<![CDATA[ISyE members received "Best Paper" awards at 2023 IISE Conference]]> 36284 ISyE faculty, Ph.D. students, and alumni members took home "Best Paper" awards at the 2023 IISE Annual Conference and Expo.

Gathering together in New Orleans for their exciting achievements, four of our H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Engineering (ISyE) members united to celebrate their papers and research studies.

This included two current faculty members: Chuck Zhang, Harold E. Smalley Professor, and Lauren Steimle, Assistant Professor. Joining these esteemed faculty members were two remarkable ISyE Ph.D. alumni who have carved out their own paths of excellence. Reem Khir, currently an Assistant Professor at Purdue University, and Dan Li, now an Assistant Professor at Clemson University.

The conference had two paper sessions: Best Application Paper and Best Paper. Both sessions featured representation from members within the Georgia Tech ISyE community, covering various studies ranging from Markov decision processes to cell manufacturing.


Best Application Paper Session:

IISE Transactions Focus Issue on Supply Chain and Logistics
Reem Khir, Alan Erera, and Alejandro Toriello, "Two-stage sort planning for express parcel delivery"

IISE Transactions Focus Issue on Design and Manufacturing
Jialei Chen, Zhaonan Liu, Kan Wang, Chen Jiang, Chuck Zhang, and Ben Wang, "A Calibration-free Method for Biosensing in Cell Manufacturing"

IISE Transactions Focus Issue on Data Science, Quality, and Reliability
Dan Li, Kamran Paynabar, and Nagi Gebraeel, "A degradation-based detection framework against covert cyberattacks on SCADA systems"


Best Paper Session:

IISE Transactions Focus Issue on Operation Engineering and Analytics
Lauren N. Steimle, Vinayak S. Ahluwalia, Charmee Kamdar, and Brian T. Denton, "Decomposition methods for solving Markov decision processes with multiple models of the parameters"


*bolded: GT ISyE members

]]> chenriquez8 1 1684885122 2023-05-23 23:38:42 1685521916 2023-05-31 08:31:56 0 0 news ISyE faculty and Ph.D. alumni gather to celebrate their recent achievements at the IISE Annual Conference and Expo.

2023-05-23T00:00:00-04:00 2023-05-23T00:00:00-04:00 2023-05-23 00:00:00 670859 670859 image <![CDATA[Chuck Zhang, Dan Li, Reem Khir, Lauren Steimle, and Yu Ding (Editor in Chief of IISE Transactions)]]> image/png 1684860194 2023-05-23 16:43:14 1684870155 2023-05-23 19:29:15 <![CDATA[IISE Annual Conference and Expo]]> <![CDATA[IISE Oral Presentations]]>
<![CDATA[It’s All Starting to Click for Gaurav Byagathvalli]]> 36284 When Gaurav Byagathvalli first encountered genetic engineering as a teenager, he didn’t expect the field would shape the course of his life.

He met researcher Saad Bhamla through a partnership between his high school and Georgia Tech and began working in Bhamla’s lab at the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (ChBE). He fell in love with the research, and before long, he was driving to Tech’s campus from his high school in Suwanee to work in the lab until late at night. 

Byagathvalli and Bhamla were working on building low-cost medical equipment that would be accessible to more people around the world — part of Bhamla’s “frugal science” push to democratize access to synthetic biology research.

They wanted to develop a cheaper version of a device that uses electric pulses to allow DNA or RNA through a cell membrane, a process called electroporation. 

One day in the lab, Byagathvalli had an idea: Could an everyday object do the same thing as one of these expensive devices? Using a phenomenon called piezoelectricity, barbecue lighters produce a small pulse of electricity each time they’re clicked. Byagathvalli and Bhamla thought the small jolt would be enough for electroporation. 

“We were staring at the computer screen, looking at the physics of the lighter, and we realized that it could electrocute cells,” Byagathvalli said. “That’s what sparked everything else — the realization that this tiny thing that we use every day could do the same thing as a $5,000 medical device.” 

Byagathvalli enrolled in Georgia Tech’s H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) program, and continued working in Bhamla’s lab, gaining a hands-on education in chemical engineering along the way and continuing to refine the team’s electroporation delivery platform.

After pioneering efforts in designing and developing the electroporation system, the team established a successful collaboration with esteemed researcher, Mark Prausnitz, to integrate the technology with microneedles. The cutting-edge platform resulting from this collaboration embodies Piezo Therapeutics' vision of leveraging innovation and ingenuity to improve the delivery of vaccines and other therapeutics in the pharmaceutical industry.

After graduating in January 2023, he announced the founding of Piezo Therapeutics (PiezoTx), a biotechnology startup focused on affordable vaccine delivery.

PiezoTx launched with $2 million in seed funding from Open Philanthropy. Byagathvalli credits its initial success to his co-founders: Bhamla, microneedle pioneer and ChBE Regents’ Professor Mark Prausnitz, and Georgia Tech VentureLab Principal Cynthia Sundell.

“We realized that our novel electroporator, combined with microneedle technology, could deliver vaccines at an ultra-low cost and without a battery,” said Byagathvalli, who is the company’s founding CEO. “We wanted to take it even further, to see how this technology could add value to society. Our mission is to make DNA and RNA vaccines safer, more accessible, and scalable for people all over the world.” 

In the long term, Byagathvalli’s dream is to leverage the team’s technology to deliver a wide range of nucleic acid medicines through partnerships with pharmaceutical companies. He said their platform could close the financial and logistical gap between treatments and people who need them around the world, including in middle- and low-income countries. 

“This is an environment where everyone is pushing the frontier of medicine to see what the next big thing that makes a difference could be,” Byagathvalli said. “I hope our company will encourage people to think outside of the box, to find really unorthodox solutions that will make a difference for the world.”

]]> chenriquez8 1 1683202919 2023-05-04 12:21:59 1683232472 2023-05-04 20:34:32 0 0 news ISyE alumnus has co-founded a biotechnology startup focused on affordable vaccine delivery based on Georgia Tech research.

2023-05-04T00:00:00-04:00 2023-05-04T00:00:00-04:00 2023-05-04 00:00:00 Emma Ryan, Writer

College of Engineering

670751 670685 670687 670751 image <![CDATA[Gaurav Byagathvalli]]> image/png 1683232369 2023-05-04 20:32:49 1683232406 2023-05-04 20:33:26 670685 image <![CDATA[Piezo Therapeutics Vaccine Delivery]]> image/jpeg 1682950107 2023-05-01 14:08:27 1683215249 2023-05-04 15:47:29 670687 image <![CDATA[Gaurav Byagathvalli, Founder of Piezo Therapeutics]]> image/jpeg 1682950212 2023-05-01 14:10:12 1683215171 2023-05-04 15:46:11 <![CDATA[Piezo Therapeutics]]> <![CDATA[BBQ Lighter, Combined With Microneedles, Sparks Breakthrough in Covid-19 Vaccine Delivery ]]> <![CDATA[Saad Bhamla]]> <![CDATA[Mark Prausnitz]]> <![CDATA[Venture Lab]]>
<![CDATA[ISyE Graduate Program Ranked No. 1 for 33rd Consecutive Year]]> 36284 Georgia Tech's H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) graduate program has been ranked No.1 by the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges, for the 33rd consecutive year.

Placing third among public universities, the College of Engineering has achieved a ranking of No. 5 overall, on par with Carnegie Mellon's engineering program. According to current research findings, the leading five universities across the nation in the field under consideration are MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, Purdue, and GT.

The engineering graduate program at Georgia Tech has advanced by two positions to attain the fifth rank in the 2023-24 edition of the national rankings.

Read the full story by clicking the link.

]]> chenriquez8 1 1682699969 2023-04-28 16:39:29 1682700376 2023-04-28 16:46:16 0 0 news Georgia Tech's H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) graduate program has been ranked No.1 by the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges, for the 33rd consecutive year.

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<![CDATA[Internet Search Data Can Help Predict a Looming ‘Twindemic’]]> 27446 The most widely used source of medical advice in modern society might be the Google search box.

Enough people turn to the site with searches like “loss of taste” or “how long contagious” that researchers at Georgia Tech can use that data to accurately predict looming waves of influenza-like illness and Covid-19 infections. Their forecasting models work for the nation overall and for each state, offering a new source of data about potential “twindemics” that could burden healthcare systems.

The model, developed by Shihao Yang and his team in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, is published in the Nature journal Communications Medicine.

Read the full story on the College of Engineering website.

]]> Joshua Stewart 1 1682014660 2023-04-20 18:17:40 1682698178 2023-04-28 16:09:38 0 0 news Shihao Yang’s model forecasts when spikes in Covid-19 and flu infections will strain hospitals and health care resources.

2023-04-20T00:00:00-04:00 2023-04-20T00:00:00-04:00 2023-04-20 00:00:00 Joshua Stewart
College of Engineering

670594 670594 image <![CDATA[Simin Ma and Shihao Yang]]> Ph.D. student Simin Ma, left, and Shihao Yang, assistant professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering. They developed a model that uses search data to predict coming waves of serious Covid-19 and flu cases that could burden healthcare resources. (Photo: Candler Hobbs)

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<![CDATA[ISyE Entrepreneurial Competition: Crafting Winning Business Plans]]> 36284 Throughout the semester, our students have been given the opportunity to be challenge their entrepreneurial spirits in the inaugural ISyE Entrepreneurial Competition, founded by ISyE alumnus Sam Millson.

Teams participated in mapping out a potential business plan to bring to fruition for future investments. The entrepreneurial competition was created with the goal of supporting and inspiring current ISyE students to take the leap into entrepreneurial investments.

The competition consisted of two parts: entrepreneurial workshops and final presentations. During the workshops, Millson guided the teams in crafting their business models, budget development, and differentiation strategies. The goal is to help the teams gain the necessary skills and knowledge to develop a feasible business plan that could be implemented in the future.


Winning Teams:

Team Name: ADU-IQ

Winning Prize: $7,500

Members: Chris Kontomaris, Sydney Mudd, Jada Wilson


Team Name: DockOps

Winning Prize: $2,500

Members: Kathryn McCarthy, Devanshu Tiwari


Sam Millson is the Founder of The Millson Group, a consulting and investing firm that specializes in helping small to medium-sized businesses achieve growth and efficiency.

The competition is sponsored by The Millson Group.

]]> chenriquez8 1 1682980660 2023-05-01 22:37:40 1682981280 2023-05-01 22:48:00 0 0 news Throughout the semester, our students have been given the opportunity to be challenge their entrepreneurial spirits in the inaugural ISyE Entrepreneurial Competition, founded by ISyE alumnus Sam Millson.

2023-04-15T00:00:00-04:00 2023-04-15T00:00:00-04:00 2023-04-15 00:00:00 670704 670705 670704 image <![CDATA[ISyE Entrepreneurial Competition]]> image/jpeg 1682978638 2023-05-01 22:03:58 1682978951 2023-05-01 22:09:11 670705 image <![CDATA[ISyE Entrepreneurial Competition]]> image/jpeg 1682978769 2023-05-01 22:06:09 1682978996 2023-05-01 22:09:56 <![CDATA[The Millson Group]]> <![CDATA[Sam Millson]]>
<![CDATA[IISE Awards Outstanding ISyE Graduate Students]]> 36284 Several graduate students from the Georgia Tech School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) have recently been recognized for their achievements.

Michael Biehler, a graduate student, has received multiple awards for his exceptional work. He was awarded the 2023 Mary G. and Joseph Natrella Scholarship, which includes a $500 travel grant and $3500 fellowship, by the Quality and Productivity Division of the ASA. His paper titled "DETONATE: Nonlinear Dynamic Evolution Modeling of Time-dependent 3-dimensional Point Cloud Profiles" was chosen as a finalist for the IISE QCRE Best Student Paper Competition and the Best Student Paper award in the IISE DIAS section at the IISE 2023 Annual Conference.

Zihan Zhang has been awarded the Gilbreth Memorial Fellowship for $3500 by the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) for the year 2023. This fellowship is awarded to graduate students who show outstanding potential for leadership, contributions to the industrial engineering profession, and academic achievement. The fellowship supports the education of students pursuing advanced degrees in industrial engineering and encourages research and innovation in the field.

Shancong Mou was awarded the John S.W. Fargher Jr. Scholarship from IISE and had a paper selected as a finalist in the IISE QCRE Best Track Paper Competition. These recognitions are a testament to the academic excellence of the ISyE graduate program and the hard work and dedication of its students.

Shancong Mou was awarded the John S.W. Fargher Jr. Scholarship worth $1000 for the IISE (Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers) 2023 conference. Additionally, Mou's paper titled "RGI: robust GAN-inversion for mask-free image inpainting and unsupervised pixel-wise anomaly detection" has been selected as a finalist in the IISE QCRE (Quality Control and Reliability Engineering) Best Track Paper Competition for the same conference. 

For the best paper finalists, the final awardee will be selected during the IISE Annual Conference in May, 2023.

]]> chenriquez8 1 1682701841 2023-04-28 17:10:41 1682980977 2023-05-01 22:42:57 0 0 news Several graduate students from Georgia Tech's School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) have been recognized by IISE (Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers) for their achievements, including Michael Biehler, Zihan Zhang and Shancong Mou.

2023-04-15T00:00:00-04:00 2023-04-15T00:00:00-04:00 2023-04-15 00:00:00 670696 670696 image <![CDATA[IISE Award Winners]]> image/png 1682960236 2023-05-01 16:57:16 1682965868 2023-05-01 18:31:08
<![CDATA[ USG Regents Honor ISyE Undergrad Sydney Mudd]]> 36284 For Sydney Mudd, Georgia Tech is a place for creativity and progress. A place where she’s part of a culture where people are doing great things and inspiring her to do the same. So she’s particularly humbled to be the one Yellow Jacket this year honored by the University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents for her achievements.

Mudd will represent Georgia Tech at the board’s annual Academic Recognition Day alongside one student from each of the state’s other 25 universities. Honorees receive a resolution from the Georgia House of Representatives and a commendation from the USG chancellor.

Read more about Mudd on the College of Engineering website.

]]> chenriquez8 1 1685033448 2023-05-25 16:50:48 1685034566 2023-05-25 17:09:26 0 0 news Mudd will represent Georgia Tech at the board’s annual Academic Recognition Day for the state’s top college students.

2023-03-29T00:00:00-04:00 2023-03-29T00:00:00-04:00 2023-03-29 00:00:00 Joshua Stewart
College of Engineering

670410 670875 670410 image <![CDATA[Sydney Mudd with the Wreck]]> image/jpeg 1680102733 2023-03-29 15:12:13 1680297133 2023-03-31 21:12:13 670875 image <![CDATA[Sydney Mudd]]> image/png 1685034183 2023-05-25 17:03:03 1685034183 2023-05-25 17:03:03 <![CDATA[Sydney Mudd Putting her Stamp on ISyE]]> <![CDATA[USG Academic Recognition Day]]> <![CDATA[Stamps President's Scholars Program ]]>
<![CDATA[Omar Khan is on a Mission to Spread Smiles on Campus]]> 36284 As the newest driver of Georgia Tech’s historic mascot, the Ramblin’ Wreck, Omar Khan takes his job seriously. During the driver elections in November, Khan prepared a two-and-a-half-page speech and eight pages of notes to present to fellow members of the Ramblin’ Reck Club, which is responsible for electing a driver every year.  

So when Khan was elected: “I was in shock,” he said. “My heart was beating out of my chest. I was just so surprised. And I remember every day how I felt in that moment because it helps me remember what a fortunate position I’m in to get to drive this car.” 

The Wreck is a 1930 Ford Model A Sport Coupe perhaps most famous for leading the football team onto the field at every home game since 1961 in one of Georgia Tech’s most beloved traditions. On any given day, the Wreck can be found driving around campus, blasting its unmistakable “aa-oo-gah” horn, or appearing at an alumni event.  As the driver, Khan is responsible for taking the vehicle on its numerous outings, as well as its regular upkeep and maintenance.  

Over its six decades of use, the Wreck has weathered its fair share of damage, including abuse from opposing schools. In one famous incident in 1963, Tennessee students painted the car a terrible shade of orange. 

These days, Khan, an industrial and systems engineering student, faces more risk of mechanical issues than threats of vandalism. He said that while many things can go wrong with such an old car, the key to managing issues as they arise is to stay calm.  

“You’re going to be put in a ton of situations that you’re not prepared for,” he said. “You just have to be decisive. Make a decision, and if it’s the wrong decision, then you deal with the consequences.”  

One of the aspects of serving as driver that Khan is most looking forward to is football season. In anticipation, he’s been working to develop relationships with players and giving them opportunities to interact with the Wreck.   

“I drove by the other day and the players knew my name,” he said. “They love the Wreck and, obviously, they love following it out on the field, but they hardly ever get rides. So I’ve been trying to do for them, the same thing we do for the rest of the student body.” 

Khan thinks of his role as the Wreck’s driver as an opportunity to spread smiles on campus and to help students have unforgettable experiences during their time at Tech. He knows students will always remember their interactions with the Wreck.  

He admits it’s a therapeutic experience for him sometimes, too. When he’s having a bad day, he said, he likes to drive the car around campus, wave at people, and see them light up with big smiles.  

“The Wreck belongs to the student body,” Khan said. “I’ve been chosen to operate it, but it isn’t any more mine than any other student’s. It’s equally ours. And that’s a really important thing for me to remember – to not use it selfishly, because its mission is to spread joy around campus.” 

]]> chenriquez8 1 1682959138 2023-05-01 16:38:58 1682965958 2023-05-01 18:32:38 0 0 news Omar Khan was elected as the newest driver of Georgia Tech’s historic mascot, the Ramblin’ Wreck.

2023-03-15T00:00:00-04:00 2023-03-15T00:00:00-04:00 2023-03-15 00:00:00 Emma Ryan, Writer

College of Engineering

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<![CDATA[New Marine Corps Contract Will Support Logistics, Broad Range of Research]]> 36284 A $51 million, five-year contract awarded from the U.S. Marine Corps Logistics Command (MARCORLOGCOM) will expand Georgia Tech’s support to Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany in Southwest Georgia and open new opportunities for research to support U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) missions across a broad range of logistics, innovation, supply chain, and applied engineering issues.

Through the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Supply Chain and Logistics Institute, Georgia Tech has been providing research and training support to personnel at the base, which supports the USMC mission worldwide. Activities under the new contract will be managed through the Albany installation, which has approximately 3,000 civilian staff and slightly more than 400 military personnel, making it one of the largest employers in Southwest Georgia.

The new Information Analysis Center Multiple Award Contract (IAC MAC) was competitively awarded through the Department of Defense Information Analysis Center. In all, the task order contract specifies 22 areas where GTRI, Georgia Tech, and partner organizations can support the USMC, and is the largest contract ever awarded to GTRI from the USMC.

“This award will continue the applied research efforts that support the analysis, assessment, and integration of technologies and methods to enhance the operations of the Marine Corps logistics, storage, and maintenance capabilities, while also providing potential support to the broader Marine Corps and DoD requirements,” said Larry Kimm, manager of GTRI’s Quantico Field Office and project director for the new contract. “This contract builds upon a nearly five-year partnership between Georgia Tech and the U.S. Marine Corps to provide ‘white-hat’ research and analysis support.”

Research projects conducted under earlier contracts have included the development and demonstration of robotic platform prototypes for improved ground vehicle autonomous inventory operations, and the development of a software tool that rapidly collates disparate inventory information to simplify tracking procedures. Additionally, ongoing workflow optimization modeling and simulation, and analytical studies of MARCORLOGCOM parts, repair, paint, and back-shop maintenance operations are supporting enhanced efficiency and mission readiness requirements. 

Georgia Tech’s Supply Chain and Logistics Institute provides research and education in the application of scientific principles to optimize the design and integration of supply chain strategy, infrastructure, processes, and technology. It has taught courses to hundreds of civilian employees and military personnel at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, providing advanced training and certification in logistics operations and industrial engineering principles. 

“The Supply Chain and Logistics Institute is pleased to continue engaging with GTRI on Marine Corps Logistics Command’s innovation and improvement needs,” said Timothy Brown, managing director of the Institute. “We look to continue delivering professional education programs, applied research by our Industrial and Systems Engineering faculty and graduate students, and operations improvement efforts by our affiliate researchers.”

Graduate and undergraduate programs at Georgia Tech’s H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) have been ranked first in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for more than a quarter century. The school is the largest of its kind in the United States.

In addition to its Georgia Tech collaborators, GTRI has also worked with multiple subcontractors to collaboratively conduct detailed business case analyses and change management support activities to optimize reorganization decisions and processes for MARCORLOGCOM. Georgia Tech has also involved interns from Albany Technical College and Albany State University in serving the organization’s needs.

In addition to supporting MARCORLOGCOM in Albany, the task order contract will allow GTRI and Georgia Tech to serve the broader needs of the USMC in such areas as automation, airborne networks, command-and-control systems, communications, cybersecurity, data exchange standards, electronic combat, human systems integration, manufacturing optimization, modeling and simulation, secure information systems, software assurance, systems engineering, technology insertion, and technology analysis.

GTRI’s connection to Georgia Tech academic colleges and research institutes makes it attractive to organizations interested in promoting innovation and changing organizational approaches. “Agencies gain access to the world-class expertise we have at Georgia Tech, both within GTRI and on the academic side,” Kimm said.

Located on Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, MARCORLOGCOM provides worldwide, integrated logistics, supply chain, and distribution management; depot-level maintenance management; and strategic pre-positioning capability in support of the operating forces and other supported USMC units to maximize their readiness and sustainability and to support enterprise and program-level total life cycle management.

The DoD IAC collects, analyzes, synthesizes, produces, and disseminates scientific and technical information (STI) to DoD and federal government users. IACs support The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (R&E) in carrying out the R&E community's three strategic guiding imperatives: 1) mitigating new and emerging adversary threats that could degrade U.S. (and allied) capabilities; 2) enabling affordable new or extended capabilities in existing military systems; and 3) developing technology surprise through science and engineering applications to military problems. 

]]> chenriquez8 1 1678144972 2023-03-06 23:22:52 1684280449 2023-05-16 23:40:49 0 0 news A $51 million, five-year contract awarded from the U.S. Marine Corps Logistics Command (MARCORLOGCOM) will expand Georgia Tech’s support to Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany in Southwest Georgia and open new opportunities for research to support U.S. Marine Corps (USMC).

2023-03-06T00:00:00-05:00 2023-03-06T00:00:00-05:00 2023-03-06 00:00:00 GTRI Communications
Georgia Tech Research Institute
Atlanta, Georgia USA

Writer: John Toon (john.toon@gtri.gatech.edu)

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<![CDATA[Discovering Purpose in Service: Jessica Rawls Journey to First Lieutenant]]> 36284 Growing up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, First Lieutenant Jessica Rawls aspired to play basketball competitively, however, her interest in service opportunities was sparked when she talked with her sister about the Naval Academy.

At first, Rawls and her sister were hesitant about committing to the military, but their high school teacher encouraged them to take another look, particularly at the United States Military Academy West Point.

“After looking up some videos online, and going to visit there, we decided that we wanted to go - not only because of the opportunities we would receive as West Point graduates but also being able to figure out our “why” of pursuing the military.”

This second thought about West Point became an opportunity for Rawls to pursue her bachelor’s degree, while gaining experiencing at one of the most prestigious military service colleges in the country.

As Rawls progressed through her program, she recognized that her motivation for serving was to help others, “I didn’t realize that the majority of soldiers in the military are minors, and a lot of times, their only opportunity to get a job with access to things like healthcare, and assistance – is by going through the military.”

Her combined military experience and interest in industrial engineering, led her to choose operations research at the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE). Throughout the graduate program she started building connections with Associate Dean Damon Williams, and General Ronald Johnson, who provided valuablementorship and guidance throughout the program. 

“I can’t even imagine Georgia Tech without Damon Williams, General Johnson, and the industrial engineering program. I was very surprised about how much the department truly cares about their students. Damon and General Johnson really took me underneath their wing and made sure I was succeeding.”

As a West Point graduate and current faculty member at Georgia Tech, Johnson spoke about his connection with Rawls and efforts to increase diversity in the school's programs and faculty. Johnson highlights the unique qualities that West Point graduates possess, such as athleticism, leadership, and teamwork skills, that make them valuable additions to Georgia Tech. 

Prior to her promotion, Rawls was awarded the GEM Fellowship (Graduate Engineering Minority) by the National GEM Consortium, which advances thousands of underrepresented students in the field of engineering. General Johnson believes bringing West Point graduates, particularly those receiving the GEM fellowship, is a critical step when creating a more inclusive and equitable academic environment within Georgia Tech's STEM programs.

The bridge between West Point and ISyE has become an impactful space to be in, where students like Rawls are given the chance to feel uplifted and supported in the field by diverse faculty members.

After graduation this May, Rawls will be attending a basic officer leadership course in Virginia. Then she’ll be departing to her duty station, with high hopes for placement in Germany or Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Ultimately, her goal is to become an operations research systems analyst and return to West Point as an instructor, where she hopes to inspire and guide future students, specifically those who may feel underrepresented.

Rawls dedication to her field and her desire to give back to her community make her story a testament to the power of self-discovery, and how exploring different options can lead to unexpected but fulfilling paths in life. “Living my life… I’m feeling really good about being by myself and discovering who I am.” says First Lieutenant Jessica Rawls.

]]> chenriquez8 1 1682955325 2023-05-01 15:35:25 1682965697 2023-05-01 18:28:17 0 0 news Graduate student, Jessica Rawls was promoted to First Lieutenant with the hopes of giving back to her community by investing in future minority students.

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<![CDATA[With Sandwiches, Basic Necessities, Jordine Jones Supports Atlanta’s Homeless]]> 36284 Growing up in and around Atlanta, industrial and systems engineering student Jordine Jones had passed Georgia Tech’s campus for most of her life. So studying at Tech as a first-generation college student and an Atlanta native has been an experience that she describes as surreal.
But coming to campus from an underprivileged background, Jones also saw the gaps between the bustling life on campus and the city around it. She attended a community event hosted by the local nonprofit Lifting Our Voices (LOV) that gave her the opportunity to make sandwiches and distribute them to people experiencing homelessness in Midtown. The experience shifted her perspective.

“Actually going out into the community touched me differently,” said Jones, a fourth-year undergraduate. “The Sandwich Run gave me the opportunity to see the real people I was helping. I felt much more connected to the tangible impact I could have.”

Read more of Jones' story on the College of Engineering website.

]]> chenriquez8 1 1685032776 2023-05-25 16:39:36 1685033222 2023-05-25 16:47:02 0 0 news The ISyE student has cofounded a student chapter of Lifting Our Voices to connect with her city and make a tangible impact.

2023-02-06T00:00:00-05:00 2023-02-06T00:00:00-05:00 2023-02-06 00:00:00 Joshua Stewart
College of Engineering

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<![CDATA[SCL Welcomes Becky Francosky with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to its Industry Advisory Board]]> 27233 Becky Francosky is the Director of Air Service Development at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). She has more than 15 years of experience in strategic planning, market research, analytics and project management that has been refined in roles in both the private and public sector. Ms. Francosky has broad experience in conducting primary and secondary research, analyzing market and competitive intelligence, gap analysis, forecasting and leveraging analytical frameworks to develop forward-looking and extrapolative insights.
Becky rejoined Hartsfield-Jackson in 2022 after working extensively with ATL on several key analytical studies through her company Advanced Aviation Analytics. While in her consulting role, she worked on a variety of projects including the Economic Impact Study, management dashboards and frameworks for gate utilization and forecasting. She has recruited several international passenger and cargo airlines and frequently engages with current and prospective airlines to help build stakeholder engagement.

Additionally, Becky plans and coordinates economic and business development activities with a variety of state and local organizations. From 2008 to 2012, Becky directed the market research program to understand customer’s preferences and needs, which led to expanded product and service offerings and increased non-aeronautical revenue by 40 percent.

We are very excited to have Becky join our board, lend us her expertise, and continue ATL's participation and support of SCL programs.

]]> Andy Haleblian 1 1675114605 2023-01-30 21:36:45 1675115072 2023-01-30 21:44:32 0 0 news Becky Francosky lends her 15+ years of experience in strategic planning, market research, analytics and project management to SCL.

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<![CDATA[Muthukumar Lands NSF Career Award for Foundational Machine Learning Research]]> 36284 Vidya Muthukumar has been named as a recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award. Muthukumar is an assistant professor in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) with a joint appointment in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

The NSF CAREER award is the most prestigious award in “support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.” Approximately 500 awards are given annually to universities and research institutions throughout the country. The NSF especially encourages women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities to apply.

Muthukumar’s NSF CAREER project, "Overparameterization in modern machine learning: A panacea or a pitfall?,” aims to establish foundational principles — through a diversity of mathematical techniques spanning signal processing, information theory, and online decision-making — that explain the successful generalization of modern machine learning and its failure modes in order to develop efficient and principled solutions. In the absence of such a foundation, outstanding failure modes in deep neural networks remain unmitigated or unnecessarily costly to solve, and architecture selection is conducted in a wasteful trial-and-error manner that involves repeated train-and-test cycles. Muthukumar hopes that the outcomes of this project will eventually enable deep learning technology to reach its full potential in high-stakes and resource-limited applications.

Additionally, the project will create and disseminate educational resources at the high school and undergraduate levels on elementary signal processing, machine learning, and data science that underlie and complement the described research.

Before joining Georgia Tech in January 2021, Muthukumar earned her Ph.D. degree in EECS at UC Berkeley and spent a semester at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing as a research fellow for the program “Theory of Reinforcement Learning.” She is the recipient of an Amazon Research Award, Adobe Data Science Research Award, Simons-Berkeley Research Fellowship, IBM Science for Social Good Fellowship, and the UC Berkeley EECS Outstanding Course Development and Teaching Award. She currently serves on the senior program committee for the Annual Conference on Learning Theory and on the organizing committee for the Learning Theory Alliance mentorship organization.

]]> chenriquez8 1 1674753079 2023-01-26 17:11:19 1674754713 2023-01-26 17:38:33 0 0 news Vidya Muthukumar has been named as a recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award. 

2023-01-26T00:00:00-05:00 2023-01-26T00:00:00-05:00 2023-01-26 00:00:00 Vidya Muthukumar has been named as a recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award. Muthukumar is an assistant professor in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) with a joint appointment in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Dan Watson

Communications Manager


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<![CDATA[Mission Accomplished: An Army Veteran’s Path to Commencement at Georgia Tech]]> 36418 Mission accomplished. 

While that phrase may have taken on new meaning since his days as an active-duty member of the U.S. armed forces, Patrick Benitez’s mindset remained the same as he pursued an M.S. in analytics from Georgia Tech — a three-year journey that culminates Friday at Bobby Dodd Stadium. 

Balancing a full-time career, continued service in the U.S. Army Reserves, and becoming a new dad, Benitez completed his degree online from his home in Virginia, and despite the challenges, he was able to maintain a unique perspective. 

“Flexibility during adversity is one of the key traits I was able to integrate into this program, because the Army taught me extremely well to ‘adapt and overcome.’ As a result, you hardly ever see me get stressed out because I just draw on my foundational skills,” Benitez said before sharing the one thing that always gets him back on track. “I think, ‘I’m just lucky that I'm not back in Afghanistan’ — and then my outlook on life does a complete 180.”

Benitez called this degree a team effort, and every team needs a leader. With a new baby boy at home, he credits his wife for stepping up to fill that role. 

“She serves as a foundation that holds everything together. This degree would not have happened if it wasn't for her, because the diaper changes, the long nights, and the weekends when I needed to play catch-up can all be attributed to her being ‘super mom’ on the days that I needed to be a good student,” he said. 

Preparing to graduate from Cal State Fullerton in 2006, Benitez — the son of a 20-year Navy veteran — knew his dreams of entering the tech field would have to wait. After deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Benitez became a civil affairs officer with the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade before transitioning into the reserves while earning his MBA from LSU. But his Silicon Valley dream never left him. Knowing the prestige that Georgia Tech carries as an institution and hearing of its glowing reputation within the veteran community during his service, Benitez’s decision was a no-brainer when it came time to get back in the classroom. 

“Every single peer or even mentor that I've had was affiliated with Georgia Tech in one way or another, either alumni or professors, and I looked up to them,” he said. “I felt that, based on those interactions and how well Georgia Tech took care of its veterans, it was an easy choice.” 

Praising the Institute for setting veterans up for success, Benitez noted how seamlessly he was able to settle in and focus on his coursework. With a plethora of resources at the ready, Benitez hopes to see other members of a community with so much to offer follow in his footsteps. 

“To me, the veteran community continues to be underutilized, and I think Georgia Tech hits it out of the park when it comes to trying to recruit the best students and the best leaders,” he said. 

Currently working in federal consulting, Benitez intends to tap into his entrepreneurial spirit to launch a startup hedge fund using the models and algorithms he learned at Georgia Tech. 

With three under his belt, Benitez has told his wife that this will be his last degree, so Friday will be a special day on the Flats. “I think it's going to be a lot of overwhelming emotions because it took me three years to knock this degree out. That was a lot of time and effort,” he said. 

With the mindset instilled in him by his parents and by the Army, coupled with his wife’s support, failure was never an option. 

“Once you have that foundation set right, all that matters is achieving the mission,” he said. “Having Georgia Tech on my resume and having that pedigree attached to it was a mission that I wasn't going to fail in.”

]]> sgagliano3 1 1670957943 2022-12-13 18:59:03 1671029404 2022-12-14 14:50:04 0 0 news After putting Silicon Valley dreams on pause to serve his country, Patrick Benitez knew all along that his journey would lead him to Georgia Tech. 

2022-12-13T00:00:00-05:00 2022-12-13T00:00:00-05:00 2022-12-13 00:00:00 Steven Gagliano - Communications Officer 

Institute Communications 

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<![CDATA[SCL Welcomes Todd Ullom with MiTek to its Industry Advisory Board]]> 27233 Todd Ullom has over 30 years' experience as an entrepreneur, developer, general contractor, technologist, and market strategist holding senior executive positions with both private and public companies. He is currently vice president for MiTek, a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, leading the development of the company’s distributed construction platform which is initially focused on offsite volumetric assembly of hotels. He joined MiTek as part of the acquisition of Innovation Builder, a technology company founded by Todd with a focus on solving the construction industry's toughest problems. Throughout his career, Todd has managed both growth and turnaround companies, developed new business opportunities, designed industry leading business processes and developed innovative marketing strategies. His experience includes founder and president of a bespoke building company; senior leadership positions in large private and public construction companies including COO, region president, VP of strategy and operations; and VP of strategy and business development for a technology firm.

Todd has developed more than $2.5 billion in real estate with annual P&L responsibility of more than $500 million and developed turnaround programs for over 50 projects during the financial crisis. He has developed industry leading processes for scheduling, purchasing and trade relationships. Todd created the Martha Stewart and Ralph Lauren branded home programs and has developed creative customer centric product designs and selling strategies. He has provided business and technology consulting for more than 200 builders and contractors of all sizes throughout North America. Todd has also served in numerous capacities constructing large scale commercial projects that include major medical research facilities, hospitals, dormitories, hotels and club houses. 

Todd has a B.S. in Building Construction from the Georgia Institute of Technology, is a licensed Florida general contractor and sales associate, certified in advanced design thinking through IDEO and is a certified leadership coach with John Maxwell. He is a former president of the Atlanta Homebuilders Association, was named as one of Seattle’s Top Business Executives Under 40 in 1999, received the Lee Evans Award for Management Excellence in 2012, was named America’s Best Builder in 2013 and currently serves on the Board of Governors for the non-profit Opportunity International. 

]]> Andy Haleblian 1 1669921744 2022-12-01 19:09:04 1670335107 2022-12-06 13:58:27 0 0 news GT Alum Todd Ullom lends his vast business, technology, and management experience to the SCL Industry Advisory Board.

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<![CDATA[ISyE Faculty, Students Recognized for Research at INFORMS 2022 Annual Meeting]]> 33939 A host of faculty and students from the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) attended the INFORMS annual meeting last month, networking with peers in the field, presenting research, attending keynotes, and more.

The conference, held from Oct. 16-19 in Indianapolis, Indiana, highlights research in the fields of operations research and analytics, proven scientific mathematical processes that enable organizations to turn complex challenges into substantial opportunities by transforming data into information, and information into insights that solve real-world problems.

Once again, ISyE researchers had a number of accomplishments at the meeting, being recognized for research on various topics. Explore the list below to see ISyE’s accomplishments.

If you or someone you know received an award or recognition but did not make the list, please email Communications Manager David Mitchell at david.mitchell@isye.gatech.edu.

]]> David Mitchell 1 1667317809 2022-11-01 15:50:09 1667394183 2022-11-02 13:03:03 0 0 news The conference, held from Oct. 16-19 in Indianapolis, Indiana, highlights research in the fields of operations research and analytics, proven scientific mathematical processes that enable organizations to turn complex challenges into substantial opportunities by transforming data into information, and information into insights that solve real-world problems.

2022-11-01T00:00:00-04:00 2022-11-01T00:00:00-04:00 2022-11-01 00:00:00 David Mitchell

Communications Manager


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<![CDATA[SCL Welcomes Joe Verbraska with Steelcase to its Industry Advisory Board]]> 27233 Joe Verbraska joined Steelcase in 1995 and currently serves as Director of Global Logistics. Throughout his 27-year career at Steelcase, Mr. Verbraska has worked as a Financial Analyst, led manufacturing operations in two of the largest plants for Steelcase North America, served as Director of Logistics Operations in Europe, and was Director of North American Logistics with responsibility for Transportation and Distribution. He has been instrumental in developing the logistics strategy for Steelcase, including creating and implementing the company’s distribution network.

Before joining Steelcase, Mr. Verbraska worked as a supply chain consultant at Accenture and held IT, finance and logistics roles at Whirlpool. Mr. Verbraska earned his bachelor’s degree in Information Systems at Ferris State University and his MBA from the University of Chicago. 

]]> Andy Haleblian 1 1666804611 2022-10-26 17:16:51 1680199757 2023-03-30 18:09:17 0 0 news Mr. Verbraska brings his logistics strategy expertise to the SCL Industry Advisory Board.

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<![CDATA[Georgia Tech Officially Breaks Ground on Tech Square Phase 3]]> 33939 Two towers will be new home for business and industral engineering programs.

Georgia Tech officially kicked off the construction that will further expand the Institute’s footprint in Midtown Atlanta. The groundbreaking ceremony for Tech Square Phase 3 happened in the shadow of structures like Coda, Centergy, and the Technology Square Research Building where Tech has rapidly cultivated one of the country’s fastest-growing business and technology ecosystems.

This third phase of Technology Square will be anchored by two multi-story towers. The entire project is planned to add more than 400,000+ square feet of new space for research and collaboration. The primary buildings situated on the site, located on the blocks between 5th, Spring, and West Peachtree Streets, will both be named for philanthropists who have played a vital role in advancing Georgia Tech’s mission of progress and service.  One tower named for principal donor Ernest Scheller, will be the new home of graduate and executive education programs of the Scheller College of Business. The second tower will be named George Tower, in recognition of Bill and Penny George, and will house the nation’s top-ranked industrial engineering program.

Georgia Tech transformed abandoned and blighted areas across the Midtown/Downtown Connector to open Technology Square in 2003. The second phase 21-story Coda Building opened in 2019 and has drawn more top-tier tech companies to work as close to Georgia Tech’s campus as possible.

“A successful innovation ecosystem requires not just good hardware — the right buildings in the right locations — but also good software: the right talent and programs and a culture of innovation,” said President Ángel Cabrera at the groundbreaking ceremony.

Tech alumnus and Atlanta mayor Andre Dickens was also on hand to celebrate the launch of the transformative project.

“Metro Atlanta’s diverse and thriving tech industry is the envy of many, and Tech Square has helped make that a reality.” Dickens said. 

Since 2021, companies including Microsoft, Google, Cisco, Micron, Airbnb, and Nike have made significant investments to expand their presence in the neighborhood.

"Having this collaboration here between companies and one of the world's great academic institutions and different departments is critical,” said George, a graduate of Tech’s industrial engineering program.

“The new facilities of Tech Square Phase 3 will offer our students the ability to learn, collaborate, and develop in a new, innovative environment. Thanks to the generosity and support of our community, we are now better positioned than ever before to fulfill our mission of cultivating principled business leaders who thrive in a tech-driven world,’ said Dean Maryam Alavi of the Scheller College of Business.

Tech’s business programs have been growing and expanding, consistently ranking among the top 20 nationally. 

"Dean Alavi and the Scheller college team have consistently been moving up the ladder and have number one for the entire college well within sight. This new tower should give a big boost toward that goal,” said Ernest Scheller.

University System of Georgia Chancellor Sonny Perdue joined to help turn over the first shovels of earth where the towers will soon sit. 

"These types of initiatives are happening around the state, and it’s the students that we are impacting,” said Perdue. 

Jeb Stewart, a Georgia Tech graduate and son of Milton H. Stewart, the namesake of Tech’s school of industrial engineering, recognized the positive momentum this groundbreaking represented.

