The ISE Department welcomed Dr. Manish Bansal, Dr. Carolyn Duncan, and Dr. Barbara Fraticelli in Fall 2016.
Dr. Manish Bansal joined the ISE Department as an Assistant Professor in the Operations Research group 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's 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 the 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. Dr. Bansal taught a graduate-level course, Optimization I (Linear Programming) in the fall semester, and will teach Optimization II (Nonlinear Programming) in the spring semester. When asked about his experience at ISE in this past four months, he expressed his gratitude and said, "It is my great pleasure to work in such a congenial environment and I am very thankful to my colleagues (both fellow faculty members and staff) for helping me in having a smooth transition."
Dr. Carolyn Duncan joined ISE as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics group in August 2016.
Dr. Duncan received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of New Brunswick and her 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 taught ISE 5614 Human Physical Capabilities in the fall semester and will teach ISE 5984: Occupational Neuromechanics in the spring semester.
Dr. Barbara Fraticelli joined ISE as a full-time Instructor in October 2016. 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 taught ISE 2004 Introduction to ISE in the fall semester. She will teach ISE 2404 Deterministic Operations Research I and STAT 4105 Theoretical Statistics in the spring semester. She was a recipient of the ISE Outstanding Faculty award in April 2016.