Undergraduate IME student, Ning Zhang, receives first place in International Research Competition

Ning Zhang received first place in the Undergraduate Student Research Dissemination competition given at the 2019 Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE) Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.  The award was given by IISE’s Operations Research division.  The award recognizes undergraduate researchers for their contributions to the field of industrial engineering and operations research, as well as their ability to communicate results effectively.  The award evaluation was based on both a written conference paper and an oral research presentation. 

Ning graduated with his BS in Industrial and Management Engineering (IME) at RPI’s May 2019 graduation.  His conference paper and presentation were entitled “Expected Travel Distance Models for Retail Store Order Fulfillment, and was advised by Dr. Jennifer Pazour.  His research focuses on order-online-pickup-in-store policies, which are a new option for customers to order items online but pick them up at a brick-and-mortar store.