“Hope can start with things like education and opportunity—things that are going to happen in these buildings,” Stewart said.

“Hundreds of years from now when people come to Midtown and see these buildings, they will know they were built for students to learn and be innovators,” said President Cabrera. 

In addition to the academic facilities, Tech Square Phase 3 will also include a large outdoor plaza with street-level retail and an underground parking deck. Project partners include architecture from booth Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio (RJTR) and Eskew Dumez Ripple and Turner Construction. The new development is planned to open in 2026.

]]> David Mitchell 1 1666375600 2022-10-21 18:06:40 1684341394 2023-05-17 16:36:34 0 0 news The groundbreaking ceremony for Tech Square Phase 3, the future home of ISyE, happened in the shadow of structures like Coda, Centergy, and the Technology Square Research Building where Georgia Tech has rapidly cultivated one of the country’s fastest-growing business and technology ecosystems.

2022-10-21T00:00:00-04:00 2022-10-21T00:00:00-04:00 2022-10-21 00:00:00 Steven Norris

Institute Communications


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<![CDATA[Students, Mentors Look for a Match at MentIEs Kickoff Event]]> 33939 Just about a year ago, the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) launched MentIEs, a mentorship program designed at connecting undergraduates with ISyE alumni who can offer real-world practical insights students might not otherwise receive inside the classroom.

“Students who want to have a career outside academia need to learn from people who have been there and know hot it is done,” Damon P. Williams said at the time. Williams is a senior lecturer and director of ISyE’s Center for Academics, Success, and Equity (CASE), and was recently named the College of Engineering’s first associate dean for inclusive excellence and chief diversity officer.

After a pilot program this past year, which saw high levels of participation from both students and alumni, Williams heard quite a bit of feedback from the students. Students loved the opportunity and gave great reviews of their mentors, but most had one specific request:

They wanted the opportunity to meet and network with other mentors around the program, whom they had heard about from their peers throughout the year.

On Sept. 19, this year’s cohort of mentees got that opportunity at the program’s kickoff event. Students and alumni mentors from around the country came together for an evening of food and networking, where no question was off limits and students were able to hear advice from individuals in a variety of fields.

“Simply put, it just broadens your scope,” second-year student Quincy Howard said of the event. “You get so many different perspectives through people’s careers and their experiences at Georgia Tech. It broadens your scope on what you think you can do and what your degree can do for you.”

The dinner was modeled like a speed dating event. Students and mentors were assigned to a table to begin the evening, where they ate dinner and got to know each other. After dinner and a 15-minute networking round, the bell sounded and students moved to a new table. There, they spoke with a new cohort of mentors who had entirely different experiences and perspectives than the group they left behind.

There were presidents of technology companies and consultants, sales excellence managers and optimization experts, CEOs and business founders. There were those who had long-since graduated and others who were in the early stages of their careers.

“There’s no way we were getting another opportunity like this,” said Harish Kanthi, another second-year student who said he couldn’t pass it up when he heard about it in Williams’ class. Laughing, he added, “The net worth in this room is off the charts.”

Students involved in the program will continue to connect with their mentors, as well as their new connections developed at the dinner. For the mentors, it’s a great opportunity to pass on their experience to a new generation and to find bright minds they may be able to call upon in the future.

View a full list of mentors and companies who participated in the kickoff event below:

]]> David Mitchell 1 1663787212 2022-09-21 19:06:52 1684341405 2023-05-17 16:36:45 0 0 news ISye students and alumni mentors from around the country came together for an evening of food and speed dating-style networking, where no question was off limits and students were able to hear advice from individuals in a variety of fields.

2022-09-21T00:00:00-04:00 2022-09-21T00:00:00-04:00 2022-09-21 00:00:00 David Mitchell

Communications Manager


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<![CDATA[With their transit ride-share pilot, MARTA and Georgia Tech give passengers a ‘first-mile, last-mile’ solution]]> 33939 When LaQuetta Ferrell learned about MARTA Reach, an on-demand pilot ride-share service in Atlanta, she eagerly started using the service that same day.

Ferrell’s commute to and from work had become a slog. She was getting up at 4:30 a.m. on weekdays to catch a bus and train to get to her job in downtown Atlanta by 7. She had to walk uphill and several blocks to the bus stop, wearing a brace for a worsening knee issue. Her knee hurt, and on days when the heat descended on Atlanta like a stifling blanket, she’d arrive home soaked in sweat. The one-way trip took 45 minutes on a good day but sometimes up to an hour and a half, versus the 15 minutes it would take to drive to work if Ferrell had a car. 

MARTA Reach, a six-month pilot launched in March by the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) in collaboration with the Georgia Institute of Technology, offered both convenience and a shorter commute. Each weekday morning, Ferrell called for a ride through an app on her phone, and a MARTA Reach shuttle picked her up across the street from her home and took her to a MARTA train station. 

On the way home, she’d call for another ride from the train station and usually got picked up in less than five minutes, instead of waiting sometimes an hour for a bus.

“MARTA Reach really came in handy for me,” says Ferrell, an administrative assistant at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “It’s great for me. It works well.”

Improving Convenience

MARTA and Georgia Tech launched the pilot to address what’s known as the “first-mile, last-mile” issue facing many residents like Ferrell, who don’t have easy access to a bus stop or train station. During the pilot, which ran from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday through August, users could call for a MARTA Reach ride by app or phone. A ride cost $2.50, the same as a regular MARTA fare, and transfers were free. All MARTA Reach vehicles, repurposed from the agency’s paratransit service for people with disabilities, are wheelchair accessible. 

The pilot was initially launched in three zones and expanded in May to include several other neighborhoods. In collaboration with Georgia Tech, MARTA chose zones that were different from each other, seeking to determine how on-demand transportation would work in a residential area versus a mixed-commercial one or a more industrial location. Would riders be using the service mostly to get to work? To go shopping? Meet friends? The goal was twofold: to improve service for existing MARTA users and ideally, attract new users who might opt for transit over driving if it’s convenient enough. 

Demand grew quickly, from fewer than 100 rides weekly when the pilot launched to more than 600 in early August. By late August, when the pilot ended, MARTA Reach had served more than 8,300 passengers and was projected to hit 1,250 rides weekly if the service had continued into September. 

MARTA is now evaluating data from the program to understand how riders used it and determine, as the agency undertakes a redesign of its bus network, whether to extend the pilot or make the service permanent. Anthony Thomas, MARTA’s program manager for customer experience innovation, says preliminary data showed that many riders, like Ferrell, were using the service regularly.  

“People are really excited about the program,” he says. “And we have been very excited about the uptake in service. We see lots of riders as well as very committed riders, individuals that were taking multiple rides a day, every day.” 

And though MARTA Reach was designed to carry passengers relatively short distances, that convenience can make a profound difference in people’s daily lives, Thomas says.  

“On paper it might look like, oh, that bus is pretty close. It’s only a 10-minute walk,” Thomas says. “But when you’re on the ground and it’s 95 degrees or you have groceries or you have kids with you or a stroller, that 10-minute walk becomes a barrier for folks, and they might just decide to hop into a car. 

“For people who are on the lower-income spectrum, having to afford a car is a big burden. So being able to replace that trip with a $2.50 trip with MARTA is, I think, something that is extraordinarily powerful and very beneficial to the communities we operated the service in.” 

Thinking Bigger

The origins of MARTA Reach date back a decade, when Pascal Van Hentenryck, now a Georgia Tech professor of engineering and computer science, was leading a group of researchers in Australia focused on using data science to solve major challenges in areas including public transportation. Working in Canberra, Australia’s capital, the team at NICTA — Australia’s national information and communications technology research center — noticed taxis going back and forth from the airport to the Parliament building and many buses that were running empty or with few passengers. 

The researchers envisioned a system that would remove some of the empty buses and instead use taxis to connect passengers with high-frequency buses. The group did some early planning, and when Van Hentenryck returned to the U.S. to work at the University of Michigan, he launched a ride-share pilot that offered free transportation on shuttle vans around campus and to several surrounding neighborhoods. Van Hentenryck and a team of students built an app for the service, which ran for four months in 2018. 

“It was amazingly successful,” says Van Hentenryck, now the A. Russell Chandler III chair and a professor of industrial and systems engineering at Georgia Tech. “It was only running from 6 p.m. to midnight, but we had 400 students using the system every day.”

That success led Van Hentenryck to think bigger — about combining public transit with an on-demand ride-share service for Atlanta residents lacking access to transit. A sprawling metropolis with the ninth largest metro area population in the country, Atlanta has a network of MARTA bus routes linked to a rapid transit train system with 38 stations. But providing transit access for the region’s nearly 6.1 million residents is a pressing challenge as Atlanta continues to grow. Buses don’t serve the entire region, and some routes are underutilized. 

Leaders at MARTA had been thinking about how to address the first-mile, last-mile issue when Van Hentenryck approached the agency in 2021 with a potential solution. He and his students had secured a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop an on-demand ride-share system. Drawing on the University of Michigan pilot, Van Hentenryck’s team would build out the technology and apps needed for the service and partly subsidize its operation. 

“Clearly, it was a no-brainer at that point,” Thomas says. “It’s something that we’d wanted to test out in our system for a while. The stars had aligned, and it was a great opportunity to explore it at this time.” 

Building a Solution

Van Hentenryck and a team of about seven Ph.D. students developed an Azure-based suite of technology for the pilot, including a routing system and separate apps for riders, drivers, and the administrative system.

The team started with the app developed for the Michigan pilot but building out technology designed for a college campus to serve a complex urban transit system spread out over a much larger geographic area proved challenging.

So the students worked closely with Microsoft to implement and optimize the app on Azure. They leveraged several key Azure capabilities to quickly build apps, improve data processing, and enhance the security of user data. Azure allowed the Ph.D. students to quickly set up and scale their app so they could focus on what mattered most — building a solution to increase mobility in metro Atlanta.

Azure enabled the automation of some tasks that would have been difficult to build from scratch, but since the system was new, there was no data to inform machine learning algorithms. The team quickly learned there were variables they hadn’t accounted for — in particular, driver behavior.  

For one thing, MARTA Reach drivers drove more slowly — much more slowly — than Van Hentenryck had anticipated. That was great from a safety perspective, but it required the team to adjust the system accordingly. And in the early days of the pilot, drivers had few passengers and would sometimes not be paying attention to alerts about ride requests, so the team added functionality to quickly reallocate another vehicle when a driver was unresponsive. 

“It’s human nature that if you’re sitting idle for 20 minutes, you’re going to zone out,” says Connor Riley, a former Georgia Tech student who worked on the pilot with Van Hentenryck and fellow Ph.D. student Anthony Trasatti and has since graduated. 

“We had to do things to make sure that when a request came in, a driver had the information and was alerted to that request so that performance didn’t suffer,” Riley says.

As the pilot got underway and drivers got to know their regular passengers, another wrinkle developed. Drivers would sometimes drop passengers off at home or at non-designated stops, providing exemplary service while inadvertently mucking up the system.

“The drivers will go a long way to make sure the riders are happy. But at the same time, obviously that completely changed the optimization,” Van Hentenryck says. “At the end of the day, these are systems that are operated by people, and who are serving people in a human environment. And those factors are really difficult to predict.”

In response to feedback from passengers and MARTA, Van Hentenryck’s team added additional shuttle stops to the system and several new features, including a trip history so riders can easily repeat a route by clicking a button, and the ability to enter an address and find the nearest stop. The team also developed functionality for MARTA dispatchers to request rides for passengers who wanted to call rather than using the app. 

“We wanted to make sure that people who either can’t afford a smartphone or maybe prefer not to use technology have access to the system as well,” Thomas says. 

Emerging Patterns

Over time, patterns emerged. Rising before 6 a.m. to monitor MARTA Reach rides real-time on a dashboard, the Georgia Tech team noticed many passengers traveling the same routes daily; Van Hentenryck estimates about 60% to 70% of MARTA Reach trips were commutes to work. Other regulars used the service for shopping, with Walmart and Kroger stores among the most popular destinations.

With MARTA Reach, “People don’t have to wait a long time for a bus and also don’t have to walk from the grocery store, carrying their packages to the bus stop,” says Hongzhao Guan, a member of the Georgia Tech team. “They could take their shopping cart to the parking lot, then take their bags and move right onto a shuttle. It’s very convenient.”

Transit agencies around the country have grappled with a shifting landscape impacted by competition from ride-share services such as Uber and Lyft, lower ridership during the Covid-19 pandemic, and labor shortages. Agencies in several other cities, including Los Angeles and Salt Lake City, have also launched on-demand ride-share services.

Van Hentenryck believes the MARTA Reach model could be replicated in other cities to connect riders with rapid transit bus or train service, in large part because it was achieved by just a handful of students working in cooperation with Microsoft. The application architecture is ready to scale to other metro systems if and when needed, without the need for a huge investment in staff or infrastructure. 

“I think the biggest potential is going to be in mid-size cities, where you can connect people with a backbone of rapid transit using shuttles,” Van Hentenryck says. “I think that’s where the market is.”

For Guan, seeing how people used MARTA Reach, and the service the pilot provided, was gratifying. 

“As Ph.D. students, normally we spend our days in front of a computer, running computational experiments and checking our results,” he says. “But MARTA Reach gave us an opportunity to test our idea in the real world. We received a lot of positive feedback from customers and see that they really rely on this service. I feel really proud that we helped local communities.” 

Ferrell, for her part, hopes MARTA Reach will continue. She became friendly with her drivers, who would sometimes drop her inside her housing complex. She was an informal ambassador for MARTA Reach, putting flyers around the complex and in her office break room to let people know about it. 

“I told a lot of people about it,” she says. “I love the service.”

]]> David Mitchell 1 1663774914 2022-09-21 15:41:54 1664246591 2022-09-27 02:43:11 0 0 news MARTA Reach is a program designed to help minimize waiting and walking, eliminating the inconvenience of users having to walk a mile or more to their nearest MARTA station. After a six-month pilot, researchers and officials are now examining the data.

2022-09-21T00:00:00-04:00 2022-09-21T00:00:00-04:00 2022-09-21 00:00:00 By Deborah Bach

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<![CDATA[ISyE Undergrad Ranked No. 1 for 28th Straight Year]]> 33939 For the 28th consecutive year, the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) has the top undergraduate program of its kind in the country, according to the 2023 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings.

Among schools in Georgia Tech's College of Engineering, all 10 were ranked in the top five for the fifth consecutive year, and ISyE was joined by the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at the top.

Overall, the College is ranked No. 4 in the country, its seventh straight year in that spot, where it is tied with the California Institute of Technology. Among public universities, the College is ranked No. 2.

Individual engineering discipline rankings are based solely on surveys of deans and faculty members at other universities. The U.S. News rankings are one indicator of the quality of an institution and can influence undergraduates, professors, prospective students, peer institutions, and the media.

The rankings were released on Sept. 12, 2022.

]]> David Mitchell 1 1662993018 2022-09-12 14:30:18 1663761119 2022-09-21 11:51:59 0 0 news Among schools in Georgia Tech's College of Engineering, all 10 were ranked in the top five for the fifth consecutive year, and ISyE was joined by the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at the top.

2022-09-12T00:00:00-04:00 2022-09-12T00:00:00-04:00 2022-09-12 00:00:00 David Mitchell

Communications Manager


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<![CDATA[Ph.D. Student Samantha Morton Helps Lead Atlanta Retrofitting Project]]> 33939 School of Industrial and Systems Engineering master’s student Samantha Morton was skeptical as she looked down the length of Atlanta’s English Avenue. The street was filled with older houses, many in need of great care.

None of these are going to work, she thought.

Most of these houses lacked basic features that would make a home hospitable. How could they be expected to retrofit one of these homes to net zero?

“I wasn’t intending to be overly cynical, but I was worried we were taking on a greater challenge than even the competition intended,” said Morton, a member of Georgia Tech’s multi-disciplinary team in the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. “I thought it was, perhaps, one we could not meet.

“The line between renovation and completely gutting a building is gray, and I wasn’t sure how much of the existing house we could confidently save. If we’re trying to show that a renovation is feasible then are we true to ourselves if it’s mostly a new project?”

They settled on a 102-year-old home in dire need of an update. Or perhaps “update” doesn’t adequately encapsulate what the project called for. The house, Morton said, was completely unlivable in its current state. Open to the elements, it was in dire need of repairs and weatherization, amenities like a water heater where a previous one was removed.

Against all initial challenges, however, the team developed a design that won the Renovation division and went on to win the grand prize for the entire residential division at the decathlon. 

Calling upon her background in building science and five years in consulting, as well as some information learned in Professor Valerie Thomas’ Life Cycle Analysis class, Morton and her teammates were able to implement a strategy that has potential for real-world impact. It’s something Morton has been building toward as far back as she can remember.

Morton has always been captivated by the concept of sustainability. Like her own two hands, the desire to learn about, understand, and ultimately make a difference in that domain has always been a part of her.

“It’s kind of cliché to say you’ve always been interested in something,” she said, “but it has been. I was involved in environmental stewardship and sustainability growing up from high school to college. Even before high school.”

She remembered back to a time where she led an environmental club as a high schooler at Riverwood International Charter School, where she was president of Environmental Club. Even long before that, when, at 9 years old, she forced her parents to throw out their microwave because she didn’t like the extra packaging and film associated with single use meals.

She interned at the sustainability office at the University of Georgia, where she spent her undergraduate years studying environmental economics. She consulted for a few about 7 years after earning her bachelor’s degree, spending time at Atlanta-based nonprofit Southface, which focuses on the research, design, and implementation of a regenerative economy.

She found herself daydreaming about the differences that could be made by businesses if only they would adjust their operations to reduce energy consumption.

It was here she discovered industrial engineering.

“I found a definition somewhere that industrial engineering was the study of reducing waste,” Morton said with a smile. “I was like, ‘Oh, I know they don’t mean that the way I think of.’ But waste is waste, so what if I could make those connections and apply them to what I was interested in?”

In ISyE, she’s discovered optimization. Admittedly, it was a new idea to her.

“I hadn’t previously thought of how many more efficient ways there can be to solve these problems of limited resources,” she said.

It was that willingness to look through a different lens at the same types of challenges she’s looked at for years that helped her identify solutions on English Avenue.

To achieve the net zero retrofit – net positive, actually, by the end of the project – the team provided solutions for rainwater harvesting and graywater reuse, a financial model that included land trust subsidies and an additional 60 years’ worth of projected weather data that proved the house would stay net positive even in cases of extreme weather.

“It was important that if we were trying to show that a renovation is feasible, then we needed to be true to ourselves and develop something that can be applied in reality,” Morton said. “At first, I looked into this through a lens of too much reality: ‘This can’t work. We’ll be down to the studs.’ I think one of the most rewarding parts was just taking a deep breath and thinking that we were doing something not necessarily rooted in the reality of contractors today, but in what could help for the future of construction.”

For Morton and many on the team, the future includes continuing this project. Many who compete in competitions like the Solar Decathlon complete their work, earn their prize, and move on to the next challenge. Instead, the team was approached by individuals within the Department of Energy who encouraged them to continue to move the project forward.

The next steps vary: Build the house as a proof of concept, which was beyond the scope of the design challenge. Take that model and expand to the rest of the English Avenue neighborhood. Show how this neighborhood can be replicated in other neighborhoods in the southeast and potentially throughout the country.

“This isn’t just about winning a project,” Morton said. “It has to be about actually changing lives. You may look at a house and say it’s just a building, but it’s more. It’s shelter. It’s comfort. It’s stability.”

]]> David Mitchell 1 1662740068 2022-09-09 16:14:28 1662740068 2022-09-09 16:14:28 0 0 news A team of Georgia Tech students, including ISyE Ph.D. student Samantha Morton, designed a renovation to a 102-year-old house to achieve net zero energy.

2022-09-09T00:00:00-04:00 2022-09-09T00:00:00-04:00 2022-09-09 00:00:00 David Mitchell

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<![CDATA[Engineer and Pastor: It’s All About Connections for New Associate Dean Damon P. Williams]]> 33939 Damon P. Williams is an engineer, a teacher, a man of faith, and a church leader. But really, he says, he’s in the people business.

That’s true as a senior lecturer and director of the Center for Academics, Success, and Equity (CASE) in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE). It’s also true as senior pastor of Providence Missionary Baptist Church in southwest Atlanta.

“They end up being two sides of the same coin. Both jobs require a lot of teaching, sharing, and relationship building,” Williams said. “It’s my job to get to know people, to identify where their point of need is, and to see how I can support help them. I do that in both places.”

Starting Sept. 1, Williams will expand the scope of where and how he helps students, faculty, and staff at Georgia Tech as the College of Engineering’s first associate dean for inclusive excellence and chief diversity officer. The position was created this year to advance diversity and inclusion initiatives and support an inclusive climate of belonging across the College community.

“Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) are pillars of our College. They define what we are and will shape what we become,” said Raheem Beyah, dean of the College of Engineering and Southern Company Chair. “Damon has exemplified these traits and inspired others to follow them throughout his career. As the College’s first chief diversity officer and a member of our leadership team, Damon will lead and energize our students, faculty, and staff to ensure an inclusive climate and lead the DEIB discussion on a national stage.”

Williams earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering at Georgia Tech in 2002 before pursuing a master’s and Ph.D. in industrial and operations engineering at the University of Michigan. He returned to the Stewart School as a part-time lecturer in 2010 and worked at the Center for Teaching and Learning as a postdoctoral fellow. Since 2015, he has been an ISyE lecturer, advisor, and now founding director of CASE.

Along the way, he went to seminary and became senior pastor of Providence Missionary Baptist Church. It’s a full plate, but Williams said that’s just how he likes it.

“I'm an engineer, so I see opportunities to improve everywhere. I see things to work on everywhere. I see need in people everywhere,” Williams said. “It’s hard for me to see need, know that I can help, and do nothing about it.”

Making Connections

The desire to help is why Williams started a program to improve the teaching skills of Ph.D. students in the Stewart School, built a mentoring program for alumni to work directly with ISyE students, and created a tutoring center to help undergraduates in upper-level courses. When he heard frustrations from staff members about a lack of career growth, he launched a program to help the School’s staff think through their trajectories at Georgia Tech and find opportunities for advancement. Within a few years, Williams found he was leading 18 different programs. That’s when he proposed uniting them into a single center — CASE.

“He works so hard to educate staff on best practices and supports us in our career planning,” said Development Associate Donald Phan. “Damon has helped me find my place and grow my career here at Georgia Tech, and for that I am forever grateful.”

Phan has served on the Stewart School’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee with Williams and credited him for inspiring Phan to take over as committee chair for the coming year.

Master’s student Maggie May worked with Williams throughout her undergraduate studies, first when she was struggling with an early ISyE course, then as part of a small team of four students that Williams guided through a semester of learning and studying together and called Team 4.0.

“Damon has this magical gift to be able to connect with others and make them feel like they belong exactly where they are,” said May, who emulated his approach when she was a teaching assistant, a peer tutor, and now as a graduate student. “It has stuck with me, because I am able to look back on my college years and remember the wonderful community that I was blessed to be a part of. I look at where I am now and am able to pinpoint Damon’s investment in me and Team 4.0 as the catalyst for my success.”

Plenty of programs and opportunities exist across Georgia Tech, Williams said, but students and employees often just don’t know about them. His job is making those connections — solving what he called “an information asymmetry problem.”

Williams said he’ll be doing that same kind of connecting in his new role as associate dean, along with leading the College’s DEIB efforts.

“Tech is doing a lot; we're just doing it in a very decentralized fashion,” he said. “It’s creating these connections, creating synergies of things that we are already doing at Tech — I think, very quickly, we're going to see that we're all doing a lot of great work, and we could identify what other people are doing for their staff and for their students, and implement it universally to benefit our entire community.”

A Call to Ministry

Williams’ plan always was to teach at Georgia Tech, and his undergrad mentors told him he’d benefit from experience in another academic environment. That’s how he ended up at Michigan. And it was there, during his Ph.D. studies, that things began to shift — thanks, in part, to a roommate who also was working on his engineering doctorate and actively involved in a church. The roommate decided to become a minister, and Williams went to his church to hear his very first sermon. 

“I felt something in my heart. I really was moved,” Williams said. “I started going to church, and before you know it, I joined the church.”

He soon was dreaming, literally, about leading a congregation and preaching from the pulpit. Which he thought was crazy. Meantime, other church members were telling him he was destined to lead a church. His pastor encouraged him to start thinking about ministry and to finish his engineering studies — and then steered him toward seminary. After four degrees and nine years of college, that wasn’t exactly what Williams wanted to hear. 

“I was like, ‘not interested,’” he said. “But I'm a good minister, and I did what my pastor told me to do. My only requirement — and prayer to God — was that I wanted to go back to Atlanta, because ultimately, I wanted to work at Georgia Tech.”

That’s how he ended up at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, where he earned a master’s in divinity in 2012. A year in, Williams found himself craving math and science to complement the reading and writing at seminary: “I need engineering” he recalled thinking. “This is not how my brain is wired.” And, once again, things lined up perfectly: The chair of ISyE at the time had been one of Williams’ professors at Michigan. He made a call, hoping the School might need extra instructors. By the fall, Williams was teaching his first courses.

A decade later, as he steps into a new role as associate dean, Williams said he remains grounded by faith and his family. He’s also guided by the example of his parents, who pushed him to pursue his strengths in math and science and planted seeds throughout his childhood about serving and helping other people. 

“I've been in every position at Georgia Tech: I've been a student, I've been staff, faculty, alumni. I've had an amazing experience,” Williams said. “But since I've been in every position, I know people who haven’t had an amazing experience. Part of it had to do with inclusivity and belonging — there was not an environment being created where they could excel and thrive. This position as associate dean gives me an opportunity to make a greater impact across the entire College of Engineering.”

]]> David Mitchell 1 1661954400 2022-08-31 14:00:00 1684341477 2023-05-17 16:37:57 0 0 news Starting Sept. 1, Williams will expand the scope of where and how he helps students, faculty, and staff at Georgia Tech as the College of Engineering’s first associate dean for inclusive excellence and chief diversity officer. The position was created this year to advance diversity and inclusion initiatives and support an inclusive climate of belonging across the College community.

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<![CDATA[SCL Welcomes Dematic's Chris Shaver to its Industry Advisory Board]]> 27233 Chris Shaver serves as the Vice President of Global Product Management for Dematic. He joined Dematic in 2020, leading the Global Vertical Strategy team before transitioning to lead the Global Product Management organization in early 2022.

Mr. Shaver brings a wide array of executive supply chain experience to SCL. Prior to joining Dematic in 2020, he built and ran the omni-channel operations organization for Chico’s FAS, a multi-billion dollar women’s apparel retail organization. Prior to his time at Chico’s FAS, Mr. Shaver spent over a decade in the management consulting industry delivering both strategic and operationally-focused supply chain initiatives to Fortune 500 organizations.  Mr. Shaver is a graduate of Georgia Tech and currently resides in Atlanta, GA.

]]> Andy Haleblian 1 1661910036 2022-08-31 01:40:36 1661910304 2022-08-31 01:45:04 0 0 news Chris Shaver serves as the Vice President of Global Product Management for Dematic. He joined Dematic in 2020, leading the Global Vertical Strategy team before transitioning to lead the Global Product Management organization in early 2022.

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<![CDATA[ISyE Welcomes Four New Faculty Members]]> 33939 Four new faculty members have joined the ranks at the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering entering the fall semester. Eunhye Song and Weijun Xie have both earned assistant professor appointments as Coca-Cola Foundation Early Career Professors, Arthur Delarue is also an incoming assistant professor, and Xin Chen a professor.

Learn more about each faculty member and their research below.

Assistant Professor Eunhye Song

Song comes to ISyE from Penn State University, where she was a Harold and Inge Marcus Early Career Assistant Professor. Her research interests include design of simulation experiments, model risk quantification, and simulation optimization.

In 2021, Song earned a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, which will fund her work through 2026. She also served on the INFORMS Simulation Society’s Underrepresented Minorities and Women Committee from 2018-20.

She earned her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences from Northwestern University in 2017.

Assistant Professor Weijun Xie

Xie spent nearly five years at Virginia Tech in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering before joining Georgia Tech this semester. He is returning home to ISyE after obtaining his Ph.D. in Operations Research at Georgia Tech in 2017.

Xie’s research interests lie in theory and applications of stochastic, discrete, and convex optimization. His works have won awards, including the 2022 New Investigator Award from Virginia Space Grant Consortium at NASA, the 2021 NSF Career Award, and the 2020 INFORMS Young Researchers Paper Prize, among other honors.

He currently serves as the vice chair of optimization under uncertainty at the INFORMS Optimization Society and the associate editor of Mathematical Programing and the Journal of Global Optimization.

Assistant Professor Arthur Delarue

Delarue joins ISyE’s faculty after recently completing his Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and serving as a postdoctoral fellow at Lyft Rideshare Labs. His primary goal as a researcher is to leverage data, optimization, and machine learning to solve practical problems that matter to society. More specifically, he is interested in applications of mixed-integer optimization in transportation, machine learning, educational operations, and public policy.

In 2020, Delarue participated in the COVIDAnalytics initiative, which was awarded the 2020 Pierskalla Award. As part of the project, he helped design optimization tools to support MIT’s pandemic planning during the 2020-21 school year.

Professor Xin Chen

Chen is joining ISyE after 18 years at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he has studied data analytics, revenue management and dynamic pricing, operations research, optimization, inventory and supply chain management, and more.

Chen earned his Ph.D. in Operations Research from MIT in 2003 and served as a postdoctoral research there for the following year, after which he joined the faculty at Illinois. He received the INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing section prize in 2009 and is the coauthor of the book The Logic of Logistics: Theory, Algorithms, and Applications for Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

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<![CDATA[Congratulations to ISyE Senior Design Teams for Outstanding Recognition at the Capstone Design Competition]]> 27233 We would like to congratulate two ISyE Senior Design teams for their outstanding performance in the Capstone Design competition organized by the Material Handling Industry (MHI) and College Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE).
Team "Tiffany and Co. Diamonds and Distribution: Improving the Order Fulfillment Process" won 1st place, which also comes with a monetary award of $2,000 split among the students on the team. The team worked on a project to improve Tiffany's domestic and international order fulfillment goals. After the students identified a cause for delays in the value-added services station of warehouses, they created an optimization model and a heuristic to dynamically find the most efficient location for each item. The student team also created an application that the client can utilize themselves to run the models annually.
Students: Shreya Desai | Ozashwee Ghimire | Fares Hasan | Saman Muhammad | Neha Srivatsa | William Reich | Asli Yucebilgin 
Client Sponsor: Stephanie Brumby 
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gunter Sharp


Team "SAIA. SAIA-ZING UP: Evaluation of Terminal Expansion", a senior design technical competition finalist, was recognized with an Honorable Mention. The team worked with the Industrial Engineering team at Saia LTL Freight to aid in their terminal expansion implication process. Saia has set out an aggressive growth goal of opening 10-15 terminals in the next year. The model simulated a quantification of network changes as a result of additions to Saia’s network, including operational, freight flow, and cost. The system model provides Saia with proactive, data-driven insight to the impacts on their network during their terminal expansion.
Team Members: Joey Abi-Sarkis | Abhishek Mattipalli | Maya Menon | Jay Patel | Santhosh Saravanan | Abhinav Sehgal | Pooja Sharma | Yashovarman Singh
Client Contact: Ryan Madura
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Anton Kleywegt
Congratulations to both teams, their clients, and their faculty advisors.

]]> Andy Haleblian 1 1661292026 2022-08-23 22:00:26 1661973953 2022-08-31 19:25:53 0 0 news ISyE students excel in Capstone Design competition organized by the Material Handling Industry (MHI) and College Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE).

2022-08-08T00:00:00-04:00 2022-08-08T00:00:00-04:00 2022-08-08 00:00:00 Dr. Dima Nazzal

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<![CDATA[Georgia Tech Supply Chain and Logistics Institute Expands Its LEAP Program with the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice]]> 27233 The Georgia Tech Supply Chain and Logistics Institute (GT-SCL) residing in and supported by the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE), in coordination with Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE), is expanding its Logistics Education And Pathways (LEAP) program with the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Reentry Program to implement services for eligible participants in Chatham, Bibb, and Muscogee Education Transition Centers (ETC).

The goal of the ETCs is to reduce recidivisms and enable participants with the tools, training, and opportunities to move forward as a productive member of society with sustainable employment and a rewarding career. LEAP is a fast-paced certification program that prepares secondary education students to compete for successful high-growth jobs in the supply chain and logistics field, an outcome that is a natural component to the mission of the ETCs.

“I want to thank Georgia Tech for being a great corporate partner in rehabilitating our justice-involved youth,” said Tyrone Oliver, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. “The LEAP program will help our youth gain valuable skills to aid them towards a brighter future.”

Initially, this partnership began with a pilot program in July of 2019, and culminated when the DJJ’s Chatham ETC hosted their Award Certification Ceremony on the Georgia Tech’s Savannah campus. Expanding this program in 2022 will equip students not only in Chatham County, but now in Bibb and Muscogee Counties with the knowledge, skills, and credentials for careers in the fast-growing Supply Chain and Logistics industry. All the funding for the LEAP program comes from industry partners like the GA Power Foundation, Schneider Foundation and JP Morgan Chase & Co. In addition, DJJ also contributed funding for this successful partnership with the ETCs.

The LEAP program initially covers understanding with the Supply Chain Management Principles course and then the various domains within the supply chain through three other optional courses (i.e., Customer Service, Warehousing Operations, and Transportation Operations). It also explores with students how the supply chain supports organizations’ strategic and financial goals, and current events through subject matter lectures and simulation exercises.

After completing the program, students receive an official GTPE Certificate of Completion for each completed pass/fail LEAP course (Supply Chain Management Principles, Customer Service Operations, Transportation Operations and Warehouse Operations), that are all sanctioned by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Typically, at their end-of-program, there is an Award ceremony where they receive their professional education certificate from Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE). 

“While earning GT Professional Education credentials, attending fieldtrips to Gulfstream, GA Ports Authority, Amazon, or Dynacraft and improving their potential to secure employment in the exploding Savannah Supply Chain Industry, may have served as the initial motivation to attempt the program, the impact was immeasurable. Our students grew in areas that enhanced their self-confidence, work ethic, and intrinsic motivation. As a result, our students view themselves as productive citizens with credentials for quality jobs or careers in their future,” said ArtLisa Alston-Cone, Lead Teacher, DJJ Chatham ETC.

Students have a working knowledge of the fundamentals of Supply Chain and Logistics and will be immediately prepared for internships and job opportunities. Two students completed more than one course, indicating their interest and aptitude in this field. One student who was already working in a distribution operation actually completed four courses, earning a Logistics Fundamentals Program Certificate. After the program in December of 2019 with the DJJ’s Chatham ETC, seven of the eleven graduates received job offers, and another two were scheduled for interviews, making the program a great success. The students in the ETC’s have completed all requirements from the juvenile system. They are in transition to becoming productive members of society. At this point, many students are completing their High School Diploma requirements for graduation or getting their GED. They are typically living with family, a guardian or in a transition home.

“We’ve all had times in our lives when someone has discounted us, intentionally or unintentionally. There will always be that student in the corner who you think couldn’t care less, but given the proper attention and care, they can become a star. It’s easy to predetermine what someone is capable of doing; but when these students take this program, the lightbulb goes off, and they become interested and develop a passion and confidence because of this course,” said Charles Easley Jr., GT-SCL Project Director and Instructor.
The program is delivered in a cohort format so that the students always feel supported not only by the instructors but by their classmates as well. Students receive educational content but also learn how to integrate their training in the real world, so they are prepared to perform in the workplace. Students are taken on field trips with the support of community partners to learn how to apply their knowledge and see first-hand how the supply chain operates. In previous years, students were taken to Georgia Tech’s Atlanta campus to explore The Ferst Center for the Arts, The Supply Chain and Logistics Institute, and The H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) so they could see what options are open to them for their future working careers. During these visits they were able to participate in student information sessions, see the innovative technology in the ISyE Physical Internet Lab and interact with faculty like Benoit Montreuil, Tim Brown, GT-SCL, and role models like Gen. Ron Johnson, Professor of the Practice, and ISyE Student Ambassadors. Students were also taken to Gulfstream in Savannah and The Georgia Fair where they participated in a hands-on project to map out the supply chain process for food.

About the LEAP Program
GTSCL created LEAP in 2015 through a grant from JPMorgan Chase & Co. to further the financial services firm’s “New Skills at Work” initiative that promotes workforce development to bridge the gap between the talent employers need and the qualifications of the local talent pipeline. The curriculum and content were developed by The H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) at Georgia Tech. In August 2018, JPMorgan Chase & Co. continued once again committed to supporting LEAP with an additional grant. The Georgia Tech LEAP program has been delivered throughout Georgia to Schools, Cohorts, and Individual Students in 18 School Districts or Systems, at 46 different schools public and private, in 13 colleges and universities, and across several well-known organizations and employers. This includes schools like Maynard Jackson HS, Grady HS, North Atlanta HS, Effingham College Career and Career Academy, Fulton Schools College and Career Academy, Newton College and Career Academy, Social Circle HS, Griffin Region College & Career Academy, New Manchester HS; non-profit organizations like Goodwill, United Way(Career Rise), Scouts BSA(Crew 2421), The Latin American Association; and businesses like Sysco, and Mohawk Industries. The program has been continuously supported by generous donations from schools, civic organizations including Effingham College and Career Academy, Fulton Schools College and Career Academy, foundations including Home Depot Foundation, Fulton Education Foundation, Schneider Foundation, Georgia Power Foundation, Regions Foundation, and employers including companies like HMTX Industries, Inc.

]]> Andy Haleblian 1 1659704706 2022-08-05 13:05:06 1659729627 2022-08-05 20:00:27 0 0 news The Georgia Tech Supply Chain and Logistics Institute (GT-SCL) residing in and supported by the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE), in coordination with Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE), is expanding its Logistics Education And Pathways (LEAP) program with the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Reentry Program to implement services for eligible participants in Chatham, Bibb, and Muscogee Education Transition Centers (ETC).

2022-08-05T00:00:00-04:00 2022-08-05T00:00:00-04:00 2022-08-05 00:00:00 Kerry Jarvis

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<![CDATA[Georgia Tech Team Wins Solar Decathlon]]> 33939 The Georgia Tech student team, "English Avenue Yellow Jackets", is the 2022 Design Challenge Residential Division Grand Winner for the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon. They also took home first place in the contest's new Retrofit Housing division. Their winning entry retrofitted a 102-year-old house in Atlanta's English Avenue neighborhood.

"The target was to retrofit an existing house to net zero," Aayushi Mody, the team lead said. "And, well, we exceeded the target by making it net positive. The house basically generates more energy than it utilizes." But, Mody explained, that's just the beginning.

In addition to a net positive retrofit, the English Avenue Yellow Jackets provided solutions for rainwater harvesting and graywater reuse, a financial model that included land trust subsidies, and an additional 60 years' worth of projected weather data that proved the house would stay net positive even in cases of extreme weather.

The multidisciplinary team included students from the Schools of Architecture, Building Construction, and the H. Milton School of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Their combined expertise brought financial modeling, building science, real estate development, market analysis, use of building materials that have lower embodied carbon, and architectural design to their submission; which Mody said was Georgia Tech's greatest advantage in the competition. The result of their collaboration, Mody said, is a replicable model for any community in the United States.

"The project we developed is divided into two parts. There's a financial part and a building science part. For both parts we developed a framework that can be replicated based on various weather conditions in different locations," she said.

"We designed a framework of strategies -- or the envelope of the house, the layout of the rooms -- that keeps user comfort as the focus. You can modify the data for different climate regions, but the overall framework is something that can be replicated in any area of the country."

High Performance Building at Tech

More than a chance to show off interesting gadgets and data modeling ability, Mody said her team wanted to help a community that neighbors the Georgia Tech campus. She's a member of the High Performance Building Lab in the School of Architecture, directed by assistant professor Tarek Rakha

"We are focused on serving underserved communities," she said. "Climate change is going to effect underserved communities the most, and we are trying to make their lives easier by providing them a better place to live."

Rakha mentored the team, with support from School of Architecture's Flourishing Communities Collaborative Lab director Julie Kim, School of Building Construction lecturer Frank Wickstead, and School of Building Construction's Real Estate Development program director Rick Porter. The Westside Future Fund was the team's design partner, and Perkins&Will was their industry partner.

Rakha and Kim were able to introduce the team to the English Avenue community, thanks to their ongoing and award-winning work there. A growing signature of Georgia Tech architecture is its connection to community, which results in technology-rich designs based on the realities, dignity, and pressing needs of people in all kinds of communities.

"It was an unparalleled thrill to mentor this group," Rakha said. "I have never worked with 12 people that have all contributed effectively and impactfully as this team. I mentored them some times, and learned from them many times."

Rakha, who was with the team at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, when they received the award on April 23, shared a quote from the jury:

"The first place winner completed embodied carbon analysis to minimize carbon impact, exceeds expectations by going above and beyond in their market analysis, and developed a report so engaging that one of the jurors wanted to curl up with it under a blanket."

