<![CDATA[ISyE Faculty and Staff News]]> 27279 Assistant Professor Shabbir Ahmed has been awarded a Career Award from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Ahmed's interests include stochastic programming and computational optimization with applications in facility location, network design, capacity planning, and finance.

Congratulations to Administrative Coordinator Jennifer Harris, who is celebrating ten years of service to Georgia Tech.

Professor Craig Tovey, working with Dr. Ivan Chase from the Stony Brook University, has published "Individual Differences versus Social Dynamics in the Formation of Animal Dominance Hierarchies," which appears in the April 16th, 2002, issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Their research shows that biological facts do not rule the social lives of animals even as "simple" as fish; group dynamics play a major role.

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<![CDATA[Francois Sainfort Appointed to George Professorship]]> 27279 Francois Sainfort has been appointed to the William W. George Professorship in Health Systems. Professor Sainfort joined the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering in 2000 as a professor and director of the Health Systems Research Center. Prior to his arrival at Georgia Tech, he was a professor of Industrial Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with joint appointments in the Departments of Preventive Medicine and Biomedical Engineering. During that time, he also was center director for the Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement and program director for the Health Systems Engineering graduate program. Professor Sainfort's research interests focus on consumer and medical decision-making, health care informatics, quality assessment and management in health care, and evaluation of medical technologies. He has served as principal investigator on more than $6 million in contracts and grants.

"It is a great honor for me to receive the William George Professorship, " Dr. Sainfort said. "Bill George's shining example of excellence in philanthropy, scholarship, innovation, and dedication serves as a beacon for my leadership in Health Systems at Georgia Tech. I am proud to be entrusted with his vision and am committed to infusing the Health Systems program with the type of energy that has become Bill George's hallmark. " Dr. Sainfort said this vision includes the development and application of state-of-the-art: Francois Sainfort

- Operations research and management sciences methods and theories for health care delivery systems modeling, analysis, and improvement;
- Operations research methods and theories for disease modeling, treatment, management, and control; and
- Human-computer interaction methods and theories as well as information and decision support technologies to improve the delivery of health care services.

The author of more than 75 refereed publications, Dr. Sainfort has been published in health care journals such as Health Services Research, Medical Care, Medical Decision Making, and Medical Care Research and Review. His research also has appeared in industrial engineering journals such as Operations Research, Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction.

Dr. Sainfort is an expert consultant for the health care industry. His clients include health care delivery organizations, medical devices companies, clinical laboratories, and pharmaceutical companies. He has been awarded the Joseph Orlicky Award for the Best Innovation in Manufacturing and Services Operations by the Production and Operations Management Society; the Stoelting Award in Management of Technology; and competitive doctoral fellowships from Entraide Universitaire Mondiale du Canada and the Ministry of National Education in France. William W. George, BIE 1964, is chairman of Medtronic, Inc. He established the endowed professorship in 2001 so that ISyE could hire full-time faculty to advance the health system's graduate program and guide its future.

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<![CDATA[BizNet to Serve as ISyE Network]]> 27279 Georgia Tech Ies will soon have a new outlet for networking with peers. The Young Alumni Business Network, or BizNet, is expected to debut this fall. The web-based communication network, based on MIT's Forum, is designed to provide alumni with lifelong support to maintain relationships and stay current on industry knowledge.

"A lot of schools are already doing this,&quot; said Ruth Gregory, leader of the BizNet project. After joining the network, users will have a password that allows them to access resources available only to ISyE alumni, including a calendar, scheduled meetings, knowledge updates, and discussion groups. BizNet also will facilitate meetings of alumni groups. "We'll start in Atlanta, but we want to expand the opportunities into other cities,&quot; Gregory said.

Despite the word &quot;young&quot; in its official title, the network is expected to connect alumni of all ages, especially in situations where older alumni can act as mentors or offer tried and true expertise. BizNet is a way of facilitating communication, and there are an infinite number of topics for discussion: anything from venture capitalism and incubators to recruiting, interviewing, and politics. &quot;Tech IE's work within a broad variety of professions, and their experience is a very valuable resource. The exchange of information is a simple idea, but the result can be overwhelming,&quot; said Gregory. The network also will host a database of alumni biographies and interests. Although the network will be run from campus, staff hope that alumni interests will drive the programming issues.

