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. After graduation, he was offered a position with Cirque du Soleil and is now training in Montreal with the first assignment in South America. Links to Chris' instagram and Youtube channel
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. In collaboration with the US Army Corps of Engineers and NY State's Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Mendonça and Grabowski expect to develop analytic and computational methods that will expand understanding of teamwork in disasters and contribute to performance improvements in the multi-billion dollar enterprise of debris removal. Mendonça's research builds on his prior experience with debris removal teams at Ground Zero after 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and Hurricane Sandy. A short video on the Sandy research was recently produced by RPI.