Recent Alum Receives Prestigious Award

 Dr. Jen Pazour, Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida (UCF) was among just 16 researchers nationwide to be honored with 2013 Young Investigator Awards from the Office of Naval Research.

Dr. Pazour is a graduate of the University of Arkansas Department of Industrial Engineering. (MSIE 2008, PhD 2011) She is currently an assistant professor in Industrial Engineering & Management Systems at UCF. She was recognized for showing “exceptional promise for doing creative research” early in her tenure track, according to the Navy.

Pazour received a three-year, $509,000 grant to study the design of sea-based logistic delivery systems, which operate in challenging environments that include the need for increased security measures, synchronization of sea-based logistics with land operations, the absence of permanent infrastructure, and individual logistic-transport needs.

Pazour is developing models and algorithms to evaluate and improve naval logistics.

“Because of the wear and tear of identification information that can occur during transport, the difficulty of real-time transmission due to network bandwidth limitations, and the lack of scanning equipment at the receiving end, logistic decisions have to be made in an opaque network with imperfect visibility,” Pazour said.

Pazour earned her bachelor’s degree from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and her masters and Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas where she was advised by Dr. Russell D. Meller.

Release date: 5/24/2013