ISE News and Events

ISE Associate Professor Tom Sharkey recently visited Utqiagvik (formerly known as Barrow), Alaska in order to understand the community’s perspective on emergency response in the Arctic and how the types of infrastructure development that would most benefit the communities of the North Slope Borough of Alaska.  As part of this visit, Professor Sharkey and colleagues met with people working in emergency response, risk management, and infrastructure planning for the North Slope Borough as well as representatives from various indigenous community groups.  An important part of this research was
PhD student Mario Arrieta-Prieto won 2nd place in the Best Poster competition at the Technical University of Denmark’s (DTU) 2019 energy summer school, “Data-Driven Analytics and Optimization for Energy Systems”. Presented for his research on “Short-term Forecasting of Wind Power Output’s Predictive Densities via DVINE Copulas”, the award recognizes outstanding modeling efforts in statistics and operations research developed for applications in power systems.
The RPI IIE (Institute of Industrial Engineers) Student Chapter has won the Silver Award for 2019. The award recognizes the chapter's overall achievements in AY 2018-2019. Last year, the chapter along with IISE have arranged to offer two certificates every year on campus for Six Sigma and Lean Green Belts.  Plans for next year include guest speakers, plant tours, social events, and much more. The chapter is also planning to host the IISE Regional Conference for the Northeast Region in 2022!
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. 
In this feature article, Tom Willemain provokes a good deal of thought about the role of statistical models in supply chain forecasting, a field that he believes lags far behind finance in embracing algorithms over gut instinct. His article is followed by Commentaries from practitioners and researchers about the realities that can lead to "model failure" and the conditions for successful implementation of model-based decision making.

Institute News

In the first comprehensive study investigating the initial adoption and continuance intention of delivery services during a pandemic, Cara Wang, an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, found that over 90% of people who use online delivery services would likely revert back to their original way of shopping.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute brought together academia, New York state government, and industry at a recent workshop to discuss the growing hemp industry and opportunities in New York.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society, has elected Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers Georges Belfort, Nikhil Koratkar, and Rick Relyea to the newest class of AAAS fellows, among the most distinct honors within the scientific community.
A grant from the National Science Foundation will allow Shayla Sawyer, a professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Rick Relyea, a professor of biological sciences at Rensselaer, to better understand the growing problem of harmful algal blooms (HABs).
Professor Emily Liu, a condensed matter physicist and nuclear engineer, has been named head of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the oldest and one of the most renowned technological research universities in the nation. Dr. Liu is professor of nuclear engineering and engineering physics and brings extensive experience leading and managing multidisciplinary research, including collaborations with engineers, scientists, economists, and psychologists.