Summer 2015

Media Mentions

Rothrock featured in article titled "Game On" in July issue of Industrial Engineering magazine MORE>> 

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Tucker explores how virtual reality systems may enhance online learning MORE HERE>> and HERE>>

Simpson featured in American Society of Mechanical Engineers profile MORE>>

In the News

Kumara named keynote speaker at Through-life Engineering Services Conference MORE>>

Postdoctoral scholar Yousefian appointed to tenure-track faculty position MORE>>
Tucker studying large-scale social media data during summer Air Force fellowship  MORE>>

Recognitions and Awards

Industrial engineering students, faculty take home best paper honors at industry conference MORE>>


Simpson named Teaching and Learning with Technology Fellow MORE>> 

Duffett and Graszl awarded Material Handling Education Foundation scholarships MORE>>

Industrial engineering doctoral student receives Institute of Industrial Engineering Fellowship MORE>>

Students, faculty, and staff recognized for achievements at annual banquet MORE>>

Penn State Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Society announces annual awards MORE>>

Alumni News

Tannenbaum recognized by DC Velocity as 2015 Rainmaker MORE>>

Grzelak appointed to Sun Hydraulics Corporation's board of directors MORE>>

Ramaswamy joins AlixPartners as a managing director and co-head of Life Sciences Practice MORE>>

Lynch appointed to faculty at the Penn State Behrend School of Engineering MORE>>

Lucier named to Catalent, Inc. board of directors MORE>>

Phillips receives  NASA leadership award MORE>>

Kim joins Kyungpook National University School of Business faculty MORE>>

Dickson receives Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award MORE>>

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About this month's cover photo:
More than 100 students earned their bachelor's degrees in industrial engineering in the spring of 2015. A few members of the graduating class gathered for a photo in the Factory for Advanced Manufacturing Education lab prior to commencement.

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This issue's spotlight shines on IE student Rico Polim.
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Terpenny appointed head of industrial and manufacturing engineering 
Joseph Walkup Professor and Chair of the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Iowa State set to start at Penn State in September
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Janis P. Terpenny has been named the Peter and Angela Dal Pezzo Department Head of the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State, effective Sept. 7.


Currently, Terpenny is the Joseph Walkup Professor and chair of the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Iowa State University. She is also the director of Iowa State's Center of e-Design, a National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry University Collaborative Research Center, and she serves as the technical lead of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute's Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise Area.


"Janis has accomplished a great deal throughout her career and I am confident that she will help propel industrial and manufacturing engineering at Penn State to new heights," said Harold and Inge Marcus Dean of Engineering Amr Elnashai. "Her stature in the technical community will inspire our junior professors to follow her path and her experience as an NSF center director will be critical both for industrial and manufacturing engineering and other departments at Penn State."

Penn State launches Center for Sustainable Electric Power Systems
New interdisciplinary research initiative focuses on addressing challenges in renewable power systems and markets
Today's power systems are going through a significant transition to move toward a more sustainable framework. This can be seen by the increasing integration of renewable resources, the growth of distributed generation, the burgeoning need for dispatchable grid storage and heightened levels of demand by companies around the world.

Both industry and government are eager to hear new insights and see the development of efficient tools to design and manage the progression to sustainable energy networks in the coming years.

This conversion, however, poses a unique set of interrelated challenges that until now have been handled within narrow disciplinary boundaries at Penn State.

Researchers Uday Shanbhag and Mort Webster have set out to change that approach by creating an interdisciplinary research center that aims to address the difficulties that emerge from the design, planning and operation of the next generation of power systems and markets. 

Yang to join industrial and manufacturing engineering faculty
He comes to Penn State after six years at the University of Southern Florida
Hui Yang, an assistant professor in the Industrial and Management Systems Engineering Department at the University of South Florida (USF), will join the faculty of the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering as an associate professor in August. 

Yang comes to Penn State after six years at USF where he also served as affiliate faculty member for the Nanotechnology Research and Education Center and the Electrophysiology Core Group in the Morsani College of Medicine. 

He is a research associate in cardiology at the James A. Haley Veteran's Hospital in Tampa, Florida, and a founding member of the Interdisciplinary Data Sciences Consortium at USF.

Students use 3D printing to create products for medical and household use
Industrial engineering students create prototypes for everything from toothpaste squeezers to human bones
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Industrial engineering students Mike Frost and Sean Woodrow knew they wanted to improve the design of an existing product -- settling on a toothpaste tube squeezer -- when tasked with a class assignment to use reverse engineering and/or 3D printing to design and prototype a product. Meanwhile, Christina Merritt, Brinda Shah, and David Wagura chose to focus on creating a prototype that would assist medical professionals -- printing a 3D model of a human femur bone.


"We knew we wanted to focus on a consumer product that would improve just one aspect of daily life," said Frost, a junior from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania.

Industrial engineers apply traditional approaches to service industry challenges

Gift from Charles and Enid Schneider allows department to expand research opportunities in service sectors

Service enterprise engineering, or service engineering, is modifying intangible experiences--such as doctors' visits, mobile phone service, or call centers--in order to streamline efficiencies while improving customer service and satisfaction. Industrial engineers at Penn State are reaching out to a variety of service sectors, such as banking, healthcare, transportation, and more, to apply their knowledge of engineering to the unique challenges these businesses face.


Faculty and students in the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State are bringing service engineering to the forefront of their efforts thanks in large part to the Fund for Excellence in Service Engineering that was gifted to the department by Charles and Enid Schneider.



Engineering students use gaming techniques to develop new learning apps
Penn State industrial engineering students hope to change the perception of gamification in higher education
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When Ling Rothrock learned that the business world is using gamification successfully to increase employee productivity and decrease boredom in the workplace, he knew his industrial engineering students could attempt to implement the same approach in higher education.

Gamification, or the use of gaming elements and game-design techniques to develop applications that explain complex concepts, hasn't been proven as successful in educational settings, despite the popularity of video games and evidence suggesting students enjoy learning through games.


Department mourns the passing of Professor Emeritus Matthew Rosenshine
Professor Emeritus Matthew Rosenshine passed away on Thursday, June 11, at Mount Nittany Medical Center. He joined the faculty of what was then the Department of Industrial Engineering at Penn State in 1968 after serving as a mathematician in the U.S. Army and subsequently earning his Ph.D. in Operations Research from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1966.

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