Research Funding Updates

Sheryl Ulin

Professor Tom Armstrong and Researcher and Project Director, Sheryl Ulin, have received funding from the state of Michigan for their project titled “Interactive Training and Direct Assistance to Reduce Worker Risk of Musculoskeletal Disorders.” Work related musculoskeletal disorders such as low back injuries and upper limb musculoskeletal disorders are a major cause of disability and workers’ compensation throughout the United States. The objective of this project is to provide employers and workers with information and procedures necessary to identify and control the conspicuous ergonomics workplace risk factors of musculoskeletal disorders.

Professor Nadine Sarter has received funding from the FAA for “Complexity: Definitions, Empirical Findings and Recommendations for Training and Design”. In recent years, complexity has often been cited as a major contributing factor to incidents and accidents involving breakdowns in human-automation interaction. It is considered by some to be the main risk factor to safety in high-risk domains, such as aviation. The goal of this FAA-funded research is therefore to prepare a state-of-the-art report on system complexity – its definition, its known effects on human and joint system performance and evidence for the effectiveness of current attempts to address this challenge. Such an overview is critical for being able to develop regulatory and guidance material for FAA Aircraft Certification specialists who are responsible for evaluating and approving modern flight deck systems. It is also needed to provide design guidance to avionics and airframe manufacturers who develop cockpit technologies and to airlines that need to prepare pilots through training for handling increasingly sophisticated aircraft systems.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has granted Professor Siqian Shen research funding for a project titled “Data-driven approaches to managing uncertain load control in sustainable power systems.” This is a joint project investigated with two other professors, Johanna Mathieu and Ian Hiskins, in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan. The goal is to develop data-driven, distribution-free approaches to manage load control uncertainty in future electric power systems, which is essential to the effective and efficient utilization of this resource, and in turn will support the integration of higher penetrations of sustainable energy sources. We generalize newly developed stochastic optimization techniques so that they can be used to manage the time-varying, correlated, and complex uncertainty associated with load control. In addition, to developing new methods we will also quantify the tradeoff between load control uncertainty and profitability, and the impact of load control uncertainty on power system sustainability.

Cong Shi

Cong Shi

Professor Cong Shi has also received research funding from the NSF. His project is titled “Sustainability in Supply Chain: An Innovative and Systemic Approach.” Increasing social concerns over the environmental externalities of business or daily activities urge us to seek better strategies to mitigate the negative environmental impact. In fact, sustainability issues are often value/supply chain issues. This award supports research to develop new framework and methods for managing sustainability in supply chain. We aim to (i) develop efficient algorithms for managing perishable inventory systems; (ii) propose resource allocation methods for reusable resources; and (iii) study the fuel procurement and delivery problems in energy companies.

IOE Students Place in Tauber Spotlight! Competition

IOE students Nikki Haven, Samuel Ji, Joshua (Shijun) Ma, and Satish Subramanian were among members of the winning teams for the 2014 Tauber Institute for Global Operations Spotlight! competition. Joseph Menzia was awarded the program’s 2014 Alumni Scholarship Award.

In the competition, thirty-five teams composed of 89 students and supported by 54 faculty advisors worked with 26 sponsoring companies with locations around the world in sectors including manufacturing and supply chain, health care, energy, retail, technology, and logistics to uncover solutions to operations-related challenges.

First Place: Cummins Inc.
This team was tasked with reevaluating Cummins’ existing China remanufacturing strategy – from not only an operational perspective, but also a marketing/commercial viewpoint.
Student Team:

Ankur Agarwal (MSCM ’14)
Joshua (Shijun) Ma (EGL BSE/MSE IOE ’15)
Nikhil Vajandar (MSCM ’14)
Faculty Advisors:
Ravi Anupindi – Ross School of Business
Prakash Sathe – College of Engineering

2014 U-M Tauber Institute Spotlight! First Place Team

Tied for Second Place: Amazon.com Inc.
This team’s goal was to reduce the amount of free replacements given to customers when an item is damaged, missing, or a wrong item is sent to the customer from the North American sortable Fulfillment Centers.
Student Team:

Michael Cooper (MBA ’15)
Nikki Haven (EGL BSE/MSE IOE ’15)
Faculty Advisors:
Vijay Nair – College of Engineering
Yan Huang – Ross School of Business

