Summer 2016

Check out the multidisciplinary research project Assistant Professor Scarlett Miller and her graduate student Mary Yovanoff are working on to assist training surgical residents at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

Media Mentions
Terpenny and Yao recognized in June issue of ISE magazine on p. 61 MORE
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Terpenny's induction into Virginia Tech Academy of Distinguished Alumni covered by Roanoke Times MORE

Yang profiled in May issue of ISE Magazine MORE

Blueberry harvesting grant featured by Fresh Plaza MORE 

In the News

Aybat co-edits book on computer vision applications MORE

Workshop brings together leaders in psychology, engineering design MORE

Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) student chapter highlighted on INFORMS site  MORE

Ravindran edits new book on supply chain decision-making MORE

Three IME faculty members receive promotions MORE

Miller's design class focuses on design techniques that can be used to analyze existing consumer products and develop new solutions MORE

Center for e-Design hosts industry workshop for new Penn State site MORE

Led by C. Tucker, the Virtual Reality (VR) Club allows Penn State students access to VR technology MORE

Engineering students present potential on-campus weather monument design to AccuWeather's founder MORE

Doctoral student appointed to tenure-track position MORE

Lean Six Sigma in Healthcare Symposium photos HERE

Recognitions and Awards

Student organization awarded highest honor by IISE MORE

Dickson awarded Dwight D. Gardner Scholarship MORE

Industrial engineering student on Smeal Supply Chain Entrepreneurship Pitch Contest winning team MORE

Terpenny inducted into Virginia Tech Academy of Distinguished Alumni MORE

Alumni News

Chris Deegan ('85 I E) named president and chief executive of Gibbs & Cox, Inc. MORE

Greg Lucier ('86 I E) featured on CNBC's Mad Money MORE

Omar Ashour ('10 M.Eng., '12 Ph.D.) named recipient of William and Wendy Korb Early Career Professorship in Industrial Engineering MORE

Ed Coringrato ('80 I E, '82 MBA) named to EMCORE Corporation's board of directors MORE

Jayme Fullerton ('04 I E) featured in College of Engineering's Alumni Spotlight MORE

Lourdes Medina ('09 M.S., '12 Ph.D.) received the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers' Manufacturing and Design Division's Outstanding Service Award MORE

Robert E. Pozesky ('91 I E, '92 I E and O R) hired by Reinsel Kuntz Lesher LLP MORE

Paper co-authored by Pisut Koomsap ('01 Ph.D.) recognized by Emerald Literary Group MORE

Sam Davanloo Tajbakhsh ('15 Ph.D.) named to tenure-track position at Ohio State MORE

Greg Kester ('08 I E) cofounds Ubiotic Health company MORE

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Upcoming Events

July 4: Independence Day - no classes

August 13: Summer Commencement

August 22: Fall classes begin

Sept. 5: Labor Day - no classes

About this month's cover photo:
The IME department sent a number of faculty, staff, and students to the 2016 Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Annual Conference & Expo in Anaheim, California, in May. Several students and faculty presented their research during the four-day event.

In addition, the department served as an event sponsor and hosted a booth in the exhibit hall, which generated quite a few visitors who were interested in learning more about the department and our graduate program offerings. 

In this issue we take a look at the experiences of recent graduate Greg Zuber, a former Penn State Blue Band member who is now working in John Deere's North Carolina Turfcare Operations Division.
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Penn Staters give local elementary students exposure to new STEM technologies
First- through fifth-graders enrolled in an afterschool coding class toured Assistant Professor Conrad Tucker's Data Analysis Technology Advancement lab

How long does it take to solve the Rubik's Cube? An hour? A day? A few months?  
Sean Davis, an information sciences and technology undergraduate student, managed to build a robot out of Legos and some computer coding software that can solve the iconic brainteaser in 90 seconds or less every time. And that time guarantee is regardless of how out of order those colored little squares are on the cube.
"The fastest robot that is built to solve the Cube can do it in just three seconds," said Davis, whose comment drew gasps from the children and their parents.
Davis's robot was just one example of the capabilities computer coding has in the fields of robotics and engineering that was on display during a recent Penn State workshop attended by elementary students from Our Lady of Victory Catholic School. 

Students engineer mobile app to help Type 1 diabetics, win national award
The app, called QuickPredict, placed first in the 2016 Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Computer Information Systems Division Mobile App Competition

A group of three industrial engineering students took home first place honors in a national competition for developing a mobile application that could potentially save lives.
Jingwen (Jess) Li, a third-year doctoral student, along with recent graduate Josh Binder and senior Kyler Houser, under the direction of Professor Vittal Prabhu, set out to develop a mobile application in the home health care domain that will allow patients to better manage their conditions on their own without as much intervention from their doctors.

The app -- called QuickPredict  -- placed first in the 2016 Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Computer Information Systems Division Mobile App Competition.

Yao awarded funding for Parkinson's research by Institute for CyberScience
Yao and his team of researchers will be looking at biomarkers for Parkinson's disease in the DNA of patients

The Penn State Institute for CyberScience (ICS) has awarded $25,000 to Tao Yao, associate professor in the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, and his team of researchers for their project titled, "High-Dimensional Data Analysis for Parkinson's Disease."

The one-year award is part of the inaugural ICS Seed Grant Program.

Yao, who is the principal investigator on the project, says the goal of the research is to "explore the correlation between genetic data and MRI measurements, and how behavior factors in patients with Parkinson's disease influence that relationship." 
Engineers collaborate on $4.75 million blueberry harvesting project
Penn State is one of nine universities working on the USDA-funded research project

Industrial engineers from Penn State are part of a nine-university, four-year, $4.75 million collaborative research project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute for Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Research Initiative focused on increasing the efficiency of blueberry production in the United States.
The proposal, titled "Scale-neutral Harvest-aid System and Sensor Technologies to Improve Harvest Efficiency and Handling of Fresh-market Highbush Blueberries," is the brainchild of Changying "Charlie" Li, associate professor of biological engineering at the University of Georgia, and includes input from 14 researchers at the University of California-Berkeley, University of Florida, University of Georgia, Michigan State University, Mississippi State University, North Carolina State University, Oregon State University, Penn State and Washington State University.
U.S. blueberry production has increased more than four-fold in the past three decades with a total production of more than 500 million pounds and a farm gate value of $860 million in 2011, making the United States the largest blueberry-producing country, accounting for almost two-thirds of the world's production. Blueberries are grown in 39 states, with Michigan, New Jersey, Oregon, Georgia and North Carolina as the top five producing states.

Student project aims to help local restaurants improve service
The group visited four local eateries to collect data on service rates

Service engineering has been emerging as one of the fastest growing engineering industry endeavors in the United States, as total overall employment in the service sector has exceeded 80 percent.
Service engineering, or service enterprise engineering, can be defined as modifying intangible experiences -- such as doctors' or emergency room visits, experiences in mobile phone service stores or interactions with call centers -- in order to streamline efficiencies while improving customer service and satisfaction.
As part of the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering's commitment to its Service Enterprise Engineering Initiative (SEE 360), a group of four industrial engineering undergraduate students -- under the guidance of Jinkun Lee, a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in the Marcus department -- visited local restaurants this spring to gather data on the service rates at the establishments.

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