ISE News and Events

ISE Associate Professor Tom Sharkey has been named the recipient of the 2016 IISE Operations Research Teaching Award . This award recognizes Professor's Sharkey's development and deployment of the Virtual Office Hour (see Tutorial webpage with links to youtube videos at http://homepages.rpi.edu/~sharkt/ORMVideos.html). This is a highly competitive award with many outstanding nominees. Professor Sharkey will be recognized in the 2016 IISE Annual Conference & Expo May 21-24, 2016 in Anaheim, Calif.

Al Wallace, the Yamada Corporation Professor in ISE and Ruth Murrugarra, a faculty member in ISE at Adolfo Ibáñez University in Santiago, Chile, are experimenting in fall 2015 co-teaching an engineering ethics course in New York and Santiago, Chile using Internet connection, and voice recognition and language translation softwares.

ISE Faculty Jennifer Pazour was invited by Warehouse Education and Research Council (WERC) as one of five industry thought leaders to the WERCSheet’s Outlook 2016 panel to share her observations and insights on critical issues likely to impact the warehouse/distribution-center sector this year. Jennifer focused on the impact of the millennial generation on workforce and warehouse logistics technology. Her remarks are featured in the January/February 2016 issue of the WERC Sheet .

Two papers co-authored by ISE faculty Wei Xie won the INFORMS Simulation Society 2015 Outstanding Publication Award: Barton, Russell R., Barry L. Nelson, and Wei Xie (2014). “Quantifying Input Uncertainty via Simulation Confidence Intervals,” INFORMS Journal on Computing 26(1): 74-87. Xie, Wei, Barry L. Nelson, and Russell R . Barton (2014). “A Bayesian Framework for Quantifying Uncertainty in Stochastic Simulation,” Operations Research 62(6): 1439-1452.

David Mendonça, an Associate Professor in ISE, is now serving as director of the National Science Foundation's program in Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events. Throughout this program's long history, it has supported foundational research on the interaction between human and technological systems in the context of hazard mitigation and disaster response. Mendonça is the first ISE faculty member to serve as an NSF program officer. His research has previously been supported by multiple NSF grants, including a CAREER award for his work on improvisation in emergency response.

Institute News

Troy, N.Y. — For the last few days, the world has been watching as Tropical Storm Harvey made landfall, first as a Category 4 hurricane late Friday in the Texas Gulf Coast. As the storm has moved out, some parts of the region may see more than 50 inches of rain, according to forecasters. With heavy rain still expected, rivers rising, and major dams outside of Houston overflowing as Storm Harvey pushes reservoirs past capacity, what can flood control officials and engineers do?
This weekend, 1,682 new students will make their way to Rensselaer to start the next stage of their academic careers.
Troy, N.Y. — Joe Chow, power grid control expert and professor of electrical, computer, and systems engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was recently named Institute Professor of Engineering, one of the highest and most prestigious honors bestowed upon a Rensselaer faculty member.
A new approach to optical imaging makes it possible to quickly and economically monitor multiple molecular interactions in a large area of living tissue – such as an organ or a small animal; technology that could have applications in medical diagnosis, guided surgery, or pre-clinical drug testing.
Troy, N.Y. A team of Rensselaer students earned third place at the ASME Student Manufacturing Design Competition at the Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference at the University of Southern California. The students designed “Invisbell,” a bike bell that mounts on either side of a bicycle’s handlebars to accommodate both left- and right-handed riders.