Henry Lam Receives NSF CAREER Award

Henry Lam

Henry Lam has received an NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for his project titled “Optimization­-based Quantification of Statistical Uncertainty in Stochastic and Simulation Analysis.” The CAREER Award program offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.

This CAREER award will fund the creation of a systematic framework for designing, analyzing, and implementing statistical uncertainty quantification methodologies that effectively integrate data into stochastic and simulation analyses. The specific research objectives will cover the following four inter-connected problems: 1) Rare-event prediction and computation; 2) Propagation of input model errors in simulation analysis; 3) Calibration of stochastic input models from output data; and 4) Quantification and enrichment of the feasibility of obtained solutions in data-driven stochastic optimization. The research outcomes will aid in developing data-driven simulation-based tools for evaluating automated vehicle safety, provide reliable methodologies to assess risks and calibrate industrial simulation platforms, and equip next-generation engineers with multi-faceted perspectives in using computational and statistical tools that will benefit their future careers.

Research Funding Updates

Xiuli Chao
Data-Driven Learning Algorithms for Dynamic Inventory and Pricing Optimization Problems
Funding Source: National Science Foundation
Learning algorithms aim to solve dynamic optimization problems in which the decision maker has limited or even no prior information about some or the entire system structure. Indeed, in many applications, the system is so complex that it may not be possible to lay out an exact theoretical model with all system parameters known in advance. In these settings, the decision maker needs to learn such information during the decision-making process, e.g., by extracting information from the collected data, to design algorithms for improved system performance. This award supports research to develop efficient data-driven learning algorithms for dynamic operations optimization problems in supply chain management. It will be accomplished by incorporating and extending ideas and techniques from machine learning, statistics, and stochastic optimization. This research is particularly timely for the booming of data analytics applications in industrial and business operations. With the increasing availability of data in companies, the research from this project will help them better utilize data for intelligent pricing and inventory decisions, and increase revenue and minimize cost.

Seth Guikema

Seth Guikema
Collaborative Research: Methods of Disaster Research – Interdisciplinary Approaches
Funding Source: National Science Foundation
This project will bring together national and international leaders in interdisciplinary hazards research for a series of workshops focused on discussing and further developing methods for interdisciplinary research, leading to a special issue in Risk Analysis as well as an edited book on interdisciplinary methods for disaster research.

Seth Guikema
Coordinated, Behaviorally-Aware Recovery for Transportation and Power Disruptions
Funding  Source: National Science Foundation
A major purpose of infrastructure is to support and serve human beings and their activities. Humans are highly adaptive, a fact overlooked in many infrastructure network assessments of interdependency and recovery. We cannot fully understand infrastructure interdependence nor properly develop recovery strategies until we account for human capacity to adapt to infrastructure disruptions. This project addresses the question “how can we better recover from infrastructure disruptions by using a coordinated approach that accounts for human behavior?” The researchers’ approach will specifically examine the adaptation of individuals who pursue alternate means to accomplish an activity goal and the interdependence between power and transportation infrastructure that results from this adaptation and during disruptions. The project’s key advancement will be a framework that views coordinated restoration in a context that focuses on human use of infrastructure services, not simply as an effort to restore service of the technical components.

Mariel Lavieri and Mark Van Oyen
Personalized Forecasting of Disease Trajectory for Patients with Open-Angle Glaucoma
Funding Source: National Institutes of Health
This research will develop an innovative approach to personalized care of patients with open-angle glaucoma (OAG) and ocular hypertension (OHTN) to prevent avoidable blindness and vision loss. It will capitalize on NEI-funded clinical trials data through integrate operations research and systems engineering-based models. This decision support method will assist clinicians by (a) producing personalized forecasts of the probability of progressing from OHTN to OAG and less severe to more advanced disease states, (b) determining the optimal timing of specific diagnostic tests to monitor each patient, (c) identifying those at highest risk for irreversible vision loss from OAG (i.e., “fast progressors”), and (d) generating recommended target treatment goals of intraocular pressure (IOP). This research was initiated at the University of Michigan in a multidisciplinary collaboration between Mariel Lavieri and Mark Van Oyen – from the Industrial and Operations Engineering Department – and Joshua Stein from the Kellogg Eye Center. The team includes outstanding collaborators from the University of Iowa, NYU, UCSD, and Washington University.