Collaboration Solved Everything

"Working together with this team has been the most enriching experience I have had at Georgia Tech thus far," said Samantha Morton, the industrial engineering student on the team. "We functioned differently than a typical school project, and I attribute that to the collaboration across a variety of disciplines. From the start, I could tell each member brought great skills, great knowledge, and most importantly great energy to the table!"

The English Avenue Yellow Jackets needed that variety of expertise to take on a project like retrofitting an 102-year-old house, Mody said. It was everyone on the team's first experience with a retrofit, she said, but they were able to lean on each other to learn the necessary skills.

"Pete [Choquette] actually graduated from Tech as an architect and was in practice for, I think, 18 years. He's a registered architect but now he's back for a Master in Real Estate Development. So we could learn a lot from him about how real estate works and the ways in which financial subsidies can help in a project like this. And Samantha [Morton] is getting a Masters in Industrial Engineering but she has a building science background. She's had a lot of experience in the industry."

Mody said the team's experience shaped their vision for the Solar Decathlon project, and helped them understand how things worked -- on their laptops as well as in the real world.

Choquette said his primary role in the group was to work with Ranjitha Jayasimharao and the team's professional advisor Lee Harrop of Westside Future Fund to develop a workable economic model for the project. It had to allowed for an affordable home, reduced utility burden, and give homeowners tools to generate wealth. 

"Going in, I knew our team was highly experienced and technically skilled. But the reason we won, in my opinion, is because the group began to learn how to collaborate effectively across disciplinary silos, be that finance, architecture, or building science," Choquette said. 

"Figuring out a viable, replicable model for renovating vacant, run-down housing stock into net-positive energy homes that are affordable to families at 60% of AMI is a feat that many would have said is impossible at the outset of this effort."

]]> David Mitchell 1 1654201820 2022-06-02 20:30:20 1654201820 2022-06-02 20:30:20 0 0 news The Georgia Tech student team, "English Avenue Yellow Jackets", which includes ISyE's Samantha Morton, is the 2022 Design Challenge Residential Division Grand Winner for the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon.

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<![CDATA[Pinar Keskinocak Recognized for Outstanding Service at Georgia Tech]]> 33939 School of Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor Pinar Keskinocak was recognized at Georgia Tech’s annual 2022 Faculty and Staff Honors Luncheon with the Class of 1934 Outstanding Service Award. The award recognizes her long service both to the Institute and to her field.

Keskinocak has long served as a leader with the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). A fellow with the institute, she has served as president, vice president of membership and professional recognition, and is the co-founder and former president of the INFORMS Section on Public Programs, Service, and Needs, and the president of the INFORMS Health Applications Society.

At Georgia Tech she has also served as the College of Engineering Advance Professor for six years and was a leading voice over the past three years of the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition to working with the Georgia Department of Public Health, she served on the Institute’s Covid task force helping to establish an institutional approach to the pandemic.

“It’s an honor, first of all, to have had the opportunity to serve,” she said. “Our communities at Georgia Tech and beyond are wonderful, so to be recognized among all of these outstanding contributors is a great honor.”

Keskinocak’s research focuses on the application of operations research and management science with society impact, particularly regarding health and humanitarian applications, supply chain management, and logistics. She is the director of ISyE’s Center for Health and Humanitarian Systems. Recent work has focused on infectious disease modeling in response to Covid-19.

Read more about Keskinocak’s latest research here: New Study Shows Hybrid Learning Led to Significant Reduction in Covid-19 Spread

]]> David Mitchell 1 1654123655 2022-06-01 22:47:35 1654517460 2022-06-06 12:11:00 0 0 news Among many efforts, Keskinocak served on the Institute’s Covid task force, helping to establish an institutional approach to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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<![CDATA[Physical Internet Center Student and Faculty Researchers Receive Best Paper Awards at 2022 IISE Annual Conference and Expo]]> 27233 Physical Internet Center doctoral researchers Jingze Li and Yulia Xu were recognized at the 2022 Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) Annual Conference and Expo for placing 1st and 2nd in the Logistics and Supply Chain (LSC) Division Best Student Paper competition. "Both papers resulted from great team project work with industry leaders, addressing key logistic and transportation challenges and helping to shape the Physical Internet. They are quite timely as they provide solutions helping to alleviate the worldwide trucker and logistic worker shortages" remarked Professor Benoit Montreuil.

Jingze is first author of the paper "Trucker-sensitive Hyperconnected Relay-based Transportation: An Operating System", coauthored by doctoral student Miguel Campos and Professor Benoit Montreuil. Li commented, "In line with the concept of Physical Internet, we want to provide efficient and sustainable solutions from a new transportation paradigm to alleviate worldwide truck driver shortage and detention issues. I would like to give credit to my team, including PhD colleagues Katja Meuche, Yujia Xu, Onkar Kulkarni, faculty members Mathieu Dahan, Leon McGinnis, Yao Xie as well as our automotive manufacturer collaborators Brandon Walker, Ryan Purman, and Mark Owen." 

Yujia is first author of the paper "Dynamic Workforce Management in Hyperconnected Parcel Logistic Hubs", with Montreuil as coauthor. "It's my great honor that our work was selected as the second-place winner and I am grateful to my co-author Yiguo Liu and my advisor Benoit Montreuil for their great support and help."

Also of note, Reem Khir, NSF AI Institute for Advances in Optimization (AI4OPT) postdoctoral fellow, received the 2022 IISE Best Paper Award for her work "Dynamic Workload Balancing with Limited Adaptability for Facility Logistics" with Alan Erera and Alejandro Toriello in the Facilities Design and Planning Track, Supply Chain and Logistics Division.

]]> Andy Haleblian 1 1656131541 2022-06-25 04:32:21 1656133135 2022-06-25 04:58:55 0 0 news Jingze Li and Yulia Xu place 1st and 2nd in the Logistics and Supply Chain (LSC) Division Best Student Paper competition. Reem Khir receives 2022 IISE Best Paper Award, FDP Facilities Design and Planning Track with Professors Alan Erera and Alejandro Toriello .

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<![CDATA[George Nemhauser's Farewell and Fellowship Announcement]]> 36284 The School of Industrial and Systems Engineering celebrated the retirement of one of its long-tenured faculty, George Nemhauser, on April 30, recognizing an academic legacy that will continue impacting students into the future. 

To carry on his legacy, former Ph.D. students helped to establish a fellowship in his name, fundraising for an endowment fund that has surpassed $170,000 to date. That money will fund fellowships that will be awarded to students on an annual basis for years to come. It’s an appropriate way to honor Nemhauser, who said it’s the students who have been his greatest accomplishment. 

“All of my Ph.D. students, there’s no doubt about that,” he said. “The whole career, having all these great students and seeing that they’ve appreciated me as well – that’s what it’s all about.” 

With more than 60 years of experience in research and higher education, Nemhauser has served various roles and committed his career to the betterment of his students, staff, and community. Throughout his career, he supervised almost 90 Ph.D. students and continued to explore his research in solving large-scale mixed-integer programming problems.  

Nemhauser’s career is connected with some of the best top-performing institutions and partnerships in the industry, including John Hopkins University, Cornell University, Oregon State University, University of Leeds (U.K.), University of Louvain (Belgium), University of Melbourne, (Australia), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the National Research Council (NRC). Along with his long-term academic investment, Nemhauser has over 200 publications on topics such as optimization, programming, algorithms, transportation, structural properties, and operations research.  

After nearly 40 years of dedicated service to Georgia Tech, Nemhauser decided it was time for him to retire and was honored for his achievements by the school. Many of his students and colleagues highlighted their most memorable moments with Nemhauser and expressed their gratitude for his continued contribution to ISyE and beyond.  

As for Nemhauser, aside from staying in touch with his students, he said he plans on taking his retirement day by day.  

For more information or interest in contributing to the fellowship fund, please contact Senior Director of Development Nancy Sandlin at nancy.sandlin@isye.gatech.edu. 

]]> chenriquez8 1 1652363859 2022-05-12 13:57:39 1652725497 2022-05-16 18:24:57 0 0 news The School of Industrial and Systems Engineering celebrated the retirement of one of its long-tenured faculty, George Nemhauser, on April 30. 

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<![CDATA[Dima Nazzal Wins 1st Place for IISE Innovation in Education Competition]]> 36284 Dima Nazzal, a senior academic professional in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE), has been awarded first place in the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) Innovation in Education Competition. Nazzal will be presented with the award on May 23, at the annual conference and expo in Seattle, Wash.

In addition to participating in the honors and awards banquet, Nazzal’s award will be published in the ISE magazine, as well as be featured on the IISE website.

The award is for developing an early design course, titled Cornerstone Design, which focuses on “framing the problem” without solving it. 

“The course lays out the foundation for design thinking using a project‐based learning approach, interactive sessions with instructors, and a goldmine of past capstone senior design projects that ISyE has kept for years organized in a database,” Nazzal explained. “That includes all the relevant data files, original team notes, deliverables, and code.”

Design aims to address the engineering design skill gaps by offering a learning environment that utilizes multiple past capstone senior design projects complemented with lessons on key engineering design and industrial engineering principles, Nazzal said of the study.

“Through multiple diverse projects, students develop the skill to structure the way they approach complex undefined problems that are fraught with data gaps, uncertainty and ambiguity in objectives, and conflicting priorities,” she said. “Students learn how to communicate the motivation effectively and succinctly for solving a problem and the scientific evidence supporting their design solution hypothesis.”

Nazzal has additional research that focuses on the control of discrete event logistics systems such as distribution systems, healthcare delivery systems, and manufacturing systems.

]]> chenriquez8 1 1651932890 2022-05-07 14:14:50 1652725459 2022-05-16 18:24:19 0 0 news Nazzal will be presented with the award on May 23, at the annual conference and expo in Seattle, Wash.

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<![CDATA[Top ISyE Team Rings in Capstone Design Expo with Fulfillment Solution for Tiffany and Co.]]> 33939 More than 200 teams representing 12 schools and four colleges took over Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion on Tuesday for the bi-annual Capstone Design Expo, marking the largest in-person edition of the event since Fall 2019. The H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial Systems and Engineering (ISyE) was represented by 28, with projects ranging from order fulfillment for Penguin Random House publishing to line efficiency at concessions stands in the Atlanta Braves Truist Park.

The top team for ISyE, however, was a group of seven seniors working with Tiffany and Co., one of America’s largest luxury jewelry retailers under holding company Louis Vuitton, on a project intended to improve fulfillment goals for both domestic and international orders. Upon examination, the team, cheekily named “Put a Ring on It” after the hit Beyoncé song, identified a cause for delays in the value-added services station of their warehouse where orders go through necessary alterations such as laser engraving and price-tagging.

For the project, the team proposed a proposed two solutions: re-slotting items in the warehouse and wave planning.

“We created an optimization model with 1.6 million decision variables and 1.7 million constraints, and a heuristic model to allow the client to dynamically find the most optimal location for each item,” said Shreya Desai, a senior Industrial Engineering student on the team. “After re-slotting items based on their frequencies of getting picked, we created an application for the client to run these models themselves once a year.

“Alongside re-slotting in the picking zones of the warehouse, we recommended additional criteria for the waves of items moving through the warehouse at a time such as grouping by shipping carriers and adding a capacity on the number of items that need to go through value-added services.”

Each of these conditions were consolidated into a simulation that mimicked the current warehouse setup, and the team found that models would reduce the cycle time by 21 percent, with an average reduction in the queue at value-added services at 1.5 hours.

“This senior design project truly allowed us to amalgamate what we have learned for the past four years as industrial engineers at Georgia Tech,” Desai said. “Even with the ups and downs of the project, having a great team and supportive advisor allowed us to push through and provide our client with results that we are very proud of.”

Gunter Sharp, an ISyE professor emeritus, was the advisor for the team’s project. The project was titled Diamonds & Distribution: Improving the Order Fulfillment Process.

In addition to Desai, the full team included Asli YucebilginFares HasanNeha SrivatsaOzashwee GhimireSaman Muhammad, and William Reich. For their school win, the team was awarded $1000.

The overall winner for the expo was Tired Techies, a team comprised of computer, electrical, and mechanical engineers who created a sleep-monitoring mask and smart alarm that reduces drowsiness by waking the sleeper during the correct stage of the sleep cycle. That team was one of three that focused on getting a good night’s rest, perhaps a sign of the high-achieve college students’ daily struggle.

To learn more about the expo – including how to attend, judge, or suggest a project for future editions – head over to expo.gatech.edu.

]]> David Mitchell 1 1651093491 2022-04-27 21:04:51 1654265879 2022-06-03 14:17:59 0 0 news More than 200 teams representing 12 schools and four colleges took over Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion on Tuesday for the bi-annual Capstone Design Expo, marking the largest in-person edition of the event since Fall 2019. The H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial Systems and Engineering (ISyE) was represented by 28, with projects ranging from order fulfillment for Penguin Random House publishing to line efficiency at concessions stands in the Atlanta Braves Truist Park.

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<![CDATA[New Study Shows Hybrid Learning Led to Significant Reduction in Covid-19 Spread]]> 33939 As communities continue a shift toward normalcy in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, researchers in Georgia Tech’s H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering have helped quantify the effectiveness of one of the most commonly-debated mitigation measures taken across the country.

A new study published in BMC Public Health shows that hybrid learning utilizing alternating school days for children offers a significant reduction in community disease spread. Total closure in favor of remote learning, however, offers little additional advantage over that hybrid option.

This research will help decision-makers in the event of another Covid-19 outbreak or one from a similar infectious disease.

“Early in the pandemic when school closures were becoming the norm, many debated the pros and cons of this measure,” said Pinar Keskinocak, the William W. George Chair and Professor in ISyE and the principal investigator on the study. “Do we get enough benefit to offset the social costs and impacts on education? This research shows that there is a benefit in infection reduction, especially in the absence of effective pharmaceutical interventions, and most of the benefits can be attained with a hybrid approach.”

This study is particularly relevant for the early days of an infectious disease outbreak when policymakers face the difficult decision of enacting school closures in their respective districts. Using an agent-based simulation model of Covid-19 spread, researchers projected the impact of various school reopening strategies: complete closure, alternating school days where one cohort attended in person twice a week and another cohort on the opposite days, younger children only, and regular (i.e. all students return to in-person learning).

Results showed that compared to schools reopening with regular attendance, the percentage of the population infected reduced by 13, 11, 9, and 6 percent with each respective strategy. The conclusions were that some level of closure – younger children only, alternating days, and completely remote – offers significant reduction in community-wide infections. The benefit of complete closure over a hybrid approach, however, was minimal.

The assumption in all cases was that individuals who contracted the virus would remain at home.

“The additional benefit of complete school closure compared to hybrid was relatively small,” Keskinocak said. “The implementation of an alternating day model can be challenging but could have public health benefits early in the pandemic or during a new wave, providing social and learning benefits as well.”

Other challenges remain that were not investigated in this particular research – costs on families in the event of school closures, learning tradeoffs, properly equipping students for virtual learning, and others. This is just one element of many for policymakers to consider, Keskinocak said.

CITATION: Arden Baxter, Buse Eylul Oruc, John Asplund, Pinar Keskinocak, Nicoleta Serban. Evaluating Scenarios for School Reopening under Covid-19BMC Public Health. March 14, 2022.  https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-022-12910-w

]]> David Mitchell 1 1651081052 2022-04-27 17:37:32 1652727873 2022-05-16 19:04:33 0 0 news A new study published in BMC Public Health shows that hybrid learning utilizing alternating school days for children offers a significant reduction in community disease spread. Total closure in favor of remote learning, however, offers little additional advantage over that hybrid option.

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<![CDATA[ISyE Sends 2 Grad Students to ORISE Program at CDC for 2nd Straight Year]]> 33939 Two graduate students in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering have earned fellowships with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) at Research Participate Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They join two other ISyE Ph.D. students selected to the program in 2021.

Current Ph.D. students Arden Baxter and Daniel Kim join Akane Fujimoto and Melike Yildirim as admits to the ORISE Research Participation Program at the CDC, an educational and training program designed to provide college students, recent graduates, and university faculty opportunities to connect with the center’s unique resources.

“These are all such fantastic students,” said William W. George Chair and Professor Pinar Keskinocak, advisor to all four students. “It’s a competitive program and for all four to be recognized in consecutive years, it says a lot about their work.”

Baxter, who will graduate in the summer, plans to join the ORISE program immediately and work with the CDC for the next year. Her work has included Covid-19 disease modeling and evaluating intervention strategies, as well as modeling for decision-making in humanitarian systems such as emergency response for resource coordination.

Kim will take a year off for the fellowship before returning to finish his thesis. He, too, has recent work on Covid-19. Other work includes incentive mechanisms to increase post-disaster debris recycling and analysis of data on mental health medication prescribed to children.

Fujimoto will complete the ORISE program this summer and return to ISyE to finish her Ph.D., with research focusing on various topics in health systems, including pre-natal screening for Down syndrome and Covid-19 modeling and dashboards..

Yildirim finished her degree in Jan. 2021, took a postdoctoral position at Harvard, and then joined the ORISE program in Dec. 2021.

]]> David Mitchell 1 1650664888 2022-04-22 22:01:28 1652228965 2022-05-11 00:29:25 0 0 news Current Ph.D. students Arden Baxter and Daniel Kim join Akane Fujimoto and Melike Yildirim as admits to the ORISE Research Participation Program at the CDC, an educational and training program designed to provide college students, recent graduates, and university faculty opportunities to connect with the center’s unique resources.

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<![CDATA[Ph.D. Student Meghan Meredith Earns NSF Graduate Research Fellowship]]> 33939 Meghan Meredith, a Ph.D. student in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, received one of this year’s fellowships from the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program. The honor is designated for her project titled Mathematical Models to Provide Personalized and Equitable Maternal and Neonatal Care.

The award provides three years of financial support, including $34,000 per 12-month fellowship year. In addition, it covers all of tuition and student fees.

“It’s a great honor,” Meredith said. “To have NSF fund a proposal that was fueled by racial disparities and soft interventions, it really validates the work. This just allows me to focus even more on my research.”

Meredith works with ISyE Assistant Professor Lauren Steimle. Together last summer, they began a project investigating maternal health to evaluate gaps in care for which they could propose solutions. This particular project looked at decision analytics that go into deliveries. These include deciding between vaginal or cesarean delivery, inducing labor, how long someone should experience the trial of labor before an intervention is introduced, and, ultimately, how to incorporate patient preference into these decisions.

“A lot of women have strong feelings, as they should, about what they prefer their delivery experience to look like,” Meredith said. “A lot of these decisions are made by doctors based on their own experiences, and we haven’t really had a lot of decision analytics that look at data and understanding the outcomes.”

This gap in care is especially evident in the context of different outcomes based on racial disparities. Black and Hispanic women often have a shorter trial of labor before interventions are introduced meaning higher rates of C-section for low-risk births.

“We want to first understand why that’s happening,” Meredith said. “What are the factors and are the factors actually relevant? Or, has this become something that is a bias in the data or the caregivers?”

Ultimately, the goal of the project is to develop theory for multiple objectives within operations research. Can you quantify, somehow, a patient’s preference within available deliver data for different experiences?

“For example,” Meredith said, “if we’re deciding between vaginal and cesarean, can we factor in a woman’s preference of whether they would mind being in the hospital longer or whether they would would have a problem with not seeing their baby for the first three days because surgery has rendered them incapable.”

]]> David Mitchell 1 1650437464 2022-04-20 06:51:04 1650437464 2022-04-20 06:51:04 0 0 news The honor is designated for her project titled Mathematical Models to Provide Personalized and Equitable Maternal and Neonatal Care. It provides three years of financial support, including $34,000 per 12-month fellowship year. In addition, it covers all of tuition and student fees.

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<![CDATA[ISyE Grad and Undergrad Students Honored at Student Awards Ceremony]]> 33939 Graduate and undergraduate students were honored last Thursday during the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering annual student awards. From research and academics to teaching assistance and mental health, the awards recognized the full scope of student leadership within the school for the 2021-22 academic year.

The awards are sponsored by both alumni and corporate partners, among others. To learn how to get involved, contact ISyE’s Senior Director of Development Nancy Sandlin at nancy.sandlin@isye.gatech.edu.

Explore all award winners below.

Graduate Awards for Excellence in Research

The Shabbir Ahmed Research Excellence Award

Jiaming Liang (Optimization)

Sebastian Perez-Salazar (Optimization)

The Atlanta Air Cargo Association Research Excellence Award

Jana Boerger (Supply Chain Engineering)

The Robert Goodell Brown Research Excellence Award

Liyan Xie (Data Science and Statistics)

The Anderson-Interface Research Excellence Award

Amin Gholami (Energy and Sustainable Systems)

The Thos and Clair Muller Research Excellence Award

Zhaowei She (Health Analytics and Health Systems)

The Angela P. and Reed J. Baker Research Excellence award

Jialei Chen (Advanced Manufacturing and SIAC)

The Margaret and Stephen Kendrick Research Excellence Award

Keyu Zhu (Analytics and Machine Learning)

The Ed Iacobucci Research Excellence Awarc

Daniela Hurtado-Lange (Applied Probability and Simulation)

Additional Graduate Awards

ISyE Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor of the Year Award

Shangcong Mou

Tyler Perini

ISyE Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year Award

Xinyu Liu

ISyE Outstanding Master’s Teaching Assistant of the Year Award

Lucienne Loo

The Phillip J. and Delores A. Scott Graduate Student Health and Wellness Award

Nidhima Grover

Miguel Campos Murcia

Katja Meuche

Vinaya Krishna

Ritesh Ojha

Yassin Watson

Undergraduate Awards

ISyE Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Assistant of the Year Award

Pratyush Agrawal

Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Excellence in Leadership Award

Dany Shwayri

The Evelyn Pennington Outstanding Service Awards

Duncan Siebert

Hung Doan

The Evelyn Pennington Student Health and Wellness Award

Noah Mitchem

Christina Collins

Elizabeth Schupp

Quentin Mot

ISyE Alpha Pi Mu Academic Excellence Award

Oscar Aguilar

Xufei Liu

COE Honors Day Award

Zhiyi Li

COE Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award

Madeleine Pollack

Adam Profili

Kurt Salmon Associate Scholarship in Industrial and Systems Engineering

Maxim Geller

Michael Cho

Hope Williams

Fuad Hossain

KS2 Technologies, Inc. Entrepreneurship Award

Christophoros Kontomaris

Min Sol Lee

Nicolas & Aurora Suarez Condezo International Award

Dewang Agarwal

]]> David Mitchell 1 1650404429 2022-04-19 21:40:29 1650889369 2022-04-25 12:22:49 0 0 news From research and academics to teaching assistance and mental health, the awards recognized the full scope of student leadership within the school for the 2021-22 academic year.

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<![CDATA[Nagi Gabraeel to Receive IISE Fellow Award at Annual Conference in May]]> 33939 Nagi Gabraeel, the Georgia Power Professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, has been selected to receive the IISE Fellow Award, which will be presented at the organization’s annual conference My 21-24 in Seattle, Wash.

The award recognizes a senior member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) community with impactful contributions in innovation and service to industrial engineering. No more than 20 fellows can be named each year. IISE is the world’s largest professional society dedicated to the support of industrial and systems engineers.

Gabraeel’s research interests lie at the intersection of predictive analytics and machine learning, repair and operations, and service logistics. His key focus is developing fundamental statistical learning algorithms specifically tailored for real-time equipment diagnostics and prognostics, and optimization models for subsequent operational and logistical decision-making in Internet of Things ecosystems. From the standpoint of application domains, his general interests lie in manufacturing, power generation, and service-type industries.

Gabraeel leads the Predictive Analytics and Intelligent Systems research group in Georgia Tech’s Supply Chain and Logistics Institute.

]]> David Mitchell 1 1649973485 2022-04-14 21:58:05 1650042256 2022-04-15 17:04:16 0 0 news The award recognizes a senior member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) community with impactful contributions in innovation and service to industrial engineering.

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<![CDATA[ISyE Professor Shi Earns ENBIS George Box Medal]]> 33939 George Box has been described as the greatest statistical mind of the 20th century. Now, Professor Jianjun Shi forever has his name attached to the celebrated scholar.

Shi, the Carolyn J. Stewart Chair and professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE), was awarded the George Box Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Industrial Statistics by the European Network for Business and Industrial Statistics (ENBIS). He is the second ISyE faculty member in the past five years to earn the honor, joining Professor Jeff Wu, who received it in 2017.

“I am extremely honored to receive this recognition named after a pioneer and leading scholar in quality science and industrial statistics,” Shi said. “This achievement could not have been reached without the tireless efforts of my students and collaborators, and persistent support from industrial sponsors.”

Each year, the medal recognizes an extraordinary statistician whose work has contributed to the development and application of statistical methods in European business and industry. Shi’s efforts in developing the “in-process quality improvement” methodologies has had broad impact in manufacturing quality and engineering statistics. His breakthroughs have gained widespread attention in the manufacturing and automotive communities, being implemented in over 40 steel mills worldwide and numerous major auto companies.

“The impacts of his work on industrial practice and financial savings are enormous,” Wu wrote in a recommendation letter for the award.

Shi is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering, the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, and the Institute of Operations Research and the Management Science, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He has published over 180 papers on projects funded by the National Science Foundation, NIST Advanced Technology Program, Department of Energy, General Motors, Ford, Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, and more.

As an educator, he has advised 38 Ph.D. graduates, seven of home have received NSF CAREER Awards and one the NSF PECASE Award.

]]> David Mitchell 1 1649821817 2022-04-13 03:50:17 1650889726 2022-04-25 12:28:46 0 0 news Each year, the medal recognizes an extraordinary statistician whose work has contributed to the development and application of statistical methods in European business and industry.

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<![CDATA[ISyE Grad Program Ranked No. 1 for 32nd Consecutive Year]]> 33939 Georgia Tech’s H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering was named the top graduate program of its kind in the latest U.S. News & World Report annual rankings released on March 29.

It is the 32nd consecutive year ISyE has topped the rankings in the industrial, manufacturing, and systems category.

“It’s an honor to be recognized as a leader amongst such prestigious schools throughout the country,” said Edwin Romeijn, the H. Milton and Carolyn J. Stewart School Chair. “Our faculty, staff, and students are diligent in their efforts to maintain and grow ISyE’s reputation as a leader in education and research at the graduate level.”

ISyE’s undergraduate program has topped its rankings for 27 consecutive years, as well.

Overall, Georgia Tech’s came in at No. 7 overall in engineering, No. 4 among public universities. All 11 of the College of Engineering’s schools were ranked in the top 10 in their respective programs.

Complete rankings for Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering can be found here.

]]> David Mitchell 1 1648578847 2022-03-29 18:34:07 1648819108 2022-04-01 13:18:28 0 0 news ISyE was named the top graduate program of its kind in the latest U.S. News & World Report annual rankings released on March 29. It is the 32nd consecutive year ISyE has topped the rankings in the industrial, manufacturing, and systems category.

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<![CDATA[ISyE Lecturer to Receive Teaching Honor from Georgia Tech Women in Engineering]]> 33939 Damon Williams, a senior lecturer in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE), has been selected to receive the 2022 Georgia Tech Women in Engineering (WIE) Teaching Excellence Award, which will be presented at the organization’s annual banquet on April 14.

The award is selected by polling current female undergraduate students in the College of Engineering about who they consider to be their best engineering professor thus far in their academic careers. Williams, also the Director of the Center for Academics, Success, and Equity, is one of two receiving the award along with Aerospace Engineering Lecturer Kelly Griendling.

“I am humbled and honored that the effort my teaching assistants and I put into creating an engaging environment for learning are being received positively by students,” said Williams, who also graduated from ISyE in 2002. “We believe in active learning, and it appears that belief is allowing all students to learn in my course, which is a great thing.”

Williams’ teaching interests lie in engaging a diverse set of learners in larger classes, and his research interests involve the development of analytical models to solve large-scale operational problems.

One of Williams’ largest contributions to the school remains the Center for Academics, Success, and Equity (CASE). Launched in 2021, the center aims to encourage academic growth, professional development, and inclusivity for all ISyE students. The goal has been to leverage the extensive resources of ISyE, the largest and No. 1-ranked program of its kind in the United States, to provide students with industry collaborations, networking and career opportunities, and access to cutting-edge research.

“We created the Center to foster connection and interaction,” Williams said in Fall 2021 when the center was launched. “There are so many points at which our various groups need to interact with each other, so we really wanted to build community – with this great push that Georgia Tech has for diversity, equity, and inclusion – while supporting students academically and professionally, and bring all our programs together into one place.”

The Georgia Tech WIE program, a part of the office of College of Engineering Dean Raheem Beyah, helps to recruit and retain more women engineering students at Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech is one of top universities in the country, having graduated more women engineers than any other institution in the United States since 2009.

]]> David Mitchell 1 1647918015 2022-03-22 03:00:15 1684341466 2023-05-17 16:37:46 0 0 news Damon Williams, a senior lecturer in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE), has been selected to receive the 2022 Georgia Tech Women in Engineering (WIE) Teaching Excellence Award, which will be presented at the organization’s annual banquet on April 14.

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<![CDATA[Undergrad Madeleine Pollack Earns 2022 Adobe Women in Technology Scholarship]]> 33939 Madeleine Pollack, an undergraduate student in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE), won a 2022 Adobe Women in Technology scholarship.

The award, which contributes a $10,000 award for education-related expenses, recognizes outstanding female students in artificial intelligence/machine learning, data science, and computer science or web/mobile development.

Pollack, a third-year ISyE major concentrating in advanced operations research and statistics, adds this scholarship to a list of accomplishments that already includes the 2022 President’s Undergraduate Research Award (PURA) Fellowship, the 2021 Brooke Owens Fellowship, and the 2021 ISyE Rising Star award, among others. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in operations research after earning her bachelor’s degree.

“I chose to study operations research because I love the idea that we can take phenomena in the world around us and use mathematics to come to a better understanding of the driving forces of those phenomena,” she said. “In some sense, I think it is a really neat blend of the art of decision-making with the science of modeling the world around us mathematically.”

In addition to her studies, Pollack is also the vice president of Georgia Tech’s chapter of Alphi Pi Mu, the national industrial engineering honor’s society.

After completing a pair of internships during her time at Georgia Tech at Space Capital and Hermeus, she entered the undergraduate research space working alongside Assistant Professor Lauren Steimle. There, she has looked at how modeling decisions for chronic diseases can alter the treatment recommendations a physician might give on behalf of a patient.

Read more about about Pollack's undergraduate journey as well as the Brooke Owens Fellowship here - Madeleine Pollack Selected for 2021 Brooke Owens Fellowship

Are you interested in operations research? Learn more about ISyE’s undergraduate degrees here.

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<![CDATA[Jing Li and Turgay Ayer Named Virginia C. and Joseph C. Mello Chairs in ISyE]]> 33939 Georgia Tech’s H. Milton School of Industrial Systems and Engineering announced two new appointments to the Virginia C. and Joseph C. Mello Chair. Professor Jing Li and Associate Professor Turgay Ayer both earned the designation earlier this year, which recognizes faculty leaders in the field of health care delivery operations.

Li, also core faculty in the Center for Machine Learning at Georgia Tech, currently focuses on the developments of machine learning algorithms for precision medicine specifically with regards to the brain. She leverages collaborations with radiologists and neurologists to investigate brain diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s, and post-traumatic headache after brain injury.

Today, technology advances have produced more data than ever before, imaging, genomics, mobile health data, etc., which allow researchers to develop more personalized algorithms for diagnosis and prognosis.

“What disease do they have? How severe is it? How will the disease change in the future? Are they on the track of recovery, or are they going to get worse,” Li said.

Using the available datasets from imaging, genomics, clinical records, and mobile apps & wearables, they are building personalized models for diagnosis and treatment in each of these areas that can lead to early detection and more effective outcomes.

Ayer, who also holds an appointment from Emory Medical School and serves as a senior advisor to CDC, focuses on health care analytics and socially responsible business analytics with an emphasis on practice-focused research. In recent work, he has attempted to build up more robust and effective virtual trials for medical screening, diagnosis and treatment using large-scale mathematical models.

If you look at the gold standard in medicine and clinical science – randomized control trials – it generally utilizes A/B testing strategies. But what if there are thousands of strategies to compare, not just Strategy A and Strategy B?

“In a recent study, we looked at multi-modality cancer screening strategies for cancer detection in gene mutation carriers,” Ayer said. “You ask questions like: Should you use ultrasound screening or MRI screening? How about mammography screening? Or maybe mammography plus ultrasound screening? At what age should you start – 25 to 30? Or 35?

“At what age should you transfer from a less intensive screening to another? Is that cost effective? And what if we are solving this problem for the United States versus sub-Saharan Africa where resources are more limited? There are millions and billions of scenarios, and you can’t design a randomized control trial that would effectively compare those.”

Ayer’s work has spanned long-term chronic disease, both communicable and non-communicable – diseases like COVID-19 for the former and different cancers for the latter.

Both Li and Ayer said the chair appointment would assist in their work.

“It’s a great honor and recognition,” Li said. “I think going forward this will help me to pursue bigger efforts and initiatives, engaging people with a variety of expertise. This research needs collaboration across different descriptions. ”

“It helps to bring more visibility to the work,” Ayer echoed. “This will also help us scale up the resources that we have within our communities and reach out to more collaborators.”

]]> David Mitchell 1 1646861813 2022-03-09 21:36:53 1647460659 2022-03-16 19:57:39 0 0 news Professor Jing Li and Associate Professor Turgay Ayer both earned the designation earlier this year, which recognizes faculty leaders in the field of health care delivery operations.

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<![CDATA[Home Again, After Coming Back to Earth]]> 27560 Two standing-room-only crowds welcomed Shane Kimbrough back to his alma mater on March 4, four months after he returned from space.

The first was an afternoon question-and-answer session with the Georgia Tech community. Then he went under the lights at a sold-out Russ Chandler Stadium as the Yellow Jackets baseball team hosted the University of Georgia.

The day of events marked Kimbrough’s first on campus since the Georgia Tech graduate’s third mission to space — which included 199 days and 84 million miles aboard the International Space Station (ISS).  

Kimbrough’s first stop of the day was a morning tour of the Space Systems Design Lab. Nearly two dozen students and research engineers showed Kimbrough the lab space of Glenn Lightsey, a professor in the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering (AE School).

Kimbrough watched as the group tested electronics and navigation systems for future CubeSats. Their GT-1 spacecraft was deployed into orbit in February, and the students are currently working on three 10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm follow-up models for future missions.

From there, Kimbrough visited Mission Operations Center, which is currently being used to track GT-1. He also checked in on Lunar Flashlight, which is scheduled for launch this summer and will be the first CubeSat ever to orbit the moon. A Georgia Tech interdisciplinary team built the spacecraft’s propulsion system. The AE School and the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) have been assembling and integrating Lunar Flashlight for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab the last several months.

“I was really inspired by the students I met, and I’ve been very impressed by the projects they’re working on,” said Kimbrough, who received his master’s degree in operations research from the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) in 1998. “So many people are interested in space, which is great to see.”

“Friday was amazing! It was very cool to share the work we do here at the lab and hear about his various experiences, from the military to NASA to being on the ISS,” said Ebenezer Arunkumar, GT-1’s software team lead and a master’s student in aerospace engineering. “Being an astronaut has always been a dream of mine, so meeting someone who has accomplished that goal was awe-inspiring.”

The morning ended with a visit to the Yang Aero Maker Space. The student-led facility in the Weber Space and Science Technology Building allows students to use 3D printers, laser cutters, and more to build prototypes that advance their research and curiosity.

“It was a really great opportunity to talk to an astronaut, something I’d only done on Zoom,” said Rachel Thomas, a member of the Ramblin’ Rocket Club who is scheduled to graduate this semester with her undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering. “I talked to him about my team, GTXR (Georgia Tech Experimental Rocketry), and he was really excited about that. It was a unique experience.”

The day’s main event, a Q&A in the Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, filled an auditorium. In addition to the 250 or so Yellow Jackets in the room, nearly a thousand K-12 students from around the Atlanta area tuned into the livestream as invited guests, with some submitting questions for Kimbrough.

Topics ranged from the astronaut application process, when he knew he wanted to travel to space (as a young child), and the relevancy of his ISyE degree to his success as an astronaut.

The session was moderated by AE School Ph.D. student Naia Butler-Craig, an aspiring astronaut.

“I’m so grateful that Shane took his time to pour into the next generation of aerospace engineers,” Butler-Craig said. “It was such an honor to hear from someone as accomplished and personable as him. I feel motivated to keep going on my own journey in following his footsteps!”

Before taking a detour and riding in the Ramblin’ Wreck for the first time, Kimbrough stood before another packed house that night. He threw out the first pitch before Georgia Tech beat Georgia 11-7. Kimbrough grew up attending Yellow Jacket sporting events and nearly enrolled as undergraduate. Instead, he attended the U.S. Military Academy and pitched for its baseball team.

“It was an incredible, perfect day for me. “Getting to come back and give back a little bit to the students and faculty was amazing.” Kimbrough said. “The weather was great. The events were great. I just want to go back to school!”

]]> Jason Maderer 1 1646757114 2022-03-08 16:31:54 1646757114 2022-03-08 16:31:54 0 0 news A day of events marked Shane Kimbrough’s first on campus since the Georgia Tech graduate’s third mission to space — which included 199 days and 84 million miles aboard the International Space Station (ISS).  

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<![CDATA[Georgia Tech Partners to Launch MARTA Reach Pilot Program Across Atlanta]]> 33939 Great solutions often start with a simple idea.

For Georgia Tech industrial engineering professor Pascal Van Hentenryck, it started four years ago: an idea to tackle one of the biggest challenges for America’s eight largest rapid transit systems.

“One of the big issues is connecting to and from the system. First and last mile,” Van Hentenryck said.

So, during the pandemic, Van Hentenryck decided to contact MARTA officials directly, and, with his team of student researchers at Georgia Tech, he developed a system to make MARTA more efficient and able to better serve communities that have a vital need for reliable transit.

That’s how MARTA Reach was born.

“We were contacted by Pascal in late 2020 about the possibility of an on-demand network,” said MARTA Interim General Manager and CEO Collie Greenwood.

Van Hentenryck describes MARTA Reach as an on-demand multimodal transportation solution — smartphones and shuttles outfitted with tablets connected to an app that helps riders find a quick route to their nearest MARTA station. Think ridesharing platforms like Lyft or Uber — except this ride is a flat, low-cost fee. MARTA says this program is meant to work with the city of Atlanta’s existing transportation services and will help minimize waiting and walking, eliminating the inconvenience of users having to walk a mile or more to their nearest MARTA station.

“Public transit is the most cost-effective way to move people,” says Van Hentenryck.

“But in Atlanta, some people may face challenges getting to the MARTA station.” Thanks to this new pilot program, they can download the smartphone app and request a ride.

On March 1, MARTA and Georgia Tech will begin pilot testing this program in three strategic neighborhoods: West Atlanta, Belvedere Park, and Fort Gillem. Van Hentenryck says there’s never been a piloted on-demand public transit system like this in a major U.S. metropolitan area like Atlanta.

The chosen neighborhoods were selected not only because they are lacking in transportation options but because of the different communities they serve. Fort Gillem is an area with a high number of distribution centers with employees who could use more efficient transportation. West Atlanta is highly residential, with roads often too narrow for MARTA’s full-sized buses. And Belvedere Park is a mixed-use neighborhood that combines business and residential zoning.

During the pilot test, folks in these areas can use the MARTA Reach app to call for a shuttle to pick them up and take them to the nearest MARTA transportation hub.

When users call for a pickup, their requests will be routed through a server at Georgia Tech that connects to the drivers on MARTA’s new fleet of Reach vehicles.

“We developed the cloud computing platform, connected riders and drivers, and we’re making sure the whole system is synchronized,” said Van Hentenryck.

“We couldn’t be happier they are willing to study our ridership to see what the needs are and tailor a solution,” said Greenwood.

For the Georgia Tech researchers, it’s a perfect partnership as well.

“We’ve been thinking about transportation for years. It connects people to everything from jobs and education to groceries,” explained Van Hentenryck. “It’s amazing that a large agency like MARTA would allow us to come in and test this.”

The pilot has been funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, and from March until August, the service will be available from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. every weekday.

“Georgia Tech’s mission calls us to develop leaders who advance technology and improve the human condition. To use our research and expertise to improve lives and livelihoods. That’s why we’re here. We’re grateful for the opportunity, for the support of MARTA and the National Science Foundation, and for the great work by Professor Van Hentenryck’s team.”

MARTA officials will be looking to see how many users take advantage of this new first-and-last-mile option. Georgia Tech’s researchers will be watching closely, too, analyzing data including how long it takes to fulfill riders’ requests.

MARTA officials say if the data shows positive impacts, the pilot could expand to other parts of the city. Georgia Tech researchers say this on-demand project could also serve as a model for more major metropolitan areas to follow.