Undergraduate students also will be welcomed to the network. "We want to provide them the opportunity to appreciate the business issues they will face later,&quot; Gregory said.

School chair Bill Rouse describes himself as head cheerleader for the project. &quot;Our overall goal is for ISyE alumni to be able to count on the school to support their lifelong needs for knowledge, best practices, etc.,&quot; he says. &quot;ISyE BizNet is our next step toward achieving this goal.&quot;

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<![CDATA[ISyE PhD Hopeful Awarded Prestigious Transportation Fellowship]]> 27279 A Georgia Tech graduate student, Brian Lewis, has been named as one of seven national Eisenhower Graduate Transportation Fellows for 2002. This prestigious award, sponsored by the National Highway Institute, is a merit-based award given to encourage the increase of knowledge in the field of transportation in the United States. Lewis is a pre-doctoral candidate in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

The three-year fellowship covers Georgia Tech tuition and fees, a monthly stipend, and travel to the annual Transportation Research Board meeting in Washington, D.C.--approximately $100,000. Lewis' research is based on understanding the tradeoffs between security practices and efficiency within intermodal transportation systems. It is a particularly timely topic, as the U.S. government continues to issue mandates on the security protocol for American roadways, airports, rail yards, and ports. His work focuses on seaports, and the reactive side of those mandates--how do you respond? How do you implement new security practices while maintaining a high level of efficiency and reliability?&quot; Lewis says.

Lewis' professors have high praise for his efforts, especially Dr. Chelsea (Chip) White, his co-advisor and director of The Trucking Industry Program. Lewis followed Dr. White from the University of Michigan to Georgia Tech earlier this year, after completing his master's in industrial and operations engineering at Michigan in December 2001. Lewis also holds a bachelor's in industrial engineering and operations research from the University of California, Berkeley.

"Brian is an outstanding doctoral student with a terrific academic record,&quot; says Dr. White, who described Lewis as &quot;a high achiever,&quot; Dr. Alan Elera, his other co-advisor and a faculty member in ISyE, received the same fellowship from 1997-2000 while he was a Ph.D. student at UC-Berkeley. It was he who urged Lewis to apply. &quot; The Eisenhower Graduate Transportation Fellowship program intends to fund truly outstanding students with significant potential to be lifelong leaders in the field of transportation research and education,&quot; says Elera. &quot; Brian possesses the analytical research aptitude, the communications skills, and the motivation to become such a leader, and is most deserving of the award,&quot; he continued.

The School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech has ranked first among the nation's industrial engineering programs for more than a decade. It is part of Georgia Tech's College of Engineering, one of the country's finest engineering schools. For more information on the School, the College, and their programs, see the Georgia Tech website.

To learn about some of the research Brian participates in, visit the Security and Efficiency in Transportation Group (SETRA) website.

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<![CDATA[ISyE Faculty to Receive INFORMS Fellows Award]]> 27279 INFORMS (the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences), has recently established a "Fellows Award", of which Ellis Johnson, George Nemhauser, Mike Thomas, John Jarvis and Don Ratliff have been selected as one of the inaugural recipients.

Of course, all accepted. The award will be presented to the group at a special luncheon to be held Monday, November 18, 2002, in conjunction with the annual INFORMS meeting to be held in San Jose, California.

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<![CDATA[New Program Prepares Engineers to Communicate in the Workplace]]> 27279 ISyE has long been known for graduating capable engineers. A new project, directed by Judith Shaul Norback, ISyE director of Workplace and Academic Communication, ensures that these graduates also leave with the skills necessary to communicate their engineering prowess to employers and clients. Why are communication skills more important than ever for engineers? First, in today's workplace, engineers increasingly interact with non-engineers such as marketing and call center personnel, their chief technology officers, and chief executive officers. Second, technological communication tools have become central to engineering work. The new tools, which recent graduates often are assumed to know, include various e-mail systems, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project, and Access. Third, practicing engineers are increasingly responsible for their own communication, including technology has not erased or reduced the need for personal communication as had been predicted. If anything, office technology has increased the need for and opportunities for personal communication.