Tied for Second Place: Mac Arthur Corporation
This team evaluated printed materials, electronics technologies, markets, and supply chain to identify profitable opportunities, and develop the best business plan and go-to-market strategy that will position Mac Arthur for long-term success in the emerging technology space.
Student Team:

John Scrudato (MBA ’16 and Juris Doctor ’16)
Satish Subramanian (MSE IOE ’14)
Faculty Advisors:
Kira Barton – College of Engineering
Jeffrey Sinclair – Ross School of Business

Third Place: General Motors’ Global Purchasing and Supply Chain
This team’s goal was to assess root causes of events leading to schedule instability at two assembly facilities and create a solution that would minimize total enterprise cost and impact on parts schedules and suppliers for future events.
Student Team:

Sufan Fong (MBA ’15)
Samuel Ji (MSCM ’14 and MSE IOE ’15)
Faculty Advisors:
David Chesney – College of Engineering
Damian Beil – Ross School of Business

Alumni Scholarship Award
Joseph Menzia (EGL BSE/MSE IOE ’15)

Joe Menzia receives the Tauber Institute for Global Operations 2014 Alumni Scholarship Award

Information and photos are courtesy of Tauber Institute for Global Operations. More information about the 2014 Spotlight! Competition is available at their website.

Second Annual Symposium on Healthcare Engineering & Patient Safety

On September 29th, 2014 the Center for Healthcare Engineering & Patient Safety (CHEPS) hosted the Second Annual Symposium on Healthcare Engineering & Patient Safety. The approximately 150 attendees came from a variety of University of Michigan departments including Engineering, the School of Public Health, the Health System, the Medical School, the School of Nursing, and the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. Several attendees also came from outside the university.

Those in attendance had the opportunity to view six presentations on collaborative research in healthcare engineering and patient safety and view over 30 posters which highlighted research projects and various healthcare engineering related units throughout the university.

“I was impressed with all of the work by the students and the interdisciplinary approach to solving our healthcare problems,” said Lucy Young, Director of Quality & Performance Excellence for the Henry Ford Health System.

Sarah Bach and Matt Rouhana at the Symposium

Sarah Bach, an IOE Master’s student who is in the Healthcare Engineering & Patient Safety (HEPS) concentration said, “I really enjoyed the posters and presentations by attendees outside of CHEPS. It was interesting to learn about other applications of industrial engineering in healthcare, share ideas, and identify methods that could be applied to our CHEPS projects. Specifically, I got to spend some time with Rob Mersereau from Dana Farber. Learning about Dana Farber’s operations and comparing them to the Cancer Center at UMHS provided me with new perspectives on cancer center operations and many ideas for improvement.”

More attendees offer their thoughts on the symposium in the video below.

More information and a photo gallery from the event are available on the CHEPS webpage.

 

IOE Alum Offers “Lessons from an Engineer’s Journey”

Dr. Betty P. Chao presented a talk titled “Lessons from an Engineer’s Journey” in IOE on Friday, October 31st 2014. Dr. Chao is IOE’s 2014 Alumni Awardee and her talk was part of the College of Engineering’s Homecoming Weekend events.

Dr. Chao, who received her BSE in IOE in 1978 and her MSE in IOE in 1979, stated that the purpose of her talk was to offer advice based upon her own life to guide attendees in their own lives and careers. She has quite a rich experience to draw from.

Dr. Betty P. Chao delivering her Alumni Weekend talk

She established WESTECH in 1995 as a one-person consulting business focused on providing technical services to the government and commercial sectors. Since its inception, WESTECH’s revenues and staff have consistently grown. Now its staff of 170 employees works on various Department of Energy and Department of Defense contracts at 12 locations in ten states.

Drawing from her experience, Chao encouraged attendees at the talk to “Be bold, be fierce, be curious, be passionate and above all, do not be afraid of failures along the journey.” She said she has valued her own mistakes, elaborating that, “Each mistake teaches me a lesson. From lessons come success.”

WESTECH has an excellent reputation for providing quality support services. WESTECH is International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2008 certified, indicating it has an established framework used across all departments to improve quality management systems and ensure increased customer satisfaction. This attention to producing high quality products and services is prominent in WESTECH’s contract fulfillment, resulting in a 98% average performance rating on the company’s contracts.