Jon Lee
“Treating Difficult Nonlinearities in Optimization: Sparse, Global and Integer Optimization”
Funding Source: Office of Naval Research
For mixed-integer linear programming and local nonlinear programming, over the last 50+ years, good modeling practices have become well known, and many important mathematical and algorithmic principles are now absorbed by solvers. For other important categories of optimization problems, mathematical and algorithmic theory and practice are much less developed. We are addressing several key issues: optimizing sparsity, handling non-smooth and nonconvex functions in the context of global optimization, and addressing integrality issues in the presence of nonlinearities. Jon Lee receives research funding from Office of Naval Research

Nadine Sarter
It’s the transitions…!: Supporting Shared Control in Vehicle Steering Across Routine and Off-Nominal Conditions
Funding Source: Toyota Research Institute (TRI)
This is a three-year collaborative research project between Brent Gillespie in Mechanical Engineering and Professor Sarter.

Siqian Shen

Siqian Shen
Data-driven Risk-aware Adversarial Analysis under Uncertainty
Funding Source: Department of Defense/Army Research Office
We study stochastic sequential games with the players’ being risk averse. We focus on specific network interdiction applications and develop data-driven optimization approaches for analyzing related problems under uncertainty. The research covers both two-stage and multi-stage interdiction models, with emphasis on both modeling and solution methodology development.

Siqian Shen
EAGER: Inclusive Design and Operations for Integrated Vehicle-and-Service-Sharing Systems
Funding Source: National Science Foundation
Siqian Shen (PI) will collaborate with Co-PIs Tawanna Dillahunt and Tanya Rosenblat from School of Information to conduct interdisciplinary research for this project. The goal is to investigate the feasibility, challenges, and opportunities of deploying shared connected vehicles with new information and communication technologies (ICTs), to deliver goods and services in future smart & connected communities (S&CC). In taking on a living-lab approach, we will engage industry, non-profit partners, and underserved populations in Detroit throughout each phase of the project. The end result of this EAGER will be 1) improved mathematical models and efficient algorithms for optimizing resource allocation, supply-demand matching, and barrier-free vehicle & ICT operations in centralized and decentralized vehicle-and-service-sharing (V&SS) systems; 2) an articulation of the types of critical services that have the highest impact and are needed most among underserved communities (e.g., access to better healthcare or jobs).

Cong Shi
Nonparametric Sampling-Based Algorithms for Supply Chain Systems
Source: National Science Foundation
The research objective of this award is to develop a sampling-based algorithmic framework for sequential decision-making problems such as those that arise when supply chain systems experience input certainties, e.g. in demand, capacity, lead time, yield, or product lifetime at the beginning of the decision period. The algorithmic framework can simultaneously learn the input uncertainties through observed data and optimize the system-wide objective on the fly. The algorithms developed will help decision makers better cope with uncertainties in complex supply chains by analyzing and utilizing data in an online fashion.

Pascal Van Hentenryck

Pascal Van Hentenryck
Computable Market and System Equilibrium Models for Coupled Infrastructures
Funding Source: National Science Foundation
This research is motivated by increasing interdependencies between the U.S. electric power and natural gas infrastructures, which may have some significant unintended consequences as in the case of the New England Polar vortex in 2014. These interdependencies arise from the increasing roles of natural gas as a base-load resource (replacing coal-fired power plants) and as a balancing resource (to smooth fluctuations in variable renewable energy generation). While natural gas brings environmental benefits over coal, the increased coupling between electricity and gas systems and their markets has been difficult to model with existing tools. This research program will develop tractable computational tools and supporting data sets to enable analysis of the operational or economic risks associated with this increasing interdependence and to articulate the economic and social value from increased coordination in system planning, operations, and clearing of markets.

