ISE News and Events

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.

David Mendonça Ph.D., '01, Associate Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering gave an ENGtalk entitled " Network Improvisation in Emergency Response: An Application to Debris Removal Operations ." ( ENGtalk : Little lectures on big ideas from Rensselaer engineers: selected faculty present brief lectures on some of the hottest topics in engineering.)

Institute News

Troy, N.Y. —A record total of 19,485 high school students have filed applications to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute this fall, according to numbers released today by the Rensselaer Office of Admissions. This year’s total represents an increase of 5 percent from last year at this time, and nearly a 10 percent increase over the past two years.
The graduate programs in engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are once again considered among the best in the United States, according to the U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings released last week. For the third year in a row Rensselaer’s graduate engineering programs have been ranked 39th in the nation.
Two doctoral students in biomedical engineering at Rensselaer, Anthony D’Amato and Christopher Johnson, have been awarded New York State Department of Health Spinal Cord Injury Research Board Predoctoral Fellowships.
Troy, N.Y. — Every year, the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference Research Paper Competition brings exciting and innovative insight and changes to how we analyze sports.
An algorithm based on levels of metabolites found in a blood sample can accurately predict whether a child is on the Autism spectrum of disorder (ASD), based upon a recent study.