Fall 2018 E-Newsletter


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Engineering Researchers Set Record for
NSF Early Career Grants Earned in One Year!

Seven faculty members in the College of Engineering, including Industrial Engineering’s Kelly Sullivan, received prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Awards, known as “CAREER Awards” from the National Science Foundation.

For more news and information, check out our 2017-2018 State of the Department Report.



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Nachtmann Appointed to Endowed Chair in Engineering

Heather Nachtmann, Associate Dean for Research, Professor and Director of MarTREC, was recently appointed to the Earl J. and Lillian P. Dyess Endowed Chair in Engineering.
Nachtmann has been with the College of Engineering since 2000, starting as an Assistant Professor in the Industrial Engineering Department. Her service and research has brought her significant accolades throughout her tenure with the College, most recently the 2018 Wellington Award from the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE). The Wellington Award recognizes outstanding long-term contributions and service in the field of engineering economy that enhance the visibility of the Engineering Economy Division of IISE.



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Liao Named to John and Mary Lib White
Endowed Systems Integration Chair

Haitao Liao was recently named the John and Mary Lib White Endowed Systems Integration Chair in the Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Arkansas.
Liao was the recipient of the 2017 Alan O. Plait Award for Tutorial Excellence awarded at the 2018 Annual Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS), the 2017 IISE William A.J. Golomski Best Paper Award, and was the 2017 recipient of the PHM-Harbin Best Paper Award. He has published 61 journal articles, 5 book chapters, and 50 conference papers.


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Xiao Liu and IBM Team Earn
International Recognition

Assistant professor Xiao Liu, along with his former colleagues from the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center; Kyongmin Yeo and Youngdeok Hwang were the recipients of the 2018 Statistics in Physical and Engineering Sciences Award from the American Statistical Association.


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Nurre and Zhang Recipients of
Moving Spirit Award

Sarah Nurre and Shengfan Zhang were notified of their selection for the Moving Spirit Award by Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. The award recognizes volunteers who have made outstanding and sustained contributions to their fora. They will receive the award at the annual meeting in November 2018.



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U of A Students See Engineering in Action
as part of Rome Center Course

U of A engineering students recently got a first-hand look at the economic aspects of engineering as part of an engineering economic analysis course at the U of A Rome Center. In addition to typical classroom-based coursework, students took part in a variety of site visits.


Hearing from a Hog

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Sponsored by the Student Alumni Association “Hearing from a Hog” offers the opportunity for students to get together with alums in a casual small group setting in a field that interests them. Derek Martin is a 2013 University of Arkansas MSOM graduate having completed his undergraduate degree in Accounting at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, MO in 1991 and obtaining his CPA certification in 1993. Derek will be speaking in November 7th, at 6:00 pm in the Janelle Y. Hembree Alumni House. More information can be found here.

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Sharon Garner Retires

Little Rock Air Force Base Site Director, Sharon Garner has announced her retirement. She started with the Master of Science in Operations Management program in 1995 and returned to the program in 2004. Sharon is a respected and esteemed advisor to her students and was the recipient of the Staff Senate Employee of the Quarter Award in spring 2013. To celebrate this transition, there will be a breakfast reception November 9th, in the MSOM Office Suite in White Engineering Hall. For more information, please contact Sharon Garner Retirement.


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Tailgate in Honor of Veteran's Week

November 10th, the MSOM program will be hosting a tailgate event for alumni and students of the program. The event will be held in conjunction with the Razorback/LSU game in Fayetteville. For more information please contact: Mindy Hunthrop at Veteran's Week Tailgate Event.



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Establishment of Global Studies Student Blogs with AAIE

The Arkansas Academy of Industrial Engineering (AAIE) has been working to establish student led travel blogs. This will allow the members to follow students on their global experiences. Their first Global Study Scholarship recipient “Blogger,” Brisa Bartczak has established her blog. Brisa is spending the Fall of 2018 at the University of Essex in Colchester, England and has agreed to take us along with her on her trip. You can follow here.



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Pohl Awarded Title of Fellow by International Society

Ed Pohl, professor and head of the department of industrial engineering, has been awarded the title of Fellow by the American Society for Engineering Management. The award was presented at the society’s 2018 International Annual Conference in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. New Fellows are chosen by existing Society Fellows. Candidates must have eight years of continuous membership in ASEM with significant service, demonstrated engineering management success and continuing distinguished service and contributions to the Society.


Ways to Give Back…

Would you like to help the Department continue to provide world-class industrial engineering education and relevant, cutting-edge research? Below are some options to do just that!

Annual Giving: Annual gifts to IE are generally unrestricted to help meet the greatest current needs of the department.

Endowments: Endowments are created to provide support into perpetuity. Examples of endowments in IE are scholarships, fellowships, and faculty chairs.

Planned Giving: Planned gifts can be as simple as a bequest (included in your estate plans). Other options include trust vehicles and annuities, which have potential to provide an income stream and significant tax benefits.

Are you ready to help today?
Go to onlinegiving.uark.edu choose “Other department, program or fund (enter below)”
and enter account number: 30003454
Or contact Emily Wood at 479-575-3075

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