(May 3, 2017) ISE graduate student Hongyue Sun has been selected as the first “ISE Ph.D. Student of the Year” award recipient in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. He received this recognition due to his “impressive contributions and accomplishments” as a Ph.D. student. He works with his advisor Assistant Professor Ran Jin on data analytics for advanced manufacturing processes and energy systems. During his Ph.D. study, Hongyue has had seven journal papers published (he is the first author for five of them) and another four journal papers under review or revision. He served as a GTA for several courses and instructed an undergraduate course in summer. He organized a presentation session at 2016 INFORMS annual conference, and reviewed articles from various IE domain journals. He also contributed to student organizations such as ISE Graduate Student Leadership Team and INFORMS Virginia Tech Student Chapter. Based on his accomplishments, Assistant Professors Ran Jin and Blake N. Johnson recommended Hongyue for the award.
Hongyue received the 2015-2016 John Grado Graduate Teaching Assistantship and the 2016-2017 Wolter Fabrycky Graduate Teaching Assistantship, both from the ISE department. His papers have been selected as finalists for the 2014 ISERC Quality Control and Reliability Engineering Best Student Paper Award, 2015 ISERC Process Industries Best Student Paper Award, 2016 INFORMS Data Mining Best Student Paper Award, and 2017 IISE Quality Control and Reliability Engineering Best Student Paper Award.
Hongyue has completed his dissertation and will receive his Ph.D. degree this May. He received his B.E. (Bachelor of Engineering) degree in Mechanical Engineering and Automation from Beijing Institute of Technology, China, in 2012, and M.S. degree in Statistics from Virginia Tech in 2015. He will join the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University at Buffalo as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2017.