Spring 2016

Come visit us at the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Annual Conference & Exposition May 21-24 in Anaheim, California!
Media Mentions

Senior Chrishani Boothe elected Movin' On Liaison by University Park Undergraduate Association MORE

Paper authored by Assistant Professor Scarlett Miller and doctoral candidate Christine Toh nominated for Design Studies Award 2015 MORE

Simpson interviewed in Metal 3D Printing magazine HERE

Roadmap for next generation of 3D printing materials featured by AM News HERE, AZO Materials HERE, Kurzweil News HERE, and the Daily Collegian HERE

H. Nembhard's Parkinson's study highlighted by Parkinson's News Today site HERE and the Daily Collegian HERE

H. Nembhard's new book recognized as Book of the Month in "The Front Line" section of February issue of Industrial Engineer MORE (requires IIE login and password to view digital issue)

Tucker's virtual reality research featured by Campus Technology HERE and the Daily Collegian HERE

In the News

Penn State to hold  symposium on Lean Six Sigma in health care MORE

Penn State to participate in Center for Health Organization Transformation meeting MORE

H. Nembhard co-authors new book on healthcare delivery systems MORE

Simpson featured for helping grow 3D printing technologies in higher ed

Engineering alumni society recognizes Humphreys as rising star MORE

Penn State hosts Enterprise Integration Consortium meeting MORE

Penn State welcomes eight universities as National Organization of Business and Engineering annual conference host  MORE

Making it work: How one engineering staff member refuses to let her child's diagnosis defeat her MORE

Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems Workshop photo album  HERE

Recognitions and Awards

Industrial engineering student presented with John W. Oswald Award MORE

Department and student organization host annual awards banquet and family day MORE

Wagura selected as IE student marshal for commencement MORE

Faculty receive College of Engineering seed grant funding MORE

Yang named president-elect of industrial engineering division board MORE

National Academy of Engineering appoints Tucker to committee  MORE

Simpson recognized for going "above and beyond" at Penn State  MORE

Affiliate faculty member wins best publication award  MORE

Alumni News

R.T. Custer ('14 I E) speaks on campus during IST Startup Week MORE

Lauren Knoblach ('11 I E, '11 LIB) earns Penn State Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Society's 2016 Graduate of the Last Decade Award  MORE

Kristin Prusinowski ('06 I E) featured in Alumni Association chapter president article MORE

Miranda Keeney (' 91 M.S. I E and O R, '96 Ph.D.) named Outstanding Engineering Alumna MORE

Mary Kate Kloeblen ('13 I E), now a distribution analyst at J. Crew, is featured in the college's alumni spotlight for April MORE

Hyojung Kang ('15 Ph.D.) and David Mu ñoz ('15 Ph.D.) co-author new book on health systems engineering MORE

Derek Goodlin ('92 I E) is a candidate for  Arkansas State House of Representatives District 81 seat MORE

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Upcoming Events

April 22: Lean Six Sigma in Health Care Symposium

April 28: Engineering Design Showcase

April 29: Classes End

May 2-6: Final Exams

May 6: Commencement Reception

May 6: Undergraduate Commencement

May 8: Graduate Commencement

May 21-24: Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Annual Conference

About this month's cover photo:
The Penn State student chapter of the National Organization for Business and Engineering (NOBE) hosted more than 80 participants from eight universities - as well as industry members - Feb. 12-14 for the 2016 NOBE National Conference at the Nittany Lion Inn. 

Sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, the conference featured speakers from both academia and industry who addressed some of the many opportunities and overlap in workplace skills that exist for students interested in the business and engineering sectors. 

In this issue we focus on New Zealand native  Jenny McLean, who will leave Penn State in August with two graduate degrees after only 12 months in Happy Valley, thanks to our one-year master's degree program. Check out the bonus video coverage in the article!
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Students help communities in Africa, learn leadership skills
Two industrial engineering students were part of a design team that traveled to Tanzania as part of their capstone project for the Engineering Leadership Design minor

The baobab tree, commonly called the tree of life, is a staple in many rural African communities. Every component of the tree is beneficial in some way - providing sustenance and income to the people in these communities. However, the tree's fruit, made up of seeds, pulp and fiber, is difficult to process. The current method of using a mortar and pestle is very difficult and inefficient.

