Four IOE Students Make 2014 Academic All-Big Ten Teams
Four IOE undergraduates were named to Academic All-Big Ten teams for 2014. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letter-winners in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. The IOE students selected were:
- Men’s Track & Field: Ethan Dennis, Senior, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Troy Sneller, Senior, Hamilton, Michigan
- Women’s Track & Field: Joanna Fleming, Master’s Student, Grand Haven, Michigan
- Water Polo: Barbara Lanier, Sophomore, Lafayette, California
IOE Student Team Awarded People’s Choice at U-M Design Expo
A group of IOE students was featured at the Winter 2014 University of Michigan Design Expo and won “People’s Choice” for their project “Identifying Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to Improve Dealership Sales and Profitability.” The team was comprised of Xiang Li, Han Lin Yeo, Zhehui Wang, and Jackie Zhang.
The group analyzed car dealership data for Urban Science to isolate which of approximately 500 KPI’s significantly influenced dealer performance. In particular, they applied advanced data imputation techniques to repair the data set and then developed a sophisticated random forest approach to mine for relationships.
Three IOE Students Awarded IE/OR NSF Fellowships
Three students from the IOE Department received National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships this year: PhD students, Yadrianna Acosta-Sojo and Andrew Orso, and rising undergraduate Ryan Chen.
The NSF Fellowship program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.
Additional Student & Alumni Updates
PhD candidate Yan Deng has been awarded the 2014 Katta Murty Prize for Best Research Paper on Optimization by an IOE Student. Her paper is titled “Decomposition Approaches for Optimizing Integrated Job Allocation and Scheduling with a Joint Chance Constraint” (jointly authored with Siqian Shen).
Mark Grum received the Winter 2014 Andrew S. Crawford Award for Entrepreneurship Excellence for his work in IOE 422. Mark’s project was SomniHome, an easy to use wireless home sleep-testing system for sleep apnea which would offer an alternative to traditional testing which takes place in an unnatural lab environment and often has long wait-times before the patient can get tested.
PhD candidate Grace Guo has been awarded the 2014 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, and material handling. Guo’s paper, titled “Within-cycle Profile Monitoring for Real-time Defect Prevention,” was jointly authored with Jionghua (Judy) Jin and S. Jack Hu.
The Alpha Pi Mu Industrial Engineering Honor Society announced Shijun Ma as the recipient of the Joel and Lorraine Brown GSI of the Year Award. IOE students vote on this award each year to select a graduate student instructor they believe has been outstanding at serving the IOE community and students.
Dan Nathan-Roberts (IOE PhD, 2012) will be starting a tenure-track faculty position at San Jose State University in the fall of 2014. He’ll be in their Industrial & Systems Engineering Department and, in his first year, will be teaching Intro to Human Factors, Work Measurement, and Engineering Economics.