“We can take on projects that are not just technologically cool and exciting, but at the same time they also have a big impact on society,” said Van Hentenryck.

Learn more about the MARTA Reach program and download the app here.

]]> David Mitchell 1 1646149713 2022-03-01 15:48:33 1646149713 2022-03-01 15:48:33 0 0 news Great solutions often start with a simple idea. For Georgia Tech industrial engineering professor Pascal Van Hentenryck, it started four years ago: an idea to tackle one of the biggest challenges for America’s eight largest rapid transit systems.

2022-03-01T00:00:00-05:00 2022-03-01T00:00:00-05:00 2022-03-01 00:00:00 Steven Norris

Director, Media Relations and Social Media

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<![CDATA[Undergraduate Sydney Mudd Putting her Stamp on ISyE]]> 33939 Sydney Mudd (ISyE '24) was working her way through her junior and senior years at Parkview High in Lilburn, Ga., when she started to feel that pressure. It’s the same pressure most high schoolers begin to feel when the first of their friends start to make college selections, setting out plans for their majors and, it felt like, their entire lives.

“You have to choose a school,” she said, thinking back to those formative final years before moving out of her parents’ house and into the great unknown of higher education. “I’m 16 or 17 years old, and I’m supposed to be choosing what I’m going to do for the rest of my life.”

Even though she wasn’t ready to lay out a mental itinerary for the next 50 years of her life – and, really, who is? – Mudd did something so simple, and yet so difficult for so many.

She asked questions.

She spoke to teachers and advisors, older students, anyone with an ear and experience who could offer some direction on how they got into their degrees or professions. When she came to Georgia Tech in 2020 in the midst of a global pandemic that made her initial college experience far different than most she had talked to, she still didn’t know exactly what she wanted. But she also knew that part wasn’t as important just yet.

“I realized everyone’s journey is different, so I just have to focus on mine,” she said.

Flash forward a little over a year and a half. Mudd has transitioned from a Mechanical Engineering major to Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE), gone through an internship with UPS, started a club for minority students within Industrial Engineering called Black IEs at Tech, served as the undergraduate representative for ISyE’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion committee, served as the advisor for Emerging Leaders, a first-year leadership organization, connected with peers through the National Society of Black Engineers, and, most recently, been named a Stamps President’s Scholar.

A Stamps Scholar

Damon Williams, a senior lecturer and the director of the Center for Academics, Success, and Equity (CASE) in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE), received an email asking if he had anyone to recommend for the walk-on process for the Stamps President’s Scholar program at Georgia Tech.

Established in 1981, the program recognizes the most promising first-year students based upon excellence and potential in scholarship, leadership, progress, and service.

Williams already had a name in mind.

“After working with her for a few months, I was already beyond impressed with Sydney’s leadership skills and passion for everything she does,” Williams said. “When I was asked for nominees for the scholarship, she was truly the first student I thought of.”

Mudd met with Chen Zhou, an associate professor and associate chair for undergraduate studies in ISyE to discuss the nomination. Despite some nerves as she entered Zhou’s office, where she expected a formal interview, she was quickly treated to an easygoing conversation.

“He genuinely just wanted to get to know me,” Mudd said. “We just talked about what I was interested in, things I was passionate about and where I hoped to make a positive impact, specifically with regard to hunger and homelessness.

“After that conversation, he gave me the nomination.”

More rounds of interviews followed, including with E. Roe Stamps himself.

“I almost had a breakdown from nerves,” Mudd said, calmly and with a smile now, long after the decision had been made. “But it was so smooth.”

At the end of the final interview, she was told she got the scholarship, which – in addition to the mentorship, recognition, and academic opportunities – offers a full-ride scholarship.

“It’s amazing,” she said. “I started crying.”

Entrepreneurship and Giving Back

Although the Stamps scholarship may arguably be the biggest boost she gets for her college career, her pursuits don’t end at that sizable success. Mudd has always been a bit of a hustler – she bought and sold high-end sneakers while she was in high school – and she’s expanded her business acumen during in time in college.

To help fund her education, she and her cousin, who she called a “business partner” in high school, got involved with Turo. Turo is a peer-to-peer carsharing company that allows private car owners to rent out vehicles via an online marketplace.

“The sneakers weren’t really consistent money or anything,” she said, “so we had to find something that’s more stable.”

Now, she managers a handful of cars and continues to learn how to deal with customers, maintain cars, and more.

“This is helping me lay my foundation,” she said. “That’s how I see my time here. I’m building a foundation so I have options when I graduate.”

She doesn’t see herself going straight into business for herself. That may come later. There may be a stop in industry along the way. One thing she knows is that she wants to give back as much as she can.

“One day, I hope to start my own foundation,” said Mudd, who, along with her mom, aunt, and some friends, has helped pack meals for those in need since she was in middle school. “I was given opportunities others weren’t, and I feel a moral obligation to help those who don’t have the same privileges I do.”

Not bad for someone who wasn’t sure what she wanted to do just a few short years ago.

]]> David Mitchell 1 1645203622 2022-02-18 17:00:22 1684341455 2023-05-17 16:37:35 0 0 news After struggling to find her direction when she first got to Georgia Tech, Sydney Mudd has lined up numerous accolades including the prestigious Stamps scholarship.

2022-02-18T00:00:00-05:00 2022-02-18T00:00:00-05:00 2022-02-18 00:00:00 David Mitchell

Communications Manager


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<![CDATA[Two Assistant Professors Earn NSF's Most Prestigious Early-Career Award]]> 33939 Two faculty members from the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering received CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF), recognizing early-career contributions in both research and education. Assistant Professors He Wang and Siva Theja Maguluri received the award, the most prestigious of its kind awarded by the NSF, which carries a five-year term.

In addition to $500,000 in funding, which will help support the faculty member as well as their team of Ph.D. students, Wang said it provided recognition and validation for their respective research agendas.

“It’s great because it helps fund our work and will provide opportunities to support our students in this continued research,” he said. “But it also helps us to build connections with industry partners, who see the importance of our work, and allow us to implement some of it into the real world.”

Wang’s research focuses on supply chain and logistics in transportation. This particular award will fund research that seeks to design digital marketplaces for the freight industry. Describing it as a rideshare, like Uber, for trucking, Wang said that the goal of the research is to design online digital marketplaces that help truckers connect with shippers, eliminating a brokerage process plagued by inefficiency that can cost drivers both time and money.

“The idea here is to improve supply chain efficiencies and also the earning reliability of these truck drivers,” he said.

For an industry that is among the largest in the country, and indeed the most popular in more than half the country’s states, the research could have far-reaching implications.

Maguluri’s research, meanwhile, addresses optimization challenges in reinforcement learning and cloud computing, both of which are key areas of progress in the ongoing artificial intelligence revolution. The revolution is powered by the development of novel algorithms and breakthroughs in cloud computing infrastructure that can collect, store, and process large amounts of data.

“Even though neural networks were known about 50 years ago, AI breakthroughs only happened in the last 15 years,” Maguluri said. “This is because computers weren’t powerful enough earlier, and it was hard to get access to large computing power.”

Now, AI researchers can utilize massive data centers run by companies like Amazon, Microsoft, or Google.

Despite the progress, however, there are tradeoffs that affect optimal performance, and theory often lags behind practice. With this award, Maguluri and his lab will pursue studies in both reinforcement learning and cloud computing to develop optimal scheduling algorithms for cloud computing data centers that make both more efficient and, thus, further advancement in the field.

To read more about Wang’s and Maguluri’s research, follow the links below:

He Wang: Marketplace Design for Freight Transportation and Logistics Platforms

Siva Theja Maguluri: Lyapunov Drift Methods for Stochastic Recursions: Applications in Cloud Computing and Reinforcement Learning

]]> David Mitchell 1 1645195052 2022-02-18 14:37:32 1645642413 2022-02-23 18:53:33 0 0 news 2022-02-18T00:00:00-05:00 2022-02-18T00:00:00-05:00 2022-02-18 00:00:00 David Mitchell

Communications Manager


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<![CDATA[SCL Welcomes Yentai Wan of UPS to its Industry Advisory Board]]> 27233 Yentai Wan currently serves as Lead Director of the Network Planning & Optimization (NPT) Program in the UPS Corporate Industrial Engineering group. As a critical part of the UPS Smart Logistics Network Strategy, the NPT Program provides visibility across its transportation network by utilizing predictive analytics, simulation, and operations research algorithms. These capabilities help provide the needed insight to make better, faster decisions as well as provide cost effective results at a high quality of service.

Dr. Wan has demonstrated intrapreneurship by building a profitable start-up department and mobilizing top-tier talent to create high performing cultures that consistently achieve business goals in a dynamic and volatile business environment. His primary responsibilities are to (a) improve network planning processes, (b) generate network efficiencies, and (c) support strategic initiatives across the enterprise through institution of an elastic and self-healing network optimization platform. Yentai joined UPS in 2007 as an Enterprise Network Planning Manager in Corporate Transportation and also served as Director of Transportation Operations Research & Analytics.

Yentai was born and raised in Taipei City, Taiwan. He came to the United States in 2000 to advance his education and later earn a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering (ISyE) from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to joining UPS, he served as investigator of research projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation and as an R&D Scientist in an industry-leading supply chain software company. Dr. Wan lives in Alpharetta, Georgia and when not working, enjoys traveling across North America and Northeast Asia.

The Georgia Tech Supply Chain and Logistics Institute is honored to have part of the Georgia Tech and ISyE family rejoin us to help shape our future.

]]> Andy Haleblian 1 1644937183 2022-02-15 14:59:43 1645019718 2022-02-16 13:55:18 0 0 news Dr. Wan brings extensive transportation planning and optimization experience as well as intrapreneurship leadership skills to the board.

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<![CDATA[Trio of Faculty Join Alums Named to National Academy of Engineering]]> 27560 Three Georgia Tech faculty members are among the newest members of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Christopher Jones, Sandra Magnus, and Nick Sahinidis have been elected to the NAE, one of the highest professional distinctions awarded to an engineer.

In addition to the three faculty members, two additional alumni were honored. Nick Lappos (AE ’73), was also elected to the NAE Class of 2022. Lappos is a senior technical fellow (emeritus) of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp and serves on the Georgia Tech Aerospace Engineering School Advisory Council (AESAC). He was honored for “improving rotary wing flight performance and serving as test pilot, engineer, inventor, technologist, and business leader.”

Nathan Meehan (Phys '75), a member of the College of Sciences Advisory Board, was also elected. He is president of CMG Petroleum Consulting Ltd. and was recognized for "technical and business innovation in the application of horizontal well technology for oil and gas production."

They are among this year’s 133 new members (including international selections).

“On behalf of Georgia Tech, I extend my sincere congratulations to Chris, Sandy, and Nick for this incredible honor, which highlights a lifetime of achievement,” said Raheem Beyah, dean of the College of Engineering and Southern Company Chair. “Chris and Nick’s research have advanced their respective fields and left an indelible mark on their peers at Georgia Tech and around the world. Sandy, in addition to her service with NASA, is a tireless advocate of raising awareness of STEM and diversity within the aerospace industry in an effort to grow the next generation of the AE workforce. The College of Engineering is tremendously proud of this trio.”

Jones is the John F. Brock III School Chair in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (ChBE). He has been a faculty member at Georgia Tech since 2000, leading a ChBE research group that works in catalysis and adsorption, with a strong emphasis in materials chemistry. The NAE is honoring him for “contributions to the design and synthesis of catalytic materials and for advancing technologies related to carbon capture and sequestration.”

Jones is known in the field for his pioneering work on materials that extract carbon dioxide from ultra-dilute mixtures such as ambient air, which are key components of direct air capture technologies that have the potential to reverse climate change.

Magnus (MSE, 1996) is a professor of the practice with joint appointments in the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering, School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), and the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs. She is currently a principal at  AstroPlanetview LLC and is being recognized by the NAE for “national accomplishments in the U.S. civil space program and in Department of Defense engineering and technology integration.

As a NASA astronaut, Magnus flew to space three times and spent 157 days in orbit. Before joining NASA, Magnus worked for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company as a stealth engineer. After retiring as an astronaut, she served as executive director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). She is now one of three Georgia Tech women in the NAE, joining Marilyn Brown and Susan Margulies.

Sahinidis is the inaugural Gary C. Butler Family Chair in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, with a joint appointment in ChBE. In the NAE announcement, Sahinidis was selected for “his contributions to global optimization and the development of widely used software for optimization and machine learning.” His research activities are at the interface between computer science and operations research, with applications in various engineering and scientific areas.

During his career, Sahinidis developed BARON (Branch-and-Reduce Optimization Navigator), a global optimization software system that solves challenging, nonconvex optimization problems, including continuous, integer, and mixed-integer nonlinear problems. Sahinidis also created ALAMO (Automated Learning of Algebraic Models), a black-box modeling tool that generates simple, yet accurate, algebraic models from data. 

The Academy annual inducts new members, recognizing “engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature.” The Academy also honors engineers for being instrumental in "the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education." 

Georgia Tech now has 45 NAE members. This year's cohort will be formally inducted during the NAE’s annual meeting in October.

]]> Jason Maderer 1 1644440285 2022-02-09 20:58:05 1645020340 2022-02-16 14:05:40 0 0 news Christopher Jones, Sandra Magnus, and Nick Sahinidis join Nathan Meehan (Phys '75) and Nick Lappos (AE ’73) in being elected to the NAE, one of the highest professional distinctions awarded to an engineer.

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College of Engineering

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<![CDATA[ISyE Families: A Time-Tested Supply Chain]]> 34760 Georgia Tech students and alumni often have family ties to the Institute, including some who come from a long line of industrial engineers trained by the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE). From an ISyE couple who met during college to a student who discovered her grandfather’s master’s thesis in the Georgia Tech library, the families highlighted in this article all have stories showcasing their unique experiences with industrial engineering, often across multiple generations. One Puerto Rican family includes many ISyE alumni, some of whom are successful entrepreneurs; another family from Lebanon may not all be “helluva engineers,” but many of them are industrial engineers, nonetheless. And finally, an alumni father/son duo who have had a long-lasting connection with Georgia Tech continue to impact the Institute today. 

Anderson Family

Chris Anderson (IE 2008, M.S. Analytics 2020) and his father Mike Anderson (IE 1979) are two exceptional alumni both born and raised in Georgia. Mike is the president and CEO of Georgia Power Foundation and Southern Company Charitable Foundation, through which he has been able to invest in Georgia Tech and continue the long legacy of Southern Company’s support for the Institute.

When Mike was around seven years old, his father – a mailman – would bring home copies of Scientific American magazine that were donated by customers on his mail route. His love for the magazine piqued his interest in science and mathematics, which became a huge factor in his decision to attend Georgia Tech.

A second factor was his passion for sports. “After finishing the high school track and field state finals in the high hurdles, I was approached by coach Buddy Fowlkes – at the finish line – about attending Tech as a student athlete,” said Mike. “Fortunately, I had already applied to Tech and was accepted.”

After graduating, he began a career at Texas Instruments in Dallas, Texas, where he was responsible for quality control and component testing of nuclear warhead guidance systems. From there, he was recruited by Georgia Power Company to help with the development of the Vogtle Nuclear plant. Forty years and many moves later, he now serves in his current role at the Southern Company and Georgia Power Foundations.

“I can say without a doubt that the critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration skills I developed at Tech were key in my career success,” said Mike.

Chris, however, originally wanted to be a doctor and was considering pre-med or biomedical engineering when he started college. However, he realized he wasn’t as interested in true science and eventually switched to ISyE, drawn by the combination of business with technical disciplines like statistics and coding.

After graduating, he was recruited to Con Edison, an energy company headquartered in New York City. During his time with Con Edison, he had the opportunity to lead a data intelligence unit in the command center directing the New York City power restoration effort after Hurricane Sandy. He also presented on NYC utility climate change initiatives to senior advisers at the Department of Energy in Washington D.C.

“I left Atlanta after undergrad because I was born and raised here, and I wanted to see something different – be in a bigger city, be exposed to more ways of thinking,” Chris said. New York was also where he met his wife, and they eventually moved back to Atlanta to settle down. Now, he’s working at Georgia Power, applying his skills and experience in utilities in a role that combines analytics and finance.

After the move, Chris also began researching master’s programs. Mike earned his MBA from Emory University, and for a long time Chris thought he would follow suit. However, when he heard about the online ISyE master’s in analytics, he knew it was the program for him. “The MSA gave me an avenue to broaden my business acumen while also deepening my analytical abilities, because in my opinion, you provide an extra layer of value if you can create meaningful business insights from data,” he said.

An MBA isn’t completely off the table yet. Like his dad, Chris is interested in higher leadership. Originally in a supervisory development program while working in New York, he is now on a similar track at Georgia Power. “Once you get higher up in corporations, you can affect more change,” Chris explained. “I'm always about making things more efficient and bringing the company forward in terms of analytics and data-supported decision making.”

In the future, Chris hopes to be more involved in outreach at Georgia Power and with Georgia Tech. Mike is heavily involved in the community, serving on the Georgia Tech Foundation Board, among others. He’s also a former member of the Georgia Tech Advisory Board, the ISyE Advisory Board, Alexander Tharpe Fund, and the Georgia Tech Athletic Association.

Lowndes Family

Fifth-year ISyE student Kimberly Lowndes grew up cheering on the Yellow Jackets, and there’s no surprise why: Her father, aunt, uncle, both of her grandfathers, and great-great-uncle are all Georgia Tech alumni, and two of her cousins are current students. She follows in the footsteps of her grandfather, Thomas Lowndes Jr (IE 1959, MSIE 1963), the first industrial engineer in her family.

Kimberly is part of a dual-degree program with Berry College in Rome, Georgia. She attended Berry for her first three years of college and spent the final two years at Georgia Tech. When she graduates this coming May, she will have a degree in applied physics in addition to industrial engineering. “I wanted to have that small-school, well-rounded education that a liberal arts school like Berry can provide, but I also wanted the opportunities and technical expertise that Georgia Tech offers,” she explained.

She grew up talking about science with her grandfather, who encouraged her curiosity and desire to learn. A relic from his studies – which she was able to read through the Georgia Tech library – is his master’s thesis on the ergonomics of tool handles.

Thomas worked in several manufacturing facilities before he started performing market research for Coca-Cola, where he worked until his retirement. “The story goes that Coca Cola in the ‘60s needed someone who knew how to use a computer – Georgia Tech taught people that, because it was a breakthrough technology at the time,” said Kimberly.

This past summer, she interned at Liberty Mutual in risk control, working with many commercial businesses where safety is key to reduce injury, and thus reduce insurance premiums. The combination of her physics and ISyE studies helped her create ergonomic designs that will reduce physical wear and tear on workers, while also increasing productivity.

“A lot of companies are just focused on maximizing profit and minimizing costs, but I'm more passionate about how we can take systems and not only solve them – but also take care of the environment and the workers who are doing the jobs for us – a holistic viewpoint,” she said.

Nizialek and Wright Families

Georgia Tech often acts as a matchmaker to bring couples together, and in this case, the pair are both industrial engineers. Emily Wright (IE 2020) married David Wright (IE 2020) not long after their graduation. Her younger brother, Drew Nizialek, is currently a third-year ISyE student. While Emily and Drew are Yellow Jackets, their parents both went to the University of Georgia.

Originally, Emily’s dream was to work for The Walt Disney Company, and she first learned about the field of industrial engineering by researching engineering careers at Disney. She achieved her goal through an internship at Disney the summer of her third year.

For her brother, the choice was much clearer. “I was always the one growing up who liked building things,” Drew recalled. “I think everyone in our family knew that I was going to be an engineer.”

In high school, he enjoyed advanced placement statistics and realized that ISyE, a statistics-based engineering, would be the perfect fit. Once at Georgia Tech, having an older sister in the same major meant getting tips about studying for classes, as well as career advice. Drew is also embracing the business side of ISyE as a part of the Denning Technology & Management (T&M) program.

Emily met her now-husband in physics class their third year. While physics was far from their favorite subject, they still credit the class for bringing them together. “We like to say there was a strong force of attraction between us,” she said, laughing.

Emily and David started dating soon after meeting and ended up taking several ISyE classes together, even teaming up for Senior Design. David proposed at Disney World in front of the castle, and the pair got married a year later. In May 2021, they walked together at graduation, a belated celebration delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Shwayri Family

Fourth-year ISyE student Dany Shwayri and his sister Pamela Shwayri (IE 2017) may be the only Yellow Jackets in their family, but they are not the only industrial engineers. Their father and uncle both earned their bachelor’s degrees in industrial engineering and master’s degrees in engineering management from Northeastern University, and they have two cousins who are also industrial engineers.

The family’s roots are in Lebanon; at 19 years old, their dad left his home country to attend college in Boston. His relatives living in the city recommended he study industrial engineering, which suited him because of the field’s emphasis on efficiency and organization. While in Boston, he met and married his wife before eventually moving back to Lebanon. Throughout his career, he has worked primarily in the paper industry in procurement and sales.

Dany and Pamela were partially raised in Lebanon before their family moved to Savannah, Georgia. Studying ISyE at Georgia Tech was a natural choice for both. “My dad thought I would really enjoy engineering because we think very similarly – I enjoy math and logic,” explained Pamela. “He asked me to look into industrial engineering and see if I’d be interested in it.”

Her enthusiasm for numbers led her to coach her younger brother back in primary school. “Pamela was always interested in teaching me math concepts at a young age. I learned multiplication faster than we started learning it at school, so I had a head start,” said Dany. He’s enjoyed his ISyE classes, and with a wide variety of internship experiences, he’s keeping his options open for future careers.

Pamela currently works in supply chain at WestRock, a corrugated packaging company. Though she did not intentionally plan on going into the paper industry like her father, she enjoys being able to talk about it with him. She is also pursuing an MBA at Scheller College of Business.

“I’m interested in management, and it seemed like the next logical step to expedite the process,” she said. “There’s always been entrepreneurial blood in our family – my grandpa and uncle founded their own companies, and I’ve always been interested in starting something on my own. I’ve learned a lot through the MBA program that could help me do that.”

Uriarte Family

Third-year Joaquin M. Uriarte comes from a large family of Georgia Tech alumni, including his father, Francisco J. Uriarte (IE 1990), and his uncles Esteban J. Uriarte (EE 1989) and Alejandro J.  Uriarte (IE 1996). Three of his father’s cousins are also alumni, including Daniel Labrador (IE 2005, MBA 2013)

Joaquin Uriarte was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where his mother’s family is from. His father’s side of the family is originally from Cuba, and Joaquin’s uncle Esteban was the first to attend Georgia Tech, with his father, uncle, and other family members following suit. They knew the Institute would provide them with the best value, and Georgia was attractive because of its warmer climate. For those who wanted to study industrial engineering, choosing the top program in the nation was an easy decision to make.

Francisco began his career as an engineer at Eli Lilly & Co. and has since held numerous other roles, from plant manager for a manufacturer in Mexico to project financing for infrastructure development in the Caribbean. He also co-founded the Puerto Rico-based supermarket chain SuperMax and currently works as a mergers and acquisitions adviser.

“Georgia Tech taught me to think as an engineer,” said Francisco. “Problems have to be seen as a whole, understood, then broken into pieces for ease of solving. I’ve used this thought process throughout my professional and business life. Whether at a business start-up, a post-acquisition business, or my mergers and acquisition practice, the mindset that I learned at Tech has proven to be very useful.”

Previously, Francisco served as the executive director of Grupo Guayacán, a Puerto Rico-based nonprofit dedicated to the education and development of local entrepreneurs who partnered with Georgia Tech’s VentureLab to create Innovation-Corps (I-Corps) Puerto Rico. Georgia Tech is one of three national nodes of I-Corps, a program funded by the National Science Foundation, which helps researchers transform their work into startups.

Like his brother, Alejandro is also an entrepreneur. He’s currently building a company in Puerto Rico called ReSOLient, which serves renewable energy markets with both residential and commercial projects – namely, designing and installing solar panel solutions.

Entrepreneurship runs in the family, and Joaquin shares the same start-up spirit. This past summer, he participated in CREATE-X and is currently working with his team to continue developing their business idea, which centers around predicting market manipulations in the cryptocurrency space.

When Joaquin was applying to college, he visited Georgia Tech and stayed with a family friend for a week while sampling classes, studying at the library, and even attending a tailgate and a football game. “I got to see how Georgia Tech – even though it's a STEM school – had a very good diversity and balance between social life, studying, and also sports,” he said. He was also drawn by the vibrant Latin community and is now a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (GT-SHPE).

At Georgia Tech, he knew he would have the flexibility to switch majors if necessary, and still be in a top engineering program. Originally a biomedical engineering major interested in building prosthetics, he realized ISyE would widen his range of career possibilities. He’s interested in working in a field like technology consulting but is also considering a master’s degree in computer science.

Though Joaquin has had his share of exciting experiences, his father has perhaps the best story. During college, Francisco never went to a football game, but while celebrating a 25-year graduation reunion, at the request of Rafael Bras – then Georgia Tech’s Provost – he attended the still-memorable 2015 Georgia Tech homecoming game against Florida State. With only six seconds left in the game, the Yellow Jackets secured a 22-16 victory with a phenomenal 78-yard blocked field goal return.

“They ended up winning the game because of that play, and after that incredible comeback, everyone in the stadium rushed into the field – all my father's friends and all of his class,” Joaquin said. Coincidentally, the first and only football game his father attended ended up being one of the most iconic Georgia Tech games of all time.

]]> Laurie Haigh 1 1642078389 2022-01-13 12:53:09 1642083981 2022-01-13 14:26:21 0 0 news Georgia Tech students and alumni often have family ties to the Institute, including some who come from a long line of industrial engineers trained by the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

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<![CDATA[Fall 2021 Senior Design Teams Find Solutions to Real-World Problems]]> 34760 The Capstone Design Expo returned to McCamish Pavilion on December 7, 2021, for the first time since the fall of 2019. Many of the participants were in-person, but teams also included online representatives who were available to talk to online judges from all over the world. Of the 118 teams participating, 23 teams were from the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE).

“It was wonderful to see the senior design students develop and present their projects in person. They endured another stressful semester, but remarkably balanced quality and rigor with health and wellbeing,” said Director of Professional Practice Dima Nazzal. “Kudos to them for overcoming the challenges and delivering excellent work for a wide range of clients including government agencies, small non-profits, and large corporations. Congratulations to the faculty advisors, who coached the teams and kept them motivated and focused. A special recognition and appreciation to our Director of Technical Communication, Brandy Blake, for teaching the students how to communicate their engineering designs clearly and succinctly”

Senior Design team “Provision with a Vision” won the Capstone Expo award for Best ISyE Project. They worked with the on-board services group at Delta Air Lines to develop a data-driven methodology that determines the optimal amount of beverage items to load on a flight. The project motivation came from unused items adding extra weight to the aircraft resulting in excess fuel costs and carbon emissions. The team delivered an optimization model that takes into consideration passenger demand as well as an impact analysis tool which allows Delta to visualize how small changes in beverage quantities can have significant economic and environmental impact across the system.

The team included Anneliese Conrad, Carolina Howell, Niral Jagtap, Ellie Johnson, Nico Knutzen, Sofia Laval, Brad Peterson, and Libbee Stallone. They were advised by Associate Professor Anton Kleywegt.

From among the ISyE teams, three were selected as finalists for the Best of ISyE Senior Design Competition, which was held on December 14, 2021. Team “Shoulda Put A R(INGO)n i(T)” was selected as the first-place winner.

Team “Shoulda Put A R(INGO)n i(T)” partnered with Novelis, an aluminum manufacturing company, to improve ingot availability in its Oswego, NY, facility. The goal of the project was to ensure that when a customer makes an order, Novelis could supply the right ingots at the right time on hand to immediately start production. The team’s solution was to build an ingot “supermarket” that would increase ingot availability from 50% to 90% and reduce overall lead time by up to 40%. To achieve this, the team created an optimization model that recommended the best replenishment strategy for each ingot SKU and used a simulation model to measure the impact of the supermarket on the production process. With this new tool, Novelis can dramatically increase their operational efficiency and save millions of dollars per year.

Team Members included Tobin Abraham, Joseph Abrokwa, Elvin Chirackal, Joseph Cochran, Lorenzo Guerrero, Grace Anne Muller, and Tim Ryan. They were advised by Part-Time Lecturer and Tennenbaum Institute Principal Research Engineer Douglas Bodner.

Finalist team “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop, Bus Stop” worked with the Atlanta Department of Transportation (ATLDOT), a recently formed government entity tasked with promoting transportation infrastructure. The team worked to provide ATLDOT with a data-driven methodology to allocate funding to bus stop improvements and a platform for closer collaboration with MARTA. Only 7% of bus stops (out of nearly 4,000) in Atlanta have shelters, which provide riders with proper seating, protection from weather, and ADA accessibility. The team’s solution combines process design with an interactive web tool and a greedy heuristic web app. Through the team’s solution, an additional 1.5 million trips per year will now originate at a sheltered stop. The City of Atlanta voted to back the project with a $3.4 million non-fungible funding source, and the team will present their design to the new mayor in January.

Team members included Soobin Baek, Aaron Brown, Ananya Ghose, Sanghwa Lee, Sung Kyu Lee, Alea Legg, Hetu Patel, Tejas Santanam. They were advised by ISyE Lecturer Gamze Tokol-Goldsman.

Finalist team “Keep it Simply” worked with The Coca-Cola Company to minimize the overall cost of the distribution network of two recently acquired dairy brands: Fairlife and Simply Oat & Almond. The team provided a data-driven method of formulating network expansion plans and determining safety stock levels by building and validating a mathematical optimization model that recommends not only the optimal distribution center (DC) opening location and timeline, but also the capacity expansion and safety stock level at each DC over a given horizon. This provided an annual value of several million dollars across the two dairy brands. To help Coca-Cola design the network expansion of any brand in the future, the team generalized the model to a standardized template wrapped within a user-friendly graphical user interface with three different model options.

Team Members included Joseph Chanin, Yizhi Huang, Minrui Liang, Yufei Liu, Naren Reddy, Xinran Yu, and Emily Zhang. They were advised by Leo and Louise Benatar Early Career Professor and Associate Professor Alejandro Toriello.

In addition, two teams received honorable mentions and were contenders for the Best of ISyE Senior Design.

Team “Panic! at the Cisco” worked with Cisco on its Printed Circuit Board Assembly Component Allocation. Team Members included Anjana Anandkumar, Udisha Bhattacharyya, Grace Gilpatric, Katie Landers, Kat Pospichel, Briana Sims, Tan Tanthien, and Anna (Tu) Vu. They were advised by William W. George Chair and Professor Pinar Keskinocak.

Team “The Bee’s Knees” worked with Smith + Nephew on its production planning. Team Members included Leon Breaux, Sara Costello, Emma Jones, James McGregor, Georgia Warnock, and Delaney Wastler. They were advised by ISyE Lecturer Ethan Lee.

]]> Laurie Haigh 1 1640107175 2021-12-21 17:19:35 1640362911 2021-12-24 16:21:51 0 0 news The Capstone Design Expo returned to McCamish Pavilion on December 7, 2021, for the first time since the fall of 2019. Many of the participants were in-person, but teams also included online representatives who were available to talk to online judges from all over the world. Of the 118 teams participating, 23 teams were from ISyE.

2021-12-21T00:00:00-05:00 2021-12-21T00:00:00-05:00 2021-12-21 00:00:00 Laurie Haigh
Communications Manager

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<![CDATA[The Current Supply Chain Crisis: ISyE Experts Explain What is Happening, How to Fix it, and How to Prevent it from Happening in the Future]]> 34760 As the 2021 holiday shopping season continues, consumers are once again finding shelves empty, from simple products like cream cheese and sports drinks, to complex goods like cars and appliances. The reason? Supply chain disruptions.

While many people have heard the term “supply chain” and know it is the reason behind many product delays, most do not realize the complexity — and fragility — of our global supply chains. Problems like these are at the heart of industrial engineering, and the experts at the No. 1-ranked H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) at Georgia Tech are sharing their expertise with companies and federal and state leadership to help remedy the current problem and help ensure it does not happen again.

“Supply chains are incredibly complex and completely international,” said Pascal Van Hentenryck, A. Russell Chandler III Chair and Professor in ISyE. “They include container ships, warehousing, docking, trucks, trains, and planes, in addition to first- last- and middle-mile transportation. The current situation affects all these aspects. It is a massive problem. It’s not just one element.”

Behind the many systems involved, there are people making decisions and collaborating to ensure each segment is operating effectively and efficiently to keep the supply chain operating smoothly. This includes production, sourcing of raw materials, supply replenishment, and logistics. If one of these segments breaks down, the entire system will collapse. This process occurs for nearly every product available, leading to millions of supply chain transactions occurring globally each day.

Why are we Still Experiencing Delays?

When the Covid-19 pandemic took hold of the world in 2019, there were multiple disruptions to the system in addition to a dramatic increase in ecommerce, which created significant first- and last-mile issues. According to Van Hentenryck, this put additional strain on factories, ports, ships, and logistics companies that were already experiencing workforce shortages. In addition, many supply chains were highly optimized, just-in-time systems which allowed very little room for error or disruption. Nearly two years later, we are still feeling the impact.

“Everybody at every layer of the supply chain was hit by the pandemic in some manner,” adds Benoit Montreuil, Coca-Cola Material Handling & Distribution Chair and professor and co-director of the Supply Chain & Logistics Institute at ISyE. “Some companies still do not have enough employees to get the work done, while others have depleted their reserves or cannot source the necessary materials to manufacture their products. We have now seen that the lean approach has proven to be extremely dangerous.”

While this holds true for all supply chains, fresh foods and complex electronics are even more fragile.

The short shelf life of fresh goods, like meat and produce, collapses the entire process into the span of just a few weeks and adds another layer of complexity to the situation. Montreuil says that, for products like these, empty shelves are not necessarily due to a lack of supply, but rather a breakdown in processing plants or shipping.

Complex products have more complicated supply chains. For example, when it comes to electronics and cars, many of the components are being manufactured in different sites around the world before being sent to another location for assembly. If one of the many parts is missing, the product cannot be manufactured. This is the case with the current computer chip shortage that is affecting the supply of phones, appliances, computers, and other everyday items we take for granted. The shortage is a result of increased demand, depleted reserves, and lack of the manufacturing plants and workers to increase production.

“Like many other items, the demand for computer chips was increasing before the pandemic, and the industry was struggling to keep up,” said Chelsea White, Schneider National Chair in Transportation and Logistics and professor at ISyE. “The increased demand for personal computers, video conferencing equipment, and other electronics that use hundreds of computer chips put an even greater strain on production. Unfortunately, this industry requires a large capital expenditure for a new foundry and is not agile. It takes years and billions of dollars of investment to build the specialized plants required to make more chips. This mismatch of demand and supply will not be remedied quickly.”

In addition to production issues, there is also an extreme worker shortage in shipping and logistics, making it difficult to get products to consumers once they are assembled. For example, the American Trucking Association said the industry has a shortage of 80,000 drivers and estimates this number could more than double by 2030. Similar issues at the ports and on container ships are also causing significant shipping delays. Lack of integration among the many shipping components intensifies the problem.

“Containers are coming into the ports, but there are no trucks there to pick them up, because they are not ready for them,” explained Van Hentenryck. “Meanwhile, these containers are taking up space in the storage yard, so additional containers cannot be unloaded, because there is nowhere to put them. These are the kinds of issues the lack of integration causes.”

Solving the Problem

While the intricacy of the current supply chain problem is making it difficult to fix, experts believe it can be done. Companies will need to look at their processes through a new lens and modify them to resolve the current situation and prevent similar disruptions from happening in the future.

“Historically supply chains were organized around cost, but that is probably going to change,” said Van Hentenryck. “They will be built for resilience and flexibility so that they do not get stuck so easily. My intuition is that organizations will start moving away from the just-in-time systems to become more reliable and resilient.”

Montreuil agrees. To increase resiliency, he says companies may want to keep additional stock of key resources, but that the solution is more about changing production capacity and finding creative ways to address transport, warehousing, and resource shortages. “All of this is shaping the ‘new normal’ in supply chain, which I believe will ultimately be much stronger than in the past.”

Technology, including automation, machine learning and optimization techniques, will also be an important tool to address the worker shortages, to increase efficiencies, and to integrate processes.

“Automation allows businesses to create new business models,” said Van Hentenryck. “It can increase efficiency at factories, warehouses, ports, and on the roads while addressing the labor shortages. And, while it will eliminate some jobs, it will also create new, higher paying jobs in their place.”

Van Hentenryck is currently collaborating with Ryder System, Inc. on the trucking industry’s first data-driven study of the potential impact of autonomous trucking and expects similar studies to take place in other areas of the supply chain.

“People are looking for easy solutions, but that is not how supply chains work,” said Montreuil. “The good thing is that the current situation has increased the awareness of the problem, so we can work toward a solution.”

What Will the Future Look Like?

Both Montreuil and Van Hentenryck believe that organizations now understand how fragile the current system is and are working to prepare for future catastrophic events like floods, hurricanes, and other disasters that will also disrupt the flow of goods. While it is impossible to prevent pandemics and disasters from occurring, our systems should be resilient enough to handle them and keep goods moving.

“Companies are starting to think about their supply chains in a different way,” said Montreuil. “They are thinking about agility, adaptability, and optionality which is necessary to prevent these problems from occurring in the future.

“What this has shown us is that supply chains are immensely critical to the wellbeing of society and the economy. It has been unseen for decades, and Covid has shown how important they are,” said Montreuil. “It is also important to understand that even though we are suffering, the disruptions we are experiencing are minor compared to the disaster that it could have been.”

]]> Laurie Haigh 1 1639173971 2021-12-10 22:06:11 1639424100 2021-12-13 19:35:00 0 0 news As the 2021 holiday shopping season continues, consumers are once again finding shelves empty, from simple products like cream cheese and sports drinks, to complex goods like cars and appliances.

2021-12-10T00:00:00-05:00 2021-12-10T00:00:00-05:00 2021-12-10 00:00:00 Laurie Haigh
Communications Manager

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<![CDATA[Master of Science in Analytics Team Wins Humana-Mays Healthcare Analytics Case Competition]]> 35757 Four students from the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) program took first place at the 2021 Humana-Mays Healthcare Analytics Case Competition, a partnership between Mays Business School at Texas A&M University and the health and well-being company Humana Inc. The team includes M.S. Analytics students Siyan Cai, Manqiu Liu, Tsz Fung Pang, and Jia Shi.

Georgia Tech’s MSA is an interdisciplinary program that leverages the strengths of the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, the College of Computing, and the Scheller College of Business. The case competition was open to students from master’s programs in business, healthcare, or analytics. More than 750 students representing 75 major universities across the country competed, and the winning team received the first-place prize of $50,000 following a virtual presentation to an executive panel of judges.

The challenge of the case competition was to minimize health inequities and address vaccine hesitance among vulnerable and underserved populations using the power of data analytics. Students were asked to utilize prescriptive and predictive modelling to predict vaccine hesitancy in specific segments, and accordingly propose targeted outreach to remove the barriers of the hesitant populations to receive vaccinations.

“This case focused on a very distinctive segment of the population in the healthcare industry, so it was difficult at the beginning to grasp the problem, especially since none of us had any domain knowledge,” said Cai.

However, the team was not intimidated, and they performed a lot of research on the topic, consulting with field experts and conducting many discussions and brainstorming sessions. After understanding the context and central problem to solve, the students broke the case into three key questions to be solved. These questions laid a foundational framework for their analysis and strategies; as they moved forward, they made sure to always address the questions at the heart of their solution.

One of the challenges the team faced was dealing with a very large dataset, which included approximately one million records of Humana Medicare members with more than 400 features. During the data preprocessing, they extensively leveraged data manipulation techniques, ending up with a model that ranked top five in the leaderboard.

The main reason why the team’s model has high predictive power is that they performed well-rounded data preparation. Rather than merely applying modeling techniques to fix the problem, the students focused on the fundamental causes of bias in the dataset as well as alternative solutions.

“We wanted to aid the disadvantaged and find solutions to address vaccine disparity and inequity,” said Liu. “We believe that data science has the potential to benefit society, and this competition is an excellent opportunity for us to see what kind of beneficial influence analytics may have.”

]]> goberst3 1 1639003765 2021-12-08 22:49:25 1661375619 2022-08-24 21:13:39 0 0 news More than 750 students representing 75 major universities across the country competed for the $50,000 prize.

2021-12-10T00:00:00-05:00 2021-12-10T00:00:00-05:00 2021-12-10 00:00:00 Grace Oberst

Communications Assistant
H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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<![CDATA[2021 Clark Scholar Nebiyelleul Kiros]]> 35757 Each year, 12 incoming Georgia Tech students are selected to be part of the A. James Clark Scholars Program, a scholarship for engineering students that covers the cost of room and board, tuition, and fees, in addition to providing enrichment and engagement opportunities. This year, Nebiyelleul Kiros from the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) is one of the chosen scholars.

