Eunshin Byon and Judy Jin along with Youngjun Choe and Grace Guo won the Annual IE conference (IISE2016) Best Paper Award for their paper titled “Change-point Detection in Solar Panel Degradation Analysis.”
Four of the College’s emeritus faculty members—George I. Haddad, Don B. Chaffin, David J. Anderson and Thomas B. A. Senior—have joined together to endow the Engineering Emeritus Faculty Scholarship Fund. The fund will provide need-based scholarship support to undergraduate students in the College of Engineering. Also an alumnus of the College (PhD ’67), Prof. Emeritus Chaffin joined the faculty in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering in 1969. He chaired the Department from 1976 to 1980. He was named the G. Lawton and Louise G. Johnson Professor of Engineering in 1993 and was honored with the Richard G. Snyder Distinguished University Professorship, and was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering in 1994. Prof. Emeritus Chaffin retired in 2007.
Mark Daskin, Clyde W. Johnson Collegiate Professor and IOE Chair, was a tutorial speaker at the 58th CORS Annual Conference held from May 30 – June 1, 2016 in Banff, Alberta, Canada. His talk, titled “Recent Advances in Facility Location Modeling,” reviewed the broad field of facility location modeling with a focus on discrete location models. Daskin reviewed covering and median-based location models. He also outlined recent advances in location modeling including integrated two variants of location-inventory models as well as models that capture facility failures. Within the class of facility failures, he summarized both random facility failure and anthropogenic failure models. He ended by outlining directions for future work. CORS, which has been in existence since 1958, is a scientific and professional society that takes a leadership role in the advancement of both the theory and the practice of Operational Research (OR) in Canada and safeguards the existence of a vital Canadian OR community by promoting contact between people interested in the subject.
Mark Daskin was also awarded the Distinguished Educator Award from the IEOM (Industrial Engineering and Operations Management) Society. The award recognizes an individual’s contributions for their outstanding lifelong contribution, dedication, support, and services in education in the profession of industrial engineering and operations management profession.
Lauren Steimle and Brian Denton
IOE Professor Brian Denton and PhD student Lauren Steimle are part of the team that claimed third prize in the New England Journal of Medicine’s SPRINT Data Challenge, which allowed teams from around the world to compete to create new knowledge and tools from the raw data of a major clinical trial for hypertension. The global research community actively engaged with the SPRINT Challenge resulting in 200 qualifying teams from around the world, who submitted 143 Challenge Round entries that identified a novel scientific or clinical finding. The third place team, led by Stanford University researcher Sanjay Basu, M.D., Ph.D., included Brian Denton, Ph.D., doctoral student Lauren Steimle, Rodney Hayward, M.D., and Jeremy Sussman, M.D., M.Sc., and Stanford biostatistician Joseph Rigdon, Ph.D. The team developed a predictive model that could help clinicians decide if intensive blood pressure treatment is right for their patients. Intensive blood pressure treatment can reduce the chance of having a heart attack, stroke, or other major cardiovascular illness, but may increase the chance of experiencing a serious adverse event, such as kidney failure. The team showed their model could identify those patients most likely to experience benefits and least likely to experience harms of intensive treatment. Along with the first and second place awardees, they will have the opportunity to present their findings at the Aligning Incentives for Sharing Clinical Trial Data summit and web event on April 3-4, 2017.
Marina Epelman was elected to the council of the Mathematical Optimization Society (MOS) for three years, starting in August 2016, in the role of treasurer. MOS is an international organization that publishes the Mathematical Programming journal series and sponsors the tri-annual International Symposium on Mathematical Programming, among other activities.
Marina Epelman is also the 2016 recipient of the Jon R. and Beverly S. Holt Award for Teaching Excellence. These awards are presented annually to one faculty member in Industrial and Operations Engineering and one in Materials Science and Engineering to recognize outstanding teaching. Professor Epelman joined the IOE faculty in the Fall of 1999. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in linear and nonlinear optimization. In addition to her outstanding teaching record, Professor Epelman chairs the all-important Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid (GAFA) committee and manages a very strong research program as well. Her research concerns many aspects of mathematical programming, including theory of linear, semidefinite and nonlinear optimization and development and analysis of algorithms.
Seth Guikema is featured in the College of Engineering story “Large seawalls are effective at cutting tsunami deaths.”
IOE Professor Emeritus Walt Hancock has been awarded the Global Engineering Education Award by the Industrial Engineering and Operations Management Society (IEOM). The IEOM Society promotes and encourages critical thinking in the field of Industrial Engineering (IE) and Operations Management (OM), provides means to communicate and network among people enthused with similar interests through yearly conferences/seminars/workshops across the globe, and illustrative research publications to disseminate the earned knowledge and experience.
Professor Richard Hughes was inducted as a Fellow of the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) in August 2016. In 2011, ASB created the status of Fellow to recognize professional achievement and service of the top members of the Society and to encourage continued service to the Society in a leadership role. Dr. Hughes has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers on biomechanics and has been President of the ASB. Don Chaffin, Ph.D., (IOE faculty emeritus) is also an ASB Fellow.
Judy Jin along with Jack Hu and Grace Guo was awarded second place in the ASME The Manufacturing Engineering Division (MSEC 2016) Best Paper Award competition for the paper titled “Profile Monitoring and Fault Diagnosis via Sensor Fusion for Ultrasonic Welding.”
