INFORMS History and Traditions Interview with Professor Daniel Berg

The video of Professor Daniel Berg being interviewed was recorded over an hour at the INFORMS Conference in Houston last October. The interviewer is Professor Richard C. Larson of MIT. He tries successfully to trace the course of Berg's academic and professional development to see the connection to his becoming a Fellow in INFORMS. The organization has a project to record the history of selected Fellows for archival purposes.  One of the messages derived is that a variety of professional and academic experiences is positive and can lead to  attainment in a multi-discipline organization like INFORMS.

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Rensselaer Board of Trustees Welcomes Two New Members

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has announced the addition of two new members to the Rensselaer Board of Trustees, effective January 1, 2018: Linda Pitzi Jojo ’87, ’92G, executive vice president, technology, and chief digital officer at United Continental Holdings, the parent company of United Airlines, and T.J. Wojnar Jr. ’80, vice president of corporate strategic planning at ExxonMobil.

Rensselaer Selected for Princeton Review’s 2018 Edition of “Colleges That Pay You Back”

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is among the nation’s best colleges and universities for students seeking an outstanding education with great career preparation, according to The Princeton Review.

The education company profiles Rensselaer in the 2018 edition of its annual guide, Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck. In addition, Rensselaer placed 19th on the ranking list “Best Career Placement.”

David Mendonça elected to serve a three-year term on the Board of Governors of IEEE's Systems, Man and Cybernetics (SMC) Society

David Mendonça has been elected to serve a three-year term on the Board of Governors of IEEE's Systems, Man and Cybernetics (SMC) Society. IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. IEEE's SMC Society is a world-leading society for the advancement of theory and application in systems science and engineering, human-machine systems, and cybernetics. 

More information on IEEE and the SMC Society is available here: http://www.ieeesmc.org  

http://www.ieeesmc.org/about-smcs/governance/board-of-governors 

Professor John Tichy Receives Donald Wilcock Distinguished Service Award

Tribology expert John Tichy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering, has received the Donald Wilcock Distinguished Service Award from the Tribology Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Tichy is the seventh recipient of the award, which was established in 1989 to honor “distinguished service to the Tribology Division and the tribology community throughout the recipient’s career.”

Developing a “Living Lab” To Study Energy-Efficient Logistics

Troy, N.Y. — The transportation sector is one of the largest consumers of energy. The energy consumption of the freight sector is growing faster than the overall sector, according to researchers. This is the case of light trucks and medium/heavy trucks that consume 32.1 percent and 22.7 percent of the energy consumed in the sector. To address this, energy agencies throughout the world have fostered the use of novel engine technologies and fuels, and improved fuel consumption standards.

The Remarkable Career of Shirley Ann Jackson

Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson is profiled in the MIT Technology Review article “The Remarkable Career of Shirley Ann Jackson,” published Dec. 19, 2017.

 

“Shirley Ann Jackson worked to help bring about more diversity at MIT, where she was the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate,” wrote author Amanda Schaffer. “She then applied her mix of vision and pragmatism in the lab, in Washington, and at the helm of a major research university.”