Pascal Van Hentenryck
Project Title:
Reinventing Public Urban Transportation and Mobility
Funding Source: Michigan Institute for Data Science Challenge Initiatives
IOE professor Pascal Van Hentenryck is the lead researcher for a MIDAS (Michigan Institute for Data Science Challenge Initiatives) project that was recently awarded funding of $1.25 million dollars. The goal of the multiyear MIDAS Challenge Initiatives program is to foster data science projects that have the potential to prompt new partnerships between U-M, federal research agencies, and industry.
The project will help design and operate an on-demand, public transportation system for urban areas in which a fleet of connected and automated vehicles are synchronized with buses and light rail, using predictive models based on high volumes of diverse transportation data. The goal is to begin testing on the U-M campus within a year and then expand the experiment to Ann Arbor and Detroit.
Lead researcher: Pascal Van Hentenryck, Industrial Operations, and Engineering
Research team: Ceren Budak and Tawanna Dillahunt, School of Information; Amy Cohn, Industrial and Operations Engineering; Rebecca Cunningham, Emergency Medicine; Robert Hampshire and Jim Sayer, U-M Transportation Research Institute; Jerome Lynch, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Jonathan Levine and Louis Merlin, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning;  Luis Ortiz, Computer and Information Science, UM-Dearborn; and Michael Wellman, Computer Science and Engineering.

IOE Welcomes Joi Mondisa and Xi Jessie Yang to Faculty

The IOE Department was pleased to welcome Joi Mondisa and Xi Jessie Yang to our faculty in Fall of 2016.

Joi Mondisa first came to the IOE Department as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Fall of 2015. She became an Assistant professor in the department in Fall of 2016. She is currently teaching ENGIN 100 Continuous Improvement and Operations Management. Next winter she’ll teach IOE 591 Lean Thinking in Manufacturing and Services.

Joi earned a B.S. in General Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an M.B.A from Governors State University, and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering and a Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Purdue University. Previously, she worked in industry for ten years in the areas of manufacturing, operations, technical sales, and publishing.

Joi says what has stood out to her most in IOE so far is “the breadth and variety of different research areas.” In her own research, she focuses on examining mentoring approaches, relationships, and intervention programs and designing and assessing learning experiences and outcomes. “I am looking forward to seeing the expansion of research opportunities into more interdisciplinary areas,” she says of her future in the IOE Department.

Xi Jessie Yang joined IOE in Fall of 2016 as an Assistant Professor after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at MIT. She earned a PhD (2014) and a MEng (2009) in Human Factors Engineering and a BEng from Electrical and Electronic Engineering (2006), all from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Jessie is teaching IOE 491 Human Factors in Healthcare. Her research is focused on the interactions between human-human, human-autonomy and human-robot. She wants to understand the underlying mechanisms governing the interactions and to propose design solutions facilitating such interactions. Dr. Yang has been publishing in human factors, engineering design and HRI venues. “I’m impressed by the active and diversified research projects in IOE,” she says. “I look forward to seeing more interdisciplinary research activities.”

Faculty & Staff Updates

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

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

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

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

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.”

Student & Alumni Updates

Abdullah Alshelahi was awarded the PIVIGO Science to Data Fellowship. S2DS is about bringing the best and the brightest talent together to solve problems and have fun. The S2DS alumni network now includes over 300 Fellows, from over 50 nationalities and 20 different disciplinary backgrounds.

IOE PhD students Abdullah Alshelahi, Heejin Jeong and Victor Wu have received Rackham Graduate Student Research Grants to help with their research projects. The Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant is designed to support Rackham graduate students who need assistance to carry out research that advances their progress toward their degree. Criteria for funding include the clarity and coherence of the rationale for the project, the significance of the research question being addressed, the value of the project for the student’s graduate school and career goals, the qualifications of the student to carry out the proposed research, and the relevance and reasonableness of the budget request for the activities proposed.

IOE students, Alberto Arguello, Susan Biggart, Kyle Gilbert, Ryan Kennedy and Matt Riley, are among members of the winning teams for the 2016 Tauber Institute for Global Operations Spotlight! competition. More information on the competition and the winning teams is available on the Tauber Institute website.

Selin Merdan and Christine Barnett

At the 2016 INFORMS meeting in mid-November, First prize in the 2016 Doing Good with Good OR Prize, was awarded to Christine Barnett and Selin Merdan for the paper “Data Analytics for Optimal Detection of Metastatic Prostate Cancer.”

Joy Chang won the the 2016 INFORMS Undergraduate Operations Research Paper Competition for her paper titled “Carsharing Fleet Location Design with Mixed Vehicle Types for CO2 Emission Reduction.”

