Summer 2018 E-Newsletter

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Industrial Engineering Named Recipient of the Daniel E. Ferritor Award
for Departmental Excellence in Teaching

The University of Arkansas Teaching Academy and the Office of the Provost recently announced the Industrial Engineering Department, in the College of Engineering, as the second annual recipient of the Daniel E. Ferritor Award for Departmental Excellence in Teaching.  A faculty committee made the selection based on applications submitted by academic departments last fall. The Industrial Engineering Department was selected because of its sustained commitment to high-quality teaching, student learning, faculty development, and student success.

photo of barge under bridgeMaritime Transportation Center Receives
$1.4 Million Grant

Transportation researchers at the University of Arkansas and their collaborators at five other research institutions will continue to lead the nation in maritime and multimodal transportation research with an additional $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The grant will be used on a wide range of ongoing research.

The U of A-based Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center, or MarTREC, has received funding from the transportation department since 2013, and the new grant is part of a five-year program that has received a total of $7 million in federal funding and $3.5 million in matching funds.

Photo of faculty and students in front of foilageIndustrial Engineering Faculty and Students Recognized
at International Conference

The Industrial Engineering Department and the University of Arkansas were well represented at the recent annual conference of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) in Orlando, Florida. The conference, organized by the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers, features research from academia and industry scholars. The conference serves as a forum for exchanging knowledge and discoveries in the industrial and systems engineering research community featuring industry exhibits, workshops and student poster sessions.

Faculty Spotlight

Photo of Professor Kelly SullivanPrestigious NSF Award, Baby Boy Arrive Three Days Apart
for Industrial Engineering Professor

Industrial engineering assistant professor Kelly Sullivan was having quite a week. On Friday, April 27, Sullivan and his wife welcomed their second child into the world, a healthy baby boy. That Monday, April 30, Sullivan received word from the National Science Foundation he'd received the organization's most prestigious grant for young faculty members.

It's a weekend Sullivan said he'll never forget.

"In the same week, I experienced one my life's most significant events and one of my career's most significant events," he said.

 Research Spotlight

Photo of four researchersPaper on Lung Tumor Treatment Earns Honors
for Industrial Engineering Team

A team of industrial engineering faculty and students was recognized this month for their work to make radiation treatment of lung tumors more effective.

A team led by W. Art Chaovalitwongse, 21st Century Research Leadership Chair in Industrial Engineering; assistant professor Xiao Liu; visiting post-doc and assistant professor, Chunyan Duan; and doctoral student Phawis Thammasorn, collaborated with a team from the University of Washington Medical Center to present their joint precision radiotherapy work.

Their research predicts the treatment response of radiation therapy in lung tumors to inform risk-adaptive treatment strategies.

logo for CELDi hereCELDi's Spring Industrial Advisory Board Meeting and Research Symposium

Students, faculty and industry leaders from across the country gathered last month in Virginia to discuss innovations in logistics and distribution as part of program led by the University of Arkansas Industrial Engineering Department and the Center for Excellence in Logistics and Distribution, directed by Manuel Rossetti, professor of industrial engineering.

John A. White III, CEO and president of Fortna, opened the meeting with his presentation Design and Justification of 21st Century Distribution Centers. Other industry partners who presented were Bill Abernathy and Mike Daniel from Bayer Crop Science, who presented on Functionality of Connected Containers, and Randolph Bradley of Boeing and Ronald McGarvey of the University of Missouri presenting Optimal Inventory Segmentation.

Student Highlights

photo of Grace McGee and Emily MatlockTwo Industrial Engineering Students Receive
National Honor Society Scholarships

Emily Matlock received the John L. Imhoff Globalization Scholarship  and Grace McGee was the recipient of the Robert and Jean Dryden Service Scholarship, both from Alpha Pi Mu, the Industrial Engineering Honor society.  The Alpha Pi Mu Society aims to confer recognition upon students of Industrial and Systems Engineering who have shown exceptional academic interest and abilities in their field, encourage the advancement and quality of Industrial and Systems Engineering education, unify the student body of the Industrial Engineering department in presenting its needs and ideals to the faculty.

Photo of Dean English Rachel Holmer and Ed PohlIndustrial Engineering Students Honored at College of Engineering
Student Awards Ceremony

College of Engineering students, staff and faculty gathered May 1 to honor more than two dozen outstanding graduates of the class of 2018.

One student from each department in the College of Engineering was selected as the Outstanding Senior. Rachel Holmer was the student chosen for the Industrial Engineering Department, and then from those students an overall College Outstanding Senior is selected, and Rachel was selected for the college honor.

Students selected as Outstanding Seniors have excelled academically, professionally and personally throughout their time at the University of Arkansas. They are leaders within their departments and in many organizations at the university and in the community. Also honored at the event, as a First Ranked Senior Scholar was Anna Hudgeons. The University of Arkansas recognizes First Ranked Senior Scholars as students who have achieved a 4.0 on all course work completed at the U of A.

Industrial Engineering students recognized as Senior Scholars were Olivia Goss, Rachel Holmer and Anthony Paul Woods. The distinction of Senior Scholar is granted to students who have achieved a perfect 4.0 on all course work, including some transfer work.

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Industrial Engineering Students Present Projects at Second Annual Capstone Symposium

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 73 industrial engineering students participated in the industrial engineering senior capstone experience as part of 19 teams of three or four students. Every student pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering at the University of Arkansas is required to complete the two-semester experience by completing two courses. The Industrial Engineering Capstone Experience is coordinated by Richard Cassady, Professor of Industrial Engineering.


Image of golf ball by hole2018 MSOM Scholarship Golf Tournament

Golfers are invited to tee off in support of a new scholarship for students in the Master of Science in Operations Management program.

The 2018 MSOM Scholarship Golf Tournament will take place Saturday, July 28, at Stonebridge Meadows Golf Course in Fayetteville. Registration is $100 per player, and the format is a four-person scramble.

Image of student with two professorsFirst Graduates in M.S. in Engineering Management Program Earn Degrees

Zachery Hill and Bryan Caldwell were the first students to graduate in spring 2018 with the Master of Science in Engineering Management degree. Hill is an engineer at an electric company in Little Rock, and Caldwell is a senior project manager in the oil and gas industry based in Houston, Texas.

The Engineering Management Graduate Program was established in 2017 to help position engineers in leadership roles at companies in Arkansas and across the country. The program is delivered entirely online and can be accomplished in as little as one year.

Greg Parnell, director of the M.S.E.M. program, praised the graduates' achievement and said the new program was already gaining momentum.

 Alumni Spotlight

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College of Engineering Celebrates Distinguished Alumni

More than 200 alumni, family and friends of the College of Engineering gathered April 20 to celebrate the accomplishments of the college’s graduates. The Annual Alumni Awards Banquet and Ball brings together alumni from all eight departments within the College of Engineering to recognize alumni who have achieved distinction in their fields since graduating from the University of Arkansas.

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 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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