ISE News and Events

ISE Department Head John Wen hosted an afternoon tea for Rensselaer alumni at the Okura Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan, on August 23. Over 20 RPI alumni and their family attended the gathering. The graduation years span 1980 to 2010. There is now an RPI Taiwan Alumni LinkedIn Page . There is also strong interest to form an RPI Taiwan Alumni chapter.

The 2014 ISE Newsletter maybe viewed here . Highlights: Tom Sharkey's research on supply chain and infrastructure restoration, David Mendonca's work on teamwork in large scale disaster response, Jennifer Ryan's work on semiconductor manufacturing scheduling and inventory management in aircraft engines maintenance, Martha Grabowski's National Academy report on Arctic oil spill response, and Mark Embrechts' course and research related to Big Data.

ISE welcomes Dr. Wei Xie to the department as a new Assistant Professor.   Dr. Xie completed her Ph.D. in April 2014 in the Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, Northwestern University, under the mentorship of Prof. Barry Nelson and Prof. Russell Barton (Penn State). Dr. Xie received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Yangtze University, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Nebraska, and M.S. and Ph.D. from Northwestern. She worked at Chengdu Construction Machinery and interned at GM and San Diego Supercomputer Center.

Chris Gatt, an ISE doctoral student, has just completed his Ph.D. requirement in July under the mentorship of Professor Mark Embrechts. His dissertation, "Design of Experiments for Reinforcement Learning," was awarded the Springer Thesis Prize, and will be published by Springer as part of the new Dissertation Series. Chris is also an outstanding gymnast. Started at age 4, he trained and competed nationally through high school and college.

ISE Associate Professor David Mendonça, in collaboration with Martha Grabowski of ISE, was recently awarded a three-year $337k grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate teamwork in organizations following large-scale disasters. Using data from debris clearance operations following a series of calamitous tornado storms in Alabama in 2011, this work will investigate how team-level processes contribute to overall performance of the debris removal mission.

Institute News

Jennifer Pazour, assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has won a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation. She will use the five-year, $500,000 award to study “Distribution Resource Elasticity: A New Hierarchical Approach for On-Demand Distribution Platforms.”
The accolades keep coming for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a world-class technological university located in Troy, New York. Recently, College Choice, a leading authority on college rankings and resources, ranked Rensselaer number 8 among the best colleges in New York state.
The Office of Student Life at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has launched a new program designed to provide safe transportation for students during evening hours, which will supplement the Institute’s existing shuttle service.
Liping Huang, professor of materials science and engineering, has been appointed associate dean for research and graduate programs for the School of Engineering at Rensselaer.
Troy, N.Y. —  A hypertonic grip expander for individuals with cerebral palsy and stroke patients, a chair for students on the autism spectrum, and an independent lifting device for quadriplegic individuals are the designs created by teams of undergraduate students from colleges and universities in the Northeast during the inaugural Engineering Innovation for Society (EIS—pronounced “ice”) student design competition.