For the last five years, Penn State students in the Engineering Leadership Development (ELD) minor have worked to alleviate this by designing and building a baobab-processing machine as their minor capstone project.

Each semester, students in ENGR 496 redesign the previous semester's machine to make improvements and meet the needs of the African locals. The students build the machines over the course of a semester in the College of Engineering's Learning Factory. Once the machines are complete, the students and faculty members travel to Africa to deliver the machines and teach the locals how to operate them.

Nadine Geagea and Kelly Hensler, both industrial engineering students, were two of the engineering students that traveled to Africa in March to test their design.

Penn State releases roadmap for next generation of additive manufacturing materials
Professor Tim Simpson is one of the researchers hoping to educate the next generation of makers about the materials and applications that lend themselves well to 3D printing 

Penn State researchers have released a roadmap that is designed to offer a strategy for building the fundamental knowledge necessary to accelerate the design and application of additive manufacturing (AM) materials over the next 10 years.

Funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, researchers from the Applied Research Lab (ARL), the Penn State Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D), the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and the School of Engineering at Penn State Behrend worked with Nexight Group to prepare the "Strategic Roadmap for the Next Generation of Additive Manufacturing Materials."

"We have published this document in order to inform the next generation of makers about the materials and applications that lend themselves well to 3D printing so they can take advantage of the wide range of capabilities that this technology can offer to industry," said Tim Simpson, one of the co-principal investigators (PIs) on the roadmapping project and co-director of CIMP-3D and professor of mechanical engineering and industrial engineering.

H. Nembhard receives funding to lead Parkinson's disease research
Research focuses on treating and monitoring patients with the disease remotely

Harriet Nembhard, professor of industrial engineering and director of the Penn State Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems, has been awarded $50,000 by the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) at Penn State for research relating to treating and monitoring patients with Parkinson's disease remotely.

Nembhard is the principal investigator of the one-year project titled "Precision Health for Parkinson's Disease: Advancing Translation with Medical Devices and Technology."

Conrad Tucker, assistant professor of engineering design and industrial engineering, Mehmet Kilinc, postdoctoral researcher in industrial engineering and Xuemei Huang, professor and vice chair of the Department of Neurology at Hershey Medical Center, are co-investigators.
Tucker receives funding to support teaching in a virtual environment
Research focuses on using virtual reality to teach Penn State engineering students

Conrad Tucker, assistant professor of engineering design and industrial engineering and an affiliate faculty member of computer science and engineering, is the principal investigator of one of four proposals selected by Penn State's Center for Online Innovation in Learning (COIL) to receive research dollars through its Research Initiation Grant Program. A total of 30 proposals were submitted to COIL for this new funding program.

The proposal, titled "VR Penn State: Teaching Engineering Concepts in an Immerse Virtual Reality Environment," is supported by co-investigators Chimay Anumba, professor and head of the Department of Architectural Engineering; Sven Bilén, professor and head of the School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs and professor of electrical engineering and aerospace engineering; and Janis Terpenny, professor and Peter and Angela Dal Pezzo Chair and Department Head of the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering.
"The outcomes of this research have the potential to provide a scalable learning environment to online learners that will transform virtual collaboration from passive experiences in which students simply consume content, to more interactive experiences in which students communicate by creating and augmenting content in a collaborative manner," said Tucker.

Industrial engineer earns National Science Foundation CAREER Award
Hui Yang given NSF's  most prestigious award for researching improvements in manufacturing and health care

Hui Yang, Harold and Inge Marcus Career Associate Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, was recently awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Development (CAREER) Award.
The CAREER award is the most prestigious award given by the NSF and is designed to support junior faculty members who have shown exceptional promise through outstanding research, excellent teaching and the integration of education and research by awarding assistant professors with five years of funding.
Yang received a $500,000 grant for his project titled "Sensor-based Modeling and Control of Nonlinear Dynamics in Complex Systems for Quality Improvements in Manufacturing and Healthcare."

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