Archive for October, 2012

One of the toughest decisions you make in your college life will be to declare a major, which is the reason why many students enter college undecided. There are even some who might be interested in an area such as engineering but might not know which field to study. Are you one of these people?

If you’re looking for an engineering degree and want to make a difference in the lives of people, Industrial Engineering is what you’re looking for! Today in America recently filmed a segment about Industrial Engineering and the differences industrial engineers have made in the world. Hear from real industrial engineering professionals about their job and how much they enjoy doing something that makes a difference. Take a look here:

If you’re interested in industrial engineering or would like to know more about it, come by our office in 420 Woolf Hall and ask to speak to someone about your questions. You can even email us at IMSEinfo@uta.edu.

Contact us today to see if Industrial Engineering is the right career choice for you!

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UT Arlington’s Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) focuses on addressing complex and multi-faceted challenges that are rapidly evolving at the frontiers at world needs.

Clement Smartt is pursuing a PhD at UTA, with a focus in systems engineering, and is contributing to this SERC research goal. Clement is a Research Scientist with the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and was previously a Principal Systems Engineer with L-3 Communications. Clement is also a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP). Clement Smartt has recently been selected to receive the 2012 INCOSE Foundation Stevens Doctoral Award. This important international award recognizes innovative doctoral research related to the field of Systems Engineering and is only given to one student per year. Criteria to be considered for this award includes an advancement of both the state-of-the knowledge as well as state-of-the-practice in systems engineering. Clement Smartt’s research seeks to determine an optimal use of systems engineering in proposal management by assessing the impact of systems engineering factors on contract award. The ability to capture contracts is key to survival for organizations that perform contract work. Systems engineering often plays a central role in proposal management by coordinating the technical effort. A decision support system (DSS) will be developed to generate empirically-based, quantitative recommendations that will help decision makers best allocate systems engineering resources on proposals.

As a result of this research, organizations that engineer systems will be able to more effectively use systems engineering in proposal management and provide better value to their customers.

Additional information about UTA’s SERC can be found at http://www.uta.edu/serc/.

Future blog entries will present more information about the SERC including research and researchers.

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Here’s some exciting news that’s going on in our RFID lab!

The Radio Frequency and Auto Identification (RAID) Labs is currently training new researchers for the coming semester. The lab intends to train all new researchers and have everyone working in RAID Labs capable of performing RFID Feasibility Audits for outside companies. The RFID Feasibility Audits will determine the best RFID system an experimented company should implement to reduce inventory holding costs as well as improve efficiency in terms of ease of access of products and better maintenance of stock levels.

In addition to the aforementioned Feasibility Audits, RAID Labs has a newly established partnership with UT Southwestern. RAID Labs will use this unique opportunity to gain a better understanding of the uses of RFID and AID in a health care setting. RAID Labs is also looking to host an RFID Student Generated Conference in the coming months which will bring students, faculty, and professionals together to discuss findings in RFID and the direction RFID is heading as an up and coming technology.

You can find out more information about RAID Labs at http://www.uta.edu/rfid/

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We’re pleased to announce that our Center of Stochastic Modeling, Optimization, and Statistics (COSMOS) will be well represented at this year’s annual conference of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) in Phoenix this month. The theme of the conference is “Informatics Rising.” Several of our Ph.D. students, including Piampoom Sarikprueck, Asama Kulvanitchaiyanunt, Piyush Kumar, Diana Martinez, Nadia Martinez, John Dickson, Aera LeBoulluec, and Poovich Phaladiganon will be presenting their research. In addition, Dr. Bill Corley will present his research on Nash Equilibrium, and Dr. Li Zeng will make two presentations, one on Low-E glass manufacturing and another on Tissue-engineered Scaffold fabrication. In total, COSMOS researchers are lead authors or co-authors on 15 presentations!

More information on COSMOS’ exciting work can be found at http://www.uta.edu/cosmos/.

More information on this year’s INFORMS conference can be found at http://meetings2.informs.org/phoenix2012/.

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