(December 19, 2016) Assistant Professor Dr. Alejandro Salado received a one-year grant from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). The project is entitled "Tradespace Exploration for Better Verification Strategies." Dr. Salado will serve as the PI and he is currently recruiting a student to work on this project. The research team will improve the value and cost of the verification strategies of large-scale systems, which form the evidence of contractual fulfillment in acquisition programs, by using quantitative methods and tradespace exploration.
(December 6, 2016) With a $40,000 grant award in December, 2016, UPS has provided 20 consecutive years of funding, totaling almost one million dollars, in support to the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) for the UPS Doctoral Fellowship in Human Factors and Safety. This graduate Fellowship provides a stipend and tuition for at least one PhD student per year in the Human Factors and Safety concentration of ISE. Students must submit an application including a research proposal for the Fellowship, in the general area of community and public safety. This year, the following topic areas are of emphasis:
- trip-and-fall and slipping accidents;
- bodily injury from overexertion and manual materials handling stressors;
- vehicular struck-by accidents;
- driver distraction-related accidents;
- user-system interaction failures (e.g., ATM and drop-box usage); and,
- warning-related issues that give rise to either physical stress-strain injuries or vehicular-pedestrian accidents.
The UPS Doctoral Fellowship was first funded in 1996, and over 25 ISE PhD students have since received support toward their degree completion, according to Dr. John Casali, Grado Professor of ISE and UPS Grant Coordinator since its inception. Mr. Don Wittke, UPS Director of Industrial Engineering has assisted with the Grant for the past 5 years. He is also a member of the ISE Advisory Board and ISE Academy of Distiguished Alumni.
(November 21, 2016) PhD Candidate Alba Rojas-Cordova has been selected as the winner of the INFORMS Minority Issues Forum (MIF) Poster Competition. Alba is being advised by Drs. Ebru Bish and Niyousha Hosseinichimeh. Alba’s poster “Optimal Resource Allocation for Sequential Adaptive Clinical Trials” synthetizes part of her dissertation research, where she creatively combines Operations Research and System Dynamics methodologies to quantify the impact of interim analyses on various performance measures relevant to the pharmaceutical industry as well as policy makers and regulatory agencies. Alba’s poster was selected as the first-place winner among a group of 17 posters that were evaluated by a panel of distinguished judges, based on organization, visual appeal, methodology, results, and oral presentation.
(November 10, 2016) Please welcome Dr. Barbara Fraticelli as a full-time instructor with the ISE Department. Dr. Fraticelli has been an adjunct faculty with ISE since completing her Ph.D., and has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses for the department. Her courses are highly organized and well-structured, ranging from introductory classes for sophomores to advanced optimization courses for Ph.D. students. She was one of the recipients of the ISE Outstanding Faculty award in April 2016.
(November 9, 2016) ISE Senior Abigail Smith’s service work in Nepal was featured on the Virginia Tech News. She is the president and one of the founding members of Service Without Borders, a grassroots Virginia Tech student group whose mission is to share the spirit of Ut Prosim by partnering with communities locally and globally. The following article describes how Service Without Borders’ work, along with support and guidance from faculty, led to a multiyear international relationship with Dhumba, a village in northern Nepal, where the water collection structures were damaged by the April 2015 earthquake.
Virginia Tech service group establishes partnership in Nepal (published on November 8, 2016)
(October 24, 2016) Ms. Linda Wood, a current ISE Advisory Board members, was recently honored with a 2016 “Movers and Thinkers” Award at the annual conference of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.
The Movers and Thinkers awards are presented annually to recognize exceptional individuals who have significantly influenced the advancement of supply chain management as a critical business strategy, leading the field in thinking and practices. The industry-wide award was established in 2009 by DSC Logistics, one of the nation’s leading supply chain management companies.
“Linda Wood never fails to inspire, to educate and to elevate,” said Ann Drake, Chairman & CEO of DSC Logistics. “In every role she’s held, we’ve seen her commitment to developing people in her own organization and in others. Her commitment to the advancement of women’s leadership in the supply chain field has accelerated progress and thinking.”
