ISE News and Events

To most Americans, the NSA is an organization shrouded in secrecy, where the most clandestine of operations are carried out in the name of national security. Dr. Thomas Willemain, successful software entrepreneur and statistics professor, spent the equivalent of three years alternating between his life “outside” and working “inside” at the NSA and an affiliated, shadowy think tank.Once inside, Dr. Willemain would be challenged to adjust to life in an intense, complex and sometimes alien organization, while also encountering brilliant and quirky colleagues, the moral challenges of wielding math and statistics as weapons, a charming (if kitschy) gift shop, and ultimately, some of the most rewarding time of his career.A deeply personal account of the years spent within the most secretive organization in the world, Working on the Dark Side of the Moon explores the range of emotions an outsider experiences while crossing over to the “inside.” It also shows the positive side of an Agency whose secrecy hides dedicated men and women devoted to protecting the country while honoring the Constitution.Tom will be book signing on September 28th 6 pm to 8 pm at the Book House in Stuyvesant Plaza.

Orkun Baycik is an honorable mention at the IISE Annual conference Doctorial Colloquium for her poster titled, “Interdicting Layered Physical and Information Flow Networks ”Orkun’s research focuses on an interdiction problem on two interdependent networks. In this bi-level program, the objective of the defender is to maximize the physical flow and the objective of the attacker is to minimize this maximum amount. The existence of interdependencies results in a discrete inner problem. They reformulate this problem using duality and obtain a single-level formulation.

The class of 2017 graduates and their families celebrated their graduation in the annual ISE graduation luncheon on May 18. The 2017 ISE graduates are spreading their wings in a wide variety of companies and organizations, including Deloitte, IBM, Fidelity, Global Foundaries, US Navy, and others.The Delmar W. Karger Master's Outstanding Thesis Award is given to Felipe Ortiz (Advisor: Prof.

Uzma Mushtaque is an honorable mention at the IISE Annual conference Doctorial Colloquium for her poster titled, “Context-dependent Discrete Choice Models and Assortment Optimization”Uzma’s primary goal of her research is to formulate decision tools that consider a system level approach when dealing with personalized customer preferences in an e-commerce environment. Her research is at the intersection of: (1) customer preference models (2) recommender systems, and (3) assortment planning.

Congratulations to Master's Graduate Felipe Ortiz and Professor Sharkey on receiving the Best Security Engineering Track Paper Award at the IISE Annual Meeting.

Institute News

When legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock took the podium at the 212th Commencement at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Saturday, he told a story from his own years as a young graduate, at a time when he was playing piano with the Miles Davis Quintet.
This year, 34 students will graduate from the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) programs at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and start active military service as officers with the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force.
On Saturday, May 19, 1,945 students will receive degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the oldest technological research university in the United States, beginning at 8:15 a.m. in the East Campus Athletic Village (ECAV) stadium on campus. They represent the next generation of leaders, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, patent holders, game designers, architects, and innovators, in fields ranging from engineering to architecture, fine arts to science, game design to information technology, and business to active military service.
The support of family is an integral part of any college student’s experience. In the case of Amber and Alwaleed (Al) Zia’s parents, that support meant moving the whole family from Darien, Connecticut, to Lee, Massachusetts, so that their daughter and son could commute together to and from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute daily. And together they will graduate on May 19.
Along with the challenges of pursuing a dual degree at a technological university, Alejandra Jaime-Rodriguez joined the university’s equestrian team, and with passion and perseverance, but no prior experience, qualified for a regional competition of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association.