Dr. Chao told talk attendees that her inquisitive nature has served her well throughout her career and encouraged others to always ask questions and seek answers. “The day you cease being curious is the day your brain starts deteriorating,” she advised.

Dr. Chao has received the following honors: DOC National Minority Female Entrepreneur of the Year, 2001; SBA Region VI Minority Small Business Person of the Year, 2002; New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women Trailblazer Award, 2002; Minority Business and Professionals Network Fifty Influential Minorities in Business, 2004.

IOE Welcomes Two New Faculty Members

The Industrial and Operations Engineering Department is delighted to welcome two new faculty members, Viswanath Nagarajan and Henry Lam. They continue a long tradition of stellar faculty in the IOE department.

Viswanath Nagarajan

Dr. Viswanath Nagarajan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering who joined the faculty in September 2014. Prior to coming to IOE, Dr. Nagarajan was a Research Staff Member in the Business Analytics and Mathematical Sciences department at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. In 2009, he received a Ph.D. in Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization from Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Nagarajan’s research interests are in combinatorial optimization and approximation algorithms, with applications to logistics and data center management. His work has been recognized by the Gerald L. Thompson dissertation award at the Tepper School of Business (CMU) in 2009, a best paper award at the European Symposium on Algorithms in 2010, and two Outstanding Technical Achievement awards at IBM in 2012 and 2013.

Henry Lam

Dr. Henry Lam is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering who will officially join us in January 2015. Dr. Lam has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Boston University since 2011.

Dr. Lam received his Ph.D. in statistics from Harvard University. His research focuses on large-scale stochastic simulation, rare-event analysis, and simulation optimization, with application interests in service systems and risk management. His works have received funding from National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Security Agency (NSA), an Honorable Mention Prize in INFORMS George Nicholson Best Student Paper Competition, and Finalist in INFORMS JFIG Best Paper Competition.

Department Chair’s Message

Mark DaskinWelcome to IOE News, our newsletter for alumni and friends of the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering. We have an issue full of exciting news to share with you!

We highlight a pair of students who are making connections between their work on the University’s prestigious Solar Car team and their IOE coursework. Another two students share, in their own words, their experiences traveling abroad.

You’ll also see a variety of impressive awards and other recognitions bestowed upon our students. I’m proud of each and every one including our INFORMS student chapter which won the Magna Cum Laude Student Chapter Award and the student chapters of IIE and HFES who have both been recognized with Gold Awards as excellent student organizations.

IOE faculty members have been keeping busy as well – publishing books and articles, securing research grants, being recognized for their achievements, and more. You can read about that in our Faculty and Staff Updates. It’s also my pleasure to introduce our two newest faculty members, Viswanath Nagarajan and Henry Lam.

It’s always a pleasure when alumni return to IOE to visit. Dr. Betty P. Chao’s return to campus to deliver the annual Alumni Award Lecture was no exception. She delivered an excellent talk offering lessons learned from her years of experience which includes establishing WESTECH in 1995 as a one-person consulting business in 1995. Under her guidance, it has grown to a staff of 170 employees working on various Department of Energy and Department of Defense contracts at 12 locations in ten states.

We hope to highlight more alumni news in upcoming newsletters 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 IOENewsletter@umich.edu.

In the spirit of keeping in touch, I’d like 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

IOE Students Gain Valuable Experience With Solar Car

In July 2014, the University of Michigan Solar Car Team won its fifth consecutive American Solar Challenge. Two Industrial and Operations Engineering undergraduates were part of the team that worked extremely hard to make that happen.

Pavan Naik, currently a junior in IOE, was lured into joining Solar Car in part by learning that previous members of the team had the opportunity to meet Tom Brady. Though he hasn’t yet met Tom Brady himself, he owes his decision to study IOE to Solar Car.

Pavan Naik and James Kaune

“I came to Michigan thinking I wanted to do aerospace,” Naik said. “I joined the Solar Car Team with the intention of joining the aerospace department within the team but then I got really interested in the business side of things and, experiencing the business side of things plus a little bit of engineering, my interest shifted toward IOE.”

James Kaune, now an IOE senior, knew coming into Michigan that he wanted to study IOE. “For me, Industrial Engineering was a good way to pair some of the technical background with being able to apply it to a broader business context,” he says. He joined Solar Car for the opportunities such a multi-faceted organization presented.

