junior), Jolie Wu (Material Science Engineering, PhD), Jake Shi ( BBA, Senior), and Mariana Ignacio (MSCM Program in Ross).

IOE PhD Candidate Nadine Moacdieh has been selected to receive a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for the year 2014-2015. The award consists of a three term stipend and other benefits and supports outstanding doctoral students who have achieved candidacy and are actively working on dissertation research and writing.

Nadine Moacdieh has also been selected to receive the Barbour Scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year. In 1914 the bequest of Levi L. Barbour established a scholarship program at the University of Michigan for women of the highest academic and professional caliber from the area formerly known as the Orient to study modern science, medicine, mathematics and other academic disciplines and professions critical to the development of their native lands.

Matthew Nelson was awarded the 2014 Distinguished Leadership Award, Undergraduate by the College of Engineering at the Leaders and Honors Brunch. This award recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the College, University, and community.

Ph.D. Candidate Gregg Schell was awarded the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM) 2013 Lee Lusted Award for his work titled, “Comparison of Control Algorithms for Scheduling Testing Visits” in the Quantitative Methods and Theoretical Developments category. The Lee B. Lusted Student Prize Award. Each year the Lee B. Lusted Prize Student Fund recognizes students’ original research in medical decision making in order to attract the best and brightest young minds to SMDM.

The Greater Detroit Chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers has announced Jayesh Srivastava as the award recipient of the 2013 Irv Otis Scholarship. The scholarship is given in honor of Irv Otis, a very well respected past President of IIE GDC and the founder of the Industrial Engineering Institute of Research and Technology. The scholarship candidate must show that she/he is dedicated to the Industrial Engineering profession and IIE.

Kara Stoltze was awarded the 2014 Distinguished Leadership Award, Undergraduate by the College of Engineering at the Leaders and Honors Brunch. This award recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the College, University, and community.

IOE Student, Satish Subramanian, was profiled in Tauber Institute for Global Operations newsletter.

Allison Wong was awarded the 2014 Distinguished Leadership Award, Undergraduate by the College of Engineering at the Leaders and Honors Brunch. This award recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the College, University, and community.

IOE Alum Encourages Current Students: Take Risks, Build Advocates, Give Back

Aniket Gune was a STIET Fellow and received his PhD in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2006. Below he talks about his post-IOE success.

Aniket GuneYou were a part of the founding team for both I Meditate NY and Nonviolence: No Higher Calling. Can you talk about both initiatives, your role in them, and how the ideas came about?
I Meditate NY and Nonviolence: No Higher Calling (NONVIO) were passion projects powered by the Art of Living Foundation. I was a part of the core founding team for both movements, responsible for building out the digital platform from conception to launch in just two months, directing a team of 50+ incredibly passionate volunteers across three continents, with a shoe‐string budget.

I Meditate NY is a movement empowering New Yorkers to do more of the things they love by recharging through meditation. We wanted to change the conversation around meditation – that meditation is simple, practical and really effective to live a more active fuller life. The initiative was launched at the Lincoln Center by global humanitarian and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and lauded by the New York mayor Michael Bloomberg. The ‘I Meditate’ movement has spread to all parts of the globe including Canada, Brazil, Germany and many other countries.

NonViolence: No Higher Calling is a people owned social advocacy initiative to counteract every act of violence committed with 100 acts of nonviolence. This movement was a rallying cry in response to the Newtown shootings tragedy in late 2012. The NONVIO movement was born out of a commitment to counteract the approximately ten million acts of violence perpetrated in the US every year as per FBI Crime Statistics.

Over ten thousand people attended physical NONVIO launch events in seven cities across the US in one week and over one thousand acts of nonviolence were registered online. The movement got a lot of press in major regional channels like FOX, ABC, CNN, etc. Recently the movement was launched in Australia and Brazil.

What other positions have you held since graduating from IOE?
As the former Director of Social Media Acquisition at American Express, my job was to build end-to-end word-of-mouth social programs that drive card acquisition. My team recently launched the American Express ‘Refer a Friend’ program to incentivize advocacy of our best card members. Given the successful launch, I was ready for a new challenge having spent seven years with American Express coming out of Michigan.

I have recently joined Audible, the audio books business of Amazon, as Director of Customer Acquisition. Here I will be responsible for building best-in-class customer experiences to acquire Audible members on Amazon properties and affiliates.

How did it feel to be chosen by Brand Innovators as one of their 40 under 40 brand marketers in the US?
I felt honored and humbled. There was also a sense of irony that a former quant was selected for a marketing Brand Innovators ’40 Under 40’ award. My ex-boss (current leader at the time) accompanied me for the award presentation followed by dinner, which made for a fun celebration.

What are some memories from your time in IOE or the University of Michigan that stand out?
The numerous 2am pizza, bagel, ice-cream, coffee runs with friends made all the studying worth it. And then successfully defending my dissertation was a defining moment – the sense of accomplishment was followed by a huge feeling of relief and gratitude! Also, tailgating and attending football games in the Big House definitely stand out from my time at Michigan- will not forget being there for the triple overtime win over State.

Are there particular fellow students, faculty or staff from IOE that had a significant impact on you?
The students, staff and faculty at IOE and STIET were a class act! Always humble and truly brilliant – many a times in my early days, I was in absolute awe of their academic prowess and would wonder how I would keep up! As I settled in, I stopped putting pressure on myself and made some great friends, foremost being my advisor Jussi Keppo. Still remember the random discussions that thrilled us (him more than me!), as we would keep digressing from solving the stochastic math problem in front of us. He inspired me to do my PhD – a terrific decision that I am thankful for, in hind-sight. 

