ISE Emeritus Faculty Tom Willemain Authored APICS Article on Supply Chain Planning

There is inherent tension between meeting customer service expectation and minimizing inventory investment. ISE Emeritus Faculty Tom Willemain, also co-founder and Senior VP for Research at Smart Software, describes in his recent article in American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) magazine, the use of data to better characterize customer demand, and optimize the inventory management. Prof. Willemain describes three related tasks: measuring current performance, identifying the improvements that need to be made, and determining how to move from the current situation to something better. The article "Powering Your SKU with Data" may be found in APICS Magazine (July/August Issue).

ISE Professor's Invention at Center of Siri Infringement Settlement

An invention "US 7177798 B2 Natural Language Interface Using Constrained Intermediate Dictionary of Results" by ISE professor, Cheng Hsu, and his former graduate student, Veera Boonjing, is at the center of a patent infringement case brought by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Marathon Patent Group over the technology used in the iPhone's Siri app. This case was settled in early June for $24.9M to be shared between Rensselaer and Marathon. More information may be found in the Albany Business Review Article .

ISE Faculty Receives Honorable Mention in IIE Transactions Best Paper Award Competition

ISE Faculty Jennifer Pazour and co-authors Debjit Roy and Rene De Koster received an honorable mention designation in the IIE Transactions Focused Issue on Design and Manufacturing Best Applications Paper Award Competition for 2016. This award is selected by an examining committee from all papers published from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015, issues 46:7 through 47:6. The paper may be downloaded from IIE: Roy, Debjit, Jennifer A. Pazour, and René De Koster. “A novel approach for designing rental vehicle repositioning strategies.” IIE Transactions 46.9 (2014): 948-967. The presentation slides of the talk may be found in Jennifer Pazour's blog

ISE Faculty Jennifer Pazour Awarded Early-Career Research Fellowship by Gulf Research Program

ISE faculty Jennifer Pazour has been selected as a 2016 Early-Career Research Fellow by the Gulf Research Program. Early-Career Research Fellowships recognize professionals at the critical pretenure phase of their careers for exceptional leadership, past performance, and potential for future contributions to improving oil system safety, human health and well being, or environmental protection. These two-year fellowships will be awarded to tenure-track faculty (or equivalent) at colleges, universities, and research institutions. Up to ten Fellows will be selected in 2016.Over its 30-year duration, the Gulf Research Program works to enhance oil system safety and the protection of human health and the environment in the Gulf of Mexico and other U.S. outer continental shelf areas by seeking to improve understanding of the region’s interconnecting human, environmental, and energy systems and fostering application of these insights to benefit Gulf communities, ecosystems, and the Nation.

ISE PhD Student Seyed Mofidi Honored by Two Professional Societies

Congratulations to ISE Ph.D. Student Seyed Mofidi who was honored by two awards this April.

Seyed is awarded the E.J. Sierleja Memorial Fellowship by the Institute for Industrial and
Systems Engineering (IISE) for the 2016/2017 academic year. One Fellowship is awarded annually to a graduate student pursuing advanced studies in transportation.

Seyed is also awarded the Tomkins International Honor Scholarship for the 2016/2017 academic year from the Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. (MHEFI). This annual award is given to outstanding students who are committed to studying material handling, supply chain and logistics. The scholarship was established by Dr. James A. Tompkins, President and CEO of Tompkins International.

Tom Sharkey Receives 2016 IISE Operations Research Teaching Award

ISE Associate Professor Tom Sharkey has been named the recipient of the 2016 IISE Operations Research Teaching Award . This award recognizes Professor's Sharkey's development and deployment of the Virtual Office Hour (see Tutorial webpage with links to youtube videos at This is a highly competitive award with many outstanding nominees. Professor Sharkey will be recognized in the 2016 IISE Annual Conference & Expo May 21-24, 2016 in Anaheim, Calif.

Jennifer Pazour Featured in WERCSheet Outlook 2016

ISE Faculty Jennifer Pazour was invited by Warehouse Education and Research Council (WERC) as one of five industry thought leaders to the WERCSheet’s Outlook 2016 panel to share her observations and insights on critical issues likely to impact the warehouse/distribution-center sector this year. Jennifer focused on the impact of the millennial generation on workforce and warehouse logistics technology. Her remarks are featured in the January/February 2016 issue of the WERC Sheet . Jennifer will continue the discussion in a panel that she will moderate on “Crowdsourcing and Collaborative Warehousing and Logistics” at the 2016 Warehousing and Education Research Council Conference in Providence, RI in May. Other invitees/contributors include:Steve Johnson, managing principal, Johnson Stephens Consulting; Norman Saenz, managing director, St. Onge Company; Geoff Milsom, director, enVista; and Lawrence Dean Shemesh, president-CEO, OPSdesign Consulting.

Wei Xie Co-Winner of INFORMS Simulation Society 2015 Outstanding Publication Award

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. The award criteria and previous winners may be found at: The award, which carries with it a cash prize of $500, will be presented at the Winter Simulation Conference, Huntington Beach, CA, December 6-9, 2015 ( The award is presented both at the opening ceremony (8– 9:30 am, Monday, December 7) and at the INFORMS Simulation Society business meeting (6:15 – 8 pm, Tuesday, December 8).