Student Leadership Boards

This year IISE created 4 pilot student leadership boards (shadow boards):

  1. Data, Analytics & Information Systems
  2. Lean
  3. Logistics & Supply Chain
  4. Work Systems 

Each board will consist of eight student board members (president, vice-president, secretary and five directors). This student leadership board will take specific roles and responsibilities to help ensure the designated division achieves its strategic goals.

Our Ph.D. student Kaan Unnu has been selected to be a member on the inaugural Data Analytics and Information Systems (DAIS)  IISE Student Leadership Board for 2018-2019.
He will be responsible for Secretary and Director of Newsletter positions.

NSF Funds Interdisciplinary Project to Improve Emergency Response in the Arctic

Thomas Sharkey, Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE), will lead an NSF-funded effort to integrate Operations Research (OR), public policy, and social science methods to plan investments into infrastructure in the Arctic in a way that simultaneously improves emergency response capabilities, such as search and rescue and oil spill response, and benefits the local Arctic communities where the infrastructure is built and maintained.

Morning Streets by Tom Willemain

Since becoming Professor Emeritus, Tom Willemain resumed full-time work as Senior VP/Research at his company, Smart Software, Inc. He has also taken up writing. His memoir "Working on the Dark Side of the Moon: Life Inside the National Security Agency" (see TomWillemain.com) was published in 2017. His first published poem "Morning Streets" appeared recently: https://sheilanagigblog.com/volume-3-1-fall-2018-the-poets/thomas-willemain/ and three more poems will be published in the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics. Says Tom, "Words are almost as interesting as numbers."

 

 

Call for Code Hackathon: Natural Disaster Preparedness and Relief Code Challenge

How do we keep the lines of communication open in the face of disaster? Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is serving up fresh ideas as part of the “Call for Code” hackathon challenge in partnership with IBM, David Clark Cause, United Nations Human Rights, and The American Red Cross. This weekend, Rensselaer and the Rensselaer Center for Open Source (RCOS) will host a 24-hour hackathon dedicated to the 2018 Call for Code disaster preparedness and mitigation theme.

John Christian Named AIAA Associate Fellow

John Christian, assistant professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been elected to the Class of 2019 Associate Fellows of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). His formal induction will take place during the Associate Fellows Recognition Ceremony at the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition Jan. 7, 2019, in San Diego, California.

Interdisciplinary Research Grant to Disrupt Human Trafficking Networks

Thomas Sharkey, Associate Professor, is part of a team that has received a National Science Foundation grant to construct network models of human trafficking networks, with the goal of effectively disrupting them.  The interdisciplinary team will seek to integrate methods from the social sciences and operations research (OR) in order to capture the most salient features of sex trafficking networks and identify significant gaps in the interdiction literature that limits its applicability to disrupting these types of illicit networks.    

 More details about the award can be found at: https://nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1838315&HistoricalAwards=false

 

 The NSF press release about their investments into a set of projects to disrupt illicit supply networks can be found at: https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=296258&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click

 

The Class of 2022 Is Heading to Troy

This weekend, 1,796 new students will make their way to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to start the next stage of their academic careers. The first-year students hail from 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. As a reflection of the global reach of Rensselaer, almost 300 students come from countries around the world. The new students will move in on Saturday, August 25. Classes begin on Thursday, Aug. 30.

Jefferson Project Monitoring Harmful Algal Bloom on Skaneateles Lake

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.

Developing a Better Understanding of Sustainable Urban Freight Systems

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.