Working On The Dark Side Of The Moon By Thomas Willemain

To most Americans, the NSA is an organization shrouded in secrecy, where the most clandestine of operations are carried out in the name of national security. Dr. Thomas Willemain, successful software entrepreneur and statistics professor, spent the equivalent of three years alternating between his life “outside” and working “inside” at the NSA and an affiliated, shadowy think tank.Once inside, Dr. Willemain would be challenged to adjust to life in an intense, complex and sometimes alien organization, while also encountering brilliant and quirky colleagues, the moral challenges of wielding math and statistics as weapons, a charming (if kitschy) gift shop, and ultimately, some of the most rewarding time of his career.A deeply personal account of the years spent within the most secretive organization in the world, Working on the Dark Side of the Moon explores the range of emotions an outsider experiences while crossing over to the “inside.” It also shows the positive side of an Agency whose secrecy hides dedicated men and women devoted to protecting the country while honoring the Constitution.Tom will be book signing on September 28th 6 pm to 8 pm at the Book House in Stuyvesant Plaza.

Suvranu De Named Fellow of U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics

Suvranu De, the J. Erik Jonsson ’22 Distinguished Professor of Engineering and head of the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been selected as a fellow of the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM). He will be recognized at the awards ceremony of the 14th U.S.

IISE Doctoral Colloquium Poster Honorable Mention - Orkun Baycik

Orkun Baycik is an honorable mention at the IISE Annual conference Doctorial Colloquium for her poster titled, “Interdicting Layered Physical and Information Flow Networks ”Orkun’s research focuses on an interdiction problem on two interdependent networks. In this bi-level program, the objective of the defender is to maximize the physical flow and the objective of the attacker is to minimize this maximum amount. The existence of interdependencies results in a discrete inner problem. They reformulate this problem using duality and obtain a single-level formulation. They apply this technique to combating against illegal drug trafficking and perform cyber-based vulnerability analysis of supply chain networks and infrastructure systems.

ISE Congratulates 2017 Graduates

The class of 2017 graduates and their families celebrated their graduation in the annual ISE graduation luncheon on May 18. The 2017 ISE graduates are spreading their wings in a wide variety of companies and organizations, including Deloitte, IBM, Fidelity, Global Foundaries, US Navy, and others.The Delmar W. Karger Master's Outstanding Thesis Award is given to Felipe Ortiz (Advisor: Prof. Tom Sharkey, Dissertation Title: Modeling the impact of government resource allocation on the illegal drug trafficking supply chain).The Ray Palmer Baker (1937) Prize is awarded to Joan ClimesGraduation Slideshow

IISE Doctoral Colloquium Poster Honorable Mention - Uzma Mushtaque

Uzma Mushtaque is an honorable mention at the IISE Annual conference Doctorial Colloquium for her poster titled, “Context-dependent Discrete Choice Models and Assortment Optimization”Uzma’s primary goal of her research is to formulate decision tools that consider a system level approach when dealing with personalized customer preferences in an e-commerce environment. Her research is at the intersection of: (1) customer preference models (2) recommender systems, and (3) assortment planning. In Uzma’s current research work develops mathematical models for personalized recommendations capturing different context-effects associated with individual user selection behavior found in the marketing and behavioral research.

Rensselaer Team Develops a New and Practical Method to Measure Cell Stiffness

Troy, N.Y. — A team including researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has developed an innovative approach to measuring cellular mechanical properties (i.e., cell stiffness) that is part of an emerging label-free (i.e, no histology dyes or immunolabeling) biophysical marker that can be used for the identification of cell diseases and cellular states. The research is important, since it can be used for rapid cancer diagnosis and rapid drug screening, as well as the development of personalized medicine.