Jhawan Davis was recognized by the College of Engineering with the Distinguished Leadership Award for Undergraduate Students for demonstrating outstanding leadership and service to the College, University, and community. Jhawan was also awarded the Epeians Emerging Leadership Prize for demonstrating initiative by taking leadership roles within at least one student organization; seeking opportunities and actively attempting to improve the College by creating positive change; and showing promise as a future leader in the College of Engineering.

Elizabeth Ettleson has been awarded the College of Engineering Distinguished Achievement Award for Undergraduate Students. The award is presented to an outstanding undergraduate in each degree program. Criteria considered by the department awards committee include academic achievement, exemplary character, leadership in class and activities, and potential for success in future endeavors.

IOE PhD Candidate Rosemarie Figueroa was selected as a recipient of the 2017 North Campus Deans’ MLK Spirit Award which was awarded to her in a North Campus ceremony on January 16, 2017. The Martin Luther King Spirit Awards are given to students, student organizations, and faculty members at the University of Michigan North Campus who exemplify the leadership and vision of Dr. King through their commitment to social justice, diversity, and inclusion.

Bailey Haydock

IOE senior Bailey Haydock has been selected as an Academic All-Big Ten Honoree for Fall 2016. Criteria for making the Academic All-Big Ten team includes being a letter winner in at least their second academic year at their institution and maintaining a cumulative grade-point of 3.0 or higher. Read more about Bailey in MGoBlue.com’s Scholar Stories: Haydock Engineering a Path to Success.

Yuchen Jiang was awarded the Michigan Institute of Computational Discovery and Engineering (MICDE) Fellowship. The Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering (MICDE) focuses on the development and innovative use of mathematical algorithms and models on high performance computers (HPC) to support basic and applied research and development across a wide spectrum of disciplines in science and engineering.

Elnaz Kabir, a PhD student in Industrial and Operations Engineering, won the Best Poster Award at the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) 2016 Risk Analysis Annual Meeting held from December 11 – 15, 2016 in San Diego, California. The title of Elnaz’s poster is “Comparison and validation of statistical methods for predicting the failure probability of trees.” The featured research develops an accurate predictive model for assessing the failure probability of trees, to help tree care professionals make better decisions about whether or not to remove a tree.

IOE alum Pooyan Kazemian is interviewed in the INFORMS Open Forum column “What’s Your StORy.” He was also awarded second place in the George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award competition at INFORMS 2016 for the paper titled “Stochastic control and optimization methods for chronic disease monitoring and control, hospital staffing, and surgery scheduling.”

A paper coauthored by Xiang Liu (IOE PhD student), Mariel S. Lavieri (IOE Associate Professor), and Jonathan E. Helm (IOE PhD alum) is highlighted in a Renal & Urology News article.

Kevin Lieberman was award the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) Lawrence C. Fortier Memorial Scholarship and the Department of Defense National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship.

IOE Senior Allyse Locker was awarded 2nd place in the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers (IISE) Detroit Chapter Irv Otis Scholarship. The scholarship candidate must show that he/she is dedicated to the Industrial Engineering profession and IIE. Being involved in programs with their school and promoting the discipline of IE are excellent examples. Being involved in the leadership of their local IIE chapter is also an excellent demonstration of what is required of a successful candidate.

Terrence Mak‘s paper titled “Efficient Dynamic Compressor Optimization in Natural Gas Transmission Systems” was runner-up for Computing Society Best Student Paper at INFORMS 2016.

Amirhossein Meisami

Amirhossein Meisami has been selected to receive the IOE 2016 Bonder Fellowship. 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. He was also a finalist for the 2016 INFORMS Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Health Services for his research on “Sequential Learning and Control of Admission and Discharge Policies for Critical Care Units.”

Selin Merdan has been selected to receive a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for the year 2017-2018. The Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship is one of the most prestigious awards granted by the Rackham Graduate School and 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.

IOE alum Matthew Nelson is featured in the Michigan Engineering article “Boosting black engineering grads is goal for U-M alum.”

