Rouse, Zwart Receive*2008 IBM Faculty Awards
William "Bill* Rouse and Bert Zwart both received an IBM Faculty Award for 2008. The IBM Faculty Award is a worldwide competition program intended to foster collaboration between researcher at leading universities worldwide and those in IBM research, development and services organizations; and promote courseware and curriculum innovation to stimulate growth in disciplines and geographies that are strategic to IBM. This is Rouse's fourth IBM Faculty Award, in each year since 2005.
Bill Rouse is a professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) and holds a joint appointment within the College of Computing. He also serves as Executive Director of the university-wide Tennenbaum Institute for Enterprise Transformation. Rouse has over thirty years of experience in research, education, management, marketing, and engineering related to individual and organizational performance, decision support systems, and information systems. In these areas, he has consulted with over one hundred large and small enterprises in the private, public, and non-profit sectors, where he has worked with several thousand executives and senior managers. His expertise includes individual and organizational decision making and problem solving, as well as design of organizations and information systems.
Bert Zwart is the Coca-Cola associate professor at ISyE. Zwart graduated in 1997 with an M.A. degree in Econometrics at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He carried out his Ph.D research at Eindhoven University of Technology and the Center for Mathematics and Computer Science. For his Ph.D thesis "Queueing Systems with Heavy Tails", he received the Applied Probability Trust award (2001), the ASML prize for best Ph.D thesis in Einhoven in 2002, and the Gijs de Leve prize for best Ph.D thesis in Operations research (in the Netherlands, from 2000-2002). In the academic year 2001-2002, he spent a postdoctoral fellowship at INRIA, Rocquencourt, France. From 2002-2006, Bert Zwart was on the faculty of the math and CS department of Eindhoven University of Technology as VENI fellow and assistant professor. He serves on the editorial boards of several international journals.