January 2014 ISyE Newsletter


February 7, 2014
TAG Luncheon & Panel - The Use of Optimization

February 25, 2014
2014 Cybersecurity Simulation

March 17-20, 2014
MODEX 2014

March 18, 2014
2014 Georgia Logistics Summit

April 14-16, 2014
2014 National Logistics and Distribution Conference

Executive Education

March 11-13, 2014
Building the Lean Supply Chain Problem Solver

March 17-18, 2014
Material Handling 101: Fundamentals, Analysis, and Selection (Modex)

April 1-3, 2014
Engineering the Warehouse

April 8-10, 2014
Building the Lean Supply Chain Professional

April 29-May 1, 2014
Inventory Planning and Management

May 12-13, 2014
Pre-planning Strategy for Health and Humanitarian Organizations

May 14-15, 2014
Tactical Decision Making in Public Health and Humanitarian Response

May 16-17, 201
System Operations in Health and Humanitarian Response 


Executive Masters in International Logistics

February 17 - March 1, 2014
EMIL-SCS Residence IV: Class of 2014
March 23 - April 4, 2014
EMIL-SCS Residence I: Class of 2015

Senior Design Teams and Posters
The Home Depot Team placed first in the Fall 2013 ISyE Senior Design Competition.
Check out The Home Depot Senior Design team poster.
The Coca-Cola Refreshments team placed as a finalist in the Fall 2013 ISyE Senior Design Competition. 
Check out Coca-Cola Refreshments Senior Design team poster.
The United Soft Plastics Team placed as a finalist in the Fall 2013 ISyE Senior Design Competition.
Check out United Soft Plastics Senior Design team poster.



School Chair:
Jane Ammons, Ph.D., P.E.
H. Milton and Carolyn J. Stewart School Chair
Associate Chairs:
Alan Erera, Ph.D.
Associate Chair for Graduate Studies and Coca-Cola Associate Professor
Chen Zhou, Ph.D.
Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor
School and Program News:

Jane Ammons
, who has served as the school chair at ISyE for the past two and a half years, will be retiring at the end of the current academic school year. Read more
The recent issue of the ISyE’s Alumni Magazine explores ISyE’s past, present, and future. We hope this brings back a flood of good memories about your time at Georgia Tech. Check it out here!
Alan Erera has been appointed associate chair for graduate studies.
ISyE welcomes Tim Brown, the new academic program director for the Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistics Institute, and Dr. Brandy Blake joins ISyE as an academic advisor and communications specialist.
For the first time, ISyE Senior Design participated in the Georgia Tech Capstone Design Expo, bringing together undergraduates in various disciplines including ISyE, BME, ME, ID, and ECE to showcase their research projects they have been working on throughout the year.  It was one of the biggest non-athletic events of the year for Georgia Tech. From the 24 ISyE teams that were judged at the expo, three teams placed as finalists: Coca-Cola Refreshments, The Home Depot, and United Soft Plastics.
 Georgia Tech is the only school in the Peach State to make the top 100 on a list of universities that produce the most millionaires worldwide, Times Higher Education reports. 
For the sixth consecutive year, the College of Engineering has been ranked no. 1 in the U.S. for Hispanic graduate students by Hispanic Business Magazine.
K-12 Outreach:
  • Stay tuned for this summer’s Mission Possible dates. The summer enrichment program, hosted by ISyE, is for 10th to 12th grade high school students who want to learn more about the fascinating world of industrial engineering.
  • On Friday January 24, The West Point Society of Atlanta in conjunction with ISyE will host the United States Military Academy's first ever Leadership, Ethics, and Diversity in STEM (LEADS) Conference for 7th to 12th graders and their faculty. Ron Johnson, ISyE professor of the practice and managing director at the Tennenbaum Institute, is the ISyE liason as well as keynote speaker.