Kaune has been involved with the team for three years. He started in the operations division which is responsible for facility management as well as the logistics of moving the car and the team to the race location. For the most recent World Solar Challenge James’ duties involved getting everyone and everything from Michigan to Australia. James then stayed in the states as part of the interim leadership committee which handled Solar Car’s stateside operations during the challenge.

Naik joined Solar Car two years ago on the business team. He is now the project manager leading the team for its upcoming return to Australia for the 2015 World Solar Challenge. He says that he’s learned concepts in IOE courses that have helped him with his Solar Car work. “I remember last year I was taking 201… I remember trying to teach some of our business recruits about cash flows and trying to convince them why raising money is important because I showed them some of the major expenditures for one year.”

Kaune says, “I think, actually, Solar Car helps me more with classes… Coming from the operations background on Solar Car where the deeper you dive into the problem you face, the more facets, the more complexities arise… having that mindset for that attention to detail helps me a lot more with classes and applying that to the actual coursework.” He says Solar Car which is basically “its own mini-company” also helps him understand many of the concepts in the courses he takes for his Business minor.

“Solar Car has definitely been one of the most challenging but rewarding experiences that I’ve had at the University,” Kaune says. Both he and Naik encourage other students, especially IOE students, to get involved. Both students worked with Eric Hausman, a former IOE student and leader in Solar Car we profiled in a 2011 issue of IOE News, but they’re the only two IOE students on the team currently.

“Through Solar Car, I’ve been able to achieve an understanding which you wouldn’t get with just an Industrial and Operations degree. There’s a lot of opportunities that Solar Car can teach you beyond just the classroom,” says Kaune. “This summer some of the projects I was working on were manufacturing and I could keep up with their technical language… I credit it pretty directly to Solar Car that I learned all the terminology, all the manufacturing processes from the team and then I was able to apply that in the real world.”

Naik’s pitch to IOE students considering Solar Car is this, “If you want to take what you learn in class, and apply it before you actually get a job or an internship to show that future employer that you have real world experience then Solar Car is the best avenue for that.”

Kaune is graduating this semester and has a few job prospects in the supply chain area. Naik, a junior, will continue with Solar Car next year. After graduation, Naik hopes to work in supply chain in the automotive industry for a few years and then return to school for an M.B.A.

IOE Students Make an Impact Abroad

Studying, volunteering, or working abroad can greatly enrich a student’s education. This past summer, several Industrial and Operations Engineering students gained new perspectives by traveling abroad. Below two IOE students, Erik Knapp and Brittany Lopez, detail their experiences. These stories were originally published in the Industrial Blueprint, a student publication produced by the University of Michigan student chapters of IIE and Alpha Pi Mu.

Volunteering Abroad in Jamaica
by Erik Knapp

Are you the type of person who loves to learn about and experience new cultures?

Do you like the idea of working hard to make a difference in the lives of others?

If you answered “Yes” to either of those questions, then volunteering in a foreign country may be for you! I answered “Yes” to both of these questions and was able to take advantage of an opportunity through my student organization, Better Living Using Engineering Laboratory (BLUELab), to volunteer in Hagley Gap, Jamaica for one week this summer.

Erik Knapp teaching math to 6th and 7th grade students during Fun Camp

I was in Jamaica from August 10 through August 17 with five other U of M students. We were working in the community to accomplish a few different goals. First, we wanted to deepen our organization’s relationship with the community as well as the NGO with whom we work, the Blue Mountain Project. In addition to this goal, we built a dish-drying rack to improve the hygiene throughout the community. Finally, we volunteered at the Minto Primary School, a local elementary school in Hagley Gap, where we taught Math, Science, and English to school-children.

One of the largest challenges I faced while in Jamaica was adjusting to the Jamaican lifestyle, which is drastically different from any lifestyle I have experienced in the past. For example, many things that I take for granted such as running water or reliable electricity are not a given in the rural and mountainous community of Hagley Gap.

In addition, the people of Hagley Gap (and Jamaica in general) have quite the unique perspective on the concept of time. When a Jamaican tells you they will meet you somewhere at 3:00, you are lucky if that meet up occurs before 3:30. A great example of this is meal time. Usually the community members say supper will be prepared by 5:30 or 6:00 but you don’t end up eating until 6:30 or 7:00.