“We are incredibly proud of Linda being recognized for the profound leadership she has provided to our organization and the overall supply-chain industry,” said Nancy Hawley, Executive Vice President –Operations at Reynolds Tobacco. “Linda’s influence will leave a legacy long past her pending retirement later this year.”
Ms. Wood is currently a Vice President – Operations Services at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, which she joined in 1981. She is an ISE alumna, holding a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Virginia Tech. She has been a member of the ISE Advisory Board since 2012.
(October 14, 2016) Assistant Professor Dr. Blake Johnson was a featured guest during the morning edition of the WVTF Public Radio. The segment, titled “Personalized Implantables: Where Art & Science Meet; an Exhibition,” introduced the upcoming art exhibit at Armory Gallery at Virginia Tech by artist Lynn Hershman Leeson, who explores the places where art and technology meet. One piece in the exhibit is a bio-engineered human ear (made at Wake Forest University), which is a work of art that could also function as a medical device. Dr. Johnson spoke on one of his research areas: personalized implantables. He has been working on printing artificial body parts that would ultimately take over and transform into a piece of living tissue. According to his interview, a new relationship has been formed among art, engineering, and science, since 3-D printing became viable in the last 20 years.
Please go to the page "Personalized Implantables: Where Art & Science Meet; an Exhibition" to listen to the segment (2:17).
(October 5, 2016) Assistant Professor Dr. Alejandro Salado received a two-year grant from the Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL). The project is entitled "Vulnerability, Risk and Resilience Approaches for Bioenergy Resource Supply Chain and Logistics." Dr. Salado will serve as the PI, and Devita McCullough-Amal is a Ph.D. student who will be working on this project. The research team will analyze and integrate the technical and commercial vulnerabilities of the Bioenergy Resource Supply Chain to identify mitigation actions that facilitate sustainable design, deployment, and operation of the bioenergy industry.
(September 13, 2016) Assistant Professor Dr. Ran Jin received a three-year grant from the Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation of the National Science Foundation (NSF). The project is entitled "Data-driven Modeling and Optimization for Energy-Smart Manufacturing," and Dr. Jin will serve as the PI. He will work with Dr. Sam Davanloo from Department of Integrated Systems Engineering at the Ohio State University, and Drs. Xinwei Deng and Yili Hong from the Department of Statistics at Virginia Tech. The research team will investigate the synergistic modeling and decision making methodology for energy efficiency optimization, manufacturing equipment prognosis, and product performance improvements in smart manufacturing.
(September 2, 2016) Assistant Professor Dr. Christian Wernz has been awarded a two-year R21 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality (AHRQ) for "Evidence-based Contingency Planning for Electronic Health Record Downtime." As the PI, he will work together with co-investigators Dr. Raj Ratwani and Dr. Terry Fairbanks of MedStar Health's National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare. The research team will assess the clinical and organizational implications of computer downtime and will develop a simulation model to identify effective countermeasures.
(September 2, 2016) Marissa Boccher, an undergraduate student in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, has been awarded the Fralin Undergraduate Research Fellowship to conduct research this academic year with Dr. Alejandro Salado, Assistant Professor in Industrial and Systems Engineering.
The Fralin Undergraduate Research Fellowship program is a new, competitive award program that is open to all Virginia Tech undergraduates with a goal of increasing diversity in research. Fifteen (15) fellowships are awarded annually to individual students demonstrating academic capability and a strong interest in undergraduate research, to enable them to conduct research with a Virginia Tech faculty mentor over the course of one academic year.
With the mentoring of Dr. Salado, Marissa will investigate new methods and techniques to architect new space missions that require a high number of satellites that are governed by multiple, independent organizations. These new methods will enable governments to maximize the value of their investments in space missions by capitalizing on existing assets, historical patterns, and future forecasts.
