Dr. Michael Madigan returns to Virginia Tech after having spent three years at Texas A&M University as a professor in their Department of Biomedical Engineering. During his previous tenure at VT, he was a member of ESM, now known as the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics (BEAM), beginning in 2001 as an Assistant Professor and gradually moving up to a full Professor position. He also served as an Affiliate Faculty member for other departments during that time, including ISE, Mechanical Engineering, and the Center for Gerontology. Additionally, he was a core member of the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences.
Dr. Madigan received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2001, and his M.S. and B.S. in Bioengineering from Texas A&M in 1996 and 1994, respectively. His research interests are in a number of different areas including occupational biomechanics and ergonomics, work-related musculoskeletal disorders, and in understanding the biomechanical and functional consequences of aging and obesity. Most of his recent work focuses on fall prevention in the workplace and among older adults. He says, “After spending 13 years at Virginia Tech, and the past three in Texas, I can definitively state that the grass isn’t always greener. The beautiful countryside and campus, comfortable temperatures, and friendly people make Virginia Tech and Blacksburg a special place. It is wonderful to be back, and I look forward to helping ISE continue its excellence in academia and impact on society.”
Dr. Weijun Xie recently obtained his Ph.D. in Operations Research from Georgia Tech with a minor in computer science. Prior to attending Georgia Tech, Dr. Xie received an M.S. in Civil Engineering and M.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.E. in Civil Engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.
Dr. Xie’s research interests involve data driven distributionally robust optimization as well as stochastic programming and discrete optimization. He also has application interests in transportation/logistics, machine learning, power systems, healthcare and manufacturing. His work has been accepted or published in well-known journals such as Mathematical Programming, Transportation Science, and IEEE Transactions on Power Systems. He has also performed various professional services during his career, including serving as a session chair for INFORMS Annual Meeting. In 2015, he received the Alice and John Jarvis Ph.D. Student Research Award in Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISyE) from Georgia Tech.