Fall 2017 Newsletter

Research Frontiers

Calling the Hogs

J.B. Hunt employees and the University of Arkansas representatives celebrate the announcement of the
J.B. Hunt Innovation Center of Excellence by Calling the Hogs in the J.B. Hunt Corporate auditorium.

J.B. Hunt Innovation Center of Excellence

The J.B. Hunt Innovation Center of Excellence was established in May 2017. This exciting opportunity was made possible through discussions between J.B. Hunt leadership and numerous University of Arkansas administrators. Key among these administrators were College of Engineering Dean, John English, Associate Dean of Research, Heather Nachtmann, and Walton College of Business Dean, Matt Waller. The industry-funded research center is a collaboration between the College of Engineering, the Sam M. Walton College of Business (WCOB) and J.B. Hunt professionals. The faculty of the Department of Industrial Engineering (INEG) and the Department of Computer Science and Computer Engineering (CSCE) will be the main contributors from the College of Engineering. >>


Photo of Manuel RossettiDr. Manuel Rossetti Receives National Science  Foundation Grant

Manuel Rossetti, professor of industrial engineering, has received a National Science Foundation Grant for almost $200,000 from the Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research-Technology Transfer program, “PFI:AIR-TT: Fast multi-echelon optimization via grouping.”

The project focuses on translating optimization and inventory segmentation research to fill the need for fast multi-echelon inventory optimization within complex supply chains. >>

Photo of Haitao LiaoDr. Haitao Liao Explores Research Frontiers in Reliability Engineering and Service Logistics

The advances and increasing complexities of new technologies require fundamental methodologies to minimize adverse economic and operational impacts of unexpected failures of engineering systems.
In Liao’s Reliability and Intelligent Systems Engineering (RISE) Laboratory, research efforts are being taken to create holistic tools that will enable accurate reliability estimation, proactive control of product reliability and operational adjustments to adaptively coordinate product reliability and service logistics. >>

Telehealth GraphicCan Home Telehealth Help to Combat Rising Health Care Costs?

Dr. Ashlea Bennett Milburn looks at Telehealth Systems and how they can provide significant cost savings.

We all know healthcare is expensive in the United States, but, did you know that more than 75% of all U.S. healthcare spending can be attributed to chronic disease? About half of all American adults have at least one chronic health condition. >>


Industrial Engineering Professor Recipient of NSF Grant to Study the Brain

brain graphicW. Art Chaovalitwongse, professor, holder of the 21st Century Research Leadership Chair in Industrial Engineering and co-director of the Institute for Advanced Data Analytics, has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant under the Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems program to push the frontiers of brain science on individuality and variation of cognitive systems.
Nineteen awards were distributed to cross-disciplinary teams from across the United States to conduct innovative research focused on neural and cognitive systems. >>

Meet Our Newest Faculty Member

Photo of Xiao Liu

Xiao Liu has joined the Industrial Engineering Department from IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. He received his doctoral degree from the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS).
Liu’s research focuses on engineering probability and statistics, spatio-temporal modeling, big data analytics, and various engineering-knowledge-based data-driven methodologies in broad areas such as quality and reliability, manufacturing yield prediction, preventive maintenance, urban air quality modeling, and extreme weather events prediction.

 New MSEM Program Announced


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Students and professionals can learn to lead technology teams tackling complex engineering problems through an online program offered for the first time in fall 2017 by the College of Engineering.
The Master of Science in Engineering Management is designed for people with a bachelor’s degree in engineering who seek to effectively lead and manage engineering processes such as research and development.  
Greg Parnell, program director for the Master of Science in Engineering Management, explained the need for the new program.   
“We developed this graduate program to give students the knowledge to become engineering leaders who can meet the needs of a fast-paced innovation-driven culture,” said Parnell >>

MSOM and MSEM News

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M.S.O.M. Announces New Clinical Assistant Professor, Carrie Beam

The Master of Science in Operations Management program within Industrial Engineering announces the hire of their newest Clinical Assistant Professor, Carrie Beam. Her degrees include a Ph.D. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering and Operations Research from Princeton University. >>


photo of Greg Parnell


Director Honored With Emeritus Status from West Point

Greg Parnell, Director of the Master of Science in Operations Management and Master of Science in Engineering Management programs was recently awarded the title of Professor Emeritus at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Parnell served as Professor of Systems Engineering in the Department of Systems Engineering at West Point from 1999-2013. >>



Project Mgmnt photoCollege of Engineering Launches Online Certificate in Project Management

Students and professionals can learn to complete projects within scope, time and budget through an online certificate program offered for the first time in fall 2017 by the Industrial Engineering Department of the College of Engineering at the University of Arkansas.
The Graduate Certificate in Project Management is designed for people with a bachelor’s degree who want the skills needed to effectively manage projects and understand the global project management language. >>

Other 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 annual conference of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) in Pittsburgh. >>


Engineering GirlTREC 2017


GirlTREC 2017 - A Huge Success!

MarTREC hosted thirty-five 5th and 6th grade girls at GirlTREC, this summer.  The camp focused on engaging the campers, in hands-on activities and projects related to transportation engineering, from roads to rail to waterways. >>