This collaboration, which was initiated as part of the ISE Department's undergraduate research program, showcases the breadth of ISE undergraduate research and will strengthen our systems engineering capability as well as enable us to facilitate even more multidisciplinary work with other departments around campus.
(September 2, 2016) A recently submitted proposal has been awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under the Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) Division. The proposal is being funded under the Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) mechanism over two years. Assistant Professor Blake Johnson is the PI on the project with collaborative support provided by Professor John Robertson from the Department of Biomedical Engineering towards the goal of exploring novel additive manufacturing-based strategies for organ assessment.
(September 1, 2016) The Virginia Tech Chapter of Alpha Pi Mu was recognized as the Outstanding Chapter for 2015-2016 by the national office. This recognition is based on chapter activities and contributions to the department, the university, and the field of industrial and systems engineering. Dr. Kimberly Ellis was the faculty advisor.
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(August 30, 2016) A joint research proposal between Virginia Tech and N.C. State University, recently submitted by Paul T. Norton Endowed Professor Dr. Subhash Sarin, has been awarded by USDA/DOE under their BRDI (Biomass Research and Development Initiative) program. The proposal is entitled “Mid-Atlantic Biomass Sorgum Collaborative to Optimize Agronomic Production and Growth Profitability,” and it was headed by North Carolina Biotechnology Center.
The award has been officially announced by Under Secretary for USDA’s Research, Education & Economics (REE) mission area. Dr. Sarin’s proposal was one of only five funded by USDA and the largest in amount, and one of only two funded by DOE.
The project is being funded over three years. Dr. Sarin is one of the Co-PIs for this project, and his effort will be focused on developing a cost-effective biomass (sorgum) feedstock logistic system.
(August 25, 2016) The ISE Department would like to welcome Dr. Carolyn Duncan as new faculty in Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics group. She joined the ISE Department as a Visiting Assistant Professor in August 2016.
Dr. Duncan received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from University of New Brunswick, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Memorial University in Newfoundland, where her focus was in Occupational Biomechanics and Postural Control. Prior to arriving at Virginia Tech, she was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute at the University of Waterloo, where she conducted neuroscience-related research on the effects of moving environments on postural control and motor learning.
As her Ph.D. and post-doc work indicate, Dr. Duncan’s research areas are: biomedical engineering, biomechanics, posture, kinematics, musculoskeletal disorders, and neuromechanics. She will be teaching ISE 5614 Human Physical Capabilities this fall semester.
(August 22, 2016) The ISE Department would like to welcome Dr. Manish Bansal as a new faculty member in Fall 2016. He joined the ISE as an Assistant Professor in Operations Research in August 2016. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from National Institute of Technology in India, and master’s and doctoral degrees in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University.
Dr. Bansal will bring his expertise to the Operations Research group while also helping the department to cover important teaching and advising needs in the area of optimization. His research focuses on new theoretical and computational advances in mathematical programming, and especially on mixed integer programming, stochastic optimization, distributionally robust optimization, and computational geometry. He has application interests in logistics, healthcare, manufacturing, geographical information systems, and telerobotics.
Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Dr. Bansal was a postdoctoral research fellow in Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at Northwestern University, where he conducted research on stochastic mixed integer programming and distributionally robust optimization. He received a Postdoctoral Professional Development Award from Northwestern University in 2016.
(November 17, 2016) Hyungil Kim was featured as the award winner on the HFES Bulletin November 2016 issue.
(September 27, 2016) A picture (left) of Hyungil Kim receiving the award was taken at the ceremony during the HFES Annual Meeting.
(August 18, 2016) Hyungil Kim, a PhD candidate and Dr. Joe Gabbard’s advisee, has been selected as the winner of the prestigious 2016 Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award from the Foundation for Professional Ergonomics. The award is given to a graduate student or group of students for research that demonstrates how ergonomists make our lives at work and at home healthier, safer, more productive, and more satisfying through the major practice areas of Ergonomics: Analysis, Design, and Evaluation.