Faculty Honors, 
Appointments and Research:

Eva Lee’s project is named one of six finalists for the INFORMS Franz Edelman Prize. The prestigious prize recognizes excellence in applying advanced analytics to benefit business and humanitarian outcomes. Lee and team worked on a project to model and optimize emergence department workflow for Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.
Renato Monteiro has been selected as a recipient of the Georgia Tech Class of 1940 Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award. Criteria for selection of the award include obtaining a student course evaluation CIOS response rate of 85% with a very high teaching effectiveness score.
George Nemhauser received such great response and feedback at the plenary talk gave at EURO-INFORMS that he agreed to present the talk to a group of graduate students at Georgia Tech. This fascinating and informative talk, called Integer Programming: The Global Impact, was recorded and is available for download.
A recognized icon in the field of engineering statistics, Jeff Wu, Coca-Cola Chair in Engineering Statistics at ISyE, was selected to give a keynote at the IEEE International Conference in Bangkok, Thailand on Quality Improvement: From Autos and Chips to Nano and Bio in December 2013. The IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management (IEEM) is the leading international forum to disseminate, to all branches of industries, information on the most recent and relevant research, theories and practices in IEEM. 
Alan Erera has been named a Coca-Cola Associate Professor for a three year term of service. 
The Georgia Department of Public Health blog shared how scientists at Georgia Tech and the CDC have made it easier for physicians, individuals, and parents to keep up with missed shots: computerized tools that create a customized schedule for catching up on vaccines. Pinar Keskinocak, Ph.D., co-director of the Center for Health and Humanitarian Logistics at Georgia Tech who led the scheduler’s development team, said the tools not only make things easier for individuals, parents, doctors and nurses, but they also strengthen protection against vaccine-preventable diseases for the entire population. Read more
Optimization Modeling Helps Control Electricity Supply in Brazil:Professor Alex Shapiro and former Ph.D. student Wajdi Tekaya worked with Operador Nacional do Sistema Eletrico (ONS) in Brazil to understand the problem formulation, and suggested some modifications that would reduce the risk of energy supply failures. The changes they made rely on stochastic programming, which is often used for modeling optimization programs that involve uncertainty. 
A Georgia Tech team including David M. McKenney Family Professor Craig Tovey, mechanical engineering graduate student Nathan Mlot, and joint professor of mechanical engineering and biology David Hu, observed the mystery of how fire ants survive floods.  By constructing rafts when placed in water, they self-assemble by gripping each other with mandibles, claw and adhesive pads at a force 400 times their body weight. The result is a viscous and elastic material that is almost like a fluid composed of ant 'molecules.'  Read more about how the fire ants act collaboratively to form a water-repellent, buoyant raft.
Typhoon Haiyan  made its landfall in central-eastern Philippines, with a wind speed exceeding 195 miles per hour. It left behind thousands dead, and hundreds of thousands homeless and in need of aid. Ozlem Ergun, Coca Cola Associate Professor, and Pinar Keskinocak, Joseph C. Mellow Professor, are co-directors of Georgia Tech’s Center for Health and Humanitarian Logistics. They and Ph.D. student Melih Celik explain what’s next in the clean-up process in a recent posting in the Amplifer, Georgia Tech’s blog featuring experts on current issues. 
Faculty Tidbits: 

Way to go Ron Johnson, ISyE professor of the practice and managing director of the Tennenbaum Institute, for being the honorary coach at the game where Georgia Tech defeated the University of Virginia on October 26th.
Did you know that Associate Professor Nicoleta Serban is a foster parent? Read about her decision to become a foster mother, the process involved, and the unique mindset it requires here.
Student Awards and Spotlights: 