Norback's program, which was first used during spring semester, is not a stand-alone course; it is designed to complement assignments in the senior design class. As students work through their engineering project, they receive input and feedback on oral and graphic presentations as well as written reports. "I interviewed senior executives in the workplace on an empirical basis to learn their criteria for employees," she said. "I also got permission from corporations to use their materials in the class, listing a bogus name."

Because the program integrates into the design course, Norback works closely with the professors who teach the course. Assistant Professor Julie Swann agrees that the students benefit from the added course dimension. "One student said he particularly liked the peer evaluations during class presentations. It helped the students focus and consider more effective communication tools." Swann says. "From the panel of alumni, the students heard about communication as it really is in the workplace, and learned that things like grammar, conciseness, and organization really do matter."

Some examples of techniques shared in the program include: how to make good eye contact; when to use non-technical language; how to assess and respond to evidence of a lack of understanding; avoiding the use of inappropriate gestures; and how to respond to questions and comments.

Initial funding from the program comes from Mel Hall, BIE 1967, and Hayne McCondichie, BIE 1952, MSIE 1953, in addition to contributions from the Georgia Tech Foundation through the College of Engineering. The College is watching ISyE's efforts closely, Norback said, and would like to utilize the program in all the engineering disciplines.

"The students can't get enough," she said. "They want more feedback. They're asking why they didn't get any of this before their senior year." Norback and ISyE hope to expand the program into the junior and sophomore years as soon as resources are available.

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<![CDATA[Women in Engineering Banquet Honors 140 IEs]]> 27279 A total of 140 undergraduate IE students, more than in any other school at Tech, were honored in April during the annual Women in Engineering awards banquet. The event salutes the success and achievements of female engineering students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.4 or above and have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities on and off campus.

The keynote speaker was Jenifer Cistola, BIE 1981, vice president of North American Marketing for Scientific-Atlanta. She outlined the ten most important things she learned during her time at Georgia Tech and her career in the corporate world. They include being able to balance demands, maintain a positive attitude, continue to learn, and inspire the people around her. Cistola also recounted the hard work and countless hours of studying that characterize her memories of undergraduate life at Tech.

Mimi Philobos, a professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has organized the event since its inception in 1999. That year, the event drew about 100 attendees, and Philobos, who also directs the Women in Engineering Program at Tech, vowed she would make it an annual affair. Philobos closed the evening with words of thanks and encouragement. "Your hard work has been recognized by all of your peers," she said. "You are the leaders."

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<![CDATA[New Book Release on Col. John R. Boyd]]> 27279 Col. John R. Boyd, BIE 1963, is known as one of this country's greatest fighter pilots and most brilliant military theorists. He has been described as the greatest secret hero of the American military, transforming the way military aircraft were designed with his theory on "Energy- Maneuverability." Boyd was often at odds with Air Force officials, but his revolutionary ideas are now acclaimed as some of the most influential thinking about conflict.

A new biography of Boyd will be available this fall. Written by Robert Coram of Atlanta, Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War, will be published by Little, Brown & Company. One area the book will explore is why Boyd is heavily respected by the U.S. Marines but virtually ignored by the Air Force. Some say it is because he made as many enemies as friends during his thirty-year career. When Boyd died of cancer in West Palm Beach in 1997, Charles C. Krulak, commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, eulogized him as "a towering intellect who made unsurpassed contributions to the American art of war." He is credited with the development and design of both the F-15 "Eagle" and, as leader of the so-called "Fighter Mafia," the F-16 "Fighting Falcon." In addition to the "Energy Maneuverability Theory," he developed the concept of the "OODA Loop" (Observation, Orientation, Decision, Action) that is now standard in both the U.S. military and American business.