Donald Richardson is featured in the MLive.com story “U-M summer grad school research program marks 30 years of opportunity.” He has also been awarded the Distinguished Leadership Award for Graduate Students because he has demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the College, University, and community.

IOE PhD student Emily Speakman has been selected as one of the winners of the 2017 Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Outstanding GSIs. This award honors up to four exceptional engineering Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs). Nominees must demonstrate the following: creativity or innovation as an instructor, excellence in teaching, and remarkable dedication to student success. Emily has served as GSI for IOE 202: Operations Modeling. She was also awarded the Joel and Lorraine Brown Graduate Student Instructor of the Year award for the 2015-16 school year for her work in this course. She was also awarded the Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Outstanding Ph.D. Research for her research on “Branching-point selection for trilinear monomials in spatial branch and bound.” Her research interests include global optimization and all areas of mixed integer non-linear programming. Her current projects involve producing analytic results to guide algorithmic choices for spatial branch-and-bound. This is the workhorse algorithmic framework for non-convex global optimization problems. Emily’s advisor is Professor Jon Lee.

Lauren Steimle, a PhD student in Industrial and Operations Engineering, has been elected the student chapter representative on the Subdivisions Council of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Society. The purpose of the Subdivisions Council is to oversee the subdivisions of INFORMS and to provide a line of communication between the subdivisions and the INFORMS Board of Directors. The Student Chapter Representative to the Subdivision Council serves to influence INFORMS policy on behalf on the student chapters and student members. The presidents of the student chapters elect the Student Chapter Representative to a two-year term.


Lauren Thomas was awarded the Arlen R. Hellwarth Award from the College of Engineering. This awarded is presented to two undergraduate student leaders each year who have made valuable contributions to the College, University and/or community.

Yuzhi Wan won the Student Author Presentation Support Award (SAPSA) from the HFES Council of Technical Groups for the paper titled “Tactile spatial guidance for collision avoidance in NextGen flight operations.”

Victor Wu and Brian Denton

IOE PhD candidate Victor Wu has been awarded the 2016 Judith Liebman Award from INFORMS and was recognized at the Student Awards ceremony at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Nashville. The purpose of this award is to recognize volunteers who have made outstanding and sustained contributions to their student chapters. He also won second place in the University of Michigan Engineering Graduate Symposium Poster Competition (Industrial, Operations, and Financial Engineering Session) for his poster titled “Multicriteria Optimization for Brachytherapy Treatment Planning.”

Zheng Zhang was a finalist for the Service Science Student Paper Award at INFORMS 2016 for the paper “Appointment Scheduling and the Effects of Customer Congestion on Service” written with Bjorn Berg from Mayo Clinic, Xiaolan Xie from Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, and Brian Denton.




A large contingent from the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering attended the 2016 INFORMS Conference in Nashville, Tennessee from November 13 – 16, 2016. They enjoyed ample opportunities to collaborate and share research and insights.

View the video below to see what a selection of IOE students in attendance at the conference presented. And be sure to see the Student & Alumni awards section to see the many recognitions members of the IOE community received at the conference.

Thank You Donors!

Accenture Industrial and Operations Engineering Scholarship Fund
Kedrick and Lynette Adkins

Amir C. Tandon Scholarship Fund
Simit D. Shah and Ankita Shah

Andrew S. Crawford Fund for Entrepreneurship Excellence
Ms. Carolyn F. Balducci and Mr. Gioacchino Balducci
Mr. and Mrs. Christian P. Striffler
Thomas Hitchman Charitable Fund at Schwab Charitable

Carlos and Clara Quintanilla Endowed Scholarship
Carlos R. Quintanilla

The Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety
Ms. Sarah M. Bach
Seth Bonder Foundation
Mr. Peter B. Haag and Mrs. Deborah Brown
Leslie and Terry Murphy Fund of Schwab Charitable
Dr. Stephen F. Redding
The JMEast Charitable Fund of Vanguard Charitable
Mr. Adam J. VanDeusen
Mr. and Mrs. Marshall L. Weingarden

Clyde Johnson Fellowship Fund
Kedrick and Lynette Adkins
Mr. and Mrs. William R. Beem
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin H. Brust
Dr. David M. Carlson
Mr. Philip Chang and Mrs. Alison M. Nagahisa
Mr. and Mrs. David M. Giancola
Mr. and Mrs. James E. Hosking
Clyde and Nadra Johnson
Mrs. Thelma B. Johnson
Mr. Paul A. Levy and Mrs. Mia Park
Mr. and Mrs. John R. Vogt

