Message from the Chair

Mark DaskinWelcome to another issue of IOE News, our newsletter for alumni and friends of the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering. As we head into summer, I’m excited to share so much exciting news with you!

First and foremost, I want to say how proud we are of our graduating students. I look forward to seeing their accomplishments in years to come. And, of course, I’m also looking forward to welcoming a new group of equally bright and impressive students in September.

Three of our PhD students were recently recognized by the National Science Foundation Fellowship program and you can read about even more student and alumni accomplishments in our Student and Alumni Updates section.

Speaking of alumni, I hope you’ll enjoy reading about Alex Riley and his company MeritHall. Alex is an alum with an interesting story to share and plenty of good advice for current students.

The Regents recently approved tenure and promotion to associate professor for Mariel Lavieri and promotion to full professor for Brian Denton. In addition, they named Wally Hopp a Distinguished University Professor. You can read about those and many more recognitions and accomplishments in our Facutly & Staff Updates.

You’ll also have a chance to read about lecturer Debra Levantrosser’s vegan food truck and how she utilizes real life experience in her courses. In addition, you’ll find first-hand accounts from some of Debra’s students about two of the industry guest lecturers that visited their courses.

Of course, so many of the accomplishments detailed in this newsletter wouldn’t be possible without support from the many alumni and friends of the IOE Department. I give my sincere thanks to all of our donors.

We’re always eager to highlight alumni news in this newsletter 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

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