Spring 2018 E-Newsletter

Faculty Spotlight

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Industrial Engineering Professor Named Chairman of
National Academy of Engineering Study

Greg Parnell, research professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering, has been named chair of a Transportation Research Board/National Academy of Engineering study on the safety and risks associated with offshore oil and gas operations. The committee will review safety progress since Macondo Well Deepwater Horizon Blowout in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The committee is composed of experts in petroleum engineering, offshore operations, offshore safety and regulation, safety management systems, risk assessment, organizational psychology, and remote sensing technologies. >>



John White Recipient of the Baum Faculty Teaching Award

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The Arkansas Alumni Association hosted its 73rd annual Alumni Awards Celebration Friday, November 3rd, at the Fayetteville Town Center. This year’s awards celebration honored the accomplishments of twelve alumni, faculty and friends.
Dr. John White was the recipient of the Charles and Nadine Baum Faculty Teaching Award, which recognizes outstanding teaching and is designated for a faculty member whose status is Full, University or Distinguished Professor. >>


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Professor Haitao Liao Honored at Reliability Symposium

Industrial Engineering Professor Haitao Liao was honored in January at a gathering of international experts for his research on the reliability of electrical insulation materials.

The award was presented at the annual Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS) in Reno, Nevada. RAMS is a yearly gathering of the product assurance disciplines where training, tutorials, and the latest technical practices, procedures, and results are presented in easy-to-use forums and proceedings. >>



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Researchers at the University of Arkansas Partner with
Researchers in China to Improve Food Safety

Researchers at the University of Arkansas Partner with Researchers
in China to Improve Food Safety
Researchers from the University of Arkansas in collaboration with South China Agricultural University, China Agricultural University, Zhejiang University and Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences are working to monitor and develop control strategies to better mitigate causes of contamination in Chinese poultry supply chains with funding provided by the Walmart Foundation. >>

 Student Spotlight

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Two Industrial Engineering Students Selected as Seniors of Significance
by Arkansas Alumni Association

The Arkansas Alumni Association honored its fourth class of Seniors of Significance during a reception at the Janelle Y. Hembree Alumni House on Dec. 1. A total of 71 graduating seniors, commemorating the university's founding date of 1871, were recognized. During the reception, the Seniors of Significance received a special gold honor cord to wear during graduation.

The 71 students were selected from more than 600 nominations and represent each University of Arkansas undergraduate academic college. These Seniors of Significance were selected based on their academic achievements, leadership skills and extracurricular campus and/or community activities. >>

Alumni Spotlight

Assistant Dean Recognized by Honors College

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“Our honors faculty work extremely hard to support our students, putting in many extra hours to mentor research, write letters of recommendation, and prepare them for the next steps beyond the degree,” said Honors College Dean Lynda Coon. “These six have set the bar especially high for teaching, research, mentoring and leadership. We are deeply grateful to them, and look forward to recognizing their contributions next week.”

Dean Coon will presented a bronze medallion to this year’s Distinguished Faculty Award and Distinguished Leadership Award recipients, who were introduced by the deans of their respective colleges. Each winner also received $1,000 in academic funding.

Receiving the Distinguished Leadership Award from the College of Engineering, Bryan Hill, assistant dean for student recruitment and diversity, honors and international programs. >>


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Alumni Society for Master of Science in Operations Management Program

Our Society was created to promote communication, friendship and development among alumni, faculty, friends and family of the MSOM program by providing opportunities to stay connected, endorse growth and provide continued service to the University of Arkansas, the Arkansas Alumni Association, and local communities. We cultivate an environment to Connect and Develop our members and Service our school and local communities. >>



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MSOM/MSEM Lunch & Learn Webinar Series Continues to Draw Large Response

This series of Lunch & Learn webinars is designed to aid in professional development and increase general awareness of the Master of Science in Operations Management (MSOM) and Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM) programs.  Whether you are a working professional who is interested in these topics, a current MSOM/MSEM student or Alum, or an undergraduate student trying to decide what to pursue next, this webinar series is for you. >>




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Congratulations to our colleague…Professor Ajay Malshe!

Malshe of the Department of Mechanical Engineering has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the most prestigious professional distinctions awarded to an engineer. >>




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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