Clyde W. Johnson Scholarship Fund
Mr. and Mrs. William R. Beem
Mr. and Mrs. Sonny S. Bloom
Mr. Thomas E. Grimshaw
Mr. Michael R. Hamme
Mrs. Thelma B. Johnson
Michael & Eleanor Pinkert Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Carl D. Moe
Prime Housing Group
Mr. and Mrs. John G. Schuler
Mr. Michael N. Seitz and Ms. Patricia Seitz
Mr. and Mrs. Ned J. Simpson
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Smith
Mr. Allen L. Stevens
Dr. and Mrs. Edward A. Stokel

Henrique Chang Scholarship Fund
Mr. Henrique Chang

Herb Greenman and Jay Kaplan Memorial Scholarship
E. F. Harris Family Foundation

Industrial & Operations Engineering Fellowship
Dr. Reg A. Williams and Dr. Yvonne M. Abdoo
Dr. Matthew J. Brown
Mr. and Mrs. Theodore K. Courtney
Mr. and Mrs. Timothy S. Davis
Dr. Dimitris Kostamis and Dr. Kadriye F. Erkul
Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Erlebacher
Dr. and Mrs. Edward J. Gainer
Mr. and Mrs. Joe E. Hilger
Professor and Mrs. Wallace J. Hopp
Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Ievers III
Mr. Matthew F. Irelan
Dr. Siqian M. Shen and Mr. Ruiwei Jiang
Dr. Beverly K. Kahn and Mr. Michael A. Kahn
Kerk Engineering LLC
Dr. David S. Kim and Mr. Michael W. Kim
Dr. and Mrs. J. Michael Moore
Dr. and Mrs. Frederick J. Schanne, Jr.
Dr. Shiaw Y. Su
Dr. Lynn T. Schachinger and Dr. Sheryl S. Ulin
Dr. and Mrs. Charles H. White

Industrial and Operations Engineering Endowed Scholarship Fund
Mr. Shankara Bharadwaj
Mr. and Mrs. Ross B. Broms
Ms. Deborah A. Case and Mr. William D. Case
Dr. Philippe E. Gouel and Ms. Megan C. DeFauw
Mr. and Mrs. John P. Duker
Mr. Steve D. Fleming and Ms. Anne Fleming
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur S. Harris
Mr. Craig J. Isakow
Kenneth G. Proskie and Shirley C. Tumaneng
Mr. Erik C. Knapp
Mr. David W. Kurtz and Ms. Jill T. Kurtz
Mr. Zeke A. Majeske
Mr. Daniel I. Manes
Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Pereles
Mr. Michael A. Perry and Ms. Karen G. Zasky Perry
Ms. Melissa C. Plotkowski
Ms. Julie L. Somerville
Mr. Jayesh Srivastava and Ms. Sabreen Srivastava
Mr. Steven J. Stark
Steve and Jane Mitchell
Mr. Gregory Thompson and Mrs. Ilka Vazquez
Mr. Michael S. Westerman and Ms. Brittany N. Morales
Mr. Scott A. Williams
Mr. and Mrs. Rodney N. Wright

Industrial Engineering Special Gift Fund
Dr. Katrina M. Appell
Ms. Rebecca C. Branson
Mr. Gerard A. Brosnan
Mr. Jason S. Clark
Mr. David A. Cohen and Ms. Amy B. Cohen
Mr. Christopher G. Doughty
Mr. and Mrs. Gunars M. Ejups
Mr. and Mrs. Michael C. Fee
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Fountain
Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm L. Fox II
Dr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Goldberg
Mr. Michael A. Grossman
Dr. Robert W. Haessler and Ms. Janet Haessler
Mr. and Mrs. Craig W. Hamilton
Mr. Richard B. Harmon
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur S. Harris
Mr. Donald J. Holtz and Ms. Nina D. Riley
Mr. and Mrs. John T. Illikman
Mr. Jordan Jackimowicz
Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. Kunz
Mr. Bernard K. Lee
Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Leshuk
Ms. Emma H. McGregor
Dr. and Mrs. J. Michael Moore
Mr. Roy A. More
Mr. Charles Moyer
Mr. and Mrs. Rajeev A. Parlikar
Paul Lansky
Mr. and Mrs. Clark A. Potzmann
Dr. Murray James J. Pyle and Ms. Ellen L. Sherwood
Ms. Nancy C. Reider and Mr. John G. Reider
Mr. and Mrs. William P. Selmeier
Slayton Family Fund
Mrs. Mary B. Soloy
TW Pemberly, LLC
Mr. Chandra Varatharajan and Mrs. Annapoorani Sekaran

