ISE News and Events

ISE faculty, Dr. Jennifer Pazour, has been awarded the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant by the National Science Foundation.  This five-year grant, funded through the NSF Operations Engineering Program, is entitled “CAREER: Distribution Resource Elasticity: A New Hierarchical Approach for On-Demand Distribution Platforms.” 

The video of Professor Daniel Berg being interviewed was recorded over an hour at the INFORMS Conference in Houston last October. The interviewer is Professor Richard C. Larson of MIT. He tries successfully to trace the course of Berg's academic and professional development to see the connection to his becoming a Fellow in INFORMS.

David Mendonça has been elected to serve a three-year term on the Board of Governors of IEEE's Systems, Man and Cybernetics (SMC) Society. IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. IEEE's SMC Society is a world-leading society for the advancement of theory and application in systems science and engineering, human-machine systems, and cybernetics. 

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RPI ISE Ph.D. student Yuan Yi received the 2017 ISE Graduate Student Research Award for the publication of the paper, entitled “An Efficient Budget Allocation Approach for Quantifying the Impact of Input Uncertainty in Stochastic Simulation,” with Dr. Wei Xie. This award is to recognize the research excellent among RPI ISE graduate students. 

RPI ISE Ph.D. student Bo Wang’s paper, titled “Bayesian Sequential Calibration Using Detailed Sample Paths,” received 2017 INFORMS Best Student Paper Finalist Award from Quality, Statistics and Reliability (QSR) Section. This award is to recognize the research excellence among INFORMS student members. 

Institute News

Lake George, N.Y. – The world’s most advanced environmental monitoring system – developed through The Jefferson Project at Lake George – is being used to understand and protect Skaneateles Lake, a central New York drinking water source now threatened by toxic algae. Building on a connection through the New York State Harmful Algal Bloom (HABs) Initiative launched in late 2017, the Jefferson Project installed a custom-designed robotic sensing platform on Skaneateles, and began collecting data just prior to an early-August HABs event this year.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is hosting the 2018 Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF) Advanced Studies Institute on Sustainable Urban Freight Systems (VASI-SUFS) Aug. 4-11. The VASI-SUFS will bring together a select group of junior faculty, post-docs, and advanced Ph.D. students who are conducting research on sustainable urban freight systems. The main goal is to develop a new generation of researchers and practitioners with a holistic view of urban freight systems issues and their solutions that, ultimately, will bring about new paradigms of freight transportation research, education, and practice that foster sustainable urban freight systems (UFS). 
In a paper published in Applied Physics Reviews, a group of researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, pointing to four underlying causes of fluctuations that span materials, argue that so-called "stochasticity" is inherent to all materials and merits greater exploration as a field of study.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced nearly $64 million in awards for advanced nuclear energy technology to DOE national laboratories, industry, and 39 U.S. universities in 29 states. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has been awarded $800,000 for analysis of nuclear power plants’ accident propagation and mitigation processes.  
Two aeronautical engineering students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute shared first place in the 2018 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Multidisciplinary Design Optimization student paper competition. Graduate students Jared Crean and Alp Dener tied for first place and were each awarded $1,500.