Cubic GaN LED Materials Breakthrough Creates New Opportunities for Higher Efficiency Full-Spectrum Lighting and Displays

Troy, N.Y. — A team of faculty and graduate students from the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA), headquartered at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the University of New Mexico (UNM) were recently awarded a U. S. patent titled “Growth of Cubic Crystalline Phase Structure on Silicon Substrates and Devices Comprising the Cubic Crystalline Phase.” Cubic gallium nitride (GaN) devices hold promise for addressing two long-standing issues that limit the performance of light emitting diodes (LEDs).

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 http://homepages.rpi.edu/~sharkt/ORMVideos.html). 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.