Navid Ghaffarzadegan and Kimberly Ellis received COE Dean’s Awards for Excellence

Dr. Navid Ghaffarzadegan, Dr. Kimberly Ellis
(left) Dr. Navid Ghaffarzadegan receives the Outstanding New Assistant Professor award from Dean Richard Benson; (right) Dr. Kimberly Ellis receives the Faculty Fellow award from Dean Richard Benson.

(May 11, 2016)  Two ISE faculty members received 2016 College of Engineering Dean’s Awards for Excellence at the 19th Annual Dean’s Awards Reception. 

Assistant Professor Dr. Navid Ghaffarzadegan was awarded outstanding new professor at the May 3, 2016 College of Engineering Dean’s Awards. The prestigious award was given to those at Assistant Faculty rank with an aptitude for “teaching innovation, research, service, and outreach.  Navid served as a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT before joining the department in 2013 as an assistant professor. Navid works in the area of management systems, but he specializes in organizational and behavioral modeling in complex settings with a particular focus on system dynamics modeling.  Of the 15 journal articles he has published, 5 of them appear in System Dynamics Review journal.  A 2014 paper on the topic of PhD graduates in science, which was published in Systems Research and Behavioral Science journal, has been featured in Discover magazine and in Cosmos magazine. Navid has participated in externally funded grants totaling almost $10 million, with a personal share of almost $1 million. He receives high evaluations from his students and is a highly regarded graduate advisor as well.

Associate Professor Dr. Kimberly Ellis is a recipient of the College’s faculty fellow award, which carries a annual $5,000 account for the next three fiscal years to support her research. Kimberly,  of industrial and systems engineering, has published 19 journal articles, 3 book chapters, 17 conference papers, 21 technical reports to sponsors, and has earned 2 ‘Best Paper’ awards.  Kimberly has obtained 40 externally funded projects totaling over $8 million, with her share almost $2 million.  She has served as advisor for 5 PhD students and 10 master’s students. In collaboration with her peers, Kimberly has served on 17 graduate committees and a staggering 122 master’s project committees over the years. She is also the Director of the Center for Excellence in Logistics and Distribution -- one of the largest NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers, and the Director of the industrial and systems engineering’s Dover Manufacturing Systems Integration Laboratory. Kimberly has been selected for participation in several leadership development programs including the university’s prestigious Executive Development Institute.

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