The Foundation for Professional Ergonomics recognizes Hyungil’s recent work titled “Virtual Shadow: Making Cross Traffic Dynamics Visible through Augmented Reality Head Up Display,” which aimed to (1) design a novel driver interface for cross traffic alerts taking advantage of an augmented reality (AR) head-up display, (2) prototype design ideas for a specific use-case of pedestrian collision warning, and (3) evaluate usability in consideration of unique aspects of interaction with AR while driving. His work demonstrated the capabilities of AR to create more reliable and safer interfaces for vehicle drivers.
The award will be presented during the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Annual Meeting, September 19-23, 2016, in Washington, DC, USA.
(August 17, 2016) Please welcome Scott Lancaster, who joined the ISE Department as the supervisor in the Harris Manufacturing Processes Lab on August 15. For the past ten years, Scott has run his own business in Christiansburg. Prior to this, he spent four years with the Christiansburg Police Department and seven years working with Belding Tool & Machine. In total, he has 17 years of machining and manufacturing experience.
The ISE department will benefit greatly from his technical and leadership experience. We are excited to have Scott on board, given the important role that the Manufacturing Processes Lab plays in the ISE curriculum.
Please go to his bio page for more information about Scott’s roles.
(August 8, 2016) Virginia Tech has honored Administrative Assistant to the Department Head Dot Cupp for her 45 years of service to the university and the ISE department. She is one of seven VT employees who were recognized during the 2016 Service Recognition Program this spring. She has spent her entire career at VT in the ISE department, supporting the faculty, students, alumni, advisory board members, other staff members, as well as the department heads including the late President Emeritus Dr. Paul Torgersen.
For more information, please go to the full story “Opportunity to make a difference has inspired Dot Nolen Cupp during 45-year career” on the Virginia Tech News website.
(August 8, 2016) PhD Candidate Alba Rojas-Cordova has been selected as the recipient of the prestigious 2016-2017 Seth Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Health Services. Alba is being advised by Drs. Ebru Bish and Niyousha Hosseinichimeh. Alba’s dissertation research focuses on optimal resource allocation decisions in sequential adaptive clinical trials. Adaptive clinical trials provide a novel and promising way of achieving new efficiencies in pharmaceutical research and development, but also present new challenges to decision makers needing to allocate resources in the most efficient way. In her research, Alba utilizes a unique combination of Operations Research and System Dynamics models and tools to address the problem’s complexity.
The purpose of this prestigious award is to promote the development and application of process modeling and operations research analyses to health care design, delivery and operations. The scholarship is granted on the basis of excellence, innovation, preparation, and the probability of a candidate's success. Candidates are evaluated based on their past accomplishments, the potential of the proposed research program, and their credentials to undertake the proposed research.
Please congratulate Alba, and for those attending the INFORMS Annual Meeting this year, you are invited to attend a special session dedicated to Bonder Scholars.
(July 15, 2016) A co-authored paper by Assistant Professor Dr. Navid Ghaffarzadegan was featured in a New York Times article titled "So Many Research Scientists, So Few Openings as Professors". The New York Times article discusses challenges of academic job market for PhD graduates referring to a previous systems analysis done by Richard Larson (MIT), Navid Ghaffarzadegan (VT), and Yi Xue (MIT) on estimating growth in PhD population in the United States. The original paper was published in the journal of Systems Research and Behavioral Science.
Larson, RC, Ghaffarzadegan, N., Xue, Y. (2014). Too Many PhD Graduates or Too Few Academic Job Openings: The Concept of R0 in Academia. Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 31(6): 745-750.
(July 5, 2016) Dr. Jaime Camelio, Associate Professor and Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Professor of Advanced Manufacturing, has been recognized as "Scholar of the Week" by Virginia Tech Office of Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI). He was recognized for his efforts to energize interest in manufacturing research with students and faculty. His main research areas are smart assembly systems, as well as development of statistical learning applications for manufacturing processes and systems, process monitoring, diagnosis, and control.