The IOE Department is pleased to celebrate four promotions which will be effective September 1, 2017. Amy Cohn and Marina Epelman have been promoted to Full Professor while Eunshin Byon and Siqian Shen have been promoted to Associate Professor. Members of the IOE community gathered on the afternoon of June 23, 2017 to recognize these four women for their contributions to the department and their success.
Amy Cohn joined the faculty in 2002 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2009; in 2011, she was also named a Thurnau Professor and in 2017 was promoted to Full Professor. She currently holds the position of Associate Director for the Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety. Her primary research interest is in robust and integrated planning for large-scale systems, predominantly in healthcare and aviation applications. She also collaborates on projects in satellite communications, vehicle routing problems for hybrid fleets, and robust network design for power systems and related applications. Her primary teaching interest is in optimization techniques, at both the graduate and undergraduate level.
Marina Epelman received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University, and her PhD from the MIT Operations Research Center. She has been a faculty member at the Industrial and Operations Engineering Department at the University of Michigan since 1999. Her research spans methodological and applied work in optimization. During her years at Michigan, she worked on research projects developing optimization models and algorithms for treatment planning in radiation oncology, personnel scheduling in hospitals and call centers, production scheduling and planning in manufacturing, and other interesting applications. On the methodological side, she works on algorithms for convex optimization problems (including some in infinite dimensions) and dynamic programming. She is active in service to the department and many professional organizations and is particularly proud of her three teaching awards presented by the IOE graduate students.
Eunshin Byon joined the faculty in Fall 2011. Her research interests include reliability evaluation, fault diagnosis/condition monitoring, predictive modeling and data analytics, and operations and maintenance decision-making for stochastic systems. Her recent research focuses on uncertainty quantification of stochastic systems using stochastic simulations, reliability analysis and improvement of large-scale, interconnected systems with applications to renewable power systems and manufacturing processes. She is a member of IIE, INFORMS, and IEEE.
Siqian Shen earned her BS from Tsinghua University in China in 2007 and her Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 2011. She joined the faculty in Fall 2011. Her research is in integer programming, stochastic programming, and network optimization. The models she considers usually feature stochastic parameters and discrete decision variables. In general, optimal solutions are desired for trading off between the immediate benefits and the long-run gains, or between cost effectiveness and operational risk. Applications include risk analysis and optimization of energy, healthcare, cloud-computing, and transportation systems. She currently serves as an Associate Director for the Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering (MICDE).
Below you will see some of the comments from colleagues, students, and alumni as they shared their congratulations on Twitter.
— Kayse Maass (@KayseMaass) June 24, 2017
— Emily Tucker (@emilyltucker) June 23, 2017
— P. Van Hentenryck (@PVanHentenryck) June 1, 2017