When applying to college, Georgia Tech was his first choice, and learning that he would receive the scholarship made the financial decision much easier for him. Initially he was undecided on a major, but he realized an industrial engineering degree would give him the flexibility to explore vast career possibilities upon graduation.

“I knew I wanted to study something versatile, because I didn’t know what I want to do for my career field yet,” said Kiros. “I liked how business focused ISyE is, and it seemed like the best engineering program for me.”

In addition to the scholarship, the Clark Scholars program includes socializing opportunities in addition to career and personal development. This semester, Kiros participated in workshops, dinners, fundraisers, and other activities such as an information session about studying abroad.

One particularly memorable event involved guest speaker Sandra Magnus, who is a Georgia Tech alumna and a former NASA astronaut. She talked about the challenges she faced often being the only woman on her team, shared what life was like on the International Space Station, and the perspective she gained from the experience.

Another one of Kiros’ favorite activities from the program was the Leadership Challenge Course, which includes the high ropes obstacle course located on Georgia Tech’s West Campus. While it was incredibly challenging and intimidating to complete, it was a natural bonding experience for the scholars.

Throughout the semester, Kiros has gotten to know all the members of his cohort and enjoys meeting up with them outside of the program events. “They are some of the closest friends I have,” he said.

He is also grateful for the opportunity to meet with Raheem Beyah, dean of the College of Engineering, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Laurence J. Jacobs. Furthermore, David Torello, the director of the Clark Scholar program, regularly talks one-on-one with the students. “The program is really about us – trying to help give us the best possible experience,” he explained.

Outside of the program, he has been exploring student clubs and organizations. Kiros – whose parents are from Ethiopia – has enjoyed attending meetings with the African Student Association and experiencing the annual Taste of Africa. He also joined the campus film club, Buzz Studios, and is considering pursuing a film minor because of his long-standing interest in filmmaking.

Academically, he has adjusted well to the rigor of his classes and has enjoyed his experience so far, including his first ISyE class. He’s interested in joining more clubs, getting involved in sports, and potentially studying abroad. “I look forward to the future and learning more about ISyE,” said Kiros.

]]> goberst3 1 1638757702 2021-12-06 02:28:22 1638801626 2021-12-06 14:40:26 0 0 news The first-year ISyE student is part of the 2021 class of the A. James Clark Scholars Program.

2021-12-06T00:00:00-05:00 2021-12-06T00:00:00-05:00 2021-12-06 00:00:00 Grace Oberst

Communications Assistant
H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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<![CDATA[Alumna Kendall Rankin Empowers Women Through The Diamond Campaign]]> 35757 Kendall Rankin (IE 2017) has been passionate about mentorship for women since she was an undergraduate student at the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE). This year, she was honored as a part of Georgia Tech’s 2021 alumni class of 40 under 40 for the success of her nonprofit, The Diamond Campaign (TDC), as well as her work centered around female representation in the venture capital industry.

Rankin was a second-year at Georgia Tech when she founded TDC, a program empowering Black women to embrace their 4 C’s: cut (body image), color (personal brand), carat (self-worth), and clarity (vision for the future). The initiatives she created were inspired by her own personal experiences navigating her college career and trying to find her place as a Black woman in STEM.

“Confidence was always something that I struggled with when I was growing up,” Rankin said. “I saw how it impacted the way I showed up – whether socially, academically, professionally, or emotionally. I wanted to help other women like me on campus who felt like they didn't have a community or were overcome with imposter syndrome.”

After graduating from Georgia Tech, she worked briefly for Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), a national nonprofit that helps individuals from underrepresented communities to realize their full potential. Upon leaving MLT, she moved to Chicago to join LinkedIn for a business leadership rotational program, later transitioning to work in customer success and data analytics. But while these experiences helped launch her professional career, she sought more leadership opportunities.

This year, Rankin began working as a program manager at All Raise, a nonprofit with a mission to accelerate the success of female founders and funders in the tech ecosystem. It was born out of a grassroots movement to increase partner-level female representation in venture capital firms, which in turn increases the ability to invest in female entrepreneurs.

“What I was really craving was more responsibility and the ability to actually build,” Rankin said. “At my core, I'm an innovator. I love to be creative and test new things and see what works, then iterate based on that – a true engineer.”

The pivot brought her to a newer company with a much smaller team, in an industry she was unfamiliar with. However, the fast-paced startup environment allowed her to have ownership over projects from day one and be more involved in social impact. As a senior manager, she led All Raise’s expansion to Chicago and continues to manage operations in the region.

However, Rankin hadn’t forgotten about The Diamond Campaign. After leaving Georgia Tech, she needed to make the decision to either continue TDC on campus or turn it into a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and bring it to Chicago. She chose the latter, and after orienting herself in the new city, she held a launch event where she recruited new team members.

TDC’s first initiative after the launch was a virtual mentoring program that paired high school girls with young professional mentors. Rankin noticed that while engaging high schoolers was challenging, the mentors were very invested in the experience. This inspired her to create The Diamond Academy, a six-month program for Black women in their 20’s dedicated to personal and professional development.

“I grew up around a strong community of people who supported me, whether it was family, friends, or mentors, and so it was important that I helped create that community for other people like me at a similar stage in life,” Rankin explained.

In 2020, TDC received a boost of support from McKinsey & Company, who announced an initiative to give $5 million to Black nonprofits as part of their commitment to advancing racial equity and economic empowerment. TDC was selected as one of 40 organizations globally to receive funds, which will help build program infrastructure and support operational needs, such as expanding The Diamond Academy to other cities beyond Chicago.

Receiving the funding was a pivotal moment for Rankin, who says that the donation reaffirmed the value of her work and pushed her to continue building TDC. One of her favorite quotes taps into the power of confidence: “The people who think they can and the people who think they can’t are both right.” Through her numerous accomplishments, Rankin has proven she is one of the former.

]]> goberst3 1 1638495844 2021-12-03 01:44:04 1638968312 2021-12-08 12:58:32 0 0 news Alumna Kendall Rankin is the founder of the nonprofit organization and was selected for Georgia Tech’s 2021 alumni class of 40 under 40.

2021-12-06T00:00:00-05:00 2021-12-06T00:00:00-05:00 2021-12-06 00:00:00 Grace Oberst

Communications Assistant
H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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<![CDATA[Pinar Keskinocak Honored as 2021 Recipient of Award for the Advancement of Women in OR/MS]]> 34760 Pinar Keskinocak, the William W. George Chair and professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) has been honored as the recipient of the 2021 Award for the Advancement of Women in OR/MS. This award is given by the Women in OR/MS (WORMS) Forum of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) to celebrate and recognize a person who has significantly contributed to the advancement and recognition of women in OR/MS.

“I am truly grateful and humbled for this huge honor,” said Keskinocak. “I am thankful to all my colleagues, students, friends, and family who have supported me and many others over the years, and it is the greatest gift for me to support others, even if only in a small way.”

Throughout her career, Keskinocak has been a leader in her field and has advocated for the advancement of women and minorities in engineering. She is an INFORMS Fellow, has served as president of INFORMS and the WORMS Forum, established the WORMS Award, and served as the co-founder and president of the INFORMS Junior Faculty Interest Group to help junior faculty develop their networks and grow professionally. During her term as INFORMS president, she helped further diversity, equity, and inclusion within the organization. She also spearheaded the establishment of a DEI Ambassadors Program to create a culture of inclusivity for all members within the INFORMS community.

At Georgia Tech, Keskinocak is the co-founder and director of the Center for Health and Humanitarian Systems, and she has served as a College of Engineering (COE) ADVANCE Professor and interim associate dean for faculty development and scholarship. She has also made significant contributions to numerous programs at COE and the Institute, which include the Demystifying Tech Series, Adaptive Leadership Workshop, and Diversity and Inclusion Fellows Program. In addition, she was instrumental in the establishment of the COE diversity and inclusion council, resume speed meeting workshops, and other initiatives focused on equity, diversity, and excellence.

Keskinocak has made a lasting impression on many of the people she has worked with.

“I don’t know how my career and life would have turned out had I not had the chance to meet and work with Dr. Keskinocak,” said one person in their nomination letter. “I do know how grateful I am I did have that chance. She is and always will be a role model for me in servant leadership, an extraordinary mentor, and an exceptional teacher.”

“I am just an example of all the lives and careers of women in OR/MS who Pinar has touched, as an advisor, as a professor, as a colleague, and as a leader and role model in OR/MS,” said another. “Pinar represents exactly what this award is about.”

Keskinocak’s research focuses on the applications of operations research and management science with societal impact, particularly health and humanitarian applications, supply chain management, and logistics/transportation. Her recent work has addressed infectious disease modeling — including significant work related to the Covid-19 pandemic — and evaluating intervention strategies and resource allocation; catch-up scheduling for vaccinations; hospital operations management; and disaster preparedness and response.

]]> Laurie Haigh 1 1638288580 2021-11-30 16:09:40 1638378839 2021-12-01 17:13:59 0 0 news This award is given by the Women in OR/MS Forum of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences to celebrate and recognize a person who has significantly contributed to the advancement and recognition of women in OR/MS.

2021-11-30T00:00:00-05:00 2021-11-30T00:00:00-05:00 2021-11-30 00:00:00 Laurie Haigh
Communications Manager

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<![CDATA[Margarita Groisman Leads Digital Media Site “The Buzz”]]> 35757 Many Georgia Tech students are thought-provoking writers, talented YouTubers, or captivating podcasters. However, without a centralized place to exchange ideas, not everyone is able to share their voice with a wide audience. That’s why fourth-year Margarita Groisman from the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) decided to create The Buzz, a student-run digital media site that empowers individual content creators at Georgia Tech.

“I thought it would be awesome to have a platform for communication where students could express different ideas,” said Groisman. “I want to build a community on campus that really values open dialogue and communication.”

Groisman started forming a team for The Buzz in Fall 2020, and the site – hosted on Medium – officially launched in Spring 2021. Her team includes students with a range of majors working in positions including editing, operations and growth, marketing, and technology. In addition to serving as president, she occasionally writes articles for the site on topics she personally finds interesting.

The Buzz offers a wide range of content under the categories of life, art, economics, research, tech, and clubs. One content creator who goes by the pseudonym Techconomist writes about the modern economy in the format of reader-submitted “Dear Techconomist” questions. Another creator, second-year computer science major Christian Kim, has a series of YouTube videos called Life@Tech that gives a glimpse into living on campus, from ranking Georgia Tech dining options to a Sting Break vlog.

“We wanted to make a modern platform that took into account how students are communicating today,” said Groisman. “I worked at The Daily Beast before as a software engineering intern, and they are a very different type of news publication. They have cool features like the Cheat Sheet – a list of 10 featured articles for the day – and lots of video content. They really try to go to the edge of communication, and that inspired me to create a platform that's more innovative here at Georgia Tech.”

Multimedia is highly encouraged, which is evident from the wide variety of publications. In the podcast GTtea, second-year computational media student Vincent Batts discusses changing majors, provides a first-hand perspective on having his own dorm room during the pandemic, and interviews other students about their college experiences.

Clubs have also contributed posts, including Epic Intentions Consulting and the Atlanta Student Film Festival. While much of the content is created exclusively for the site, some is shared from other platforms like YouTube and Spotify. To help with engagement, new publications are promoted on the Instagram account @thebuzz_gt.

Fourth-year business administration student Justin Scott Creamer, who recently posted about a new song he wrote and his experience with music, expressed his positive experience with the platform. “The Buzz is an easily navigable site that allowed me to design a blog post that includes images, hyperlinks, and clean formatting,” he said. “The process was simple and user-friendly.”

The Buzz has a unique style of working with content creators that allows them the flexibility to be artistic with the opportunity to receive guidance. Some students have defined plans for their publications, but others with more general concepts and ideas prefer to consult with the editing team, which helps them organize their ideas. However, the creative process is always led by the content creators.

Several other students also expressed enjoying creating content for the platform. "It's exciting to write articles for The Buzz ― it gives smaller writers like me a chance to share their voice in an easily accessible, simple format,” said first-year industrial engineer Ryan Rodriguez.

Another student, third-year mechanical engineering major Dara Bolodeoku, commented, "Posting on The Buzz gives us the freedom to be our authentic selves and have complete control with what we share with our audience. It’s a great community to be part of."

In addition to the current content, Groisman believes there is a big opportunity with research communications. Given the wide variety of innovation among Georgia Tech departments, keeping up with the latest news is not always feasible, but The Buzz could provide a centralized location to stay informed. To achieve this goal, the team has been reaching out to different research centers on campus.

“We want research labs to be able to create their own accounts and post updates through our site,” Groisman explained. “We don't want just students; we also want staff, administration, and everyone who is part of the Tech community.”

Several other projects are in progress, such as developing a standalone website that would include more features than the current site, as well as launching three new podcasts. With a diverse collection of engaging content and upcoming works, The Buzz is sure to have something for everyone, and Groisman is excited to be paving the way for new voices to be heard.

If you are interested in being a content creator, please fill out this online form or contact The Buzz at buzz.contact.gt@gmail.com.

]]> goberst3 1 1637361086 2021-11-19 22:31:26 1638205111 2021-11-29 16:58:31 0 0 news Fourth-year Margarita Groisman is the founder of The Buzz, a student-run digital media site for content creators at Georgia Tech to pursue stories they are passionate about.

2021-11-19T00:00:00-05:00 2021-11-19T00:00:00-05:00 2021-11-19 00:00:00 Grace Oberst

Communications Assistant
H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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<![CDATA[Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Pediatric Technology Center Names Desai, Serban Inaugural Peterson Professors]]> 28153 Professors Jaydev Desai and Nicoleta Serban are recipients of the first Peterson Professorships from the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Pediatric Technology Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Supported by the G.P. “Bud” Peterson and Valerie H. Peterson Faculty Endowment Fund, the professorships are designed to engage and empower leading researchers in a diverse range of disciplines.

“These professorships honor the Petersons’ commitment to improving the lives of children through collaborative pediatric healthcare research,” said M.G. Finn, chief science officer of the Pediatric Technology Center and chair of Georgia Tech’s School of Chemistry and Biochemistry. “Drs. Desai and Serban are international leaders in their very different fields, both of great importance in improving pediatric healthcare. We look forward to their exciting research and leadership.”

Desai is professor and Carol Ann and David D. Flanagan Distinguished Faculty Fellow in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University and an expert in medical robotics. Serban focuses on health analytics as the Virginia C. and Joseph C. Mello Professor in Georgia Tech’s H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

“Thanks to the Petersons, these professorships will help take collaborations between Children’s, Georgia Tech and Emory to new heights,” said Lucky Jain, chief academic officer of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and pediatrics department chair in the Emory School of Medicine. “We have already made huge gains in pediatric diagnostic tests, airway support and heart valves, to name a few. I look forward to future projects led by Drs. Desai and Serban that will pave the way to new life-saving devices and treatments for kids.”

The Peterson name is no doubt familiar to many at Tech and across Metro Atlanta. During his decade as president of the Institute, Bud Peterson helped facilitate and build the research partnership with Children’s. The new professorships — awarded for up to six years — will support pediatric research that interfaces with Children’s.

“The progress we’ve seen working collaboratively across disciplines has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life as an administrator,” said Peterson, who remains a Georgia Tech faculty member. “The clinicians at Children’s encounter a host of different healthcare needs and problems. We develop solutions. These professorships help us map our solutions to their problems.”

­Creating Robotic Solutions

For Desai, the professorship is a great honor, recognizing his existing close collaborations with Children’s physicians. It’s also encouragement to tackle a range of challenges in pediatric robotics, a heavily under-explored research area compared to adult medical robotics research.

“We are actively working on developing a steerable robotic system for minimally invasive pediatric neurosurgery as well as a voice-activated robotic hand exoskeleton customized for patients with spinal cord injury,” said Desai, who is director of the Georgia Center for Medical Robotics and associate director of the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines, both at Georgia Tech.

Desai said the resources from the Peterson Professorship will help support those projects and others — in interventional cardiology and cancer diagnosis, for example.

The professorship’s funding also will allow Desai to enhance research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, organize workshops to foster collaborations and build research teams for larger projects, among other things.

And, he expects, the work supported by the professorship will garner even more interest down the road, leading to larger research grants.

“This is a humbling honor for me. One of the great motivators for my move to Georgia Tech a few years back was to work in pediatric robotics with Children’s,” Desai said. “It is also an exciting investment that will lead to more opportunities and potentially tangible results at the end of the day.”

Data Science for Society

Serban’s research program has taken many turns in the 16 years she’s been at Georgia Tech, beginning with work in theoretical and methodological statistics before shifting to industrial engineering. Then, about eight years ago, she shifted directions again.

It turned out, Serban said, her training and research background provided an excellent foundation for the rigorous study of healthcare delivery and health policy, allowing her to use what she called, “principled approaches to solving real-world problems in healthcare.”

The Peterson Professorship will support her collaborative research opportunities with Children’s in two main areas: opioid prescribing and use (particularly in children undergoing surgery for severe conditions) and mental health treatment and access.

“Pediatric healthcare is where my academic heart is,” said Serban, a researcher in Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology. “Words cannot express my appreciation for the support and encouragement coming from Children’s. Without them, my career and accomplishments would not be where they are today.”

The goal of Serban’s research is to use the massive amounts of data she gathers and analyzes to inform public policy and healthcare delivery. The professorship will help her continue along that path.

“My research will continue to encompass many directions, focusing on computational approaches to model massive data, and on methods crossing multiple disciplines – statistics, machine learning and optimization,” Serban said.

“As part of my future research opportunities and interests, I plan to build data science programs with substantive societal impact.”

Serban said it is also a great honor to have the Peterson name affiliated with her academic position.

"My career bloomed during President Peterson’s tenure,” she said. “I have the utmost respect for his commitment, dedication, support, and effort to keep the Institute on an upward trajectory.”


The Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Pediatric Technology Center is part of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Our goal is to facilitate collaboration between Children's Healthcare of Atlanta clinicians, doctors, and researchers conducting fundamental and translational research to advance children's health and delivery of pediatric services in a broad range of research areas.


]]> Jerry Grillo 1 1637260468 2021-11-18 18:34:28 1637261248 2021-11-18 18:47:28 0 0 news 2021-11-18T00:00:00-05:00 2021-11-18T00:00:00-05:00 2021-11-18 00:00:00 Writer: Jerry Grillo

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<![CDATA[2021 Amazon Supply Chain Systems Design Track Fellows]]> 35757 Georgia Tech’s H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) and the Supply Chain and Logistics Institute (SCL) are proud to announce this year's Amazon Supply Chain Systems Design Track Fellows: Ajinkya Rege, Yesh Shah, Pavitra Tagore, Jamel Thompson, Léo Pham Van, and Benjamin Fan. These students will each receive a $12,000 fellowship; they may also have the opportunity to complete an internship at Amazon, in addition to being strong candidates for full-time employment at the company.

To be awarded one of these fellowships, applicants must apply and be accepted into the Georgia Tech Master of Science in Supply Chain Engineering (MSCCE) program on the Supply Chain Systems Design Track, which prepares students for roles in supply chain facilities’ engineering and design, as well as a broader range of supply chain systems design roles. Amazon recognizes the importance of developing a demographically diverse leadership team, and thus priority for the fellowship is given to underrepresented minorities and female students.

About the Fellowship Recipients

Ajinkya Rege completed his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the Vellore Institute of Technology in Vellore, India. He was exposed to the transportation and freight logistics industry while working at Volvo-Eicher Commercial Vehicles. In one of his roles as a business analyst in process and IT, he primarily developed data-driven solutions to optimize vehicle performance and customer productivity, including differentiated service delivery for e-commerce vehicles based on driving patterns.

Working with Volvo Eicher is what initially triggered his interest in supply chain. “With the evolution of e-commerce, the expectations of customers have changed, and reduced delivery timelines have drastically altered the landscape of the quintessential supply chain,” Rege explained. “It has now become imperative for organizations to focus on a higher level of customer orientation.”

When asked about his career goals, Rege said, “My dream job is one where I would be able to work on new technologies, innovate, and explore new solutions to satisfy the changing needs of the end user. I believe the business exposure that I have gained during my work tenure, coupled with the academic knowledge I will gain at Georgia Tech, will help me deliver customer-centric solutions in line with the mission and vision of the industry.”

Yesh Shah also completed his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the Vellore Institute of Technology and has several years of experience in supply chain working at Decathlon.

“Decathlon gave me an opportunity to explore the intricacy and depth of global retail supply chain, all the way from component sourcing to finally getting the product on shelves of the retail stores,” said Shah. “From my experience in production, procurement, supplier management, and demand planning, it was fascinating to understand the interconnectedness of supply chain functions and the far-reaching impact on the entire ecosystem of the company. With a focus to make supply chain systems more resilient and sustainable, every day was an exciting challenge to be solved and an opportunity to learn.”

With supply chain being a key focus for companies, Shah says now is a critical time to be in the field.

“The supply chain engineering program at ISyE provides the right opportunity to partner with distinguished companies and gain real-world experience,” he said. “After graduation, I look forward to being a part of a creative and challenging space where I am able to design and optimize supply chain systems, making them more sustainable and adaptable to the growing needs of the customer.”

Pavitra Tagore earned her undergraduate degree in industrial engineering and management from the RV College of Engineering in Bangalore, India, and she previously worked at Intel as a supply chain solutions analyst.

“I’ve always been fascinated with how large, complex systems function,” she said. “Through my industrial engineering and supply chain management background, I’ve analyzed global supply chain systems and investigated the interactions between their constituent elements. I thoroughly enjoyed discovering how the elements influence each other, and how their interactions could be optimized to produce agile, responsive supply chains.”

Always on the lookout for ways to improve her supply chain knowledge, Tagore has also earned her Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) certification, which she chose to improve her knowledge on essential technology, concepts, and strategies in end-to-end supply chains.

“The CSCP modules ensured I am equipped with the required skills to work on various aspects of today’s supply chains – design, planning, execution, and improvement – all of which came in handy during my work at Intel, where I was involved in improving various aspects of diverse supply chains,” said Tagore. Her future goal is to design, build, and manage global supply chains.

Jamel Thompson, who is finishing up his undergraduate degree at ISyE, decided to enroll in the MSSCE program because he found supply chain classes to be the most fulfilling. “I enjoy the interactive classroom style many of the classes have,” he said. “We have visited warehouses and had many guest speakers, which helps because we get to see what we are being taught in the classroom actually put the practice. Through MSSCE program, I want to broaden my understanding of the field and better understand the global supply chain and ways I can impact it.”

Thompson likes interacting with people and wants to eventually work in the business side of supply chain. In addition to the Amazon fellowship, he is also a recipient of the Matson Scholarship for Leadership Diversity, designed to encourage underrepresented students to consider careers in the transportation, supply chain management, and logistics fields, increasing diversity in leadership positions.

On campus, Thompson is president of the Men’s Club Basketball team, the director of professional development for the Society of Health Systems, and a member of the Sports Business Club. He’s also involved with Mission Possible, an organization that introduces industrial engineering to high school students through summer camps, workshops, and outreach programs.

Léo Pham Van, who hails from France, completed his undergraduate studies in mechanical and industrial engineering at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers in Paris. He also earned a master’s degree in innovation, design, and engineering with a concentration in interaction design. The program was focused on project management methodologies and human-centric design for products, services, and systems.

“During my undergraduate studies in France, I acquired a strong base in science and industrial engineering,” said Pham Van. “I worked on projects covering a wide scope of engineering such as manufacturing, design, supply chain, and programming. These projects allowed me to develop my problem-solving skills. With the MSSCE offered by Georgia Tech, I will also develop further skills and knowledge in supply chain engineering that will help me become a great supply chain engineer.”

Being able to work on real-world cases at Georgia Tech is important to Pham Van, who aims to work at a company in the U.S. that has challenging and innovative projects.

“I would like to work on the optimization of systems for the supply chain to help my company reach their business objectives while becoming more sustainable and efficient,” he said.

Benjamin Fan studied at ISyE as an undergraduate student and knew that he wanted to continue his education at Georgia Tech because of ISyE’s rigorous and practical education in supply chain engineering.

“My passion for supply chain made me choose to further pursue a master’s degree to be able to make the best supply chain decisions backed by mathematical principles,” said Fan.

His past experience in supply chain includes interning at Höganäs Taiwan, where he worked on a demand forecasting project. “I analyzed company sales data and modeled the trendlines in Python,” Fan explained. “On top of that, I also researched and utilized a Python library to automate Python scripts in Excel VBA to make the results presentable for managers. Through the project, I was able to gain analytical and coding experience.”

After graduating from the MSSCE program, he wants to design innovative fulfillment systems with technologies that assist employees by enabling them to be more efficient and enjoy their daily operations.

For more information on ISyE’s MSSCE program, visit https://www.isye.gatech.edu/academics/masters/supply-chain-engineering.

For questions, or if you are interested in applying for an Amazon Supply Chain Systems Design Fellowship, visit https://www.scl.gatech.edu/outreach/amazonfellow.

]]> goberst3 1 1637018968 2021-11-15 23:29:28 1652804439 2022-05-17 16:20:39 0 0 news This year’s Amazon Supply Chain Systems Design Track Fellows include Ajinkya Rege, Yesh Shah, Pavitra Tagore, Jamel Thompson, Léo Pham Van, and Benjamin Fan.

2021-11-15T00:00:00-05:00 2021-11-15T00:00:00-05:00 2021-11-15 00:00:00 Grace Oberst

Communications Assistant
H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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<![CDATA[Jan Shi Chosen for SME’s 2021 College of Fellows]]> 35757 Jianjun (Jan) Shi, Carolyn J. Stewart Chair and professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, has been selected for the Society of Manufacturing Engineering’s (SME) 2021 College of Fellows. This is an honor given to individuals “who have made outstanding contributions to the social, technological, and educational aspects of the manufacturing profession,” with 20 or more years of dedication and service to the field.

In the letter nominating Shi for this honor, it was noted that he pioneered data-enabled manufacturing – an accomplishment for which he was also elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2018. He has developed quality improvement algorithms implemented in over 40 steel plants globally, with hundreds of millions of dollars saved and over one billion KWh in saved energy, as well as tens of thousands of CO2 emissions reduced.

Shi’s selection as an SME Fellow is the latest in a series of signal distinctions conferred in 2021: He received the Walter Shewhart Medal from the American Society for Quality, an award given “to individuals who have made outstanding technical contributions and leadership in the field of modern quality control and improvement.” He was also awarded the S.M. Wu Research Implementation Award, which “honors outstanding original research … that, upon implementation, has had a significant commercial/societal impact.”

Previously, Shi has also been named a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering, a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, a Fellow of INFORMS, an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute, and an Academician of the International Academy for Quality. His work has also been honored with, among others, 11 best paper awards and nine international research awards.

Shi said, “I am honored to receive this recognition, and I greatly appreciate all my students, colleagues, and sponsors for their support throughout my many years of research in and implementation of complex manufacturing systems.”

]]> goberst3 1 1635902548 2021-11-03 01:22:28 1636998683 2021-11-15 17:51:23 0 0 news The award honors individuals “who have made outstanding contributions to the social, technological, and educational aspects of the manufacturing profession.”

2021-11-10T00:00:00-05:00 2021-11-10T00:00:00-05:00 2021-11-10 00:00:00 Shelley Wunder-Smith

H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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<![CDATA[Alumnus Selected to Serve as Board of Regents Chair]]> 27299 At its November meeting, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) elected Harold Reynolds, an industrial and systems engineering alumnus from Georgia Tech, to serve as its chair for the coming year.

“Chairing a university system that serves 340,000 students and drives research, innovation and economic development across the state is a major responsibility, and I am delighted to see another distinguished Georgia Tech alumnus elected for the task,” said Georgia Tech President Ángel Cabrera. “I very much look forward to working with Regent Reynolds in support of public higher education throughout the state.”

With members appointed by the governor, the Board of Regents serves as the governing and management authority for 26 public higher education institutions: four research universities, four comprehensive universities, nine state universities, and nine state colleges.

“I’m honored to serve as the next chair of the Board of Regents. Throughout my tenure, I’ve focused on improving student achievement throughout the state,” Reynolds said. “Earning my degree at Georgia Tech, a USG institution, taught me how valuable a quality education can be. I look forward the road ahead and remain committed to putting students and their families first.”

Reynolds is the Chief Executive Officer of privately held BankSouth Holding Company headquartered in Greene County, Georgia. The company owns and operates BankSouth, BankSouth Mortgage headquartered in Atlanta, Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty, and other subsidiaries.

Governor Zell Miller appointed Reynolds to the State Board of Technical and Adult Education, now known as the Technical College System of Georgia. He served for ten years as the chairperson of the capital outlays committee and a two-year term as board chairman during the thirteen years that he was a board member. Reynolds and his wife, Lesley, reside on Lake Oconee. They have daughter who is a recent college graduate living in New York City and a son attending Southern Methodist University. The family is a member of Lakeside Church.

]]> Michael Hagearty 1 1636511120 2021-11-10 02:25:20 1636572124 2021-11-10 19:22:04 0 0 news Harold Reynolds, an industrial and systems engineering graduate, will chair the 26-member system that serves 340,000 students

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<![CDATA[Alex Shapiro Honored with 2021 INFORMS John von Neumann Theory Prize]]> 35757 Alexander Shapiro has been selected for the 2021 John von Neumann Theory Prize by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). This esteemed honor is given annually for a body of work to a scholar who has made fundamental, sustained theoretical contributions in OR/MS. Shapiro is the A. Russell Chandler Chair III and professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE).

In announcing Shapiro’s selection for the award, INFORMS cited his fundamental contributions to theory and computational methods for stochastic programming, as well as seminal contributions to nonlinear analysis: “The outstanding breadth and depth of Dr. Shapiro’s research, combined with his contributions to the mathematical optimization community, make him the outstanding recipient of this prestigious prize.”

The John von Neumann Theory Prize is the latest in a series of significant recognitions of the impact of Shapiro’s work. In 2013, he received the INFORMS Khachiyan Prize for Lifetime Accomplishments in Optimization, and in 2018, he was awarded the Dantzig Prize by the Mathematical Optimization Society and Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. In 2020, Shapiro was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Shapiro recently served as editor-in-chief of Programming Series A from 2012-2017.

]]> goberst3 1 1636495376 2021-11-09 22:02:56 1637259789 2021-11-18 18:23:09 0 0 news This esteemed honor is given annually for a body of work to a scholar who has made fundamental, sustained theoretical contributions in OR/MS.

2021-11-09T00:00:00-05:00 2021-11-09T00:00:00-05:00 2021-11-09 00:00:00 Shelley Wunder-Smith

H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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<![CDATA[ISyE Graduate Shane Kimbrough Back on Earth After 199 Days in Space]]> 34760 After 199 days in space, Georgia Tech graduate Shane Kimbrough is back on Earth. Kimbrough and three of his crewmates splashed into the Gulf of Mexico on Monday night on board a Space-X Dragon capsule.

The international team, officially recognized as NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2, spent more than six months in orbit. The mission set a record for the longest spaceflight by a U.S. crewed spacecraft. The crew traveled 84,653,119 statute miles and completed 3,194 orbits around Earth.

Kimbrough and his fellow astronauts performed science experiments and technology demonstrations during the mission. They also grew green chiles and installed free-flying robotic assistants. Kimbrough performed three spacewalks, bringing his career total to nine.

This was Kimbrough’s third mission to space. He previously flew on the space shuttle in 2008 and on board a Russian Soyuz rocket in 2016. He has now spent 388 days away from Earth. Only three other U.S. astronauts have been in orbit longer.

Kimbrough graduated from Georgia Tech with a master’s degree in operations research in 1998. He grew up in Atlanta and attended Yellow Jacket sporting events as a child. During his last mission in 2016, he brought a flag from the Ramblin’ Wreck to the International Space Station. This time while in space, he threw out the first pitch in a taped ceremony before a Georgia Tech baseball game and carried a Yellow Jackets jersey. In May, a few weeks after the launch, he also talked to Georgia Tech about expectations of the mission and life on the space station, which travels 17,500 miles an hour, or 5 miles per second.

]]> Laurie Haigh 1 1636480405 2021-11-09 17:53:25 1636480405 2021-11-09 17:53:25 0 0 news Kimbrough spent six months in orbit during his third NASA mission

2021-11-09T00:00:00-05:00 2021-11-09T00:00:00-05:00 2021-11-09 00:00:00 Jason Maderer

652614 652615 652614 image <![CDATA[Shane Kimbrough returned to earth on November 8, 2021.]]> image/png 1636479328 2021-11-09 17:35:28 1636479328 2021-11-09 17:35:28 652615 image <![CDATA[Shane Kimbrough in the space station's cupola in August (courtesy: NASA)]]> image/jpeg 1636479473 2021-11-09 17:37:53 1636479473 2021-11-09 17:37:53 <![CDATA[ISyE Alumnus Commands SpaceX Crew-2 Mission to International Space Station]]> <![CDATA[Kimbrough Reflects on Six Months in Space]]> <![CDATA[Georgia Tech Astronaut Returns to Earth]]>
<![CDATA[ISyE Students Selected for 2021 Millennium Fellowship]]> 35757 Three students from the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) have been chosen for the 2021 Millennium Fellowship, a joint leadership development program between the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and the Millennium Campus Network (MCN). The Fellows – who are among 17 Georgia Tech students selected – include William Abdallah, Anjana Chamarthi, and Aashni Patel.

The Millennium Fellowship is a semester-long program with an experiential curriculum designed to cultivate core values such as empathy and inclusion, hone hard and soft skills like creating SMART goals and team management, and engage in peer-to-peer feedback. Throughout the fellowship, students work on a project that supports UNAI goals as well as UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

About the ISyE Fellowship Recipients

William Abdallah is a fourth-year student who is part of the Anchor Institution task force, a division of the Georgia Tech Strategic Plan. Prior to receiving the Millennium Fellowship, he has worked on a project focused on sustainable infrastructure in West Atlanta with Georgia Tech Research Institute and a connected VIP class. The VIP instructors encouraged him to apply for the fellowship, and after reading more about the program, he was excited about the opportunity.

Abdallah’s fellowship project is focused on SDG 9 – helping to empower community-driven sustainable infrastructure projects – and SDG 16 – peace engineering, with a focus on gun violence projects in West Atlanta. He hopes to help with the process of developing Georgia Tech into a better anchor institution, the idea that Georgia Tech is a lasting entity in the Atlanta that uses its resources and research to provide support for the surrounding community and provide growth in areas like jobs, education, and equity.

His favorite aspect of the program has been connecting with the other Millennium Fellows on campus. “It’s always encouraging to meet like-minded people my age trying to make a difference,” said Abdallah. “There was one exercise we did involving thinking about our specific leadership styles; it was nice to speak with other students who share similar strengths and talk about how we can be better leaders.”

When asked what makes ISyE students suited for the fellowship, Abdallah highlighted the ability to understand and work with complex systems, especially having the skillset to develop insights from data extracted. He encourages other students to apply to the program as well.

“A lot of the time, we are pointed in fixed directions, whether it is general manufacturing or supply chain,” he noted. “While there are social issues that can be solved in those areas, there are many more places where we can make a large impact. ISyE students should apply to the program because they will have the opportunity to explore those areas and make an impact in the community.”

After graduating, he plans on continuing to work in the space of urban design and community development, with a future goal of owning his own design firm.

Anjana Chamarthi is a third-year student who was drawn to the resources, mentorship, and global community the fellowship offers.

“I thought it was a great platform to share my project with other driven individuals from all over the world,” said Chamarthi. “I think there is power in numbers: The more people who see a flame of social impact, the more widespread the fire of positive change can be.”

Her project supports SDG 12, sustainable development, and consists of the research and development of a simulation – an augmented reality/virtual reality rendering of the whole life cycle of an article of clothing – from manufacturing plant to store shelf. By applying this research, the project aims to optimize sourcing and distribution channels for local Atlanta thrift stores.

“Due to its convenience, the fast-fashion industry has become a titan, feeding into the frenzy of the consumer, while endangering and causing environmental devastation,” said Chamarthi. “However, repurposing and thrifting clothes can help save billions of gallons of water, decrease rates of deforestation, and prevent excessive waste production.”

Her favorite part of the experience has been learning from the other Fellows' projects and broadening her perspective of different approaches to social impact. “The fellowship opened my eyes to several pressing challenges our world faces today, and I think ISyE has provided the toolkit for a unique approach to solving these real-world problems,” said Chamarthi. “Mathematically modeling traditionally qualitative variables and then coding these models for forecasting the future is what makes ISyE practical and impactful.”

Aashni Patel is a second-year student who is passionate about creating social impact.

“I wanted to apply for the fellowship because I’ve gotten to work with a couple of nonprofits recently and really wanted to learn more about how people start doing social impact work themselves,” said Patel. “Since it’s not a class, there’s no pressure to get a good grade. Instead, the focus is entirely on trying to start a project and improving it as you learn from the training sessions.”

Her project supports SDG 17, partnerships to reach the goals, and focuses on connecting organizations with students that want to help make change and don’t know how to start. Students can choose one-time or short-term ways to help organizations around them and even receive incentives, helping organizations reach audiences and volunteers they couldn’t previously connect with.

The program focuses on the background of the Fellows’ projects and why they want to work on them.

“We did an activity on the unintended consequences of past projects, and it helped a lot of us figure out what parts of our projects were helpful and what should be modified to avoid causing more issues than they solved,” explained Patel.

After graduating, she wants to stay involved in the nonprofit space and says that the fellowship taught her a lot about managing and organizing nonprofits that she can leverage in the future to work with causes she is passionate about.

“I think industrial engineers are well-suited for nonprofit work because the main goal of ISyE is to improve things – which is an ongoing goal in most social impact projects,” she said. “Projects are only as meaningful as the impact they make, and industrial engineers are trained to optimize the results of initiatives in a way that perfectly complements nonprofit work.”

]]> goberst3 1 1636415676 2021-11-08 23:54:36 1636420535 2021-11-09 01:15:35 0 0 news The Fellows – who are among 17 Georgia Tech students selected – include ISyE undergraduates William Abdallah, Anjana Chamarthi, and Aashni Patel.

2021-11-08T00:00:00-05:00 2021-11-08T00:00:00-05:00 2021-11-08 00:00:00 Grace Oberst

Communications Assistant
H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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<![CDATA[ISyE Faculty, Students Present Talks, Receive Honors at INFORMS 2021]]> 35757 At the annual Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) conference, a number of faculty members and students from the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) presented plenary addresses and deceived awards for their research. The conference was held from October 24-27, 2021, in Anaheim, California.

Ph.D. student Andrew ElHabr received the Judith Liebman Award in appreciation of his outstanding service to the Georgia Tech INFORMS student chapter. Advisor: Turgay Ayer.

Pinar Keskinocak received the WORMS Award for the Advancement of Women in OR/MS.

Jisoon (Mark) Lim (IE 2021) won the Undergraduate Operations Research Prize for “The Bicycle Network Improvement Problem: Optimization Algorithms and A Case Study in Atlanta.” Advisor: Pascal Van Hentenryck.

Alex Shapiro was awarded the John von Neumann Theory Prize.

The Georgia Tech INFORMS Student Chapter won the 2021 INFORMS Student Chapter annual award at the Magna Cum Laude level. Advisor: Lauren Steimle.


Ph.D. student Yathath Dubey was selected as runner-up for the George Nicholson 2021 Student Paper Competition for “Branch-and-Bound Solves Random IPs in Polytimem," written with Marco Molinaro and his advisor, Santanu Dey


Ph.D. student Woody Zhu was chosen as a finalist for the 2021 Wagner Prize for “Data-Driven Optimization for Atlanta Police Zone Design,” written with Yao Xie and He Wang. He was also selected as a finalist for the Best Applied Paper in the 16th INFORMS Workshop on Data Mining and Decision Analytics, for “Early Detection of Covid-19 Hotspots Using Spatio-Temporal Data.”


Alejandro Toriello has been elected vice president/president elect of the INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics Society, with his term beginning in 2022.

Plenary Addresses

Martin Savelsbergh gave the opening plenary lecture, “Challenges and Opportunities in Crowdsourced Delivery Planning and Operations.”

 Jeff Wu gave a plenary talk, “Analysis-of-Marginal-Tail-Means (ATM): A Robust Method for Discrete Black-Box Optimization,” to the INFORMS QSR Section.


Pascal Van Hentenryck gave a tutorial, “Machine Learning for Optimal Power Flows.”

]]> goberst3 1 1636414506 2021-11-08 23:35:06 1636420590 2021-11-09 01:16:30 0 0 news At the annual INFORMS conference, a number of faculty members and students from ISyE presented plenary addresses and deceived awards for their research.

2021-11-08T00:00:00-05:00 2021-11-08T00:00:00-05:00 2021-11-08 00:00:00 Shelley Wunder-Smith

H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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<![CDATA[ISyE Team Places Sixth in National ARPA-E GO Competition]]> 35757 A team led by David M. McKenney Family Associate Professor Andy Sun in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) placed sixth out of nine winners in the second round of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) ARPA-E Grid Optimization Competition. Previously, they placed third out of 27 teams in the first round of the competition. The team also includes A. Russell Chandler III Professor Santanu Dey and three Ph.D. students – Amin Gholami, Kaizhao Sun, and Shixuan Zhang – who are all advised by Associate Professor Sun.