IOE PhD Alumni Fund
Dr. and Mrs. Peter S. Benson
Dr. and Mrs. Donald L. Keefer
Dr. and Mrs. J. Michael Moore
Dr. and Mrs. John A. Muckstadt
Dr. Robert G. Sargent
Dr. and Mrs. Marlin U. Thomas
Dr. and Mrs. Roger N. Turner, Jr.

Jeff Mason Scholarship Fund
Mrs. Millicent N. Mason
Mr. and Mrs. William C. Zuellig

Jon R. and Beverly S. Holt Award
Jon R. and Beverly S. Holt

Katta Murty Optimization Prize Fund
Professor Katta G. Murty and Ms. Vijaya S. Katta

Mark A. Van Sumeren Endowed Scholarship Fund
Mr. Mark A. Van Sumeren and Mrs. Kate A. Van Sumeren

Marlin U. and Susan K. Thomas Fund
Dr. and Mrs. Marlin U. Thomas

Michael Goldberg IOE Scholarship
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Goldberg
Mr. Harry Lichtcsien

Molloy Family Scholarship
Mr. and Mrs. James M. Molloy

Patient Safety Training at the University
The Doctors Company Foundation

Richard C. Wilson Faculty Scholar Award Fund
Mr. and Mrs. Ranvir K. Trehan

Seth Bonder Fellowship
Seth Bonder Foundation

The Orchid Foundation Scholarship Fund
The Orchid Foundation

Thom J. and Grace P. Hodgson Family Fund
Dr. Thom J. Hodgson and Dr. Grace P. Hodgson

Timothy P. Gerios Endowed Scholarship Fund
Mr. Timothy P. Gerios and Mrs. Elizabeth Pancik

Mark Daskin Elected to The National Academy of Engineering

Professor Mark S. Daskin, Clyde W. Johnson Collegiate Professor and Chair of the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering, was one of 84 new U.S. members and 22 foreign members elected to The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) on February 8, 2017. IOE faculty, staff and students celebrated Professor Daskin’s election to NAE with a reception in IOE on February 10, 2017.

Professor Daskin celebrating his election to NAE with IOE students

The elections were announced by NAE President C.D. (Dan) Mote Jr. and bring the total U.S. membership to 2,281 and the number of foreign members to 249. Individuals in the newly elected class will be formally inducted during a ceremony at the NAE’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 8, 2017. Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. The NAE honors researchers for outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice, or education including pioneering new fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional engineering fields and developing and implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.

Mark Daskin with IOE faculty members at the celebration of his NAE election

Professor Daskin was elected to the NAE for leadership and creative contributions to location optimization and its application to industrial, service, and medical systems. In addition to this latest honor, he has served as the editor-in-chief of both Transportation Science and IIE Transactions, was the president of INFORMS in 2006, and vice-president for publication from 1996-1999. He also served as the chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at Northwestern University from 1995-2001. He is a fellow of both INFORMS and the Institute of Industrial Engineers. Daskin has also received the Fred C. Crane Award for Distinguished Service from the Institute of Industrial Engineers as well as the Institute’s Technical Innovation Award.


Taking IOE Skills from Classroom to Internship

Athos Papaellinas is currently a senior in the Industrial and Operations Engineering Department. Below he writes about how taking IOE 425: Lean Manufacturing and Services in his junior year prepared him for an internship at NotosCom Holdings SA in the summer of 2016.