Boyd never published anything outside technical studies, but his ideas continue to have an impact on the military, academia, and business. For more information on Boyd and his theories, visit http://www.belisarius.com.

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<![CDATA[EPICS, Microsoft Partnership Donates Software to Hands On Atlanta]]> 27279 Hands On Atlanta (HOA) is a nonprofit organization that helps individuals, families, and corporate and community groups find flexible volunteer opportunities at more than 400 service organizations and schools in the metropolitan Atlanta area. Every year, it sponsors HOA Day, when approximately 15,000 volunteers come together to work at more than 200 projects sites in and around Atlanta.

Thanks to the partnership of the nationally based Engineering Projects In Community Service (EPICS) and Microsoft Corporation, a generous software gift was recently donated to HOA. This software, Microsoft Project 2000, will allow the organization to implement a system to improve its special events planning. During spring semester 2002, an EPICS team of senior design students at ISyE needed this scheduling software to complete a project for HOA. Microsoft's University Relations (Microsoft Research) is a major sponsor of the EPICS program and allowed the software to be donated. The software has an estimated retail value of $20,000.

MS Project 2000 will be used by HOA to implement a tracking system for planning and organizing special events. "The software will allow us to manage our day-to-day activities and other detailed projects for special event planning," said Tony Chan, BIE '94, a planning and evaluation specialist at HOA. EPICS is a national organization founded at Purdue University with funding from the National Science Foundation and the Corporation for National Service. The purpose of EPICS is to enhance student volunteerism by providing large student teams with opportunities to contribute to community service and nonprofit organizations on long-term projects while earning academic credit.

ISyE Professor Dr. Faiz Al-Khayyal and Electrical Engineering Professor Dr. Mark Smith serve as program directors for EPICS. Artexas Davis is the EPICS Program Coordinator. For additional information on the EPICS program, please visit our website at http://www.isye.gatech.edu/epics/.

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<![CDATA[HENAAC Announces 2002 Student Leadership Winners]]> 27279 The Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation (HENAAC) is proud to announce that Carolina Borges, a Georgia Tech Industrial Engineering student, has been awarded the HENAAC 2002 Undergraduate Student Leadership Award. Carolina was selected because of her commitment to exposing our minority youth to science and engineering. She has shown strong dedication to volunteering in the community, taking leadership roles in campus organizations, interning, working, and all the while continuing to perform above a 3.0 GPA. Carolina will receive a $5,000 scholarship, HENAAC conference registration and airfare. We will be honoring her at the HENAAC Awards with the rest of the Professional Award Winners on October 18, 2002 in South Padre Island, Texas.

For more information about all of HENAAC's 2002 winners, about the conference and the Scholarship Programs please call Julie Olivas at the HENAAC office at (323) 262-0997, or visit the HENAAC website at www.henaac.org.

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<![CDATA[Governor Barnes Appoints Georgia Tech Professor Jane Ammons to State Board]]> 27279 On Friday, October 4, 2002, Governor Roy Barnes held a swearing-in ceremony for members of the newly created Computer Equipment and Disposal Recycling Council. One of the new board members is Jane Ammons from Georgia Tech, where she serves as the NSF ADVANCE Professor of Engineering and Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

The Computer Equipment and Disposal Recycling Council by the 2002 Georgia General Assembly with House Bill 2 and signed by Governor Barnes on May 14. With great concern for long term hazardous waste pollution risk, this board will advise the Governor and Legislature of the state of Georgia on potential actions and policies to enhance electronics recycling and reuse.

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<![CDATA[Hayriye Ayhan remembers her first Atlanta Marathon]]> 27279 Hayriye Ayhan remembers her first Atlanta Marathon. She got so tantalizingly close. But at the 19-mile mark, she suffered severe leg cramps and did not finish. Undaunted, and with the knowledge she could do a marathon, she ran in Jacksonville. She finished, but the downside is that the Jacksonville race was only three weeks after the Atlanta race, held on Thanksgiving each year. It was very upsetting not to finish the Atlanta Marathon, said the 33 year-old industrial engineering professor at Georgia Tech. "So I ran in Jacksonville three weeks later. That," she laughs, "was not a very good idea."