The competition includes a series of challenges aimed at developing software management solutions to create a more resilient and secure American electricity grid. The first challenge tasked participating teams with finding solutions to a security-constrained optimal power flow (SCOPF) problem, a fundamental optimization problem in the operation and planning of power grids, while the second challenge expanded on the problem with additional complex constraints, such as unit commitment, line switching, and discretized transformer tap ratio and phase shift.

“Our team investigated the problem structure carefully and deployed various optimization techniques,” said Kaizhao. “Our code consists of two stages. In the first stage, we used parallel computing to explore different problem formulations, and report the best-found solution. In the second stage, we quickly recovered feasible solutions for contingencies, again, through parallelization of the computational tasks, and output them in a robust way.”

The team needed to figure out the optimal decisions for unit commitment – starting up or shutting down a generator, and for line switching – closing or opening a transmission line.

“We dug into a considerable amount of data and observed certain patterns, such as which generators are more likely to incur higher generation costs and which transmission lines are more likely to cause congestions in the network,” Kaizhao explained. “Based on these observations, we developed some efficient strategies that significantly improved our scores.”

Associate Professor Sun praised the team’s work.

“It is a tremendous achievement to develop such a robust and scalable optimization software, which for the first time enables U.S. power grid operators to solve the most complex grid-optimization problems in their daily operation,” he noted. “This is the result of years of hard work. I would like to applaud the three Ph.D. students – Amin, Kaizhao, and Shixuan – for their excellent teamwork, creativity, and perseverance, in addition to Santanu’s support.”

The winning teams will receive a combined total of $2.4 million in prize money, to be used for further development of their technologies. The details of the next step have not been released yet.

“We believe this series of competitions definitely benefits the development of algorithmic software for the modern power grid, and we look forward to learning about the new challenge,” Kaizhao concluded.

]]> goberst3 1 1636413865 2021-11-08 23:24:25 1636420648 2021-11-09 01:17:28 0 0 news The team led by Associate Professor Andy Sun includes includes Professor Santanu Dey and three Ph.D. students – Amin Gholami, Kaizhao Sun, and Shixuan Zhang.

2021-11-08T00:00:00-05:00 2021-11-08T00:00:00-05:00 2021-11-08 00:00:00 Shelley Wunder-Smith

H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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<![CDATA[A Summer in Environmental Policy: Q&A with ISyE Student Kira O’Hare]]> 35757 Fourth-year Kira O’Hare from the H. Milton School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) was able to explore her interest in environmental justice when she interned at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) – a large policy think tank based in Washington, D.C. – in the energy security and climate change program. Throughout the internship this past summer, she worked on a project exploring coal-related socioeconomic dependency in Mpumalanga and Jharkhand, two prominent coal-dependent regions in South Africa and India.

O’Hare co-authored the report Understanding Just Transitions in Coal-Dependent Communities, which was produced by the Just Transition Initiative team in a collaboration between CSIS and Climate Investment Funds (CIF). Just Transition, as defined by the Climate Justice Alliance, is a “vision-led, unifying and place-based set of principles, processes, and practices that build economic and political power to shift from an extractive economy to a regenerative economy.” In this Q&A, O’Hare discusses her involvement with CSIS and her research team’s recommendations from the report.

How did you get connected with CSIS?

I first got involved with this internship through a placement with Georgia Tech’s Strategic Energy Institute Program which connects a student to CSIS to work in their Energy Security and Climate Change program. Prior to this experience, I had an interest in environmental policy, participating in research at Georgia Tech’s Data Science and Policy Lab on a smart cities project focused on addressing housing and energy efficiency in the city of Albany, Georgia.

Were you personally interested in the project topic?

I was placed on this project because I expressed general interest in environmental justice, energy transitions, and climate migration. These topics are of great interest of me, particularly in developing countries, because the world is at a place right now where we cannot afford to have significant increases in greenhouse gas emissions if we want to achieve our goal set out in the Paris Agreement of keeping global warming under 2°C. Particularly in countries with such a large population such as India, the implications of moving away from coal, as opposed to increasing coal production, are huge.

Could you explain the purpose of the paper?

We identified three primary components of just coal transitions in both states: economic diversification, land remediation, and community engagement. The coal ecosystem in these resource-rich areas is very complex. Coal is viewed as a saving grace for these communities since it provides direct, indirect, and induced jobs, provides funding for social projects in coal communities through corporate social revenues, and largely enables municipalities to supply water and electricity services.

Despite coal being a huge component of these states’ economy, there are large research gaps in terms of quantifying the components of the coal ecosystem. Thus, the study we conducted recommends governments and researchers invest in quantifying all elements of the coal ecosystem, such as the number of induced and informal jobs, to understand the scope of the issue.

Why is economic diversification important for a just coal transition?

Moving away from coal requires the region to introduce new economic opportunities, leading to the point of economic diversification. Each region will have its strengths and weaknesses given resource availability, but potential sectors include tourism, agriculture, and renewable energy. We recommended that stakeholders support feasibility and scalability studies for potential diversification sectors by region to better understand job creation potential and how much money the state can make.

What were the findings surrounding land remediation?

After conducting 40+ interviews with local stakeholders, we discovered that currently there are many legacy mines that were abandoned without closure plans, and even the mines and plants with closure plans rarely follow through with them. With land already a scarce resource, polluted land is detrimental to new economic development as well as to human health. We recommend that the government allots adequate funding to address this in addition to ensuring that the regulatory bodies managing the rehabilitation process have sufficient capacity to carry out the law as written. Currently, there is a severe lack of enforcement of the closure plans.

What are the opportunities for community engagement?

Just transition is a new concept, so sensitizing local stakeholders to the concept of just transition is essential as well. International and national philanthropic foundations could support local media to cover just transition topics in regional languages, and think tanks and non-governmental organizations could conduct workshops for local communities. This also means ensuring that underrepresented organizations that we had classified in a stakeholder mapping exercise have a seat at the table in just transition planning. This includes worker unions, activist groups, informal coal workers, and local governments.

What ISyE skills did you utilize in your internship?

The experience was a great introduction to the policy world but with a more technical and research-like approach to policy analysis. I was able to use my data analysis and geographic information system (GIS) skills from my ISyE coursework to create maps to supplement the paper, as well as provide additional statistics regarding the coal ecosystem. ISyE has given me a strong, problem-solving mindset that assisted me in approaching the problem at hand despite not having direct policy experience before.

You can read the entire report here.

]]> goberst3 1 1636161947 2021-11-06 01:25:47 1636420898 2021-11-09 01:21:38 0 0 news Fourth-year Kira O’Hare explored her interest in environmental justice while interning at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in the energy security and climate change program.

2021-11-05T00:00:00-04:00 2021-11-05T00:00:00-04:00 2021-11-05 00:00:00 Grace Oberst

Communications Assistant
H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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<![CDATA[Ashley Elleby: Designing a More Inclusive World]]> 35757 At just under six feet tall, Ashley Elleby (IE 2008) has always had a problem finding clothes that fit. As a young basketball player, she wore a lot of sweats or men’s clothing. But when Elleby realized she wasn’t going to become a professional athlete, she knew she needed some work attire.

“I bought my very first suit from the men’s department,” Elleby said. “My mom tailored it so I could have something suitable to wear to an interview for an internship. That sparked something in me that I wanted to fill this void.”

So in 2011, Elleby began Alyssa Vermell Apparel (Alyssa Vermell is her middle name), a company that created well-fitting, fashionable, and affordable business casual clothing for taller women.

Running her own business wasn’t something Elleby thought she would grow up to do. Her father worked as a computer engineer, and the Elleby household always had the latest computer. At Georgia Tech, she earned a degree from the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, with a focus on health systems. But after going on to work for Johnson & Johnson, she realized maybe the field wasn’t for her.

“As an engineer, I was working on the back end of things, and I didn’t have opportunities to make decisions,” Elleby explained. “I just followed instructions, and that didn’t match my passion for things like developing strategy or building teams.”

So Elleby switched gears, applying to the business school at Washington University in St. Louis, where she began her clothing company. She then enrolled in fashion school and ran the company on nights and weekends while working as a full-time marketing professional. She quit her job with Pepsi in 2016 and moved to New York, pitching her company to investors and applying for incubator programs. But after a few years, Elleby realized she couldn’t scale the company the way she wanted to without compromising product quality and ethical manufacturing, so she put the business on pause.

In the meantime, she’s found another job she loves. Today, Elleby is the head of growth marketing at Google, leading a global team that leverages data science and predictive algorithms to better understand consumer behavior. As a side project, she signed on to lead a diversity, equity, and inclusion group at Google.

“Google is this huge conglomerate that touches almost every person on this planet, so I want us to be more mindful about how we show up to the world,” Elleby noted. She supported the Google Ads team in developing the first searchable business attribute that allows store and business owners to self-identify as Black-owned so users can quickly identify Black-owned businesses they want to support.

]]> goberst3 1 1635901827 2021-11-03 01:10:27 1635946642 2021-11-03 13:37:22 0 0 news Alumna Ashley Elleby’s career journey has taken her from founding her own clothing company to the head of growth marketing at Google.

2021-11-02T00:00:00-04:00 2021-11-02T00:00:00-04:00 2021-11-02 00:00:00 Kelley Freund

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<![CDATA[Autonomous Trucking Collaboration Could Lead to a More Resilient, Affordable Supply Chain]]> 34760 A. Russell Chandler III Chair and Professor Pascal Van Hentenryck is collaborating with Ryder System, Inc. on the industry’s first data-driven study of the potential impact of autonomous trucking.

Van Hentenryck and his team have spent years developing an On-Demand Multimodal Transit System (ODMTS) to address the first- and last-mile problems in public transportation and provide equitable, efficient, and low-cost public transportation options. The multimodal approach uses small on-demand vehicles to take riders to and from their locations to high-frequency bus and rail hubs. Increasing the use of public transit will not only decrease reliance on personal vehicles and reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions; it will also increase accessibility to jobs, healthcare, education, and fresh food.

However, when executives from Ryder, a leading logistics and transportation company with more than 235,000 vehicles and 8,600 professional truck drivers, reached out to Van Hentenryck about a collaboration, the research team began to look at the model through a different lens.

“We have been focusing on people mobility and had not looked at other types of transportation,” said Van Hentenryck. “So when Ryder came to us, we were very interested to see if the techniques that we were using for people could apply more generally to freight. In this project specifically, we are looking at how adding autonomous vehicles could unlock additional value.”

Van Hentenryck, who also serves as associate chair for innovation and entrepreneurship and leads the Socially Aware Mobility (SAM) Lab in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE), and his team met with Ryder to better understand the company’s goals and to determine if this multimodal approach could be applied to another system. Working with a company like Ryder gave the team access to large amounts of data and to logistics experts who understand the industry’s current and future challenges.

“There is a lot of back-and-forth between researchers and company representatives in a project like this,” explained Van Hentenryck. “Sometimes the solutions we come up with in the lab will not work in the field, and so you have this iterative process in transforming the research idea into something that is applicable in the field.”

Ryder operates a network of dedicated fleets for its customers, and even with high levels of performance, inflexible transportation lanes and schedules often lead to inefficiencies.

“We learned that sometimes these trucks are traveling many miles completely empty, which is not cost effective,” Van Hentenryck said. “We started looking at how we can avoid these ‘empty miles.’”

To meet customer needs, Ryder must execute a large number of freight movements across the country. The team realized that by breaking each trip into three sections — origin-to-hub, hub-to-hub, and hub-to-destination — it could organize a network using both regular and autonomous trucks. The first and last segments would rely on smaller human-operated vehicles, since these will typically occur in more densely populated locations. Connections between hubs would rely solely on autonomous trucks (those without a human driver), generally in sparsely populated, controlled environments like highways and exit ramps.

“Safety is especially important to our researchers and to Ryder, and we take it very seriously,” said Van Hentenryck. “Keeping the autonomous trucks on the longer-haul middle leg, and human drivers in the first and final legs, schedules autonomy on lengthy, often overnight trips, and places drivers in dense environments where there are many other variables at play like left-hand turns, stop signs, pedestrians, etc.”

The autonomous hub-to-hub aspect allows Van Hentenryck’s model to be optimized in a whole new way because it doesn’t depend on having drivers available — autonomous trucks are extremely flexible. This can deliver significant projected savings for Ryder if the model is implemented.

“The whole team was stunned by the projected savings from this project,” said Van Hentenryck. “I have worked on many different transportation problems during my career, and 1% improvement is magical. In this case, improvement goes from 29% to 40%, depending on the price of autonomous trucks and the cost of operating them. Also, the flexibility to move these autonomous trucks around gave us the ability to optimize the business model in ways people didn’t even consider before.”

The agility of the new model also provides better reactions to supply chain disruptions, because it can adapt more quickly to a new situation.

“Autonomous driving technology is poised to be incredibly disruptive to our industry in safety, service, and cost. As such, it was clear to us that this was not something we could wait to figure out or be handed a playbook. This collaboration with Georgia Tech was an advancement in our commitment to becoming a leader in fostering innovation and bringing it to our customers,” said Michael Plasencia, group director of new product strategy at Ryder.

“We are designing a much more resilient supply chain logistics system, and that is because we are thinking differently,” Van Hentenryck added. “This technology provides more resilience, more flexibility, and is more affordable.

“This project is only a first step. The whole field of transportation, logistics, and supply chains is being transformed by technology, automation, and the changes in attitudes and expectations that emerged during Covid-19. We are looking forward to working with Ryder on many of these.”


View Ryder’s press release

The Impact of Autonomous Trucking: A Case Study if Ryder's Dedicated Transportation Network

]]> Laurie Haigh 1 1635274927 2021-10-26 19:02:07 1635854208 2021-11-02 11:56:48 0 0 news A. Russell Chandler III Chair and Professor Pascal Van Hentenryck and his team look at transportation through a different lens.

2021-11-02T00:00:00-04:00 2021-11-02T00:00:00-04:00 2021-11-02 00:00:00 Laurie Haigh
Communications Manager

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<![CDATA[Alex Syriopoulos Overcomes Life-Changing Injury and Earns Two Georgia Tech Degrees]]> 35757 Faced by adversity, one Georgia Tech student gained the confidence to succeed with the help of a supportive community.

Alex Syriopoulos (IE 2020, M.S. GMC 2021) was a third-year student in the H. Milton School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) when an unexplained brain hemorrhage left him paralyzed after a coma. With determination and intensive physical therapy, he achieved an incredible physical recovery, and two years after the near-death experience, he was ready for his next challenge: going back to college.

When Syriopoulos returned to Georgia Tech in 2019, most of his friends had already graduated. But thanks to his outgoing nature and the encouragement of a mentor – introduced by Jorge Breton, the director of Hispanic Initiatives – he started building new networks for himself. He also unexpectedly reconnected with a first-year dorm friend, who became one of his team members for Senior Design. His academic advisor, Lauren Silver, provided the guidance he needed to get his course load back on track, and he never felt alone during his return to Tech.

To catch up with his academic studies, Syriopoulos discovered he needed to review some ISyE fundamentals. He also had to retake one of the courses he had been enrolled in during the semester of his injury when he realized he had forgotten most of the material. Despite adjusting well to being a student again, he still encountered unexpected difficulties.   

“Because I'm blind in my left peripheral vision, I can sometimes misread a question,” said Syriopoulos. “I once read the number 250 as 50, and that happened during a final exam.” 

However, he was blown away by the approachability and helpfulness of his professors, who were quick to accommodate him. Damon Williams, senior lecturer and director of the Center for Academics, Success, and Equity, was exceptional in making sure he had enough time to take his quizzes. 

Syriopoulos was also thankful for ISyE's Gunter Sharp, emeritus professor, and He Wang, Colonel John B. Day Early Career Professor and assistant professor, who helped provide smooth transitions to online classes during Covid-19. Outside of ISyE, he also recalls having many engaging conversations with Mikhail Klimenko, who taught his international economics class. 

As he worked toward his long-awaited graduation, Syriopoulos started interviewing for a full-time job. Several companies expressed interest in hiring him, including Accenture. However, securing an offer proved challenging because many companies put recruiting on hold during the pandemic. 

Meanwhile, Syriopoulos received an email from the School of Modern Languages (ML) about the new master’s degree in global media and cultures (MS-GMC). The one-year program, a joint degree with the School of Literature, Media, and Communication (LMC), provides advanced training in communication and media and develops expertise in a critical global language.

The globally focused degree intrigued Syriopoulos, who was born in Greece, is half-Greek and half-Colombian, speaks multiple languages, and interned with MasterCard Latin America. This background made him a natural candidate for the program. And after meeting with Jenny Strakovsky, former associate director of ML graduate studies and career education, as well as speaking with his former Spanish professors, he realized the degree would complement his technical engineering background by enhancing his communication skills. 

“A lot of companies had already told me that they were looking for people who understand data and are capable of explaining technical information to non-technical people,” said Syriopoulos.

The master’s program was an incredible option while he waited for the job market to improve, and he received the Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship to help with the expense. In 2020, Syriopoulous joined the second cohort of the MS-GMC program with a concentration in Spanish.   

“The program was honestly a blessing,” he said. “I learned a lot, and I met some really incredible people -- professors and students alike.” 

Two of Syriopoulos' favorite courses centered around environmental theory – a special topics class on 21st-century environmental philosophy with Thomas Hugh Crawford, LMC associate professor, and sustainable development with ML Assistant Professor Miguel Rosas Buendia. In particular, he appreciated Buendia’s native Peruvian perspective on the environmental challenges in Latin America. 

For his master’s thesis project, Syriopoulos performed marketing analysis for Saving the Amazon, a Colombian NGO aiding the reforestation effort of the Amazon rainforest. The nonprofit takes funds from companies trying to reduce their carbon footprint and gives them to communities indigenous to the Colombian rainforest. In turn, the communities take control of planting new trees in their territories. Syriopoulos emphasizes that it's important to ensure these marginalized communities get the resources they need to amplify their voice in the global discussion over climate change, while also leveraging their age-old wisdom and traditions to sustainably reforest the Amazon rainforests.

While working on his thesis, Syriopoulos benefitted from the expertise of Crawford, one of his advisors, as well as Antonio Cardentey, a second advisor from the ML department. He also received guidance from Strakovsky.

In the middle of his master’s program, Syriopoulos received a call from Accenture offering him a position in their Atlanta office as a business and integration arch analyst. The role was a perfect match for him, as being able to work and collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds is crucial in consulting.

Thrilled to accept the offer, Syriopoulos graduated and began his full-time job. As he moves forward with his career, he is grateful to all the friends and professors who shaped his time at the Institute.

“We have a very close, beautiful community of people who help each other out,” said Syriopoulos. “Georgia Tech has been one of best experiences I've had in my life, and it's probably the most defining one for my character.”  

In the future, he is interested in giving back to the Shepherd Center, the hospital for spinal cord and brain injury rehabilitation, where he received treatment for his injury. Furthermore, with his proximity to campus, he looks forward to the opportunity to stay active in the Georgia Tech community. 

]]> goberst3 1 1635370713 2021-10-27 21:38:33 1684341426 2023-05-17 16:37:06 0 0 news Surrounded by supportive faculty, staff, and students from across the Institute, ISyE alumnus Alex Syriopoulous earned his way to Double Jacket status.

2021-10-27T00:00:00-04:00 2021-10-27T00:00:00-04:00 2021-10-27 00:00:00 Grace Oberst

Communications Assistant
H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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<![CDATA[ISyE Alumnus Theodore Colbert III: 2022 Black Engineer of the Year]]> 35757 Theodore Colbert III (IE 1996), president and CEO of Boeing Global Services, The Boeing Company, will be honored as the 2022 Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) at the 36th annual BEYA STEM Conference. In addition to being an alumnus of the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE), Colbert earned a bachelor’s degree in science at Morehouse College as part of a dual-degree program with Georgia Tech.

Colbert has served in various roles at The Boeing Company, including chief information officer (CIO). As CIO, he launched the Analytic Lab for Aerospace Data at Carnegie Mellon University with the goal of using machine learning, language technologies, and artificial intelligence to leverage big data produced by the design, construction, and operation of modern aircraft.

“The amount of data created today is unprecedented. But it’s not about the data on its own, it’s what you do with it,” said Colbert. “Through the products Boeing powers, we are applying scientific processes to data to solve our customers’ most pressing problems today while creating a world of limitless possibilities for the future.”

At Boeing, Colbert has also worked on several information technology (IT) and analytics programs, in addition to leading the IT business systems organization, where he managed the computing application systems that support various business units in the corporation. Prior to joining Boeing, Colbert worked for Citigroup and spent over 10 years at Ford Motor Company in the IT organization.

Colbert has been drawn to technology since he was a child, recalling when he acquired his first Commodore 64, an 8-bit home computer, in 1982. “To me, it was like a game, but what I was doing was really programming,” Colbert said. “The challenge connected me to the computer at a young age.”

In 2017, Colbert won a Morehouse College “Bennie Leadership” award for Excellence in Business. Recipients of the award are those who go “in advance of others to direct or guide them” and have led significant accomplishments for an organization. When it comes to success, Colbert has an important philosophy about mentoring: “We have to influence each other to be better by providing constant encouragement, feedback, and help,” he noted.

Growing up, Colbert’s parents always emphasized valuing people and diversity, which is clearly demonstrated in his leadership and service. Highly active in his community, he serves as a member of the board of directors for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the Georgia Tech Advisory Board.

You can read the full article about Colbert and his career here.

]]> goberst3 1 1635198204 2021-10-25 21:43:24 1635338184 2021-10-27 12:36:24 0 0 news ISyE alumnus Ted Colbert III will be honored as the 2022 Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) at the 36th annual BEYA STEM Conference.

2021-10-25T00:00:00-04:00 2021-10-25T00:00:00-04:00 2021-10-25 00:00:00 Shelley Wunder-Smith

H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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<![CDATA[ISyE Student Giorgio Trettenero Takes Pride in Diverse Hispanic Background]]> 35866 “Complex” is one way of describing Giorgio Trettenero's Hispanic background. Trettenero was born in Peru; he then spent ages five to eight in Chile because of his father's job, and subsequently lived in Colombia until coming to Georgia Tech for college. He's currently a third-year student in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE).

“I do feel very connected to Peru, but I spent a lot of time in Colombia,” Trettenero  said. “Those are my deepest roots, but Peru is where my family is. I wouldn’t say I have a favorite country, but instead, something to love from both places.”

For Trettenero, the hardest part of moving frequently was having to leave family, friends, the culture, and the geography of each country behind. “But you can always take something with you,” he noted. 

Trettenero has never stopped eating Peruvian food and listening to Peruvian and Colombian music, and he has kept letters and a Chilean flag from his friends in Chile. He also keeps a time capsule in Colombia filled with pictures with friends, memories from events, and souvenirs from the different countries he’s lived in. Even in Georgia, he has found a taste of home at an international farmers market that carries Peruvian, Colombian, and Chilean foods and candies.

Trettenero has also identified benefits from living in various countries, as it has made him more open to meeting different people and stopped him from making assumptions.

“I think even when coming to Tech and meeting a lot of other people from different Hispanic places, the main thing you notice is the presence of stereotypes,” he explained. “Some people have never left Peru, Chile, or Colombia before. People from Peru will say stereotypical stuff about people from Chile, like commenting on how they speak. When I hear that, I’ll say, ‘I’ve lived there. I know them. I don’t think you should say that.’”

At Georgia Tech, Trettenero has found a tight community in the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), through which he has met friends who make him feel like he’s back at home. He has also gained many professional experiences provided by the organization.

“In STEM, even though it’s growing as a field in Latin America, job prospects don’t look that good,” Trettenero said. “Whenever we do talk about opportunities for Hispanics in STEM, we talk about moving to the U.S. or Europe.”

Now that he is at the Institute, Trettenero has been taking advantage of every opportunity possible to enhance his trajectory toward a career in STEM. His current career goals are to start out in software engineering and then later move into a management  role.

“The Hispanic presence in STEM has been growing very rapidly,” he said. “Something I appreciate a lot is diversity. I think the best thing about having Hispanic people in STEM jobs is being able to provide new perspectives to you and the company as a whole.”

]]> afu34 1 1634828110 2021-10-21 14:55:10 1634829778 2021-10-21 15:22:58 0 0 news ISyE third-year Giorgio Trettenero shares his unique experience and perspective that come from having a complex Hispanic background.

2021-10-21T00:00:00-04:00 2021-10-21T00:00:00-04:00 2021-10-21 00:00:00 Angeline Fu

Communications Assistant

H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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<![CDATA[Georgia Tech Biketober Feature: ISyE’s Valerie Thomas]]> 35757 Valerie Thomas is the Anderson-Interface Chair of Natural Systems and professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the School of Public Policy. Her research in energy and materials efficiency, sustainability, and industrial ecology, informs her belief that we can positively impact climate change through creativity and innovation, and this produces a person committed to sustainable living, who rides her bike every day and everywhere.    

How long have you been commuting by bike?

Two years. I started commuting using the ride-share bikes.

Why do you choose to commute by bike?

It's faster than walking. Also, biking makes it much easier to get to different meetings around campus.

How far is your commute, and how long does it take you to ride versus drive?

My commute is 1.4 miles, which takes 12 minutes riding slowly. It would take quite a bit more than 12 minutes to drive; first, I would have to drive from my ninth-floor spot in the parking garage attached to my condo building, then I'd have to drive five minutes to campus; finally, I would have to park and walk to my office.

How does your bike commute impact your day?

It gives me a bit of a lift to get outside. Whether getting outside in the morning, or later in the afternoon, it's great to be out.

What practical advice do you have for someone considering commuting by bike?

Get a rack for the back of your bike and pannier bags that hang on each side. That is much easier than trying to get all your things in a backpack.

Where else do you ride, beyond your commute?

Everywhere! I like to ride on the Beltline and other paths and trails; I bike to the Fulton County library on Ponce de Leon Avenue, to volunteer at Free99Fridge in O4W, as well as the Piedmont Park Greenmarket, Trader Joe's, and to church. I take my bike on MARTA out to Sandy Springs and bike the five miles from there to my cousins' house.  

Explore the Student Sustainability Living Guide, which features easy tips you can implement to positively impact the environment.

]]> goberst3 1 1634776644 2021-10-21 00:37:24 1634822588 2021-10-21 13:23:08 0 0 news In this interview, Valerie Thomas shares her experience riding her bike to work and her advice for people considering commuting by bike.

2021-10-20T00:00:00-04:00 2021-10-20T00:00:00-04:00 2021-10-20 00:00:00 Rebecca James

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<![CDATA[Caroline Singer: Student Lead for the Center for Academics, Success, and Equity]]> 35757 Fourth-year Caroline Singer from the H. Milton School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) is passionate about helping other students, and she has been involved since its development with the newly launched Center for Academics, Success, and Equity (CASE), an interdisciplinary center that encompasses many programs designed to support the entire ISyE community. 

Singer first met Damon P. Williams, senior lecturer and director of CASE, as a student in one of his classes. She started working as his student assistant in Summer 2020, primarily focusing on ISYE 2027, but also helping with tutoring, converting courses into online formats, and other projects.

As Williams began implementing new programs to promote academic growth and professional development for ISyE students, he invited Singer to assist with these initiatives. Now, she serves as the head student lead for CASE, working with the center’s large team of student assistants to make sure everything runs smoothly.

“The mission of CASE – to promote success for all students – is something that rings home to me,” said Singer. “It means a lot that Damon is looking out for students in all of these different ways, and it was definitely something that I wanted to be a part of.”

Each of CASE’s three pillars, which (as the name suggests) includes academics, success, and equity, has a student assistant responsible for that sector’s programs. In addition to student lead, Singer has taken on the role of academics lead, which involves running the ISyE tutoring center. She also helped to create a presentation for the undergraduate and graduate teaching assistant (TA) orientations.

Another major program run by CASE is MentIEs, an initiative Singer helped to develop that connects ISyE students with successful alumni mentors who share their industry experience. Students participating in the program meet once a month in a group with their mentor and two other student mentees.

“The goal of MentIEs is to make sure that not only are the students prepared academically, but they are prepared professionally for when they get out into the real world,” said Singer.

Organizing MentIEs virtually because of Covid-19 was a challenge, but the pilot program received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the mentees. The students enjoyed furthering their professional development as well as building relationships within their mentoring groups, and almost all of them said they would recommend the program to other ISyE students.

In addition, Singer also works on the equity side of CASE and is excited about what the center is doing to provide additional resources to students.

“One of the equity initiatives being developed, Secure Space Allies, is intended to create safe spaces for underrepresented and marginalized persons within ISyE. It’s a spinoff of Safe Space, the LGBTQIA Resource Center’s ally training program,” Singer explained. “Faculty members can get trained to be a secure space ally, so students have a place to go to talk to someone when they feel discouraged or have an issue.”

In the future, she hopes other departments at Georgia Tech will develop similar resources for their students, especially something like Secure Space Allies that will help students feel more included. Being involved with CASE has been a meaningful experience for Singer, and she enjoys partnering with Williams to support ISyE students with these new programs.

]]> goberst3 1 1634262109 2021-10-15 01:41:49 1684341415 2023-05-17 16:36:55 0 0 news Fourth-year Caroline Singer is the student lead and academics lead for CASE, an interdisciplinary center encompassing many programs that support the ISyE community. 

2021-10-14T00:00:00-04:00 2021-10-14T00:00:00-04:00 2021-10-14 00:00:00 Grace Oberst

Communications Assistant
H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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<![CDATA[Valerie Thomas on How Consumers and Governments Can Reduce Energy Consumption]]> 35757 Energy is one of the biggest household expenses in the United States, and with the rise in global temperatures, saving energy is critical for reducing utility costs. Valerie Thomas, professor and Anderson-Interface Chair of Natural Systems from the H. Milton School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE), offers her perspective on energy efficiency in the home.

“The biggest mistake consumers make is to think that the first step is to buy new equipment or technology,” said Thomas in the Q&A. “People can run their homes with energy efficiency in mind. Some big energy-saving tips: heating and air conditioning use a lot of energy, so look for ways to turn that way down.”

When asked if the government should continue to incentivize consumers and businesses to invest in energy-efficient projects, Thomas explained that energy efficiency standards for buildings should be included in building codes and appliance standards, but that government subsidies can support the testing and adoption of new technological innovations.

“Energy utilities can subsidize energy efficiency improvements because it saves money for the utilities,” said Thomas in the article. “By reducing demand, utilities do not have to buy the most expensive energy and they can save money and provide better service even in very hot or very cold weather.”

You can read the full interview here.

]]> goberst3 1 1634178935 2021-10-14 02:35:35 1634575198 2021-10-18 16:39:58 0 0 news In this Q&A, Valerie Thomas, professor and Anderson-Interface Chair of Natural Systems, offers her perspective on energy efficiency in the home.

2021-10-13T00:00:00-04:00 2021-10-13T00:00:00-04:00 2021-10-13 00:00:00 Shelley Wunder-Smith

H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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<![CDATA[SCL Welcomes South Shore's Claude Bernier to its Industry Advisory Board]]> 27233 Claude Bernier has been with South Shore Furniture since 1994 and currently serves as VP of Information Technology. South Shore Furniture, founded in 1940 and incorporated in Quebec, sells ready-to-assemble and fully assembled furniture in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. In 2005, South Shore began selling its products online and adopted the dropship business model. It now has two manufacturing plants in Quebec, Canada, one in Juarez, Mexico and three distribution centers in the United States. During his 27 years with South Shore, Claude has led two major transformations to support business growth and now is in charge of the organization's digital transformation.

Claude brings 37 years of experience and leadership in information technology, process automation, enterprise architecture, and software implementation. His expertise includes building and leading successful teams focused on results, improving business processes based on business strategy and long-term company vision and goals, and delivering value-added to internal and external customers. Prior to South Shore Furniture, Claude was an information technology consultant specializing in the wood and paper industry. 

Mr. Bernier lives in Quebec City, Canada. When he his not working he enjoys hiking and camping in National Parks across North America.

The Georgia Tech Supply Chain and Logistics Institute is honored to have Claude join us to help determine SCL's future direction.

]]> Andy Haleblian 1 1634240904 2021-10-14 19:48:24 1634241038 2021-10-14 19:50:38 0 0 news Claude Bernier is VP of Information Technology at South Shore Furniture. Claude brings 37 years of experience and leadership in information technology, process automation, enterprise architecture, and software implementation.

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<![CDATA[Joining GTSF’s Investments Committee Inspired Abhishek Mattipalli to Pursue a Future in Finance]]> 35757 Fourth-year Abhishek Mattipalli was a first-year student in the H. Milton School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) when he attended an information session with the Investments Committee (IC). At the time, he had no idea this chance decision would lead him to a career in financial services.

Part of the Georgia Tech Student Foundation (GTSF), the IC manages the Institute's $2 million endowment that provides funding for projects for campus organizations – the largest student-run philanthropic endowment in the nation. As a newcomer, Mattipalli went through a mentorship program that taught him the basics of investing, accounting, and finance.

After completing this 10-week program, which included assessments and a final presentation, he was officially accepted as a member, called an “analyst.” The organization of the club is modelled after the S&P 500 sectors, and he chose to join the energy sector. Immediately, he began working on a presentation for an energy company that his sector was looking to purchase.

During weekly IC meetings for the entire organization, sectors give stock presentations, which are divided into three categories. Pitches are initial presentations of companies the IC does not currently own, and these are used to gauge whether to present with the intent to buy. Presentations are more detailed than pitches and include further information on why the IC should invest in a new company.

Lastly, for companies already owned by the IC, sectors present revaluations – known as “revals” – to announce any updates and make a final recommendation to hold the company or sell either all or part of the IC’s stake in it.

In his second year, Mattipalli landed an internship at Phillips 66, an oil and gas refining company based in Houston. He worked in the clean products trading group, building a tool to streamline payment calculations of products shipped across the Colonial Pipeline – the largest pipeline system for refined oil products in the nation, which stretches from Texas to New York. He credits this opportunity to his involvement with the IC, which enabled him to effectively speak to his interest in the energy market.

“When it comes to recruiting for jobs in financial services, employers look very favorably on the Investments Committee because there aren’t that many colleges with a completely student-run fund that can give you that kind of experience,” he said.

The IC is open to all majors. Mattipalli arrived at Georgia Tech as a computer science major; realizing that he was more interested in industrial engineering or business, he ultimately switched to ISyE because of his passion for math. He knew he was gaining valuable knowledge about finance while working with the IC, but he wanted to also have the technical background ISyE provides.

As Mattipalli continued with the IC, he was promoted to the energy sector head and then a director. Now, he’s the chief financial officer, acting as a liaison between the IC and GTSF, where he serves on both the board of trustees and the executive board.

He’s also involved with GTSF’s Accel Program, which helps students pursuing a career in financial services by providing resources such as networking, technical training, and resume reviews. Preparation is crucial, as recruitment in industries like banking and private equity is highly competitive, with job offers usually made a year in advance for both internships and full-time positions. To date, everyone who went through the program has placed at a financial institution.

“Not only is it indicative of Accel as a program, but it’s also indicative of the quality of students that Georgia Tech has to offer,” said Mattipalli.

At Accel, he’s the director of development, focusing on holistic growth to give students the confidence to succeed. He prepares resume workshops and step-by-step technical guides using his own experience from going through the intensive internship recruiting process, which typically consists of many networking calls and interviews, both technical and behavioral, in order to land an offer.

In his third year, Mattipalli interned at Evercore as an investment banking analyst. The internship began with two weeks of training, after which he was placed on six projects of varying length ranging from one week to the whole summer. He gained exposure to the many different types of products and services the bank offers, as well as to their high-profile clients.

“To be in the same room as C-suite executives and hear their thoughts while having a responsibility on a project they are going to go to market with – it was a really cool experience,” he said.

Now in the last year of his studies, Mattipalli has already accepted a full-time offer as an analyst at Roark Capital, a private equity firm that specializes in consumer, retail, business service, and franchise companies. His new role will allow him to stay in Atlanta, and he is excited to be able to stay close to friends and family.

Discovering his passion for investing and starting a career in the financial services industry would not be possible without the Investments Committee, and he is thankful for all his friends and mentors who helped and inspired him.

“The relationships and skills I have been able to build through the Investments Committee have opened many doors for me, and I am extremely grateful to have gotten this opportunity at Georgia Tech,” said Mattipalli.

]]> goberst3 1 1633555392 2021-10-06 21:23:12 1634575640 2021-10-18 16:47:20 0 0 news Fourth-year Abhishek Mattipalli currently serves as the Investments Committee’s chief financial officer and is also on GTSF’s board of trustees and the executive board.

2021-10-06T00:00:00-04:00 2021-10-06T00:00:00-04:00 2021-10-06 00:00:00 Grace Oberst

Communications Assistant
H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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<![CDATA[Interdisciplinary Team Led by ISyE’s Yao Xie Awarded $1M NSF Grant to Study Deep Learning Algorithms]]> 35757 The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year, $1 million grant to a team led by Yao Xie, Harold R. and Mary Anne Nash Early Career Professor and associate professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE). Xie, who is also the associate director for machine learning and data science in Georgia Tech’s Center for Machine Learning, will study “Bridging Statistical Hypothesis Tests and Deep Learning for Reliability and Computational Efficiency.”

“There have been enormous changes in the fields of machine learning and artificial intelligence, with deep learning algorithms developed that have been quite disruptive,” Xie said. “But in theoretical terms, we don’t understand very well how and why these algorithms, which use complex neural networks, work the way they do.”

Her project aims to build a bridge between statistical hypothesis testing and modern machine learning, leveraging deep learning to develop efficient, powerful testing tools for high-dimensional and complex data (akin to the role hypothesis testing has played in previous decades), and also use-testing to develop principled validation tools for machine learning models and provide the foundation of deep models themselves. It’s essential to push the theoretical understanding of deep learning algorithms, so they have what Xie calls “proof of reliability”; in other words, users can know whether or not these algorithms will be reliable in practical situations, such as with stochastic power systems or supply chain issues. Other end-use cases include disease outbreak detection and healthcare systems.

The research tasks are built on multidisciplinary expertise and strong collaborations between the project’s co-PIs: These include ISyE faculty members George Lan, A. Russell Chandler III Professor, and Tuo Zhao, assistant professor; Mark Davenport, associate professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Xiuyuan Cheng, assistant professor of mathematics at Duke University.

]]> goberst3 1 1633478582 2021-10-06 00:03:02 1634241266 2021-10-14 19:54:26 0 0 news Yao Xie’s project aims to build a bridge between statistical hypothesis testing and modern machine learning.

2021-10-05T00:00:00-04:00 2021-10-05T00:00:00-04:00 2021-10-05 00:00:00 Shelley Wunder-Smith

H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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<![CDATA[ISyE Doctoral Student Fellowship Recipient]]> 35757 Haden Boone, Beerman Fellow
The Ronald J. and Carol T. Beerman Presidential Fellowship enables and enhances the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering’s (ISyE’s) ability to attract and retain graduate students to pursue their degrees and facilitate their work at the Stewart School.

Advisor: Assistant Professor Mathieu Dahan
Focus area: Operations Research

Haden Boone is researching optimization techniques to solve a network inspection problem where a defender places a number of sensors according to a probability distribution to detect attacks on targets of varying criticality from a strategic opponent. The assumption is that detection is imperfect, and that detectors have a probability of failure associated with both the location of the sensor and the monitored target. To put it into perspective, this research could be used to devise a police patrol routing system with limited resources that minimizes the number of undetected crimes or attacks on critical targets such as banks, schools, or other high value/populated areas.

“The furthering of math and statistics, and in particular their practical application to unintuitive areas, has always been an aspiration of mine. From the moment I took my first ISyE class I fell in love with the major, and after realizing that I had the potential and the opportunity to make an impact in the field, the decision to stay at Georgia Tech — the most prestigious institution in optimization — was a no-brainer,” said Boone. “Perhaps more impactful, however, is my desire to teach at the collegiate level. After spending four years surrounded by some of the best and brightest engineers, how could I not want to stick around if it meant I had the chance to shape the most brilliant minds in the industry?  

“Receiving the inaugural Beerman Fellowship is a huge honor, and it serves to validate my hard work over the past four years at Georgia Tech. This fellowship will give me the opportunity to bring my passions and ambitions in the ISyE field to reality, and I hope to give back to the industry, the Institute, and the ISyE program what it has given to me tenfold.”

Jorge Huertas, Ryder Fellow
The Ryder Fellowship supports graduate students working on innovative ISyE efforts to analyze and address problems and challenges that affect the safety of autonomous vehicles.

