Industrial Engineering recipients of the prestigious National Science Foundation’s Early Career Development (CAREER) Program Award

Building a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.


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Dr. Kelly Sullivan received the 2018 NSF CAREER  for his research improving the reliability of wireless ad hoc sensor networks. Whether they’re used for detecting terrorist threats, tracking forest fires or observing ecosystems, sensor networks play a critical role in everyday life, and Sullivan’s research is designed to find out how to keep them running. You can learn more abou this exciting research here.

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Dr. Ashlea Bennett Milburn received the 2017 NSF CAREER Award for her research to develop decision-support models that identify scenarios in which the integration of information posted to social-media could improve emergency response. You can read more about Dr. Milburn's research here.

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Dr. Sandra Eksioglu received the 2011 NSF CAREER Award for her research on reducing the cost of bioenergy via optimization models that integrating supply chain design and management decisions.


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Dr. Haitao Liao received the 2010 NSF CAREER Award for his research on developing a cohesive, adaptive operational coordination methodology for overall uncertainty reduction in product life cycle reliability and service logistics.


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The National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.