Winter 2016

Media Mentions

Simpson's work with CIMP-3D named second best story of 2015 by Additive Manufacturing Media MORE>>

Simpson's work highlighted by Onward State MORE>>

Terpenny featured in Research section in November issue of Industrial Engineer magazine MORE>>
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In the News

Rothrock named editor of human factors and ergonomics journal MORE>>

Workshop to address innovations in healthcare delivery systems slated for Feb. 5 MORE>>

Alumni society seeks nominations for board of directors MORE>>

Tucker receives funding from Center for Online Innovation in Learning MORE>>

Department researchers actively involved at INFORMS annual meeting MORE>>

Penn State hosts Enterprise Integration Consortium advisory meeting MORE>>

Penn State represented at National Science Foundation healthcare meeting MORE>>

Recognitions and Awards

Industrial engineering students receive foundry industry scholarships MORE>>

Voigt appointed technical liaison of local foundry society chapter MORE>>

H. Nembhard serves as panelist at international quality forum  MORE>>

Alumni News

Kenneth Ishler Jr. ('59 I E) died on December 9, 2015 MORE>>

Tim VanHorn ('92 I E) named vice president of operations at Zippo MORE>>

Michael Headly ('80 I E and O R) to retire from Allison Transmission Holdings, Inc.  MORE>>

Lauren Knobloch ('11 I E, '11 LIB) featured in college's Alumni Spotlight MORE>>

Greg Lucier ('86 I E) named Chairman of the Board at Invuity, Inc. MORE>>

Vortic Watches, co-owned by R.T. Custer ('14 I E) and Frank Barber ('14 I E), featured in The Manual MORE>>

John Samuels ('68 MS, '72 PhD) focuses career on helping U.S. railroad industry MORE>>

Bernie McConnell ('96 I E) named executive vice president-commercial at Greenleaf Corporation MORE>>

Drew DeFalle ('01 I E) named senior director of business development at Pristine Environments MORE>>

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Upcoming Events

January 28: IME Faculty Fair

February 5: Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems Annual Workshop

February 25: Metalcasting Job Fair and Reception

February 26: Cast Metal Industry Advisory Committee Meeting

March 6-12: Spring Break - no classes

About this month's cover photo:
Peter and Angela Dal Pezzo Chair and Department Head Janis Terpenny participated in the Lost Foam Foundry Night October 22 in the Factory for Advanced Manufacturing Education. The event, held multiple times during each semester, is hosted by the student chapter of the American Foundry Society (AFS) and is open to students interested in learning about metalcasting and the foundry industry. 

Also pictured are (L-R): Robert Voigt, professor of industrial engineering and adviser of the AFS student chapter; Dan Supko, engineering support specialist; Travis Richner, technician; and Nishit Goel (graduate student, electrical engineering).

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This issue's feature highlights the successes of recent IE graduate Andrew Smiddy.
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Shanbhag awarded funding for research on studying competition under uncertainty
Associate professor is part of a research team that has been awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation
Uday V. Shanbhag, associate professor of industrial engineering, is part of a team of researchers that has been awarded $420,000 by the National Science Foundation Operations Research Program for a three-year research project titled, "Nash Equilibrium Problems under Uncertainty."
The initiative is led by Jong-Shi Pang, Epstein Family Professor at the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC), and also includes Suvrajeet Sen, professor of systems and industrial engineering at USC. 

This project focuses on a class of problems in non-cooperative game theory, a field that concerns the study of conflict resolution through the use of mathematical models and computational tools.

Student group bridges the gap between engineering and business
Penn State chapter of the National Organization for Business and Engineering is turning heads not even a year since its establishment

A revamped student organization housed in the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering is gaining exposure for providing the next generation of engineers and business leaders with opportunities to build industry relationships and explore the importance of collaboration between the engineering and business sectors.

Formerly the Business and Engineering Group, the group officially became a national chapter of the National Organization for Business and Engineering (NOBE) in February 2015. Since that time, the organization has been actively participating in and planning events geared toward bridging the gap between the engineering and business communities. 

NOBE is a national society uniting business, management, and engineering organizations from universities across the country. The organization strives to produce and refine leadership internally and develop professional skills in members that can be translated into success in the business world. 

NSF funds research to improve service industry efficiencies
Pang awarded funding through the highly competitive Service Manufacturing and Operations Research Program
Guodong (Gordon) Pang, assistant professor of industrial engineering, has been awarded a $250,000 National Science Foundation grant in the highly competitive Service Manufacturing and Operations Research Program for his three-year research project titled, "Large-scale fork-join networks with synchronization constraints."

Fork-join networks consist of a set of service stations that complete job tasks simultaneously and sequentially under pre-determined constraints in order to complete a service from start to finish. Examples of service industries using these networks include manufacturing and telecommunications, data centers, and healthcare settings.

Pang's research focuses on fork-join networks in which jobs can only be synchronized for service completion when all of the associated parallel tasks have been completed. Such networks can be used to  model patient flows in hospitals, such as in the treatment of patients in emergency departments and the process of discharging patients.

Miller leads engineering workshop for youth interested in STEM fields
Twenty-three students and their parents from the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth came to University Park to learn about engineering design and innovation

Scarlett Miller, assistant professor of engineering design and industrial engineering, helped host students in grades 7-12 from the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth for the EngInn: Engineering Innovators of the Future Workshop on November 14. 

The event challenged participants to work in teams to design their own innovative prototypes that met specific requirements. They then tested their designs and shared the concept design process that led to their final designs. Participants were also given tours of the various engineering facilities on campus and engaged with current engineering design faculty and students.

"This was an outstanding opportunity to expose impressionable students to what it truly means to be an engineer and excite them about the opportunities available for them to transform the future through design," said Miller. "The hands-on training involved in this workshop was developed to stimulate student interest in design by exploring how innovation fits into a variety of engineering contexts."

The following industrial engineering students helped as facilitators at the workshop:  Rucha Bhide (sophomore Schreyer Scholar), Hong-En Chen (doctoral student), Arti Patel (senior Schreyer Scholar), Elizabeth Starkey (doctoral student), Andrew Strohmetz (junior), Christine Toh (doctoral candidate), Mary Yovanoff (doctoral student), Wendy Zhang (sophomore Schreyer Scholar), and Xuan Zheng (doctoral student).

Rothrock receives funds to research human errors in process control rooms
The funding from the Abnormal Situation Management Consortium will support two research projects

Ling Rothrock, associate professor of industrial engineering, has received nearly $100,000 from the Abnormal Situation Management (ASM) Consortium to fund two research projects.
Rothrock was awarded $49,956 for a one-year project titled "Physical Activity for Workplace Vigilance Decrement Avoidance." Andris Freivalds, professor of industrial engineering, is the co-principal investigator of the research.
He was awarded an additional $49,955 for a seven-month research proposal titled "An Eye-Tracking Evaluation of Visual Thesaurus Shapes." 

Graduate Program Alumni Survey
The department is currently seeking feedback from alumni who earned a graduate degree in industrial engineering from 2005-2015. The results of this survey will allow us to better track placement data and also improve our graduate program marketing efforts. 

If you received your M.Eng., M.S., or Ph.D. in industrial engineering at Penn State during the past ten years, we graciously ask you to complete this brief survey. 

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