Finally, another large hurdle that I overcame was the language barrier. Jamaicans are not always fluent in English. It is their national language, but they primarily speak Patois, a local dialect derived from French, English, a variety of African languages, and Creole. One example of Patois is to say “I’m going to go eat,” in Patois you would say “Me-a-go nyam” (pronounced “me a go nee-yahm”). The language barrier was especially difficult when volunteering in the schools where the children understood very little English.

Although there were many challenges while volunteering in Jamaica, it was an overwhelmingly positive experience. Experiencing Jamaican culture and developing a relationship with various members of the community was a unique experience that I am glad I was able to have. Many of the community members were either coffee or fruit farmers. Blue Mountain Coffee (from Hagley Gap and the surrounding areas) is considered by coffee experts to be some of the best coffee in the world and is by far the best coffee I have ever tasted. The community members are also more than happy to share some of their fresh fruit which just tastes a bit sweeter when you are living in the relaxed and laid back environment of the Caribbean.

In conclusion, volunteering abroad was an eye-opening experience that I truly enjoyed. If you ever get a chance to volunteer abroad, I would highly recommend it!

Study Abroad in Troyes, France
by Brittany Lopez

Maggie Steele, Maddie Furrer, and Brittany Lopez in Évian-les-Bains, France during their study abroad trip

The College of Engineering offers many international programs, one being the Project Management Program at Université Technologie De Troyes. This program was very appealing to me as it relates directly to my major of Industrial and Operations Engineering and took place in France, a country I have always been determined to visit. I was lucky enough to find myself on a flight to Paris this past May as a participant of this program.

During this time abroad I was challenged academically, physically, and intellectually. I was enrolled in two courses for academic credit: European History and Project Management. European History provided me with the historical and economic background that I needed to fully understand and appreciate my surroundings. I learned about the European Union, French industry, and various other topics through interactive lectures and group projects. The Project Management course allowed me to collaborate with international students to plan a large-scale event using Microsoft Project. In this class I was taught many applicable topics to my field such as work breakdown structure, Gantt charts, and the responsibilities and qualities of the ideal project manager.

The weekdays were focused on academics, but the weekends were all about exploring and experiencing everything Europe had to offer. During adventure weekend, we went white water rafting down a harsh river and canyoning down a massive waterfall. My limits were tested during Via Ferrata, which was essentially climbing the French Alps attached only by a self-administered harness system. After conquering the mountain I had the most overwhelming feeling of accomplishment and pride. Other weekends were spent in France exploring the markets in Nice, the sights in Paris, and the beaches of Cannes. We were also given the opportunity to plan trips in countries outside of France. I was entranced by the works of art in the Rijks Museum in Amsterdam and amazed by the beauty of Park Guell in Barcelona. This trip reaffirmed my passion of travel and taught me so much about European culture and global engineering while making lifelong friendships along the way.

IOE Students Recognized at HFES 2014 Annual Meeting

A record 25 IOE students attended the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) 2014 Annual Meeting which was held from October 27th to 31st in Chicago, Illinois. IOE PhD students Brandon Pitts, Rosemarie Figueroa, Fred Feng, and Nadine Moacdieh all presented work. In addition, the UM student HFES chapter was presented with the Gold Chapter Award at the conference. The Gold Award is the highest award a chapter in the organization can receive.

UM-HFES students at the HFES 2014 Annual Meeting

Rosemarie Figueroa, UM-HFES Chapter President and IOE PhD Candidate, was appreciative of the networking opportunities the conference provided. “This conference gives me the opportunity to learn and explore different areas of ergonomics not only by attending presentations but also when networking and talking to other members about what they do and their passion for it. The connections that you build here are really valuable. These are people that come from all over the world with the similar interests (in HF/E),” Figueroa said.

During the conference weekend, UM-HFES hosted a social for all students attending the conference which was attended by over sixty people. Another highlight of the weekend was a dinner for students and alumni hosted by UM Greater Chicago’s president, Jeff Piell.

IOE undergraduate Visakan Jayakumar said the conference was a unique and valuable opportunity. “There really isn’t another event in the country that connects students, faculty, and professionals in the HF/Ergonomics fields so well. Once a year, students get the opportunity to meet with other students, professors, and people from the industry itself and push their developing academic goals forward. Simply asking professionals about their paths to employment in their specific fields has helped me get a better idea of what I’d like to do myself.”