Henry Lam along with IOE student Amirhossein Meisami has been awarded the Adobe Digital Marketing Research Award for “Scalable Dynamic Optimization in Online Marketing Campaigns.”
IOE professor Mariel Lavieri has been elected to the position of Treasurer for the INFORMS Health Applications Society. The Health Applications Society focuses on the topics of health applications, with the aim of identifying current and potential problems and contributions to their solutions; to lead in the development, dissemination, and implementation of knowledge and advancing the basic and applied research technologies on health applications.
Mariel Lavieri is also the winner of the 2017 Willie Hobbs Moore Award. The Aspire, Advance, Achieve Mentoring Award is curated by the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) organization in honor of Willie Hobbs Moore, the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in physics from any American university and a trailblazer in both the national and local Michigan technical community. As Faculty Ally for Diversity in the IOE Department, Professor Lavieri works to promote science and engineering to young women, girls, and underrepresented minority groups at all levels. One of her endeavors, partially funded by the National Science Foundation CAREER grant and in collaboration with Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) and FEMMES (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science) as well as the INFORMS Student Chapter at the University of Michigan, is an emergency department simulation which teaches industrial engineering concepts to girls in under-served schools in the Detroit-Metropolitan area.
Mariel Lavieri, Mark Van Oyen, Joshua Stein, Pooyan Kazemian, and Jonathan Helm were awarded Best Paper Award by the College of Healthcare Operations Management of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) for their paper “Dynamic Personalized Monitoring and Treatment Control of Glaucoma.”
Jon Lee, G. Lawton and Louise G. Johnson Professor of Engineering in Industrial & Operations Engineering, has been appointed as Co-Editor of the journal Mathematical Programming, Series A (MPA). Published by Springer, MPA is the flagship journal of the Mathematical Optimization Society. MPA publishes original articles dealing with all aspects of mathematical optimization; that is, everything of direct or indirect use concerning the problem of optimizing a function of many variables, often subject to a set of constraints. This involves theoretical and computational issues as well as application studies. Previously, Jon was Associate Editor of MPA and its sister journal MPB.
Joi Mondisa is featured in an article titled “Safe Havens: Supporting Women and Minorities Through Mentoring and Merit Programs” at the University of Illinois’ Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering website.
Katta Murty has been awarded the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship to Saudi Arabia for “Applications of Optimum Decision Making in Crude Oil Refining Operations” for the 2nd Edition of Case Studies in OR: Applications of Optimum Decision Making.
Matt Reed had been awarded the University of Michigan’s Collegiate Research Professorship Award. The award recognizes exceptional scholarly achievement and impact on advancing knowledge in science, engineering, heath, education, the arts, the humanities or other academic field of study.
IOE Professor Nadine Sarter gave an invited presentation to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Committee on Aviation Safety Assurance titled “Cognitive Engineering Aspects of Aviation Safety Assurance” on January 23 in Washington, DC. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are private, nonprofit institutions that provide expert advice on some of the most pressing challenges facing the nation and the world. Their work helps shape sound policies, inform public opinion, and advance the pursuit of science, engineering, and medicine.
Nadine Sarter is quoted in a Scientific American article titled “Air Traffic Control without Towers.” https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/air-traffic-control-without-towers/
At the INFORMS conference in Nashville it was announced that Soroush Saghafian, Wallace J. Hopp, Mark P. Van Oyen, Jeffrey S. Desmond and Steven L. Kronick were awarded first prize in the MSOM Society: Service SIG paper competition for their paper “ Complexity-Augmented Triage: A Tool for Improving Patient Safety and Operational Efficiency.”
Pascal Van Hentenryck
Passengers could be trying out a new urban mobility system on the University of Michigan’s North Campus as soon as the summer of 2017. “It’s similar in some ways to the ride-sharing that’s available now, but much more sophisticated,” Pascal Van Hentenryck said. “Obviously you can’t have everyone using something like Uber because that would cause massive congestion. But on-demand hub-and-shuttle can provide some of the convenience of point-to-point travel along with the efficiency of a high-frequency transit system.” Read the full story.
Pascal Van Hentenryck, Seth Bonder Collegiate Professor of Industrial & Operations Engineering, was one of 12 Fellows announced on October 22, 2016 by The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). The INFORMS Fellow Award brings together the very best operations researchers and analytics experts throughout the world.
Pascal Van Hentenryck was also the plenary speaker at the 58th CORS Annual Conference held from May 30 – June 1, 2016 in Banff, Alberta, Canada. CORS, which has been in existence since 1958, is a scientific and professional society that takes a leadership role in the advancement of both the theory and the practice of Operational Research (OR) in Canada and safeguards the existence of a vital Canadian OR community by promoting contact between people interested in the subject. Pascal’s talk was titled, “Optimization of Energy Systems.” The design, control, and operation of energy systems typically require the solving of optimization problems over physical laws. The resulting optimization programs are often computationally challenging and increasingly so with the integration of renewable energy, the need for more resilience, and network integration. Pascal’s talk reviewed recent progress in this area, including some surprising complexity results and a number of theoretical and computational advances that have radically changed the field in the last 5 years. The talk also presented some novel results in the design and control gas networks, which have become increasingly important in the energy mix. He concluded with a review of some fundamental challenges in the field, including the integration of electricity and gas networks.
Additionally, Pascal Van Hentenryck won the Best Paper Award International Conference on the Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming for his paper titled “Graphical Models for Optimal Power Flow.”