Professor Jan Shi Receives INFORMS Fellow Award

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Professor Jianjun "Jan" Shi was named INFORMS Fellow at this year's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. in October, for his work in the "development of stream-of-variation theory and its contributions to quality improvements in manufacturing and other complex systems, and for leadership in education and the INFORMS community."

The INFORMS Fellow Award is reserved for distinguished individuals who have demonstrated outstanding and exceptional accomplishments and experience in operations research and the management sciences. The contributions of a nominee are evaluated in five categories: Research, Practice, Management, Education, and Service.

"Being elected a fellow by INFORMS is a testament to the quality of work produced by Professor Shi," said Chelsea C. White III, ISyE School Chair. "I and all of Jan's ISyE colleagues are very proud of this most deserved recognition."

Professor Shi is a leading researcher in variation modeling, analysis, and control of complex systems. He has developed innovative methodologies for modeling, monitoring, diagnosis, and control for complex systems in a data rich environment. He has produced 22 Ph.D. graduates, 16 of whom have joined IE departments as faculty members, 5 have received NSF CAREER Awards, and one received the PECASE award. He has published more than 100 papers (75 journal papers and collectively received more than 1200 paper citations). He has also worked with industrial companies and served as PI and co-PI of more than 15 million dollars in research grants. He has led various research projects funded by the National Science Foundation, NIST Advanced Technology Program, General Motors, Daimler-Chrysler, Ford, Lockheed-Martin, Honeywell, Pfizer, and various other industrial companies and funding agencies. The technologies developed in his research group have been implemented in various production systems with significant economic impacts.

Professor Shi has received numerous awards and honors. His most recent awards include the NUTN 2007 Distance Education Innovation Award; 2007 Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers; 2007 Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineering, 2007 Monroe-Brown Foundation Research Excellence Award; Sloan-C 2006 Program Profile Award; and the 2006 Best Paper Award at the Industrial Engineering Research Conference.

Professor Shi is the founding chairperson of the Quality, Statistics and Reliability (QSR) Subdivision at INFORMS. He also serves as the Director of Program in Manufacturing, co-Director of Global Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering, and Director of Laboratory for In-Process Quality Improvement Research (IPQI) at the University of Michigan. He is also the founding Director of the Quality Science Center at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

He is currently serving as the Department Editor of IIE Transactions on Quality and Reliability Engineering, Senior Editor of Chinese Journal of Institute of Industrial Engineering and associate editor for the International Journal of Flexible Manufacturing Systems. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineering (IIE), a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME), and also a member of ASQ, SME, and ASA.

Professor Shi received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Beijing Institute of Technology in 1984 and 1987 respectively, and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1992.

The INFORMS Fellow Award recognizes members who have made significant contributions to the advancement of operations research and the management sciences, such contributions including service to the professional field and to INFORMS. Shi joins a prestigious list including ten other Stewart School faculty members who have received this honor.

Other ISyE recipients include:
Dr. John Bartholdi,
Dr. Jim Dai
Dr. Augustine Esogbue,
Dr. John Jarvis,
Dr. Ellis Johnson,
Dr. George Nemhauser,
Dr. Donald Ratliff,
Dr. William Rouse,
Dr. Michael Thomas, and
Dr. Chelsea White III.


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  • Created:10/22/2008
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