This summer I took an internship at a company called NotosCom Holdings SA, which is a leader in the Greek market in the sectors of cosmetics, clothing, teen apparel, office supplies, and department stores. My internship started in August, which is generally a slow month, market-wise for Greece. That worked well in my favor, in the sense that I had a lot of time to be creative and take initiative during my work there. Specifically, I was part of an expansion plan that involved forming a proposal to a foreign company.

After having taken IOE 425, taught by Debra Levantrosser, I was more than able to not only understand certain parts of the process, but I was able to introduce the concepts I learned in class. Specifically, I suggested to my co-workers to use the A3 presentation format. None of them had heard of that tool in the past. Therefore, I arranged a meeting with them, in order to explain the concept. They were really impressed with the idea, and they put me in charge of creating it.

IOE 425 students

In the beginning, it looked like a very difficult task, as I had never done something similar in a non-class environment. However, I went over the class slides and my notes, in order to clearly recall all of the functions that the A3 format serves. Then, I rearranged the data I was given to be more structured, and with the use of managerial tools and graphics, it was ready. I appreciate the fact that I was able to perform this process before in class, during a project. I believe it helped me learn and understand the concept of the A3 format to such a great extent, that I could, in fact, present it in front of business executives.

However, this was only the highlight of the importance of the class. Specifically, I kept seeing around me many of the concepts we studied in IOE 425. For example, I saw the use of dashboards, and I understood their importance thanks to my experience in 425.

I have heard that the study of engineering helps change how you view the world around you. I actually felt that that turning point for me came after attending IOE 425. It made me more aware of my surroundings both at a corporate and a personal level. To be specific, I constantly try to identify wastes that exist around me and try to find ways to eliminate them. Also, I try to create some kind of process standardization to everything I do. Finally, I can identify and understand the importance of clear signs and labeling. I am very thankful for taking that class, and I am sure that in the future I will be able to appreciate and apply even further the concepts I learned.

Three IOE Students Awarded NSF Fellowships

Three IOE students have been awarded fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship program. Gian-Gabriel Garcia, Wesley Marrero Colon, and Emily Tucker were awarded three of the nine “IE/OR” three-year fellowships granted in the 2017 competition.

Gian-Gabriel Garcia

Gian-Gabriel Garcia, who is advised by Mariel Lavieri, submitted a project titled “Multi-Agent Dynamic Programming to Model Bias in Concussion Management Decisions.” Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) present a significant public health challenge in the U.S., with over 2.5 million TBIs resulting in death or hospitalization in 2010 and lifetime costs exceeding $60 billion. TBIs can result in physical disability and increased risks for neurologic dysfunction, depression, epilepsy, and Alzheimer’s disease. Recently, the focus has sharpened on concussions, a type of TBI characterized by potential loss of consciousness and impairment of memory, orientation, and balance. In this research, we propose to create data-driven models for concussion management using statistical and optimization frameworks which incorporate patient behavior through self-reported symptoms. The goal of this work is to improve health outcomes for those with concussions and to create new methods which can be applied to multi-agent decision-making problems where information can be biased by conflicting objectives between stakeholders.

Wesley Marrero Colon

Wesley Marrero Colon, who is advised by Mariel Lavieri, submitted a research project titled “Optimal Ranges for Personalized Treatment Planning.” Chronic conditions are among the leading causes of death in the U.S. Despite the many models developed to obtain optimal treatment protocols for patients suffering from such conditions, translating these protocols into practice is difficult. Therefore, it is important to consider practical implications in the design of such protocols. One way such implications can be considered in the design of protocols is by providing clinicians flexibility in the implementation of the protocols created while continuing to improve patient outcomes. To benefit from the clinician’s judgment, we propose to design treatment target ranges that are personalized to each patient’s disease progression.

Emily Tucker

Emily Tucker, who is advised by Mark Daskin, submitted a project titled “Modeling Pharmaceutical Supply Chains to Mitigate Drug Shortages.” Drug shortages have become a public health crisis in the United States and are largely caused by disruptions to non-resilient pharmaceutical supply chains. This research will focus on developing novel models of supply chains that may become disrupted to study the dynamics of shortages. Emily will use insights from these models to recommend incentives and business continuity strategies that would reduce the occurrence and impact of shortages. Her research is conducted in collaboration with professors in the College of Pharmacy and the Ross School of Business.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and in STEM education.