ISE News and Events

Two papers co-authored by ISE faculty Wei Xie won the INFORMS Simulation Society 2015 Outstanding Publication Award: Barton, Russell R., Barry L. Nelson, and Wei Xie (2014). “Quantifying Input Uncertainty via Simulation Confidence Intervals,” INFORMS Journal on Computing 26(1): 74-87. Xie, Wei, Barry L. Nelson, and Russell R . Barton (2014). “A Bayesian Framework for Quantifying Uncertainty in Stochastic Simulation,” Operations Research 62(6): 1439-1452.

David Mendonça, an Associate Professor in ISE, is now serving as director of the National Science Foundation's program in Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events. Throughout this program's long history, it has supported foundational research on the interaction between human and technological systems in the context of hazard mitigation and disaster response. Mendonça is the first ISE faculty member to serve as an NSF program officer. His research has previously been supported by multiple NSF grants, including a CAREER award for his work on improvisation in emergency response.

ISE Faculty Thomas C. Sharkey has been awarded the 2015 Rensselaer Alumni Association Teaching Award. The RAA Teaching Award was created in 1994 by the Rensselaer Alumni Association Board of Trustees and is designed to recognize current members of the Rensselaer Faculty for their outstanding teaching techniques, contributions to the campus experience and commitment to students. Professor Sharkey has a set of video tutorial on YouTube about operations research methods http://homepages.rpi.edu/~sharkt/ORMVideos.html.

ISE Seminar 3pm on Thursday September 17 will be given by Mark Lewis, Professor and Associate Dean of Diversity and Faculty Development, School of Operations Research and Information Engineering, Cornell University. The title of the talk is Dynamic Resource Management Policies for Parallel Queues with a Shared Pool of Servers Location: JEC 3117. Abstract: We consider the problem of how servers can be dynamically allocated in a system with parallel queues serving multiple job types.

ISE welcomes Dr. Jennifer Pazour joining Rensselaer as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Pazour received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 2006, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from University of Arkansas in 2008 and 2011, respectively. She joined University of Central Florida (UCF) in August 2011. She received the prestigious Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award in 2013. She was also named the CAE Link Faculty Fellow from the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences at UCF from July 2012 to August 2014.

Institute News

Meng Wang, assistant professor of electrical, computer, and systems engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has won a Young Investigator Program (YIP) award from the Army Research Office (ARO).
A major byproduct in the papermaking industry is lignosulfonate, a sulfonated carbon waste material, which is typically combusted on site, releasing CO2 into the atmosphere after sulfur has been captured for reuse. Now researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a method to use this cheap and abundant paper biomass to build a rechargeable lithium-sulfur battery. Such a battery could be used to power big data centers as well as provide a cheaper energy-storage option for microgrids and the traditional electric grid.
Rechargeable lithium-ion, the dominant battery technology for portable electronics, is increasingly becoming the battery of choice for electric-vehicle and electric-grid energy-storage applications. In a lithium-ion battery, the cathode (positive electrode) is a lithium metal oxide while the anode (negative electrode) is graphite. But researchers are looking for ways to replace graphite with lithium metal as the anode to boost the battery’s energy density.
Four innovative leaders from the worlds of music, international security, genomic science, and manufacturing will address graduates at the 2018 Commencement Ceremony at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on May 19, 2018.
 A record total of 20,377 high school students have filed applications to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute this fall, according to numbers released by the Rensselaer Office of Admissions. This year’s total represents an increase of 5 percent over last year’s numbers.