The Home Depot Senior Design team  has received first place in the ISyE Fall 2013 Senior Design Competition by redefining how The Home Depot should staff and service customers in their paint departments. The team created a customer service simulation analysis tool that the corporate labor team can use to explore for each store when associates should be staffed and how their roles could best be used to meet changing customer needs throughout the day .The team designed easy-to-implement policy changes that will simultaneously lower wait times and lead to a projected annual multi-million incremental profit due to increased sales.
The Coca-Cola Refreshments Senior Design team was a finalist in the Fall 2013 ISyE Senior Design Competition. To reduce Coca-Cola Refreshments' total inventory costs at three in-scope plants, they developed new inventory replenishment policies.  By creating three new policies and customizing policy parameters for each new raw material, they have identified a 36% reductions in total annual inventory.
The United Soft Plastics Senior Design team was a finalist in the ISyE Fall 2013 Senior Design Competition. The team analyzed the production process, developed new layouts and new standard operating procedures. They developed an Excel based production scheduling tool, and an Access-based application for inter-department communication. USP can expect approximately a 35% reduction in costs from incurred quality complaints, 60% reduction in late orders, and elimination of almost 3 hours per day in clerical work by senior managers. 

ISyE students are becoming more and more involved in undergraduate research. For example, Frederick Grimm Jr. and Richard Zheng are undergraduate students currently working on research projects.  Grimm has been taking advantage of the multitude of research projects, most notably an Antarctic research expedition this December where he was one of fourteen students selected from around the nation. Zheng is currently working on several research projects. One in particular is on the Medicaid system, specifically a pediatric asthma care model. He hopes to reduce overall costs to the system.
Congratulations to ISyE senior Moorissa Tjokro who received the Spring 2014 President's Undergraduate Research Award. Under the supervision of Dima Nazzal,director of student services, she will study the supply chains of Specialized Nutritious Foods (SNFs). SNFs are fortified blended foods that contain a set of nutrients used to prevent and treat malnutrition in some African and Asia countries.
Congratulations to ISyE students Misha Desai, Courtney Hall, Alec Kaye, and Ethan Smith. They were part of a GT team that has been named the winner of Bank of America’s 2013 Campus Challenge, beating out 11 other participating schools. The Campus Challenge is an annual event hosted by Bank of America that offers college students from participating universities the opportunity to compete for cash prizes, while developing innovative technology solutions relevant to the bank’s customers and clients. This year’s winning idea from GT enables banks to offer customers rewards for managing their finances through a simple budgeting tool. 

ISyE 2801: The Professional Practice of Industrial and Systems Engineering class wants to thank its distinguished alumni speakers who spoke about their career and keys to success that brought them where they are today. Thank you to:
  • Andrea Laliberte, IE 1982, MS IE 1984, Edenfield Executive in Residence, ISyE
  • Bird Blitch, IE 1987, CEO, PatientCo
  • Neca Holley, IE 1986, Area Manager, AT&T Corporation
  • Mark Moon, IE 1985, President, Motorola Solutions, Inc.
  • John McKenney, IE 1990, President and CEO, McKenney’s Inc.
  • Ron Johnson, MS OR 1989, Managing director, Tennenbaum Institute, Georgia Tech
  • Steve Kendrick, IE 1988, Chief Systems Officer, 3DM systems LLC
  • Jim Butterworth, IE 1984, Founder and President, Naked Edge Films
  • Ed Rogers, IE 1982, MS IL 2002, Director of Global Strategy at UPS
  • Andy Ibbotson, IE 1998, President and CEO, Digital Assent
  • Jessica Camp, IE 1999, Director of Field Solutions at Coca-Cola
  • Chuck Clark, IE 1972, President of the I.A.S. Division, Dukane Corporation

Bryan G. Eagle, MS IE 1987, has started the consulting company Eagle Consultancy International. Bryan resides in Pittsburgh, PA, with his wife Tara and three children Violetta (10), Demyan (9) and Danil (7).
The ISyE 2013 Distinguished Leadership Lecture held on October 17, 2013 featured entertainment insider Guy Primus, IE 1992. He provided a look behind the curtain of entertainment and shared case studies that demonstrate how the principles of industrial engineering are apparent in the most artsy of industries. The lecture was first presented at the IIE Conference and was such a success that ISyE knew they had to bring him to campus. If you missed the lecture, you can now watch it here.
Ying Hung, PhD IE 2008, an assistant professor at Rutgers University, has received a 2014 NSF Career Award. She was a former student of ISyE Professors Roshan Joseph Vengazhiyil and Jeff Wu. 
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