Advisor: A. Russell Chandler III Chair and Professor Pascal Van Hentenryck
Focus area: Operations Research

Jorge Huertas is analyzing how to optimize middle-mile freight transportation with autonomous vehicles and coordinate it with first- and last-mile logistics. To accomplish this, potential transportation costs are reduced by using real-operations data as input to an optimization model that minimizes total empty driving miles. Research currently underway focuses on decomposing this optimization model into a column-generation algorithm that obtains high-quality solutions efficiently, and the ability to scale them nationwide.

Hanyu Zhang, Seth Bonder Fellow
The Bonder Fellowship supports graduate and postdoctoral students working with Dr. Pascal Van Hentenryck’s outreach programs in ISyE, including the Seth Bonder Camp in Computational and Data Science for Engineering and associated activities.

Advisor: A. Russell Chandler III Chair and Professor Pascal Van Hentenryck
Focus area: Machine Learning

Hanyu Zhang is interested in modeling and forecasting large dynamic systems, particularly transportation systems and electrical grids. Her research includes ridership prediction and traffic flow prediction, capturing the intrinsic spatiotemporal behavior of transportation systems. She is currently working on forecasting renewable energy production for electrical grids.

]]> goberst3 1 1632433160 2021-09-23 21:39:20 1634241351 2021-10-14 19:55:51 0 0 news Ph.D. students Haden Boone, Jorge Huertas, and Hanyu Zhang are the recipients of three ISyE fellowships. You can learn more about them in the profiles published here.

2021-09-23T00:00:00-04:00 2021-09-23T00:00:00-04:00 2021-09-23 00:00:00 Shelley Wunder-Smith

H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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<![CDATA[ISyE Doctoral Student Spotlight]]> 35757 ARDEN BAXTER // Ph.D. student, Operations Research

With innovative research projects in healthcare, it is no surprise Arden Baxter received a prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Her work in humanitarian logistics explores how to allocate scarce resources to meet the most demand, specifically in disaster management scenarios where different resource types must work in coordination.

“In a hurricane setting, you could have flooding in an area but also people who are hurt and need EMS [emergency medical services], necessitating coordination between water rescue services and EMS to get those people out of their homes and treated,” Baxter explained.

She has also been involved in disease modeling for Covid-19, studying the benefits and consequences of nonpharmaceutical interventions, such as voluntary quarantine and school closure, and how they affected the people who were homebound.

“I knew that I wanted to do something where I felt like I was making a difference,” said Baxter. “I've always had this passion for service, and operations research is a great way to combine math and service into one.”

HENRY YUCHI // Ph.D. student, Machine Learning

After studying at the University of Cambridge to earn his undergraduate and master’s degrees in engineering, Henry Yuchi was drawn to Georgia Tech by the diversity of ISyE research and his interest in the interface of engineering, data science, and statistics.

“Across the country, and Europe as well, it is very rare to find a data science or machine learning program in the engineering department,” said Yuchi.

He is studying low-rank matrix completion as well as computer experiments with multiple mesh density variables — work that earned him a student paper award from the American Statistical Association. His research tackles the engineering problem of using computer simulation software to separate a very large model into mesh cells, or boxes, to make estimates of items such as flow speed and velocity.

“I’m trying to find a scheme where we can use different sizes of cells to run different experiments, then combine all the solutions together to improve the accuracy of the experiments, while using fewer computational resources,” Yuchi explained.

JIALEI CHEN // Ph.D. 2021, Industrial Engineering

Jialei Chen has been a research assistant at the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute, taking part in interdisciplinary research focused on data analytics and its applications to manufacturing and healthcare. One of his projects, a collaboration with Piedmont Heart Institute, proposes a surgical planning framework to treat aortic stenosis, a severe heart disease caused by the narrowing of the aortic valve. The current procedure, which involves inserting a stent, is a standardized treatment with limited customization.

“Our ambition is to personalize this surgery procedure for the specific patient,” said Chen. “We try to understand through computer simulations and 3D printing experiments which surgery procedure is the best for the patient.”

His work across multiple research areas has earned him the Ellis R. Ott Scholarship from the American Society for Quality, as well as many first-place awards at student paper competitions. Now that his Ph.D. is completed, he will continue his path in academia as an assistant professor in the department of statistics at the University of Georgia.

]]> goberst3 1 1632363109 2021-09-23 02:11:49 1634241690 2021-10-14 20:01:30 0 0 news Arden Baxter, Henry Yuchi, and Jialei Chen are three of ISyE's outstanding Ph.D. students. You can learn more about them in the profiles published here.

2021-09-22T00:00:00-04:00 2021-09-22T00:00:00-04:00 2021-09-22 00:00:00 Grace Oberst

Communications Assistant
H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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<![CDATA[Get to Know ISyE’s Newest Advisory Board Members]]> 35757 Ron Beerman, Laticia Khalif, Jennifer McKeehan, Evren Ozkaya, and Amy Wheelus joined the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) Advisory Board in the summer of 2021.

These five, along with 15 other distinguished professional and community leaders, serve as a sounding board for the school chair in an advisory capacity and assist with development goals. Each new member will serve a four-year term (2021-25). Scott Herren (IE 1984), executive vice president and chief financial officer of Cisco, was named the advisory board’s new chair, and Kathryn Cooper (IE 1990), president of World Connections, was named vice chair. Both will serve a one-year term in these roles.

Ron Beerman (IE 1973) is founder and chairman of the board for Profitmaster Displays, Inc., a company that has grown to become the leading supplier of merchandising and point-of-purchase displays for the soft drink and packaged beverage industry. Prior to this role, he was employed by Anheuser-Busch, The Coca-Cola Company, and Mead Corp. in a variety of engineering, marketing, and planning positions. In addition to his ISyE degree, Beerman holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

What was your takeaway from the ISyE undergraduate experience? “The IE program provided me with a great technical and analytical background on which to build a career. It taught me how to define, approach, and solve a problem, and the value of having a system for everything, disciplines that I know I apply every day, even if sometimes subconsciously.”

Laticia Khalif (IE 1988, M.S. IE 1991) is director of quality, medical device for Aptar CSP Technologies. In this role she is responsible for ensuring compliance with all internal and external requirements, as well as for monitoring the effectiveness of Aptar’s quality management system through maintenance, assessment, and improvement. Prior to this role, she worked at well-established medical device manufacturers as well as startup companies, which have collectively led to an extensive, well rounded, and focused career as a quality professional in the medical device industry.

Who was your favorite professor and why? “My favorite professor was Augustine Esogbue. Not because of the courses he taught, but because of what he represented to African American students at the Institute during those first 25 years of African American students on Georgia Tech’s campus. It was his role modeling, mentorship, and encouragement as the faculty advisor for the National Society of Black Engineers. It was knowing how proud he was going to be when we “got out” of GT. Those are the things that pushed me forward, made me excel and caused me to dig deep — because I wanted to make my favorite professor proud.”

Jennifer McKeehan (IE 2005) is senior vice president, integrated supply chain, for Peloton Interactive. In this role, she and her team are leading the supply chain transformation to scale and support an incredible growth trajectory across people, process and technology. Prior to this role, Jennifer was vice president, supply chain for The Home Depot — leading the inventory planning and replenishment supply chain functions for all fulfillment channels across stores and online, and managing over $15 billion of inventory.

What was your favorite class and why? “I loved probability and statistics — it is the foundation to so many things we use in everyday life. I still bust out my textbook in a meeting every now and then.”

Evren Ozkaya (Ph.D. IE 2008) is the founder and CEO of Supply Chain Wizard, LLC, a management consulting and digital solutions firm helping clients establish and execute cost-effective and scalable digital transformation programs via data-driven decision-making by leveraging state-of-the-art technology. Prior to starting Supply Chain Wizard, Ozkaya was a consultant and led various business transformation programs in industries such as pharmaceuticals, healthcare, consumer goods, industrial, logistics and private equity.

Who was your favorite professor and why? "Pinar Keskinocak. She was my primary Ph.D. advisor and she presented me with lots of cool opportunities at ISyE from internships to research and teaching. She also later became a lifelong friend, collaborator and a person I look up to as she continued to excel in every aspect of her career as a globally recognized leader.”

Amy Wheelus (IE 1990) is vice president of architecture and strategic planning for AT&T’s consumer technology platforms. In her career at AT&T, she has done everything from building buildings to launching new businesses, and held various technology leadership roles across business units including AT&T Labs. She currently serves as board chair for Tech Titans, a forum that connects the regional technology community of north Texas. In addition to her ISyE degree, Wheelus holds an MBA from Emory University.

What is your best ISyE memory? “My best ISyE memory comes not from when I was a student, but rather after I started working at AT&T and submitted a project proposal for Senior Design. Having the opportunity to work with students from ISyE to solve real problems for my company is a great memory.”

]]> goberst3 1 1632362036 2021-09-23 01:53:56 1632510122 2021-09-24 19:02:02 0 0 news Ron Beerman, Laticia Khalif, Jennifer McKeehan, Evren Ozkaya, and Amy Wheelus joined the ISyE Advisory Board in the summer of 2021.

2021-09-22T00:00:00-04:00 2021-09-22T00:00:00-04:00 2021-09-22 00:00:00 Laurie Haigh

Communications Manager
H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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<![CDATA[Georgia Tech Researchers Receive $2.5 Million Grant to Focus on Improving Atlanta-Area Transportation Through Holistic Community Approach]]> 34760 Researchers from Georgia Tech have been awarded a $2.5 million National Science Foundation Smart and Connected Communities Grant to develop systems that will improve travel mobility, safety, equity, and sustainability using the city of Peachtree Corners, Ga., as an immersive living lab.

During the course of the four-year project, the research team will develop tools and evaluate policies that will allow communities to leverage advances in information, communication, and sensor technologies in a quantifiable manner to achieve sustainable travel goals.

The project’s principal investigator, Frederick R. Dickerson Chair and Professor Srinivas Peeta, explained that the crux of the work lies in analyzing and fusing qualitative and quantitative data from a variety of sources including emerging technologies—like sensors that collect large volumes of data—and communications strategies like community feedback surveys.

“In any city, there are all these resources,” said Peeta, who is jointly appointed in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering. “For transportation engineers, how do we use all of these technologies and all of the data? How do we use all of this to come up with solutions that are holistic?”

Reaching the Community

Through the grant, Peeta and the research team will work to create strategies to meet the needs of a diverse set of constituents, with a particular focus on reaching under-represented communities. These include “information deserts” in lower-income neighborhoods, in which residents do not have as much access to smart phones and internet, as well as senior residents for whom technology is an obstacle.

To foster sustainability values in children, the project will involve initiatives in K-12 schools, including engagement roles for a local high school. The researchers will also develop a new community app to provide Peachtree Corners users with information about travel options and collect feedback.

The Georgia Tech researchers are partnering with the City of Peachtree Corners; Gwinnett County Department of Transportation; Tortoise, an artificial intelligence company focused on last-mile delivery logistics and shared micromobility; Paul Duke STEM High School in Gwinnett County; and Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners, a publicly-funded test environment designed to advance intelligent mobility and smart city technology.

“Curiosity Lab is a unique public/private partnership that facilitates innovation by others. We are excited to work with Georgia Tech researchers to advance mobility concepts that benefit future generations,” said Betsy Plattenburg, executive director of Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners.

Generating Solutions

Through this grant, the research team will address the challenges of how to integrate disparate, multi-source data from various stakeholders and use it to systematically generate solutions — in the form of partnerships, behavioral interventions, and policy interventions — to meet sustainability objectives at the community level in a systematic, quantifiable manner over time.

The researchers will utilize methods from multi-objective and multi-agent optimization, machine learning, behavioral economics, and data and policy analytics to generate multidimensional solutions.

“We are making steps towards real-time policy analysis and program evaluation with information-based strategies,” said the project’s Co-PI Omar Asensio, an assistant professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Public Policy and director of the Data Science and Policy Lab. “The connections to real-time experiments and observational data feeds will be important. To do this effectively, we will introduce methods of causal inference to isolate the underlying causes of behavior change in travel patterns, which will then feed into more effective machine learning models. Real-time analysis represents a step change in our ability to understand travel choices related to congestion and sustainability.”

Asensio explained that the move towards real-time analytics can be faster, cheaper and potentially more accurate than traditional government transit surveys, which are slow, costly, and update relatively infrequently.

Creating a Framework

The Peachtree Corners project will focus on collaboration among three main constituencies: transportation users, providers, and influencers.

“For the users, how can they have a better travel experience? For influencers, what can they do to share information and reach larger groups? And for providers, how can they collaborate?” Peeta said.

Gwinnett County Transit is the main public transportation provider in Peachtree Corners. But there are also private sector companies that provide micromobility options like electric scooters that supplement traditional public transportation.

Influencers are community pillars such as school districts and major employers that have the opportunity to share information about transportation with their constituents and influence travel behavior.

The transportation users in this project are the residents of Peachtree Corners, a diverse population of different ages, abilities, genders, races and income levels that all have different needs and travel behaviors.

The goal is that after four years, the model will be sustainable in Peachtree Corners and can be replicated in other communities.

“By the end of this project, we hope to have a framework that can be transferred to any city with a smart and connected framework,” Peeta said. “If they’re able to do it there, then it’s transferable elsewhere.”

]]> Laurie Haigh 1 1632331114 2021-09-22 17:18:34 1634241231 2021-10-14 19:53:51 0 0 news Georgia Tech researchers have been awarded a $2.5M NSF Smart and Connected Communities Grant to develop systems improving travel mobility, safety, equity and sustainability.

2021-09-22T00:00:00-04:00 2021-09-22T00:00:00-04:00 2021-09-22 00:00:00 Melissa Fralick
Communications Manager
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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<![CDATA[On-Demand Multimodal Transit Solution to Bring Equitable, Affordable Transportation to Atlanta’s Underserved Communities]]> 34760 The National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with the Department of Energy, has awarded a $1 million Stage 2 Civic Innovation Challenge grant to a team led by A. Russell Chandler III Chair and Professor Pascal Van Hentenryck to pilot an On-Demand Multimodal Transit System (ODMTS) in Atlanta. The goal of the project is to make public transportation in Atlanta faster, more convenient, and more equitable for the city’s residents, especially in underserved communities.

According to Van Hentenryck, who also leads the Socially Aware Mobility Lab, mass transit has a significant first- and last-mile problem: Most people will only walk a quarter of a mile to and from public transportation. If the distance exceeds this threshold, ridership decreases by more than 90%. To address this, Van Hentenryck’s team has created an ODMTS, which uses small on-demand vehicles, in addition to buses and light rail, to take riders to and from their destinations. The on-demand vehicles act as feeders to and from the fixed routes, allowing the transit system to be essentially door-to-door.

Van Hentenryck, a world leader in the fields of artificial intelligence, data science, and operations research, began to tackle the first- and last-mile problems in mobility eight years ago in Canberra, Australia. He then conducted another successful case study in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In both midsized cities, the multi-modal approach resulted in a significant reduction in both cost and passenger wait times. In 2018, Van Hentenryck joined ISyE, shifted his focus to Atlanta, and began a collaboration with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). This winter, after more than three years of preparation, the team plans to pilot ODMTS in Atlanta areas with limited public transportation.

While ODMTS will improve the performance and efficiency of public transportation for everyone in Atlanta, the main objective is to provide cost-effective transportation to underserved communities and connect residents in underserved communities to jobs, healthcare, education, and healthy food. The ODMTS pilot will run in MARTA’s four jurisdictions: Clayton, DeKalb, and Fulton counties, and the City of Atlanta.

“It is almost impossible to do this with a traditional system, because these areas are very large and sparsely populated,” said Van Hentenryck. “It is not feasible to put buses in these areas, because they would run empty most of the time, and they require significant capital expenditures. On-demand vehicles, however, are inexpensive to operate and can reach a larger population, because they can be deployed as needed rather than following a set route.”

Though this is not the team’s first pilot, tackling a city like Atlanta is no small feat. Most of the algorithms used in Canberra and Ann Arbor had to be completely rewritten to account for Atlanta’s size and rail system, a component not part of the previous pilots. This creates a four-level system — trains, buses, on-demand vehicles, and walking — to get passengers to and from their locations.

“Atlanta is also a complicated city because it has multiple job centers. In addition to downtown, there are centers in Midtown, Gwinnett, Alpharetta, Buckhead, and near the airport,” said Van Hentenryck. “This makes for a much more complex design since we are taking people from their homes to one of many locations for work.”

Tickets will cost the same as the traditional MARTA system, just $2.50 each way, and riders will be able to purchase fare using the Breeze system. The team is also using a combination of machine learning and optimization techniques to predict rider behavior and ensure the system can scale accordingly.

“If we decrease transit time by 40%, more people will adopt transit because now it is much faster and more convenient than it used to be,” explained Van Hentenryck. “This will increase the demand, so it is important that we size the system correctly to account for this.”

ODMTS will also help decrease traffic congestion in Atlanta and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by enabling more people to use public transportation in place of personal vehicles. The addition of on-demand vehicles will also create jobs since additional drivers will be necessary to operate them. No existing bus routes will be eliminated during the pilot.

Collaboration Leads to Success

“MARTA’s leadership is very forward thinking, and they are working to determine the future of public transportation,” said Van Hentenryck. “They have been extremely collaborative throughout the process and provided us with vast amounts of data and insights to drive the process.”

“We are grateful to the National Science Foundation for this grant and proud to partner with Georgia Tech,” said MARTA Deputy General Manager Collie Greenwood. “Exploring first- and last-mile connectivity options is important in providing transit service that meets the needs of everyone in metro Atlanta.” 

In addition to Van Hentenryck, the Georgia Tech team that will pilot ODMTS in Atlanta includes Professor Subhrajit “Subhro” Guhathakurta in the School of City and Regional Planning, Executive Director for Partnership and Inclusive Innovation Debra Lam, Associate Professor Christopher Le Dantec in the School of Interactive Computing, and Frederick Law Olmsted Associate Professor Kari Watkins in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The research team will partner directly with residents in pilot communities, as well as with the transportation advocacy organization Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, to ensure transit services and access address the real-world needs of underserved locations.

“Our long history of working directly with Atlanta communities, and with local partners like the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, will help us embed local expertise into the design of last-mile transit service for underserved locations in the city,” said Le Dantec.

The Stage 2 Civic Innovation Challenge grant is the latest in a series of awards to bring ODMTS to Atlanta. The team received the NSF Leap HI (Leading Engineering for America’s Prosperity, Health, and Infrastructure) grant in 2019 in collaboration with the School of Civil Engineering, School of Urban Planning, MARTA, the Atlanta Regional Commission, and the City of Atlanta to scale the algorithms used in Canberra and Ann Arbor with hopes to eventually pilot the program in Atlanta. They were then awarded a Stage 1 Civic Innovation Challenge planning grant in January 2021 to model the mobility patterns in Atlanta in preparation for a pilot in Stage 2.

"Professor Van Hentenryck deserves much credit for having the foresight to bring multidisciplinary, applied research and external partners together to catalyze innovative responses to regional and urban mobility," Lam said. "We are excited to explore how this can be modeled for other communities for greater economic and social growth."

Of the 52 teams selected for Stage 1, only 17 were chosen to move forward with pilot projects in Stage 2. They will have 12 months to complete and evaluate their projects.

"We applaud the efforts of all the teams who worked tirelessly to build partnerships between researchers and community stakeholders" said NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan. "We are excited to see the teams selected for the next phase begin their pilot projects and plant seeds of innovation across the country. This program demonstrates the value of research-community partnerships in rapidly translating cutting-edge science into community-based innovation, and we look forward to seeing its positive impact across urban and rural communities."

Van Hentenryck is eager to implement the pilot. “For me, this is the most successful research that you can have,” he said. “We started more than three years ago with an idea and now we get to make a difference in the lives of people.”


About the Socially Aware Mobility Project

The Socially Aware Mobility project is poised to have a tremendous impact on the metro Atlanta area, revolutionizing and modernizing the transit system for the 21st century. Funded in part by a grant by the National Science Foundation, the project aims to bring equitable accessibility, decreased congestion, and increased mobility to all MARTA users. Through optimization and machine learning, the project will create a scalable, On-Demand Multimodal Transit System model, which will be validated through implementation in the Atlanta region. By providing solutions to increase mobility while simultaneously decreasing congestion, the project stands to have a significant impact on how Atlantans navigate around the community.

About Georgia Tech

The Georgia Institute of Technology, or Georgia Tech, is a top 10 public research university developing leaders who advance technology and improve the human condition.

The Institute offers business, computing, design, engineering, liberal arts, and sciences degrees. Its nearly 40,000 students, representing 50 states and 149 countries, study at the main campus in Atlanta, at campuses in France and China, and through distance and online learning.

As a leading technological university, Georgia Tech is an engine of economic development for Georgia, the Southeast, and the nation, conducting more than $1 billion in research annually for government, industry, and society.

]]> Laurie Haigh 1 1632231123 2021-09-21 13:32:03 1634241250 2021-10-14 19:54:10 0 0 news The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1 million Stage 2 Civic Innovation Challenge grant to a team led by Professor Pascal Van Hentenryck to pilot an On-Demand Multimodal Transit System in Atlanta.

2021-09-21T00:00:00-04:00 2021-09-21T00:00:00-04:00 2021-09-21 00:00:00 Laurie Haigh
Communications Manager

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<![CDATA[ISyE Ranked No. 1 for the 27th Year]]> 28766 The H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering’s (ISyE) undergraduate program has been ranked No. 1 in the country by U.S. News & World Report. This marks the 27th consecutive year that ISyE has been so designated. The rankings were released on September 13, 2021.

Nationally, Georgia Tech ranks 38th on the overall list of top universities and 10th among public institutions, tied in both cases with the University of California-Davis, the University of Texas at Austin, and William & Mary.

The College of Engineering is ranked fourth nationally, unchanged from last year’s standing. All undergraduate engineering programs are ranked in the top 5. 

View the complete list of College of Engineering rankings and the Institute's rankings.

]]> Shelley Wunder-Smith 1 1631541573 2021-09-13 13:59:33 1631543663 2021-09-13 14:34:23 0 0 news For the 27th consecutive year, USNWR ranked ISyE's undergraduate program as No. 1 in the nation. The College of Engineering is ranked fourth.

2021-09-13T00:00:00-04:00 2021-09-13T00:00:00-04:00 2021-09-13 00:00:00 Shelley Wunder-Smith

H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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<![CDATA[Newly Launched MentIEs Program Connects ISyE Undergraduates and Alumni]]> 35757 Thanks to the world-class education they receive as students in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE), many graduates have successful careers in consulting and industry. Because of this real-world experience, ISyE alumni can provide practical insights to current students about best practices for workplace professionalism and mastering teamwork, and many of them are eager to engage with the next generation of industrial engineers.

 “Students who want to have a career outside academia need to learn from people who have been there and know how it is done,” said Damon P. Williams (IE 2002), senior lecturer and director of ISyE’s Center for Academics, Success, and Equity (CASE).

Members of the ISyE advisory board also recognized this need and offered to mentor students to help them transition from college coursework and internships into their careers. Thus, with support from School Chair Edwin Romeijn, ISyE launched MentIEs — a program designed to connect current students with alumni mentors, as part of CASE, in January 2021.

“Our alumni have experiences to share and the passion to give back to our students,” Williams said. “They can teach their mentees how to exceed expectations, be on a team, and contribute to workplace culture, because they have done it themselves.”

ISyE piloted MentIEs with 20 members of its advisory board. Each mentor was paired with three undergraduate protégés for the spring semester, with the program’s curriculum structured around skills discussed in Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

John White (IE 1992) served as a mentor during the pilot and is the retired president and chief executive officer of Fortna Inc., a leading provider of supply chain solutions.

“I’ve personally seen and experienced the positive impact and the power of receiving coaching from professionals that came before me,” White said. “Their taking a personal interest in me had a huge impact, and I know that without them, I would not have been able to achieve a number of milestones in my career. I feel that I owe it to my mentors, and the young professionals that I mentor, to do my best to help them achieve their full potential.”

Groups are asked to meet monthly for one hour during the program, but White met with some of his mentees individually as well while they were navigating their last semester at Tech. He said the relationships he made with these young professionals have continued beyond the official program, and he enjoys seeing them rise to their potential, which helps keep ISyE and its graduates at the top.

“The MentIEs program offers another way for young professionals to leapfrog their peers from other universities and gain insights that they most likely would not get otherwise until they have their own experiences,” White added.

White also believes mentors are learning from their mentees.

“There are many situations in which I feel that I am the one benefiting from the mentor/mentee relationship, as I continue to learn and gain perspectives and insights from my mentees. It is an incredibly rewarding and mutually beneficial relationship,” he reflected.

Because the program began during the Covid-19 pandemic, most MentIEs meetings were held virtually. Now that many of these restrictions have been lifted, the CASE team is also offering in-person events to enhance the networking experience.

Even with the challenges of the Spring 2021 semester, the MentIEs pilot was a resounding success. “Given the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received, we are going to double if not triple the number of mentor/mentee connections in 2021-22,” said Williams.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor for the MentIEs program, contact Damon Williams at damon.williams@isye.gatech.edu

]]> goberst3 1 1631222799 2021-09-09 21:26:39 1684341315 2023-05-17 16:35:15 0 0 news In January 2021, ISyE launched MentIEs, a program designed to connect current students with alumni mentors that is part of the Center for Academics, Success, and Equity (CASE).

2021-09-09T00:00:00-04:00 2021-09-09T00:00:00-04:00 2021-09-09 00:00:00 Laurie Haigh
Communications Manager

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<![CDATA[Jorge Guzman, Cofounder of Craft Brewery Antigua Cerveza, on His Entrepreneurial Journey]]> 35757 Growing up in Guatemala, Jorge Guzman (IE 2009) was always aware of Georgia Tech’s excellent academic reputation and dreamed of someday studying at the Institute. This desire was cemented when, at age 11, Guzman flew to London on a family trip and had a conversation with the businessman seated next to him: Ivan Ochoa, then a vice president for American Express, who had earned a degree from the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) in 1980.

“There was this allure about it,” Guzman recalled. “This was someone who had actually gone to the school I imagined myself attending, and he had gotten a degree in the major I was most interested in.”

Guzman eventually made his own way to Georgia Tech, received his bachelor’s degree from ISyE, and began his professional career — as so many ISyE graduates do — as a banker and consultant. A few years later, he began thinking about starting his own business back in Guatemala. Together with fellow ISyE graduates Taylor Virgil (IE 2009) and Jack Spehn (IE 2010), Guzman and team opened the first craft brewery, Antigua Cerveza, in the Guatemalan colonial city of Antigua in 2015. He discusses this experience in the following interview.

Did you have any exposure to entrepreneurship while growing up?

Both of my parents are entrepreneurs. My dad runs a Spanish school located in Antigua’s town center. Tourists come to visit, take classes for a few days or weeks, and then go out to explore the surrounding area. My mom is a ceramics artist, and she began giving lessons on how to make and paint ceramics. That led to opening a small business selling her work to tourists, and then eventually supplying her pieces to the Guatemalan equivalent of Bed Bath & Beyond. Now she’s exporting ceramic tiles to the United States and Europe.

How did you decide to open your own business?

After graduating from Georgia Tech, I worked as an investment banker for several years. Part of what was great about that experience was getting to talk with so many company founders about how they got their start and what they had learned in the process. I was literally making notes about all this as part of my job, and eventually I had enough enthusiasm and motivation to take that step myself.

I spent some time talking about various business ideas with my friends and fellow ISyE alumni, Taylor and Jack, with whom I had studied abroad and still traveled with. Initially we thought we might start a travel business and headquarter it in Guatemala. That’s where I’m from, of course, but they had also visited and loved the country. We were sitting in a brewpub in Portland, Oregon, having a freshly poured Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery, when I spontaneously asked, “What if instead we start a craft brewery?” Taylor said, “I love it, but what do you know about beer — besides drinking it?”

What was the process of educating yourself about brewing beer?

I began reading as many books about brewing as I could find, and I attended a one-week intensive on the subject at the University of California, Davis. The weekend after I flew back from that, I randomly happened to meet and play pool with the head brewer of an Atlanta brewery — I never play pool! — and he invited me to come take a look at his brewing setup. I eventually started working at Jailhouse Brewing Company (unsalaried) and began to learn that there’s a real science behind brewing quality and tasty beer. So much goes into the moment when someone cracks open a beer to make it a fantastic experience for the drinker.

On the topic of creating beers, what does Antigua Cerveza offer its customers?

We barrel-age some beers. We have an American-style amber, an India pale ale (IPA), and a stout, among others. We recently won the gold medal in a local competition for our saison.

Some breweries hone in on one particular style, such as sours or IPAs, but we don’t do that. We serve a little bit of everything, and that’s because we’re trying to educate our customers that there are, in fact, different types of beer out there. Although it’s not yet the industry in Guatemala that it is in the States, craft beer is becoming more popular here. We’ve been able to double our sales year over year since we started.

How did your ISyE training, as well as the friendships you made at Georgia Tech and in your major, contribute to starting and running your own business?

I can’t overstate how impactful it was to graduate from ISyE and Georgia Tech. Out of 33 investors in Antigua Cerveza, about 15 of them are Tech alumni, and I went to school with seven or eight of those people. We would study together for an exam and then go have a beer afterward, and they’re the ones who have trusted me with their investment.  You get close to the people who experience Tech’s challenges alongside you.

What has the past year been like in terms of managing your business during a pandemic?

We managed to grow a business year over year and have now survived Guatemala’s multiple countrywide lockdowns because of Covid-19 by deciding to double down on the business instead of scaling back. We built a beer garden in Antigua’s town center so people could come have a beer in the open air, and by December 2020 we were able to bring back most of our employees at full salary. It was risky, but it was the right move.

What entrepreneurial advice do you have for current ISyE students or young alumni?

The best advice I can offer is to make sure you choose your partners right. I’ve seen so many friends start companies without really knowing the other people with whom they’re going into business. It’s a kind of marriage: If things get dicey — because with startups they will — you need to know that you’re in there with someone who understands and supports you and who can help you solve problems.

I have been incredibly lucky to have Taylor and Jack as my two business partners. Their strengths are where I’m weak, and vice versa. And here we are, almost nine full years from that moment in Portland — we’re still here, and we’re so excited about what the future holds.

]]> goberst3 1 1631222608 2021-09-09 21:23:28 1632249133 2021-09-21 18:32:13 0 0 news ISyE alumnus Jorge Guzman shares his experience opening the first craft brewery in the colonial city of Antigua, Guatemala with fellow ISyE alumni Taylor Virgil and Jack Spehn.

2021-09-09T00:00:00-04:00 2021-09-09T00:00:00-04:00 2021-09-09 00:00:00 Shelley Wunder-Smith

H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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<![CDATA[Alumnus H. Milton Stewart Recognized with Honorary Ph.D. from Georgia Tech]]> 35757 At the Spring 2021 Commencement ceremony, H. Milton Stewart (IE 1961) received an honorary doctorate from Georgia Tech in recognition of his tremendous and longtime service to the Institute.

A leader in the telecommunications industry for most of his career, Stewart is the retired CEO of Standard Telephone Company. He has served on numerous boards including the Georgia Tech Alumni Association, the Georgia Tech Foundation, and the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) Advisory Board. Stewart and his wife, Carolyn, served as honorary chairs of the public phase of Campaign Georgia Tech. They are members of The Hill Society.

Stewart decided to attend Georgia Tech when George Griffin, then the dean of students, visited his rural Georgia high school. Stewart entered the Institute as an electrical engineering major, then switched to industrial engineering (IE) when he realized the IE curriculum was better suited to his interests in telecommunications and the outdoors.

“I loved statistics,” Stewart recalled in a 2006 interview. “Statistics was material to 20th-century telecommunications in order to optimize electromechanical switching equipment to handle busy-hour call volume.” Other IE coursework that he found helpful throughout his career included plant design and layout, material handling, and engineering economy, in addition to numerous interdisciplinary engineering classes. A highlight of Stewart’s college career was working as a student assistant in the IE office, helmed at the time by Colonel Frank Groseclose.

The School that bears his name has benefited immeasurably from Stewart’s philanthropy. In 1995 he established the H. Milton Stewart Endowment Fund for ISyE programs, and in 1999 he endowed the H. Milton and Carolyn J. Stewart School Chair, the first such chair at the Institute. In 2006 Stewart provided a permanent endowment, which named the School and impacted and enhanced the entire ISyE program. 

“ISyE always makes us proud,” Stewart said. “Receiving the honorary Ph.D. was a wonderful thrill and is a recognition both humbling to and greatly appreciated by Carolyn and me and by our incredibly supportive family.”

]]> goberst3 1 1631222181 2021-09-09 21:16:21 1632248756 2021-09-21 18:25:56 0 0 news At the Spring 2021 Commencement ceremony, H. Milton Stewart (IE 1961) received an honorary doctorate from Georgia Tech in recognition of his tremendous, longtime service to the Institute.

2021-09-09T00:00:00-04:00 2021-09-09T00:00:00-04:00 2021-09-09 00:00:00 Shelley Wunder-Smith

H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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<![CDATA[ISyE Announces First Cohort of DEI Fellows]]> 35757 The H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) announced the first cohort of the School’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Fellows: Coca-Cola Foundation Professor Dave Goldsman, Assistant Professor Lauren Steimle, Senior Writer/Editor Shelley Wunder-Smith, and Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies Chen Zhou. ISyE established the DEI Fellowship program in Spring 2021 to support initiatives that enhance diversity within ISyE’s faculty and graduate student body and to highlight a wide range of minority experiences within the entire ISyE community. The program fits within the overall vision and mission of ISyE’s recently created Center for Academics, Success, and Equity (CASE).

“Diversity, equity, and inclusion are paramount to our continued success as a school and a community,” said ISyE School Chair Edwin Romeijn. “The DEI Fellowship program is part of my commitment to ensure that our school is a place where everyone's contributions are valued without exception. The work done by these inaugural Fellows – and those to come – will help ensure that ISyE is not only the No. 1 industrial engineering program in the country academically, but is also a school where all people can achieve their goals and feel welcome.”

Goldsman, who is ISyE’s director of master’s programs, noted in his project proposal that “while ISyE has been the No. 1 program in our field for decades, we continue to have issues attracting women and underrepresented minority students – particularly to our graduate programs.” His focus this year as a DEI Fellow will be to both visit with and host faculty from women’s colleges, HBCUs, and other small colleges in Georgia Tech’s sphere of influence; the goal is to engage with faculty mentors at these institutions who will then be able to recommend both the field of industrial engineering (IE) – and the Stewart School itself – to their brightest students.

Steimle currently serves as the Georgia Tech INFORMS chapter advisor, and through conversations with the chapter’s members, she realized that undergraduates studying math, computer science, and other engineering disciplines are sometimes unaware of industrial engineering and how these fields of study prepare them to be excellent candidates for studying IE and operations research at the graduate level. Evidence suggests that women and students from underrepresented minority groups are attracted to fields with potential for social impact, so there is an opportunity to showcase to students how IE can improve society. In partnership with Georgia Tech INFORMS and CASE, Steimle is offering a series of outreach events to connect with STEM students throughout Georgia, particularly those at the state’s minority-serving institutions and women’s colleges.

Zhou, who has written recently on the moral and ethical implications of supply chain optimization, plans to use his DEI Fellowship funds to connect with HBCU faculty and students who want to research the lack of equity in food access. In his project proposal, Zhou noted that the Covid-19 pandemic exposed the systemic racial and socioeconomic disparities in access to medical care and overall health, and that so-called food deserts and their broader impact are a significant part of the problem.

Last spring, during the social justice protests that followed the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, Wunder-Smith reached out to several Black ISyE alumni and students and invited them to share their thoughts on the current moment, as well as their experiences of being Black in STEM and at Georgia Tech. These interviews, and subsequent others, formed the foundation of the ISyE “In Conversation” series. As part of her DEI project, Wunder-Smith – who has also been selected for the 2021-22 cohort of the Georgia Tech Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship program – plans to work with CASE Director and Senior Lecturer Damon P. Williams to further develop the In Conversation series through a succession of video interviews.

Each spring semester, a call for applications to the ISyE DEI Fellows program will be extended to ISyE faculty and staff. ISyE’s associate chairs, members of the ISyE DEI Committee, and CASE leadership will review the proposals and make recommendations for selection, with final award decisions being made by the School Chair. Up to five Fellows will be chosen for each cohort, which will participate in the program for one academic year.

]]> goberst3 1 1631221801 2021-09-09 21:10:01 1632248835 2021-09-21 18:27:15 0 0 news The DEI Fellowship program was established to enhance diversity within ISyE’s faculty and graduate student body and to highlight minority experiences within the entire ISyE community.

2021-09-09T00:00:00-04:00 2021-09-09T00:00:00-04:00 2021-09-09 00:00:00 Shelley Wunder-Smith

H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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<![CDATA[ISyE Launches Center for Academics, Success, and Equity]]> 35757 Damon P. Williams (IE 2002) is a senior lecturer in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) and has won numerous teaching awards since he joined ISyE as a faculty member in 2012. A charismatic and demanding professor, Williams has a unique perspective stemming from his own years of walking ISyE’s halls as an undergraduate. He is passionate about enhancing the student experience and has created a variety of programs to support students, including at-risk advising and the ISyE tutoring center, to name a few. In fall 2021, the Stewart School brought together many of Williams’ programs within the newly launched Center for Academics, Success, and Equity (CASE), an interdisciplinary center designed to encourage academic growth, professional development, and inclusivity for all of ISyE’s constituents.

ISyE is the largest program of its kind in the nation, which contributes to its longstanding No. 1 ranking. This size also provides countless resources to its students, faculty, alumni, and staff, such as academic and industry collaborations, networking opportunities, diverse career opportunities, and access to cutting-edge research. However, with more than 6,000 students in the School’s many programs, it can be difficult for some to navigate.

“We created the Center to foster connection and interaction,” said Williams, who also serves as CASE’s director. “There are so many points at which our various groups need to interact with each other, so we really wanted to build community — with this great push that Georgia Tech has for diversity, equity, and inclusion — while supporting students academically and professionally, and bring all our programs together into one place.”

On the academic side, CASE provides student support through its tutoring center and risk advising program. “All students, including those who are struggling academically, should have a great college experience,” Williams said. “While they may not be in the top 10% of their class, it doesn’t mean they can’t get a good education, have a successful career, and feel supported and connected during their time at the Institute.”

But what really sets CASE apart from other centers on campus is its focus on success and equity, in addition to academics. For students, this includes professional development opportunities and workshops to prepare them for the job market. There are currently two student success workshops each year, and Williams hopes to expand this to a total of six in the 2021-22 academic year.

“Our students want more,” said Williams. “They want to learn how to successfully complete a case interview to get into consulting after graduation. So we have sessions scheduled with representatives from top consulting firms to run mock case interviews and guide them on the process. But students also want to improve their soft skills and learn how to network. We’re going to add additional sessions to provide them with these tools as well.”

The Center also launched MentIEs, a mentoring program that pairs ISyE alumni with current students to provide real-world insight and advice complementing students’ academic experience. The pilot program launched in Spring 2021 with 20 mentors and 60 mentees and was a resounding success. Williams and his team plan to double those numbers this year and beyond.

CASE’s equity initiatives include several activities promoting equality in ISyE while providing sanctuary for our most vulnerable students and the chance to be heard. The team is also working to increase the minority and female student pipeline and improve diversity within the School and its programs.

“We’re working hard to develop relationships with top-tier academic institutions across the country to help identify high-quality potential graduate students or future faculty who are underrepresented minorities or women,” said Williams. “We want to make sure they know about our programs and know when we have open faculty positions so we can get those applications up.”

While CASE is in its inaugural year, Williams has big plans for the future.

“My goal is that within five years, every single member of our community — faculty, staff, students, and alumni — is touched in an academic year by something that CASE does,” Williams said. “And I want everyone in the ISyE network to quintuple individual networks with members of the other groups.”

“I want us to not only be the No. 1 academic industrial engineering department in the nation, but also the No. 1 industrial engineering community in the nation,” he added.

These are lofty goals, but if you have ever personally met Williams, you know he will most certainly make them happen.

]]> goberst3 1 1630532612 2021-09-01 21:43:32 1684341303 2023-05-17 16:35:03 0 0 news CASE is an interdisciplinary center designed to encourage academic growth, professional development, and inclusivity for all of ISyE’s constituents.

2021-09-01T00:00:00-04:00 2021-09-01T00:00:00-04:00 2021-09-01 00:00:00 Laurie Haigh
Communications Manager

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<![CDATA[Alumna Ann Dunkin's Journey to CIO of the U.S. Department of Energy]]> 35757 Ann Dunkin’s (BSIE 1986, MSIE 1988) impressive career spans leadership in both the public and private technology sectors. She is used to facing challenges with resilience, tackling the difficulties of leading during the Covid-19 pandemic while balancing two jobs at the same time. Now, she’s the CIO for the U.S. Department of Energy – the result of an incredible journey.   

After finishing her master’s degree in manufacturing systems engineering from the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE), Dunkin worked for many years at Hewlett-Packard (HP), mostly in the areas of manufacturing, research and development, and IT. After leaving HP, she held several public service roles, including CIO for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). However, she always had the intention of someday returning to the private sector.