The UM-HFES is especially grateful to the sponsors that enabled them to attend the conference: Applied Safety and Ergonomics (gold sponsor), Usability Associates, the IOE Department, the University of Michigan College of Engineering, Richard Jagacinski (alumnus), Paul Green (UM-HFES Faculty Advisor), and UM Greater Chicago Club (Jeff Piell, President).

Faculty & Staff Updates

Eunshin Byon

Eunshin Byon

Kelley Bowen, Administrative Assistant in the Center for Ergonomics, celebrated her five year university working for The University of Michigan in November.

Professor Eunshin Byon has been elected as a council member to the Quality, Statistics and Reliability (QSR) section of The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). INFORMS is the largest society in the world for professionals in the field of operations research (O.R.), management science, and analytics. The purpose of the QSR Section is to encourage discussion and interaction among individuals having an interest in Quality, Statistics and Reliability research.

IOE Professor and Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Saftey Associate Director Amy Cohn is the recipient of a 2014 MICHR Distinguished Clinical and Translational Research Mentor Award. The awardees were recognized at the 2014 MICHR Symposium titled “Coloring Outside the Lines: Innovating and Collaborating in the Changing World of Health Research” on October 1, 2014. The award honors the efforts and accomplishments of faculty who demonstrate consistent, high quality research and career mentoring in areas of clinical and translational and health research. It recognizes the important role mentoring plays in ensuring the personal and professional development of a mentee. “We wanted to nominate Amy as a way to express our gratitude for the tremendous opportunities she has made available to us. She has been a role model for so many of us that we felt obligated to recognize that and honor her for her tireless effort. When I read the qualifications for the award, it was clear to me that Amy exceeded the requirements in every way and so I am so glad that the award committee was able to see that as well. No one is more deserving!” said Billy Pozehl, one of the students behind the nomination.

Hassan Abbas, Amy Cohn, Billy Pozehl, and Yicong Zhang (photo by Peter Cohn)

Professor Amy Cohn has also written an editorial on the New Republic website discussing the complex system of airline flights and how decisions concerning cancellations are made.

IOE Professor Wallace Hopp, discusses Ebola in a recent MconneX video. “This isn’t just a public health issue,” he says. “The same principles we use to design safe aircraft and nuclear reactors can be used to design safe healthcare delivery systems and we need those right now.” Hopp is a professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan, the Herrick Professor of Business and a Professor of Technology and Operations in the U-M Ross School of Business, and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research. His research focuses on the design, control and management of operations systems, with emphasis on manufacturing and supply chain systems, innovation processes, and health care systems. Watch the video to learn more about how engineering can help in high-risk health situations including the treatment of Ebola.

Robert Inman, who has served as a Lecturer in IOE, was one of 12 Fellows announced on October 2, 2014 by the The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). The INFORMS Fellow Award, which brings together the very best operations researchers and analytics experts throughout the world, recognizes outstanding achievement in education in the field of operations research/management science; management of operations research/management science, including responsibility for applying the profession’s techniques within an organization of any type; the practice of operations research/management science/analytics research; and service to INFORMS and the profession. More information is available at the INFORMS website.

Katta Murty

Professor Jeff Liker is quoted in a Bloomberg.com article about Toyota’s plans to build a 300-mile-per-tank hydrogen fuel-cell powered car.

Professor Katta Murty has recently had two textbooks published. His undergraduate textbook “Computational and algorithmic linear algebra and n-dimensional geometry” has been published by World-Scientific and his graduate level textbook “Case studies in Operations Research: Applications of optimum decision making” is now available through Springer.

IOE professor and UMTRI research professor Matt Reed discusses how his team is designing crash test dummies that better depict the way older bodies will respond in crashes in a recent article in The Boston Globe.

Professor Nadine Sarter is quoted extensively in the October 2014 Vanity Fair article, “The Human Factor”, on the crash of Air France Flight 447 in 2009.

Professor Nadine Sarter also gave an invited talk on “Use(r)-Centered Design of Health IT: Design Principles and Lessons Learned” at the public meeting of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) consensus study on ‘Diagnostic Error in Health Care’ in Washington, DC on August 7.