ISE Seminar on Dynamic Resource Management by Mark Lewis, Cornell University

ISE Seminar 3pm on Thursday September 17 will be given by Mark Lewis, Professor and Associate Dean of Diversity and Faculty Development, School of Operations Research and Information Engineering, Cornell University. The title of the talk is Dynamic Resource Management Policies for Parallel Queues with a Shared Pool of Servers Location: JEC 3117. Abstract: We consider the problem of how servers can be dynamically allocated in a system with parallel queues serving multiple job types. The system serves demand streams that differ based on arrival rates, service requirements and holding costs. A central controller has access to a fixed number of servers and must decide how many servers to use and where to allocate their effort. In addition to the holding costs, the system incurs usage cost based on the number of servers used. We give a characterization of the optimal allocation policy and suggest useful heuristics. Bio: Professor Lewis received his undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Political Science from Eckerd College in 1992, his Master's degree in Theoretical Statistics from Florida State University in 1995, and a Ph.D.

ISE Welcomes New Faculty: Jennifer Pazour

ISE welcomes Dr. Jennifer Pazour joining Rensselaer as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Pazour received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 2006, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from University of Arkansas in 2008 and 2011, respectively. She joined University of Central Florida (UCF) in August 2011. She received the prestigious Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award in 2013. She was also named the CAE Link Faculty Fellow from the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences at UCF from July 2012 to August 2014. Her research interests are in the development and use of analytical models to guide decision making in service industries, which has focused on military logistics, distribution and transportation systems, healthcare logistics, and peer-to-peer resource sharing systems. Dr. Pazour also maintains a blog and a twitter feed describing her teaching and research, and thoughts and views related to industrial engineering and operations research.

RPI Presidential Graduate Fellowship Awarded for Teamwork Research

ISE Associate Professor David Mendonça and Cognitive Science Professor Wayne Gray recently received an RPI Presidential Graduate Fellowship to support groundbreaking research on teamwork in high tempo, adversarial environments. The project will employ data from the online game League of Legends (LoL). With approximately 70 million registered players and 12 million daily players, LoL is the most popular game in the world. Mendonça and Gray, along with Matthew Sanger--the doctoral student who will be supported by this fellowship--will investigate processes of individual- and team-level learning and performance in multiplayer teams. The scope and scale of the LoL data are many orders of magnitude beyond those typically found in teamwork studies, allowing for deep and broad investigation at milisecond- through minute-levels for teams whose lifetimes can extend over multiple years. The project also represents a noteworthy interdepartmental collaboration: Mendonça and Gray hold joint appointments in each other's respective departments, and the fellowship recipient will be co-advised by them.

Reception for New Mexico Alumni

Rensselaer Engineering Dean Shekhar Garde and ISE Head John Wen visited Albuquerque, New Mexico, on July 15. An alumni reception was held together with the Sandia National Lab with alumni spanning 50 years. Director of the Sandia Lab, Dr. Paul Homert, (class of 72, Aero), last day before his retirement, gave a welcome speech. Dean Garde described the latest initiatives and news in the School of Engineering. Prof. Wen described the strong connection between Rensselaer and New Mexico research institutions, including Sandia Labs, University of New Mexico, Air Force Research Lab, and Los Alamos National Lab.

2015 ISE Graduation Luncheon

The class of 2015 graduates and their families celebrated their graduation in the annual ISE graduation luncheon on May 28. The 2015 ISE graduates are going to a wide variety of companies, including GlobalFoundries, IBM, GE, and US Army and Navy. The Del and Ruth Karger Dissertation Prize is shared by Dr. James Brooks and Dr. Chris Gatti. The Ray Plamer Baker (1937) Prize is awarded to Jane Braun. The Willie Stanton (1972) Award is given to Shoshana Rubinstein. The commencement luncheon slides may be found here .

ISE Seminar by Director of Manufacturing Technology at GlobalFoundries

The Director of Manufacturing Technology at GlobalFoundries, Bill Fosnight, will give an ISE seminar on April 15 3pm in CII 3051 on the data analytics challenges and opportunities in semiconductor manufacturing. The title of his talk is "Impact of Data Analytics on Semiconductor Manufacturing Competitiveness."Abstract: Semiconductor manufacturing can be measured by three core performance metrics: yield (product quality), cycle time (speed) and cost (equipment and resources). In this highly-competitive, fast-product-life-cycle, capital-intensive business, optimizing all three performance metrics is critical to success and survival. Mastering this challenge requires rapid and efficient unveiling of correlations in big data sets and an understanding of the impact of all sources of variation on product performance. The presentation will cover the variety and volume of data collected in semiconductor manufacturing facilities along with the principle factors that impact manufacturing performance. Examples of how data analytics are used to speed up yield learning, reduce process variability and shorten excursion mean time to detect (MTTD) will be covered.

ISE graduate Christopher Low ’14 Uses Data Analytics as a GPS in Business

There is an excellent profile of a recent ISE graduate Chris Low (BS in ISE and MS in Business Analytics) who works at a marketing and communications firm in California.  He explains in the Rensselaer Approach
as the project management analyst on an Apple and IBM partnership project in North America for a Fortune 25 client in the health-care industry, data is a huge part of my solution navigation system.

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Tom Sharkey receives 2015 ISE Faculty Award for Excellence

The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering is re-establishing the ISE Faculty Award for Excellence. This award recognizes and supports outstanding accomplishments in teaching, research, or advising of the members of the faculty (including Tenured/Tenure-Track faculty and Lecturers) of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The 2015 recipient is Professor Thomas C. Sharkey , in recognition of his outstanding research accomplishments and education innovation. Tom’s research focuses on developing innovative models and algorithms in operations research for applications in areas of public interest, including supply chain restoration, Arctic infrastructure planning, and drug network interdiction. Motivated by the large dynamic interconnected networks in these problems, Tom developed a new class of problems called integrated network design and scheduling (INDS) which integrates the dynamic nature of the network topology into the scheduling algorithm. Tom has published his research findings extensively including 3 journal papers in 2014.

Institute of Industrial Engineers Student Chapter Hosting Third Annual Green Belt Six-Sigma Program

The RPI Student Chapter of IIE hosted the Third Annual Green Belt Six-Sigma Program for RPI undergraduates during the weekend of March 13th -- March 15th. A large group of 41 students registered and successfully completed the program. Each student receives a certificate from the Institute of Industrial Engineers for the successful completion of this training. Congratulations! Further information about this training program may be found at

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