At the end of February 2020, Dunkin started a new role as a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Dell. To kick off her first day at work, she facilitated a panel at the RSA conference, a prominent international conference series on IT security. However, the first Covid-19 lockdown began just two weeks later, and her main focus quickly became tackling the hurdles of going virtual. Suddenly, millions of people working and learning remotely needed laptops.  

“The lesson for the world is that immobile devices are something that should be a part of our past,” said Dunkin. “In our world today, there is no reason for a device not to be mobile.” Even before Covid-19, she was already pushing for organizations to make the switch from desktops to laptops.

For the first few months of the pandemic, vendors did not have enough inventory to go around. With so many orders in the queue, the supply chain was disrupted, and they could not provide as many devices as anticipated. Dunkin facilitated difficult conversations with the public sector to explain the situation and help leaders find alternative solutions in the absence of equipment. The virtual transition impacted K-12 education the most due to the huge complexity of educating young children online.

As a CTO at Dell, Dunkin’s position was originally meant to be heavily shaped by in-person interaction with CIOs and talking to people at events and conferences – opportunities that came to a halt with Covid-19. Though she still worked with CIOs across the U.S. and Canada, the virtual nature of the job meant a loss in depth of interaction. As many companies continue to offer remote and hybrid options, she stresses the importance of face-to-face collaboration in the workplace.

“I think there is real value to seeing people in person,” said Dunkin. “No matter how much you let people work remotely, there needs to be time when people get together.”

One silver lining to the pandemic, however, was that it created the perfect environment for writing. While speaking at an event, Dunkin had received an invitation to co-author a book, which she ended up working on during the first six months of lockdown. Titled Industrial Digital Transformation, the book provides a framework for people trying to lead the effort to integrate digital technology into an organization, including the necessary cultural transformation.

“I think that the easy part about digital transformation is technology,” said Dunkin. “People, process, and policy – those are the hard things.” The book contains case studies that outline how to implement the strategies presented.

Later that year, Dunkin was presented with another opportunity: joining the Biden-Harris transition team, which prepared for President Joe Biden to take over administration of the U.S. government. She started working on the team with just a few days’ notice, but she needed to simultaneously fulfill her responsibilities at Dell. Between 14-hour workdays, sometimes seven days a week, and working through the winter holidays, she managed to make her hectic schedule work.  

On the Biden-Harris transition team, Dunkin served as the technology lead for the EPA transition team and was also a member of the transition-wide technology group. Being a former CIO of the EPA gave her years of preparation, but since four years had passed, she also had a lot to catch up on.

Working with the transition team made Dunkin realize that she was more inspired by her work in public service. After engaging in discussions with different departments, she was offered her role as CIO the Department of Energy (DOE), a natural progression from her time at the EPA.

Though only a few months into her position as CIO, Dunkin has many goals to accomplish. This includes tackling cybersecurity, which is a tremendous challenge across the government, as well as supporting the transition to clean energy and continuing the journey of moving the DOE’s data centers into the cloud. Her team is also working on Biden’s Justice40 initiative, which ensures that at least 40% of the benefits of relevant federal projects go to disadvantaged and underserved communities. 

Furthermore, the DOE is a unique organization in terms of its relationships with the 17 national laboratories, which are a system of research and development centers overseen by the DOE, such as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories. These labs are federally funded, but they function relatively independently within their management and operations contracts. One of Dunkin’s focus areas as CIO will be to grow and develop relationships with lab leaders.

As a long-time leader, Dunkin has years of experience in the technology sector successfully managing large organizations and high-budget projects. But does she believe in the phrase “natural born leader”?

“I think some people are more inclined to leadership than others, but almost anyone can learn the skills they need to lead,” said Dunkin. “I am just as uncomfortable in a roomful of total strangers as anyone else – I've learned how to do these things, and anyone can learn how to do them, too.”

Even at her level, Dunkin feels that she must continue to prove herself in new roles, though she says this is something all leaders face. However, she believes there remains a lot of skepticism toward women in leadership, and they still face a higher bar in business and technology.

Looking back on her career, Dunkin stands by her choice to attend Georgia Tech and maintains that it is one of the best decisions she has ever made, saying, “ISyE is a broad technical education that teaches students how to manage people, processes, and technology, providing an amazing foundation to be successful leaders.”

Dunkin will always be a proud Yellow Jacket, and there’s undeniable proof: One of her cats is affectionately named “Buzz.”

You can read more about Ann Dunkin, including how she started her career at Hewlett-Packard, here.

]]> goberst3 1 1630026140 2021-08-27 01:02:20 1630334177 2021-08-30 14:36:17 0 0 news Dunkin’s impressive career spans leadership in both the public and private technology sectors, but her passion for public service is what led her to the DOE.

2021-08-26T00:00:00-04:00 2021-08-26T00:00:00-04:00 2021-08-26 00:00:00 Grace Oberst

Communications Assistant
H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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<![CDATA[Georgia Tech Leads Industry Effort to Tackle the Composite and Hybrid Materials Challenge]]> 35757 Composites and hybrid materials will define the future of manufacturing – and with good reason: These strong yet lightweight materials that comprise half of all commercial twin-aisle airplanes and most electrical vehicles are lighter and more fuel efficient, lessening their carbon footprint.  

However, because composites are unique (combining different materials), it is difficult to model how they will degrade and fail during use. Also, impact damage may not be visible or may be barely visible, making it harder to detect than damage to metallic structures. Furthermore, repairing these materials and structures is both time-consuming and expensive due to the complexity of composite parts and lack of experience or knowledge and data.

Based at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Center for Composite and Hybrid Materials Interfacing (CHMI) intends to dramatically improve how composite and hybrid structures are joined and repaired. The Center is one of four active NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRCs) at Georgia Tech.

Funded for five years with an NSF IUCRC grant, the Center will work closely with an industry consortium of leading manufacturers and government organizations that will underwrite research projects.

Housed in the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute (GTMI), the Center incorporates three university research teams from Georgia Tech, Oakland University, and University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT). Each research and development partner brings decades of composite and hybrid materials research focus in specific industries: Georgia Tech in aerospace, Detroit-based Oakland University in automotive composite systems, and UT in infrastructure and medical devices.

“The study of the interface between composite, metallic and other electronic materials is really the future of manufacturing,” said Ben Wang, executive director of GTMI. “The Center amplifies the thought leadership of Georgia Tech advancement in composites. It also puts us in the nexus of three areas -- advanced manufacturing, innovative materials and data analytics.”

Improving Composite Repair Efficiency with Analytics and Automation

Center director Chuck Zhang, Harold E. Smalley Professor in Georgia Tech’s H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE), will drive CHMI’s vision to transform the current labor-intensive, experience-based joining and repair practice into fast, automated and reliable processes.

“Using advanced computation, experimental data analytics, and digital techniques and tools, we hope to reduce by 50% the overall cost, cycle time and variation of these processes in the next 10 years,” Zhang said.

As an IUCRC, the Center will engage Georgia Tech and partner faculty and researchers and students, in addition to industry partners. Each university partner will rotate hosting in-person briefings with the consortium every six months, with the first meeting set for October at GTMI.

The frequent engagement between researchers and industry partners will “help ensure a strong understanding of the challenges and possible solutions. The outcome is really a very robust research agenda,” said Wang.

The Center will solve key challenges facing industries that rely on composite materials. To illustrate, a bird striking a plane can damage a composite structure on the wing of the aircraft. The airline company or maintenance provider must then deploy specialized, expensive patches – often to remote locations. There are training challenges with technicians, as well as the high cost of grounding a plane. Pulling an Airbus A350 out of service for a single day costs an airline an estimated $100,000 or more in lost revenue.

Repairing composites represents a supply chain challenge beyond one company’s capabilities to solve. 

“No company can do this on their own – it's too multidisciplinary,” said Rob Maskell, chief scientist of global composite manufacturer Solvay Materials. “Solving this challenge is critical to the increased adoption of composites, and I think Georgia Tech brings a lot of competencies that, when combined with Solvay’s expertise, gives us credibility.”

Solvay Materials: Finding Solutions to a Multi-Disciplinary Challenge

Solvay Materials has been involved from the beginning and is one of the Center’s eight founding consortium members. The Belgium-headquartered company is the leading supplier of structural adhesives for composite bonding on aircraft. It is estimated that 55% of all twin-aisle commercial jets contain composites.

“Joining industry and academia in this Center is an essential piece on the road to the increased commercialization and adoption of composites,” Maskell said.

Maskell noted that the current manual repair process for composites could be replaced with analytics, automation, and digital technologies. He also sees additive manufacturing – or 3D printing of composite parts – as a future key efficiency driver.

Building Future Workforce while Enhancing Skills of Current Engineers

The Center also will help support workforce development in the composite area, both to educate graduate and undergraduate students and create a funnel for future workers in the industry once they graduate. Wang said the Center will also create a technology and knowledge database of new tools for companies to use in their production lines. Georgia Tech leadership sees it as a win-win for researchers and industry.

“Getting this Center approved will benefit quite a few faculty members. We have expertise in trends and applications in artificial intelligence and machine learning,” said Edwin Romeijn, ISyE H. Milton and Carolyn J. Stewart School Chair and professor. “The Center also touches on issues of supply chain design and management, and transportation and autonomous vehicles, which are very big strengths of ISyE as well.”

Joining Zhang from Georgia Tech are co-principal investigators Christopher Muhlstein and Donggang Yao, both professors in the School of Materials Science and Engineering. Yao focuses on creating materials and developing material systems to make and join composites together, while Muhlstein studies the mechanical behavior of these materials. Zhang’s background in multifunctional composites, additive manufacturing, and applications of data analytics ties it all together.

“As an engineer of composites, you need all these pieces,” explained Muhlstein, who strives to create a more predictable, reliable, and high-confidence bond between the composites and the structures. “The moment that you can use the composite all the way to its limit, and do that with confidence, now you enable whole new classes of airplanes and cars ― or even completely new applications.”

Guided by Technology Roadmap, Industry Engagement

The CHMI launches with a well-defined technology roadmap, having benefited from earlier grant and collaborative discussions with industry partners.

According to Zhang, the concept for the Center originated in 2015, when Georgia Tech received a National Institute of Standards and Technology grant to identify top challenges and R&D needs facing aerospace companies and then develop a 10-to-15-year technology roadmap focused on research in that area. More than 50 companies and government organizations, including Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Airbus, and component manufacturing suppliers were polled on their top five technology challenges, and “composite joining and repair was one of the top three technology areas cited,” Zhang recalled.

The Georgia Tech principal investigators consider the deep materials and analytics expertise at Georgia Tech a key strength of the Center. Having industry involvement ensures that “we as researchers get great problems to work on,” said Muhlstein. “This Center allows us to create a convergent platform where industry comes together with academia in both a structured and targeted way to advance manufacturing in the U.S.”

The CHMI’s founding industry coalition members are Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Boeing, Corvid Technologies, Hexcel, RUAG Space USA, Spirit AeroSystems, Solvay, and Top Flight Aerostructures.

*Editor's note: All photos and video for this story were taken in July 2021, prior to updated mask guidance issued by Georgia Tech. 



]]> goberst3 1 1629754430 2021-08-23 21:33:50 1630073868 2021-08-27 14:17:48 0 0 news The Georgia Tech Center for Composite and Hybrid Materials Interfacing, led by ISyE's Chuck Zhang, intends to dramatically improve how composite and hybrid structures are joined and repaired.

2021-08-23T00:00:00-04:00 2021-08-23T00:00:00-04:00 2021-08-23 00:00:00 Anne Wainscott-Sargent

Institute Communications

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<![CDATA[Assistant Professor Juba Ziani Joins ISyE]]> 35757 Assistant Professor Juba Ziani joined ISyE on August 1, 2021. He studies the optimization, game theoretic, economic, ethical, and societal challenges that arise from transactions and interactions involving data. In particular, his research focuses on the design of markets for data; on data privacy with a focus on differential privacy; on fairness in machine learning and decision making; and on strategic considerations in machine learning.

Before coming to Georgia Tech, Ziani was a Warren Center Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ziani received his Ph.D. in computing and mathematical sciences from the California Institute of Technology, his M.S. in operations research from Columbia University, and his B.S. in engineering, energy, and information sciences from Ecole Supérieure d'Electricité (now Centrale-Supélec).

]]> goberst3 1 1629252519 2021-08-18 02:08:39 1629466028 2021-08-20 13:27:08 0 0 news Ziani studies the optimization, game theoretic, economic, ethical, and societal challenges that arise from transactions and interactions involving data.

2021-08-17T00:00:00-04:00 2021-08-17T00:00:00-04:00 2021-08-17 00:00:00 Shelley Wunder-Smith

H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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<![CDATA[Assistant Professor Gian-Gabriel Garcia Joins ISyE]]> 35757 Assistant Professor Gian-Gabriel Garcia joined ISyE on August 1, 2021. Garcia’s research integrates data-driven prediction and decision models to address high-impact problems in health policy and personalized medicine. He is especially interested in how equity considerations and social/behavioral dynamics impact optimal decision-making. This research spans applications to concussion, opioids, and chronic diseases and has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, an INFORMS Bonder Scholarship, the SMDM Lee B. Lusted Prize, and first prize in the INFORMS Minority Issues Forum Paper Competition.

Before joining ISyE, Garcia was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School.

Garcia received his Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Michigan and his B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh. He is also passionate about supporting underrepresented students in engineering through mentorship and outreach.

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2021-08-17T00:00:00-04:00 2021-08-17T00:00:00-04:00 2021-08-17 00:00:00 Shelley Wunder-Smith

H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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<![CDATA[Assistant Professor Diego Cifuentes Joins ISyE]]> 35757 Assistant Professor Diego Cifuentes joined the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) on July 1, 2021. His research centers around the development of mathematical optimization methods and the application of these methods in engineering areas such as machine learning, statistics, robotics, power systems, and computer vision. He also works in the theoretical analysis of optimization methods, leveraging geometric and combinatorial information to improve efficiency and robustness.

Prior to ISyE, Cifuentes served as an applied math instructor at MIT and as a postdoctoral researcher in the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences.

He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT, and his B.S. in mathematics and B.S. in electronics engineering from Universidad de los Andes.

]]> goberst3 1 1629252011 2021-08-18 02:00:11 1629468058 2021-08-20 14:00:58 0 0 news Cifuentes' research centers around the development of mathematical optimization methods and the application of these methods in engineering areas including machine learning, robotics, and computer vision.

2021-08-17T00:00:00-04:00 2021-08-17T00:00:00-04:00 2021-08-17 00:00:00 Shelley Wunder-Smith

H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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<![CDATA[SCL Welcomes Americold's Jason DeLoach to its Industry Advisory Board]]> 27233 Jason DeLoach has been with Americold since 2013 and currently serves as VP of Supply Chain Solutions. Americold is the largest publicly traded cold storage logistics company in the world with 242 facilities in 14 countries across 4 continents. During his 8 years with Americold, Jason has led the development of the Supply Chain Strategy, Design, and Development functions – as well as the comprehensive portfolio of Customer Supply Chain Solutions for Americold’s go-to-market strategy. With a cross-functional approach to customer value creation, Jason leads end-to-end supply chain solutions development for many of the largest food manufacturers and distributors in the world.

Jason brings 27 years of experience and leadership in Supply Chain Strategy, Analytics, Design, Engineering, and Implementation. Prior to Americold – Jason held strategic Supply Chain roles with Fortna, Ross Stores, and The Gap.

Jason lives in Roswell with his wife Shelley and his two children. When he’s not working, he enjoys boating on the lake and touring microbreweries.

The Georgia Tech Supply Chain and Logistics Institute is honored to have Jason join us to help determine SCL's future direction.

]]> Andy Haleblian 1 1629215117 2021-08-17 15:45:17 1629215283 2021-08-17 15:48:03 0 0 news Jason DeLoach is VP of Supply Chain Engineering Solutions at Americold. Jason brings 27 years of experience and leadership in Supply Chain Strategy, Analytics, Design, Engineering, and Implementation.

2021-08-17T00:00:00-04:00 2021-08-17T00:00:00-04:00 2021-08-17 00:00:00 649758 649758 image <![CDATA[Jason DeLoach, VP of Supply Chain Engineering Solutions, Americold]]> image/jpeg 1629205722 2021-08-17 13:08:42 1629205722 2021-08-17 13:08:42 <![CDATA[SCL Industry Advisory Board members]]>
<![CDATA[Valerie Thomas Named Chair of National Academies Committee to Study Life Cycle Analysis of Low-Carbon Transportation Fuels]]> 28766 Renewable and low-carbon fuel standards, such as the Federal Renewable Fuel Standard and the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard, are major U.S. programs for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels. These standards rely on life cycle assessment as a method to estimate fuel greenhouse gas emissions. However, current life cycle assessments differ notably in how they are implemented, with disagreements pertaining to data quality, modeling approaches, and key assumptions. Now, a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) committee will study Current Methods for Life Cycle Analyses of Low-Carbon Transportation Fuels in the United States. Professor Valerie Thomas, Anderson-Interface Chair of Natural Systems in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, has been appointed to chair the committee, which will meet through April 2022 to do its work.

Thomas, who holds a joint appointment in Georgia Tech’s School of Public Policy, is an expert in life cycle assessment, sustainability, and science and technology policy. Her current research projects include life cycle assessment of biofuels made from algae, of carbon dioxide captured from air, of chemicals made from biomass, and of alternative technologies for conventional and urban agriculture. 

Under Thomas’ leadership, the committee will consider direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions; that is, direct greenhouse gas emissions from producing feedstock for fuel and making and using the fuel, and emissions from indirect effects such as land use change. Indirect effects can occur, for example, when land used for one purpose – such as growing corn for food – instead is used to grow feedstock for biofuel. 

The committee will also consider key assumptions and the quality of the data used to estimate greenhouse gas emissions, and may assess needs for additional data and model development. The group also will consider methods used to evaluate biofuels, electricity as a transportation fuel, hydrogen fuels, low-carbon diesel fuels, and aviation and maritime fuels, among others.

“Transportation is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, and multiple alternative-fuel technologies are being developed to address this challenging problem,” said Thomas. “Our committee has been tasked with providing recommendations for potential use in a national low-carbon fuels program. Our aim is to provide policy makers and the public with a robust, useful set of findings on the state-of-the-science in evaluating greenhouse gas emissions of low-carbon transportation fuels.”

]]> Shelley Wunder-Smith 1 1629208735 2021-08-17 13:58:55 1629757772 2021-08-23 22:29:32 0 0 news Thomas, an expert in life cycle assessment, sustainability, and science and technology policy, will lead the committee's considerations of direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions.

2021-08-17T00:00:00-04:00 2021-08-17T00:00:00-04:00 2021-08-17 00:00:00 Shelley Wunder-Smith

H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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<![CDATA[Gaming Meets Education: Inspirit Reshapes the Future of STEM Learning with 3D Interactive Models]]> 35757 Amrutha Vasan was a fourth-year student at the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) when she and fourth-year computer science student Aditya Vishwanath began working with Neha Kumar, associate professor in the College of Computing, to develop smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) content for the classroom. They tested the effectiveness of their technology in a study involving almost 350 high school and middle school students, seeing promising results in not only improved grades but also in engagement and interest levels.

Several years later, Vasan and Vishwanath have transformed what was once a research project into the ed tech startup Inspirit. The app they designed, which teaches STEM concepts through 3D models built in the game engine Unity, combines Duolingo-style learning with the highly interactive environments of popular games like Minecraft and Fortnite. But how did they develop this technology, thus unlocking a new form of virtual learning that is changing the possibilities of education?

After graduating from Georgia Tech in 2018, Vasan took a job at Proctor & Gamble (P&G), and Vishwanath headed to Stanford University for a Ph.D. in learning sciences and technology design. Working in the Virtual Human Interaction Lab at Stanford, Vishwanath’s studies centered around improving learning outcomes, engagement, and retention. Through their experiences, the pair realized that above all, they needed to tap into core pedagogical principles.

“It wasn't really the VR that mattered, it was the interaction -- that's what drove the learning outcomes,” Vasan said. “STEM education is supposed to be experiential, and students should be driven by curiosity.”

The co-founders continued to work on Inspirit for another year and started pitching the company to venture capital (VC) firms in the summer of 2019. After signing with their first investor, Vasan quit her job at P&G and moved back to her home country of India to build a team of employees and work full-time on the startup.

Now, the Inspirit smartphone app includes more than 1,000 accurate, 3D interactive models that facilitate learning through an immersive experience. Students can break apart the human respiratory system, travel inside a plant cell, or explore the DNA replication process, taking quizzes to unlock new levels. Inspired by games like Candy Crush and Minecraft, features such as leaderboards, lives, avatars, and forums incentivize players to keep learning.

Inspirit’s first full curriculum, advanced placement (AP) biology, will be released this fall. The self-serve aspect of the app means that students whose schools do not offer AP biology can learn the coursework entirely through Inspirit, and it can also act as a supplement for those who need extra help. Since AP classes require skills like critical reasoning, Inspirit worked with AP biology teachers to ensure the app facilitated the necessary learning outcomes.

A second function of the app is the community portal, which offers 3D multiplayer functionality, i.e., live classroom sessions. The Inspirit team’s goal is for students to be able to enter the environment on their phones without the app crashing, which is one of the main challenges for these types of applications. During these virtual classroom sessions, teachers have access to the 3D models and can use them as part of their instruction.

The goal of Inspirit is not to overtake in-person learning, however. “I don't think you can replace the human touch with technology,” Vasan said. “Kids in school need peer-to-peer connection. To me, education still needs to be driven by a good teacher, but you can give teachers access to the tools they need to teach specific concepts.”

Deciding what type of technology to use for their product was not an easy process. The Inspirit team tried building out true VR experiences using systems like Google Cardboard, Oculus Go, and HTC Vive. The Covid-19 pandemic, however, made them seriously consider the question of accessibility. Most students do not have access to VR headsets, so a phone app is the most inclusive option.

Understanding their customer base was crucial, and that’s why Vasan and Vishwanath went directly to their target demographic: Gen Z. Inspirit has a Discord channel where students can be part of the development process by joining protocol design calls and beta-testing the app. Right now, the startup has a community of about 250 students, but they expect this number to grow significantly as the app progresses.

This past summer, Vasan and Vishwanath expanded engagement by offering internships for high school students with the goal of promoting curiosity and interest in STEM education through online events that cater to their peers and are open to students across the world. Together, the student interns set up debates, movie and trivia nights, home experiments, and even a science-themed Minecraft build.

Young people are not the only ones supporting the vision, though. This year, Inspirit attended the South by Southwest Education Conference & Festival and entered into the Launch, a competition for early stage startups to pitch their company and mission. As first-time founders surrounded by entrepreneurs on their second or third business with years of experience, Vasan and Vishwanath didn’t expect to win, but they ended up coming in first out of five finalists from all across the country. The accomplishment was an incredible PR boost that resulted in many new investors reaching out to them.

Though Inspirit is now further along in development, Vasan stresses the importance of pitching yourself as a founder, especially in the beginning of raising funding. “Most investors aren't looking for you to have the answers. When they're investing you in the first round, they don't care about the idea, they care about the founders,” she explained. “If they think you're capable of finally coming up with the right solution, they will invest in you.”

Finding Inspirit’s first investor was a challenging process. The pair started raising for the pre-seed round of funding last summer, which they soon realized was the least optimal season. After receiving rejection after rejection, they planned to wait six months, redo their pitch, and try again – until the last company they were waiting on, Unshackled Ventures, said yes.

Inspirit’s main investors are Unshackled Ventures and Sierra Ventures, which invested during the seed round. Unshackled Ventures is uniquely immigrant focused, only funding startups where at least one founder is not a U.S. citizen. Starting a company as an international student in college can be extremely difficult, but Unshackled Ventures provides additional support for founders, such as help with immigration processing.

Vasan praised both Inspirit’s investors and her team, emphasizing the importance of recruiting the right people who can be trusted to make critical decisions. “I think the team matters more than anything else,” she said. “You need to have a team whose strengths and weaknesses are balanced among the members. If your team is cohesive, and everyone is aligned with your mission, you will figure it out.”

In the future, Inspirit will work toward making the app, currently available on iOS, also available on Android, and they want to expand the curriculum to include chemistry, physics, and other subjects. Further on, the team wants students to be able to develop their own content on the platform because they believe education also should be about creation, not just consumption.

But is there a future for true VR in education, as Vasan and Vishwanath experimented with in the early stages of the startup? Vasan says VR technology hasn’t hit the mainstream market yet -- but when it does, Inspirit will be ready to make the shift.

]]> goberst3 1 1629152566 2021-08-16 22:22:46 1630084723 2021-08-27 17:18:43 0 0 news Amrutha Vasan (IE 2018) and Aditya Vishwanath (CS 2018) founded an ed tech startup that has developed a smartphone app to teach STEM concepts through gamified learning.

2021-08-16T00:00:00-04:00 2021-08-16T00:00:00-04:00 2021-08-16 00:00:00 Grace Oberst

Communications Assistant
H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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<![CDATA[ISyE Student Roy Gabriel Turns Passion for Teaching into Entrepreneurship]]> 35866 Because of his family, Roy Gabriel, a fifth-year in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE), has always had a sense of service. “I grew up in the Middle East, and since I was young, I have noticed a lot of inefficiencies there,” he said. “My parents always helped in any way through the community and the church, and so I thought, ‘Maybe I can contribute to that somehow.’”

This call to help others stayed with Gabriel when he moved to the U.S. for a dual-degree program. He spent three years at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia and is now approaching his second and final year at Georgia Tech. One way he is passionate about helping others is teaching. Gabriel helped his friends with math and science courses in high school, was a teaching assistant for his native language, Arabic, at Covenant, and has offered private teaching throughout college as a source of income.

“I started tutoring more often than not to the extent that I started noticing places where I could say, ‘If I could teach that subject, then I would make that educational program better,’” he said. “So, as opposed to just coming to you for a private session, I can actually make current educational programs better.” 

And with that thought, Gabriel’s business, Makademy, was born. Makademy is an educational business that serves to improve or create educational platforms for companies. Gabriel’s current client is IvyLine Capital Group, an investment firm with an educational arm that he was a student in himself. Gabriel works specifically with IvyLine’s educational cohort, creating lecture videos and tests on the application of machine learning in finance.

“Once I joined that program, I learned a lot about how to invest, but then I realized through my industrial engineering studies, you can use machine learning to invest,” he said. Gabriel then created his own algorithm using machine learning and derivative training that proved successful and wanted to give back to IvyLine. “I approached the founder and said, ‘You guys taught me a lot about investing, all the basics, so how can I make the educational program better? I’ll add statistical modeling. How can we remove the investor’s emotion from the factor or the risks? I can minimize them by using my teachings.’”

Gabriel’s future goals for Makademy include adding more clients, building a website with educational programs, expanding the subjects taught, and hiring private tutors. He plans to continue this after graduation while also working toward his master's degree in quantitative and computational finance at Georgia Tech.

“Makademy is here for any institution looking to revamp its educational cohort,” he said. “For example, if you work at a certain company, and they have learning modules that you’d like to make better, whether they're too old-school or you’d like them to be more graphically intensive for Gen Z, then you can sign up with Makademy.”

Gabriel’s main motivation is to give everyone access to quality education. “Because every person learns a different way, if you can resonate with a student, you can make an impact in not only your community but the world,” he said. “The idea is when you grew up in school, whatever you ended up doing afterwards was because, in my opinion at least, you had good teachers teaching you that. If I can help everyone get good teachers in all these different subjects, then imagine what the world would be like in 10 or 20 years.”

]]> afu34 1 1628728192 2021-08-12 00:29:52 1628772767 2021-08-12 12:52:47 0 0 news Rising fifth-year Roy Gabriel used his teaching experience to create Makademy, an educational business that serves to improve or create educational platforms for companies.

2021-08-11T00:00:00-04:00 2021-08-11T00:00:00-04:00 2021-08-11 00:00:00 Angeline Fu
Communications Assistant
H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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<![CDATA[ISyE Alumna Emily Parrish: Fulfillment Design Engineer and Forbes 30 Under 30]]> 35757 Emily Parrish is an experienced industrial, automation, and robotics engineer and a 2016 graduate from the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial Systems and Engineering (ISyE). Always eager to learn, she has a diverse range of interests and did not originally know what career path she would end up pursuing. So what led her to engineering, and how did she achieve recognition from Forbes so early in her career?

Originally born in Germany, Parrish moved with her family to Boston and then to Baltimore before finally settling down in Georgia at seven years old. Passionate about music, she played instruments her whole life, including drums, flute, piano, and now guitar. She was also very competitive in sports, playing soccer since an early age. And, as it turns out, engineering ran in her family — her father was working in operations engineering with a background in mechanical engineering.

Because of the Zell Miller Scholarship and the opportunity to stay close to home, Georgia Tech was a natural choice for Parrish. She applied as a business major and dabbled in aerospace engineering before settling on industrial engineering, which drew her interest because of the mixture of process improvement and business elements. She was also accepted into the Denning Technology & Management (T&M) program, a two-year course of study that allows engineering students to receive a minor in engineering and business.

After her first year at Georgia Tech, Parrish landed a co-op at UPS Supply Chain Solutions. Her experience at UPS solidified her excitement for process efficiency and continuous improvement, and she had the opportunity to attend Modex, an Atlanta-based tradeshow that is the largest manufacturing and supply chain expo in North America. Modex features equipment and solutions for assembly logistics, fulfillment and delivery, IT, and other emerging technology solutions.

At the expo, Parrish saw Amazon’s fulfillment center robots for the first time and immediately fell in love with them. Inspired to work for Amazon, she later landed her first role as an innovation and design engineer, working on automating warehouse systems.

“I wanted to be at a company that was fast paced and really changing the way that warehousing and automation were working,” said Parrish.

Immediately after graduating, she moved to Seattle and eventually worked her way up to senior hardware development engineer. Throughout Parrish’s career at Amazon, the systematic approach of industrial engineering allowed her to apply her skillset to any role. One project she worked on with her team was automating the sortation process for multiple item orders, and the new item sortation machine she developed is pending patent, along with several other customer experience inventions.

This year, Parrish’s accomplishments are being recognized on a larger scale, as she was selected for the 2021 cohort of Forbes 30 Under 30 in the Manufacturing and Industry section.

“I never thought it would happen,” said Parrish about her achievement. “I'm so humbled. The people in Forbes are amazing and so talented — a lot of them are startup CEOs who have created so many different products. I'm honored to be among them.” She described the surreal moment of waking up to find out she made the list and was already receiving congratulatory messages from friends.

Being part of Forbes 30 Under 30 has enabled her to connect with other accomplished people and learn about different industries. “It’s been really great to meet genuinely brilliant people across the nation who are curious to learn, too,” said Parrish.

Now, she has a new role as a principal design engineer working on designing fulfillment centers at a prominent, multi-billion-dollar valuated startup. She still enjoys being in Seattle and seeing the beautiful view while living near the water.

Looking back on her college experience, Parrish credits her Georgia Tech education as instrumental in building a foundation of skills that has enabled her to reach the place she is in today. In particular, the Denning T&M program was an enriching experience with a curriculum that exposed her to a wide range of topics, including innovative technologies, biogenetics, cryptocurrencies, sustainability, and more. She especially valued interacting in a small, multidisciplinary class setting, and the program also offered numerous networking opportunities and helped her refine her interview and presentation skills.  

Some of Parrish’s favorite memories from Georgia Tech are from joining the crew team and the barbell club, where she was able to spend time with other students who also liked sports and staying fit. Overall, she recalls the incredible experiences of getting to meet other intelligent people with the same ideas and drive, many of whom she is still friends with today.

When asked about her future plans, Parrish said, “My goal is just to keep learning and exposing new technologies to people. I try to make sure that I'm happy every day and doing something that I'm passionate about and that is really helping change the world.”

]]> goberst3 1 1628722102 2021-08-11 22:48:22 1628795141 2021-08-12 19:05:41 0 0 news Alumna Emily Parrish (IE 2016) is an industrial, automation, and robotics engineer who was selected for the 2021 cohort of Forbes 30 Under 30 in the Manufacturing and Industry section.

2021-08-11T00:00:00-04:00 2021-08-11T00:00:00-04:00 2021-08-11 00:00:00 Grace Oberst

Communications Assistant
H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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<![CDATA[Chen Zhou on Aligning Supply Chains with Human Needs]]> 35757 Industrial engineering focuses on efficiency and cost reduction, which can lead to unintended consequences when optimization is not aligned with social and environmental issues. That’s why engineers should also serve human needs, as stated in Georgia Tech’s mission “to develop leaders who advance technology and improve the human condition” and focus on “making a positive impact in the lives of people everywhere.”

In an article published in a recent issue of the ISE magazine from the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, the moral complications of supply chain optimization are discussed by Chen Zhou, associate chair for undergraduate studies and associate professor in the H. Milton School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE).

“Over the years, ISE has developed many tools for logistics and supply chain, analytics, manufacturing, ergonomics, quality improvement and work system design,” Zhou wrote in the article. “However, the challenge in modern society is that improvements in cost reduction and efficiency improvement are not sufficient to supply human needs.”

This misalignment is easily visible in the case of food deserts, where convenience stores and fast-food restaurants thrive because of their low costs and high efficiency. They do not provide sufficient nutrition, but supermarkets and family restaurants cannot compete against them because fresh produce has a shorter shelf life and is difficult to transport and store.

Another key example is the healthcare system, which is filled with invisible contracts that lead to high healthcare costs when pricing information is not transparent. Between hospitals and patients, there are other players – value added networks, group purchasing organizations, and pharmacy benefit managers – who are all optimizing their interests.

Georgia Tech Senior Design students have found a lot of waste in hospitals that arises when insurance companies are not concerned about product charges if their costs are covered by premiums, leading to potential overconsumption of medical services. This case of supplier-induced demand is just one instance of many moral hazards in the healthcare system.

To create supply chains designed to meet human needs, industrial engineers need to lead the way. “ISEs have an advantage to supplement their tools on cost and efficiency with a few more tools, such as a deterrent to moral hazards and the internalization of externalities, to address some of the most important social and environmental issues,” Zhou noted.

Read the article in its entirety.

This article is provided for informational purposes only with permission of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers from the July 2021 issue of ISE magazine, Copyright©2021. All rights reserved.

]]> goberst3 1 1628657456 2021-08-11 04:50:56 1629914911 2021-08-25 18:08:31 0 0 news In an article published in the ISE magazine from the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, Chen Zhou discusses the moral complications of supply chain optimization.

2021-08-11T00:00:00-04:00 2021-08-11T00:00:00-04:00 2021-08-11 00:00:00 Shelley Wunder-Smith

H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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<![CDATA[The Seth Bonder Camp Expands Reach and Representation]]> 35757 The Seth Bonder Camp in Computational and Data Science for Engineering is a five-day summer program for high school students. The camp is supported by the generous gifts of the Seth Bonder Foundation and led by Pascal Van Hentenryck, A. Russell Chandler III Chair and professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE). Like last year, the camp was held online due to Covid-19, but Van Hentenryck leveraged the virtual format to significantly increase the number of students reached, especially among underrepresented minorities.  

The camp’s curriculum featured several modules that were offered in four levels ranging from basic to advanced. The first module offered an introduction to the visual programming language Snap! and was followed by units in more advanced programming as well as computational data science, optimization, machine learning, and computational biology.

Van Hentenryck used a Marvel theme for the course material, which included a movie trailer-style introduction, the Avengers theme song as an intro to each lecture, and even wearing a Nick Fury costume while teaching. “The students become superheroes by learning how to code,” he explained.

Thanks to the flexibility of the online format, the program expanded to include five different versions of the camp. Two were were open specifically to students attending minority and rural high schools – one with Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta and a high school in Puerto Rico, and one with Banneker High School in Fulton County and Savannah High School.

Two other camps were offered in collaboration with Kids Teach Tech, a non-profit founded by Arjun Mulchandani, a student from California passionate about teaching other kids how to code. His team encompasses a community of children who create and teach programming classes to their peers, both in person and online, reaching youth not only across the United States but also internationally.

The first camp – exclusively for students from Kids Teach Tech – prepared them to deliver the material themselves. In the following camp session, those same students hosted their own Seth Bonder Camp, in conjunction with the Georgia Tech team, UC Berkeley Engineering and the Urban League of Greater San Francisco Bay Area. The camp was a huge success, and over 80% of the attendees were underrepresented students.

“The partnership with Kids Teach Tech enabled us to reach students in California and leverage the existing ecosystem there, indicating that the Seth Bonder Camp model is replicable and can grow organically,” said Van Hentenryck.

The final Seth Bonder Camp was open to all high school students. Total enrollment across all five camps reached 150 students, a huge leap from previous years that averaged 20-30 participants. To help with the camp, Van Hentenryck has a team of post-docs, Ph.D. students, and undergraduate students who serve as teaching assistants and are supported by Seth Bonder Fellowships.

Already, the camp has inspired high schoolers to pursue engineering. Neil Barry, who attended the camp in 2019, is now a rising second-year ISyE student conducting research with Van Hentenryck. “The Seth Bonder camp was a great experience for me because it showed me how useful and rewarding ISyE can be,” said Barry. “I grew more interested in the power of using data to make informed decisions, especially with computer programming. Professor Van Hentenryck was engaging as a teacher and is helpful as a research advisor.”

Next year, Van Hentenryck wants to transform the Seth Bonder camp into a longitudinal program that offers increasingly sophisticated camps by secondary school grade, with the goal of keeping high school students interested over time. He is also working on offering the camp throughout the school year and says that partnering with high schools and organizations like Kids Teach Tech is key to the future success of the camp.

To learn more about the Seth Bonder Camp in Computational and Data Science for Engineering and to partner with the camp, visit sethbondercamp.isye.gatech.edu.

]]> goberst3 1 1628656807 2021-08-11 04:40:07 1629810382 2021-08-24 13:06:22 0 0 news Pascal Van Hentenryck leveraged the virtual format of the camp to partner with high schools and the nonprofit Kids Teach Tech, reaching 150 students across all five camps.

2021-08-10T00:00:00-04:00 2021-08-10T00:00:00-04:00 2021-08-10 00:00:00 Grace Oberst

Communications Assistant
H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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<![CDATA[Brookings Institution Spotlights Improving the Manufacturing Sector]]> 28766 From Washington D.C., the Brookings Institute recently convened a virtual panel of manufacturing experts that included Ben Wang, executive director of the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute. Wang holds the Gwaltney Chair in Manufacturing Systems and is a professor both in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the School of Materials Science and Engineering. He served as the previous chair of the National Materials and Manufacturing Board.

The panel’s topic: “Can the Biden Administration Improve the Manufacturing Sector?”

Other panelists included: David Cicilline, member of the U.S. House of Representatives; Monica Gorman, deputy assistant secretary, manufacturing industry & analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce; Elisabeth Reynolds, special assistant to the President for manufacturing and economic development, National Economic Council, the White House; Darrell West, vice president and director governance studies, the Brookings Institution; and John Hazen White, Jr., executive chairman, Taco Family of Companies Trustee, the Brookings Institution.

During the panel’s second session, Wang emphasized, “advanced manufacturing is foundational to our [nation’s] economic prosperity, resilience and the national security.” He was previously involved with President Obama administration’s advanced manufacturing partnership from 2011 to 2013.

“Building a strong manufacturing base in the U.S. is a national imperative,” said Wang. “We know that technology-based innovation is the dominant driver of economic growth in the 21st century. Our national security, standard of living, and rebuilding the middle class in our society all depends on a strong globally competitive manufacturing base.”

Wang stressed the need to have a vibrant innovation value chain tightly coupled with a strong manufacturing ecosystem. “We cannot separate innovation from manufacturing,” said Wang.
“Some policymakers believed that we could continue to innovate and leave manufacturing to other nations. As it turned out, not only did we lose our ability to produce high tech products, we began to lose our ability to innovate.”

“If we want to compete well globally, we must maintain both the technological innovation leadership and advance manufacturing leadership [in the United States],” said Wang.

The need was also stressed to support small and medium-sized manufacturers who contribute to the nation’s supply chain and overall GDP in a significant way, but lack resources to evaluate and adopt new, state of the art manufacturing technologies.

National and state Manufacturing Extension Partnerships (MEP) can play a critical role in helping these smaller entities with technology adoption.

According to Wang, regional ecosystem actors must work together to identify common manufacturing challenges and common opportunities. And then co-innovate around those common challenges and opportunities. This type of regional approach will push local companies to rethink how they should interact with one another and help ensure that benefits are shared by all.

Wang’s entire presentation and the full panel discussion which was sponsored and moderated by the Brookings Institution can be found here.

]]> Shelley Wunder-Smith 1 1628516096 2021-08-09 13:34:56 1629757814 2021-08-23 22:30:14 0 0 news The Brookings Institute recently convened a virtual panel of manufacturing experts that included ISyE's Ben Wang.

2021-07-30T00:00:00-04:00 2021-07-30T00:00:00-04:00 2021-07-30 00:00:00 Walter Rich

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