Romesh Saigal was another IOE faculty member, who always made time and would deliberate random happenings in the real world, amidst the academic guidance he so readily provided. Tina Blay, Chris Konrad, and Karen Woolams were always helpful and on top of any administrative needs.

Also grateful to Jeff Mackie Mason and Michael Wellman from STIET for taking a chance and awarding me one of the first few STIET Fellowships that enabled my exposure to a host of world class multi-disciplinary problem solvers. Invaluable!

How do you think your IOE education prepared you for where you are today and the things you’ve accomplished?
IOE, STIET and Michigan instilled a sense of curiosity and wonder about the diversity, depth and synergies between different disciplines like economics, information science, financial engineering and business. I was able to apply a lot of that training to multi-disciplinary for-profit problems like incentivizing social referrals for Amex or incentivizing social good in the non-profit sector.

Also, I am always surprised at the number of Michigan alumni I bump into in the New York financial and tech circles. The sense of community is alive and well many years after graduating from Michigan.

What advice would you like to share with current IOE students?
1. Take Risks. Terrific things happen when you stretch beyond your comfort zone.
2. Build Advocates. Have a network of people invested in you – this is absolutely critical to your personal and profession growth.
3. Give Back. The journey from “What about Me?” to “Not about me!” makes life more purposeful & fulfilling.

Thank You to Our Generous Donors!

These people gave gifts to the IOE Department in 2013. We appreciate the support of our IOE community!

Accenture Industrial and Operations Engineering Scholarship Fund
Kedrick and Lynette Adkins

Andrew S. Crawford Fund for Entrepreneurship Excellence
Michael and Kathleen O’Connell

Center for Ergonomics Gift Account
Kenneth Proskie and Shirley Tumaneng

Clyde W. Johnson Scholarship Fund
J. Randolph and Lucille Baker
Sonny and Anita Bloom
Thomas Grimshaw
Michael Hamme
Clyde and Nadra Johnson
Michael & Eleanor Pinkert Foundation

Cohn Research Gifts
Philippe Gouel and Megan DeFauw

Endowed IOE Student Conference/Professional Development Travel Fund
Anonymous Donor

Herman R. & Delores I. Rasch Scholarship Fund
The Herman Rasch Estate

Industrial & Operations Engineering Endowed Fellowship
Anonymous Donor
Rebecca Branson
Don B. and Barbara A. Chaffin
Erhan Cinlar
Lisa and Timothy Davis
J. Paul and Ronda Frantz
Margaret and Edward Gainer
Dieter and Margarita Haussmann
Hongwei Hsiao
Mark and Nancy Isken
Majid Jaraiedi
William Keyserling
Kerry and Katherine Kilpatrick
Ronald Kronz
George Miller and Deborah Webster
Joy Olabisi
Jung Park
Pfizer, Inc.
Robert Radwin
Richard C. Wilson Trust
Shiaw Su
Roger and Jeanne L. Turner
Sheryl Ulin and Lynn Schachinger
Verizon Communications Inc.

Industrial and Operations Engineering Endowed Scholarship Fund
Anonymous Donor
Jeffrey Alden
Ross Broms
Ellen Chien
David and Amy Cohen
Theodore and Sherri Courtney
Steve Erlebacher and Marcy Horwitz
William and Mary Kinley
Gary and Victoria Ludema
Millicent Mason
Russell Meller and Susan Hankins
Lawrence and Marie Schultz
Alexander Shaftal
Ned and Katherine Simpson
The Dow Chemical Company
Daryl and Cathleen Weinert
Christopher Wu
Jim Yee
Mikhail and Deborah Zolikoff

Industrial Engineering Special Gift Fund
Anonymous Donor
Gerard Brosnan
David and Kathryn Browning
Mariann and Joseph Christy
Hyung Chun
Andrew Conlin
Deloitte Foundation
ExxonMobil Foundation
Michael and Jennifer Fee
Sandra and James Foulke
Joseph Goldberg
Wallace Hopp
Peter and Lisa Jackson
William Keyserling
Michael and David Kim
Donald and Jeanne Kunz
Calvin Lee
Richard and Joan Leshuk
Daniel Manes
J. Michael and Barbara Moore
Roy More
Raymond and Veronica Muscat
National Christian Foundation of Greater Chicago
Rajeev and Urmila Parlikar
Murray Pyle and Ellen Sherwood
Suranjan and Kuhu Ray
Frederick and Susan Schanne
Janet and Joseph Simons
Julie Somerville
Timothy and Teresa Wilson Fund of the Schwab Charitable Fund
Nancy Wu

IOE PhD Alumni Fund
Peter Benson and Heidi Robb
ExxonMobil Foundation
Ellen and Richard Hamilton
Donald and Beverly Keefer
Carter and Colleen Kerk
J. Michael and Barbara Moore
John and Linda Muckstadt
Marlin U. Thomas

Katta Murty Optimization Prize Fund
Madhu Katta

Master’s Program in Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety
Seth Bonder Foundation

McNerney Scholarship Fund in Engineering
W. James McNerney, Jr. Family

Michael Goldberg IOE Scholarship
Joseph and Marcia Goldberg
Daniel Newman

Seth Bonder Fellowship
Seth Bonder Foundation

Walton M. Hancock Scholarship
Walton and Charlene Hancock