This year is off to a great start for Dr. Jamie Rogers – in addition to becoming Full Professor, she has just been elected ABET President-Elect (www.abet.org). In addition, she has been nominated for IIE Fellow and the prestigious Piper Professor Award. Very exciting – stay tuned!
Here are the newly elected 2013-2013 IIE Officers:
From left to right,
Dr. Jamie Rogers, Kristopher Leonhardt (Historian), Ting Xiao (Secretary), Dylan Slick (Treasurer), Rachel Machbitz (Webmaster), Walter Mulflur (President), Caitlin Webb (Vice President), Vanessa Duran (Senior Chapter Liaison), and Marco Torres (Outreach).
Congratulations to these newly elected officers. We hope to have another great year for IIE!
A recent article in The Shorthorn cited a study from Georgetown University which claimed that degrees in healthcare were among the top college degrees to have due to the low unemployment rates in that field. It’s no wonder that healthcare is a growing field. With our aging society and the Affordable Care Act in place, more Americans will be seeking medical care in the near future.
So, what does a job in healthcare have to do with a blog about industrial engineering? As an industrial engineer, you can seek employment in a variety of industries, businesses, or institutions, including areas such as manufacturing, retail, banking, government, and healthcare. As the healthcare field grows, hospitals and other healthcare-related businesses will be seeking ways to optimize the efficiency of their workplaces. As an industrial engineer, your skills can be utilized to design systems that will merge people, information, materials, and equipment to provide the most efficient, productive, and safest methods. Industrial engineering has been called the people-oriented engineering profession. What better way is there than to apply your skills to the healthcare industry to better the lives of the doctors, nurses, staff, and patients?
In fact, the IMSE department’s Center on Stochastic Modeling, Optimization, and Statistics (COSMOS) is currently working on several projects in the healthcare field such as nurse planning, nurse triage services, adaptive pain management, and biomaterial fabrication. The healthcare industry is just one of the many areas that utilize the versatile skills of industrial engineers.
My name is Nadia Martinez and I am an international student at the University of Texas at Arlington. I came to the United States on January 2007 to enrich my education by accomplishing a master’s degree and pursuing a doctorate degree program. I obtained my master’s degree in fall 2008 and am currently working on my Ph.D. at the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department.
I belong to the Center On Stochastic, Modeling, Optimization, and Statistics (COSMOS) where the main objective is to design and model complex real-world systems. My research is focused on developing a deterministic global optimization method based on mixed integer linear programming to solve a piecewise linear function generated by a flexible statistical model subject to constraints that include both linear regression models and piecewise linear models. One of the main applications of this method is on the safety system design of automotive vehicles, with a special interest in crash-worthiness. This type of systems is considered computationally complex. I have also worked as a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) at TMAC, which is a research center of the College of Engineering at UTA, where I have participated in different projects related to my Industrial Engineering career. The opportunity I have had of being a GRA has definitely increased my vision about how to deal with real-life problems.
Through my experiences at UTA, I have learned and realized that I was not only fulfilling a dream but I was also becoming part of a big and great family. Although being away from your beloved ones is not an easy thing, being around with such an amazing people like students, professors, co-workers and friends have made of this experience an amazing journey. Sharing cultures, beliefs and ways of life is an incredible opportunity to mature and expand your horizons.
On Sunday, December 16, 2012, the College of Engineering conducted its commencement ceremony at UTA’s College Park Center to recognize students who had completed their degrees during the Fall and Summer semesters. The Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Department graduated eleven undergraduate, twenty-eight master’s, and six doctoral students. We want to take a moment to congratulate all our graduates on their achievement. Below is the list of our Fall 2012 Graduates, as listed in UTA’s student newspaper.
On November 16th, COSMOS Ph.D. student Bancha Ariyajunya successfully defended his dissertation, entitled “Adaptive Dynamic Programming for High-Dimensional, Multicollinear State Spaces.” His dissertation committee included COSMOS faculty Dr. Victoria Chen, Dr. Jay Rosenberger, and Dr. Li Zeng. His dissertation addressed the problem of correlated variables in a dynamic programming state space. His methodology was originally motivated by airport deicing activities and was tested on an ozone pollution control optimization. In airport deicing, the state of the system considers the environmental impact of deicing, and the environmental variables are highly correlated. In ozone pollution, the state of the system considers ozone concentrations in the air, and these are highly correlated over time and space. Bancha’s research was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. His current research interest is in the area of statistical modeling and data mining.
The IMSE Department at UT Arlington offers degrees in Industrial Engineering at the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. levels plus Masters degrees in Logistics, Engineering Management, and Systems Engineering. Since we only offer a doctoral degree in Industrial Engineering, students can focus their degree in areas of expertise such as Systems Engineering. In this blog, I’ll be focusing on one of those students and how she plans to apply her research to real-world needs.
Misagh Faezipour is a Ph.D. candidate at the Industrial Engineering department with a focus in Systems Engineering. She is also affiliated with the System Engineering Research Center (SERC). She has worked as a graduate research assistant on multiple projects in the SERC and is currently a graduate teaching assistant at the IE department. Her research interests lie in the areas of engineering complex systems, healthcare, sustainability, simulation, systems thinking & systems dynamics. The focus of her current research is in Systems Engineering with an emphasis on sustainability related to Systems Engineering and applied to the healthcare domain. Her dissertation is related to addressing water sustainability in hospitals. System dynamics is applied as a modeling approach to provide a better understanding of the water sustainability considerations & model key factors and interrelationships involved in hospitals. A simulator is being developed that simulates the interactions of the key factors from the model. The simulator will help decision makers realize the impacts of their decisions made related to some key factors and also help then make informed decisions. The hospitals are the main stakeholder in this research, and the goal is to help them with their water management process and support them to make informed decisions.
The University of Texas at Arlington provides active on-campus recruiting opportunities for corporations. As a result, our Industrial and Manufacturing Systems graduates are employed in a variety of industries and businesses such as TXU, Bell Helicopter, Raytheon, General Motors, and Frito Lay. Being in the heart of the DFW Metroplex offers a great advantage to our students because of the relationships that the university and the department maintains with local industries. Alumni, local industry leaders, and job recruiters often contact the department about job openings and internships at their workplaces, such as the opening we just posted on the IMSE website for a student position as PressCut Industries. You can view details about the job opening here.
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On October 18, COSMOS Ph.D. student Poovich Phaladiganon successfully defended his dissertation entitled “Data Mining Based Threshold Development for Novelty Detection.” His dissertation committee included COSMOS faculty Victoria Chen, Li Zeng, Bill Corley, and Korea University Professor Seoung Bum Kim, who made a special trip to UTA for Poovich’s defense. In addition to Poovich’s Ph.D., he has an M.S. degree also in Industrial Engineering from UTA and has worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. His current research interests are multivariate statistical process control and novelty detection. Upon defending his dissertation, Poovich said, “It is a great experience to be a part of the COSMOS society. I have learned about both academics and life along my road to a doctorate.”
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!