2017 E-News

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A word from Department Head, Dr. Ed Pohl...

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The summer is passing by quickly and students will soon be returning for the fall semester.   We are eager to share with you some highlights of the events and newsworthy items from the past year.  The campus continues to grow with a reported enrollment in the fall 2016 term of 27,194!  The college and department continue to experience steady growth as well.  There are more than 200 undergraduates (Sophomore-Senior) and over 50 graduate students in our Industrial Engineering programs and over 500  students in our Operations Management program.  We are very proud of the many accomplishments of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni.  We are happy to share these accomplishments with you. I hope you enjoy the remainder of your summer.



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J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc., U of A Create Supply Chain Innovation Center

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. is making a $2.75 million investment in the University of Arkansas to create the J.B. Hunt Innovation Center of Excellence. The center will be a collaborative effort between the company, the College of Engineering and the Sam M. Walton College of Business to advance supply chain management efficiency through technology.


Faculty News...

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Transportation Center Awarded $1.4 Million, Recognized as Top Level Facility

With a new $1.4 million award from the U.S. Department of Transportation, researchers at the University of Arkansas and their collaborators at five other institutions have renewed the status of the Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center, or MarTREC, as a Tier 1 University Transportation Center.


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Industrial Engineering Professor Appointed to Fellowship with Air Force Research Lab

Harry Pierson, assistant professor of industrial engineering, has been appointed as a fellow in the 2017 Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program at AFRL-Materials and Manufacturing.

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Tish Pohl Inducted as Fellow in the University of Arkansas Teaching Academy

The University of Arkansas Teaching Academy recently inducted five new Fellows and named the finalists and the recipient of the 2016 Dr. John and Mrs. Lois Imhoff Award for Outstanding Teaching and Student Mentorship.
Pohl advises all industrial engineering students (about 250 students) and teaches predominantly tough, required, lower division courses and sets very high, but achievable, standards for her students.

 M.S.O.M. News...

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Professor Greg Parnell Publishes Third Book

Gregory S. Parnell, research professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering, has just published his third book, Trade-off Analytics: Creating and Exploring the System Tradespace.
This book is written for upper undergraduate students and graduate students studying systems design, systems engineering, industrial engineering, and engineering management.

Student News...


Industrial Engineering Faculty and Students Recognized at International Conference

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The Industrial Engineering Department and the U of A were well represented at the recent annual conference of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) in Pittsburgh.


Industrial Engineering Capstone Symposium

The first Annual Capstone Symposium was held May 3rd in the in the Verizon Ballroom at the Arkansas Student Union, on the University of Arkansas campus. Students setup their research in a exhibit/poster session fashion and were available to give an overview and answer questions regarding their project.

 I.E. Students Collaborate with McMillon Innovation Studio


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Fifty-one students received scholarships at the annual Industrial Engineering Annual Student Awards Banquet
held on April 11 at the Fayetteville Town Center.

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Two Industrial Engineering Students Recognized

Ashliegh Hegwood, recent alumna was recognized by the University of Arkansas Alumni Association and David Cox was recognized by the Department of Industrial Engineering.


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Industrial Engineering Graduate Students Recognized

Luisa Janer Rubio, Payam Parsa and Alireza Sheikh-zadeh were all recognized at conferences and by scholarships for their outstanding research and achievements.


Alumni News...


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Outstanding I.E. Alumni Honored by College of Engineering

The University of Arkansas College of Engineering honored 16 graduates with College of Engineering Alumni Awards at its annual banquet on Saturday, April 29, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fayetteville.
The awards recognize alumni of the college who have demonstrated exceptional professional and personal accomplishments and made important contributions to their professions and communities.

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Industrial Engineering Alum Recipient of the Collis R. Geren Award for Excellence

The Collis R. Geren award is given to faculty and staff members who demonstrate exceptional commitment to graduate education. The award was initiated in 2010 in honor of Geren, who served as the dean of the University of Arkansas Graduate School for nearly 20 years.