Faculty & Staff Updates

rod capps award

Rod Capps

IOE Web Developer Rod Capps was recognized with a 2016 Engineering Excellence in Staff Service Award at a College of Engineering ceremony on May 6, 2016. Over the past year, Rod has helped lead the IOE Department through the process of developing a new website in coordination with the College’s Media & Marketing group. He also routinely lends staff, students, and faculty his expertise in web development and databases. The Excellence in Staff Service Awards program was established as part of a comprehensive initiative to recognize the vital contributions that staff make to the College’s success and prominence as one of the nation’s premier engineering institutions. Recipients of the Excellence in Staff Service Awards are chosen on the basis of their exemplary work or special achievements. Each year, the College’s objective is to identify individual award recipients and a team or work group winner.

Professor Amy Cohn was named 2016 Professor of the Year by the  Alpha Pi Mu Industrial Engineering Honor Society.

The University of Michigan Regents have approved promotion to full professor for Brian Denton.

Professor Brian Denton has been selected for the IOE Department Merit Award for the 2015-2016 academic year. The award is to recognize a high impact accomplishment in research, teaching or service benefiting the Department and the College.


Seth Guikema

Seth Guikema recently delivered a lecture on demand for MConnex. The lecture, titled “Leveraging disparate data sources to study the influences of climate variability and change on natural and engineered systems,” is available to watch online.

A microscopic marine alga is thriving in the North Atlantic to an extent that defies scientific predictions, suggesting swift environmental change as a result of rising carbon dioxide in the ocean, a study conducted by scientists at the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University has found. The work began as a class project in a course taught by Seth Guikema, who is an associate professor in the IOE Department. More information is available in the article “Rapid plankton growth in ocean seen as sign of carbon dioxide loading.”

The University of Michigan Regents have appointed Wallace Hopp as a Distinguished University Professor, one of the University’s top honors. Distinguished University Professorships, established in 1947, recognize full professors for exceptional scholarly or creative achievement, national and international reputation, and superior teaching skills. Each professorship bears a name determined by the appointive professor in consultation with her or his dean. Hopp’s title is C.K. Prahalad Distinguished University Professor of Business and Engineering.

Dr. Wallace Hopp is also quoted in two articles about how wage hikes effect business at Wal-Mart, “Minimum Wage Hikes Aren’t All Bad News for Wal-Mart” in Bloomberg and “Why wage hikes are actually good news for Wal-Mart” in The Christian Science Monitor.

Richard Hughes, PhD, has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB). 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.


Mariel Lavieri

The University of Michigan Regents have approved tenure and promotion to associate professor for Mariel Lavieri.

Professor Mariel Lavieri has also received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award for her project “A Unified Methodology for Optimizing the Management of Chronic Diseases.” The objective is to create new methodology that enables the integration of operational and disease management decisions for patients with chronic diseases. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

Research of IOE Professors Mariel Lavieri and Mark Van Oyen in conjunction with Dr. Joshua Stein, associate professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences, was highlighted as one of the top technologies to watch at Glaucoma 2015 during the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Their work is on a novel glaucoma monitoring system being developed to guide providers in establishing personalized monitoring schedules that would help them avoid missing significant progression in glaucoma suspects or patients with open-angle glaucoma. The brief is available at Ophthalmology Times.

The Shingo Institute, part of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, has awarded Jeffrey K. Liker, PhD, with the Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award for his book, “Developing Lean Leaders at all Levels: A Practical Guide.” In addition to being a professor in IOE, Liker is president of Liker Lean Advisors, LLC – a collection of top-notch lean advisors. He is an international best-selling author and recipient of 11 Shingo Research Awards. Trachilis, president and CEO at Lean Leadership Institute Inc., is a partner with Dr. Liker and a contributor to this book. Receipt of the Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award signifies an author’s significant contribution to advancing the body of knowledge regarding enterprise excellence.

IOE Professor Emeritus Katta Murty has been selected for a J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship to Saudi Arabia. He will be working with researchers in ARAMCO and KFUPM (King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals) in Saudi Arabia on applications of optimum decision making techniques in crude oil refineries.


Pascal Van Hentenryck

Pascal Van Hentenryck was recognized as the Seth Bonder Collegiate Professor of Engineering at a lecture and ceremony held on Monday, April 11, 2016 in the Johnson Rooms of Lurie Engineering Center.  He delivered a lecture titled, “Analytics and Engineering: Challenges and Opportunities.” More information about Pascal and about Seth Bonder is available in the news story “Pascal Van Hentenryck to be recognized as Seth Bonder Collegiate Professor of Engineering.”

With a new $1.4 million grant, University of Michigan researchers led by Pascal Van Hentenryck, the Seth Bonder Collegiate Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering at The University of Michigan will lead an effort to model a year in the life of a power grid, creating the most detailed, adaptable power grid simulation ever made. Read more in the article “Smart grid: $1.4M to model a year in the life of a power grid.”

Marina Epelman was named the INFORMS Graduate Course Professor of the Year. Brian Denton and Nadine Sarter received honorable mentions.

A research team, led by IOE professor Romesh Saigal and including IOE student Qi Luo, recently conducted a preliminary test on The University of Michigan’s North Campus, circling a parking lot in a radar sensor-equipped test vehicle to capture data. The system they were testing would use radar sensors that are already built into many vehicles to create a crowd-sourced, real-time map of parking availability. More information is available in the article, “No more hunting for parking? Proposed app could do it for you.”