Four years later, Ayhan has learned as she continues running and preparing for the Atlanta Marathon on Thanksgiving. It will be her fourth. This is the 41st running of the Atlanta Marathon and about 1,000 racers are expected for the 7:30am start. An additional 7,300 people will run the Atlanta Half Marathon, which begins at 7a.m. Marathoners will follow the 1996 Olympic course from Turner Field to Chamblee, which is also the half marathon start. Then they'll head back to the stadium along Peachtree.

The final five miles are hilly. "It is not the most challenging marathon by any means," said race director Julia Emmons, "but the thing to remember about Atlanta is that it's in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and you can't do a thing about that if you're running 26.2 miles." Ayhan and her husband, Anand Srinivasa, began running about nine years ago.

"The first time I ever ran, I could only run for five minutes," she said. Her job and her research pretty much confine her to a sedentary workday. She wasn't getting any exercise. "Running is part of my life now. The marathons, they are entertaining and engaging, but now I do just one a year," she said. She says she tries to run between 30 and 40 miles per week. Her husband used to be a running partner but injuries have kept him out of distance events. They still run together when she is not training for a distance event. She enjoys running in the mornings but has to work her running around her teaching schedule. The weather is never a factor. "If it is real bad outside, I just run on a treadmill," she said. She also does a little weight training twice a week for upper body strength. She says she has modest goals in terms of competing in distance races. "I have hopes to be under four hours and if I can, then that will be very good for me," she said.

As seen in Dekalb at Play from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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<![CDATA[Six ISyE Faculty Earn prestigious INFORMS Fellow Award]]> 27279 Six ISyE faculty members were honored with an inaugural &#8220;INFORMS Fellow Award&#8221; at the Institute&#8217;s Annual Meeting in San Jose, California, in November: John Jarvis, Ellis Johnson, George Nemhauser, H. Donald Ratliff, William B. Rouse, and Michael E. Thomas.

INFORMS (the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) is a 10,000-member professional society representing members in the fields of operations research, management science, and related disciplines. The Fellows Award recognizes distinguished individuals who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments and experience in these sciences, and who are long-standing members of the INFORMS society.

&#8220;We established this award as a means to recognize illustrious commitment on the part of our members to the INFORMS society and the industry at large in the areas of research, education, service to the profession and to the society, and the management of OR/MS organizations,&#8221; said Mark S. Daskin, Chair of the Professional Recognition Committee for INFORMS.

ISyE is pleased to honor these distinguished faculty members:

Dr. John Jarvis the former chair of ISyE and now serves as executive director of The Logistics Institute Asia-Pacific. His professional interests include transportation, distribution, and logistics; networks and linear programming; operations research; and optimization.

Dr. Ellis Johnson is the Coca-Cola Chaired Professor. His research interests in logistics include crew scheduling and real-time repair, fleet assignment and routing, distribution planning, network problems, and combinatorial optimization.

Dr. George Nemhauser is the A. Russell Chandler Chaired Professor. A former co-director of Tech&#8217;s Logistics Engineering Center, his current interests are in solving large-scale mixed-integer programming problems.

Dr. Donald Ratliff, executive director of The Logistics Institute, is UPS and Regents&#8217; Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE). His current research and logistics competencies include intermodal network design, supply chain integration, delivery strategies, cross docking, vender managed resupply, real-time routing, shipment planning, logistics performance measurement, and container port operations.

Dr. Michael E. Thomas, former professor, chair of ISyE, and Institute provost, is the executive director of the Center for Internet Research, Policy, and Application. He is responsible for increasing collaboration, expanding research opportunities, and forging new research alliances in information security, information technology policy e-business, and new hardware and software systems.

William B. Rouse is the H. Milton and Carolyn J. Stewart Chair of the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering. He has more than 30 years of experience in individual and organizational decision making and problem solving, decision support systems, and information systems. Dr. Rouse has consulted with numerous enterprises in the private, public, and non-profit sectors.

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