Winter 2016                                                                                                                                    Vol. 3, No. 1
New project partners ISTL faculty with Kaleida Health and international researchers
I STL core faculty, Professors Jurriann De Jong and Nallan Suresh from the Department of Operations Management and Strategy in the School of Management have partnered with Kaleida Health on a supply chain project focused on materials management, strategic sourcing and value analysis. Two groups of MS students in supply chain & operations are now working at Kaleida Health in Western New York, while a Dutch colleague of Professors De Jong & Suresh is executing the same project with a group of Master's students in the Netherlands in six hospitals.  
Joseph Tario P.E. Senior Project Manager NYSERDA
Sustainable Transportation Activities and Funding Opportunities in NYS
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
10 AM - 11AM
140 Ketter Hall, University at Buffalo

Learn about upcoming NYSERDA/NYSDOT transportation research funding opportunities, as well as recent awards and completed projects. Special emphasis will be placed on projects in Western New York and those awarded to university project teams.

Save the Date: The Second Annual Symposium on Transportation Informatics
August 4th & 5th, 2016
George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia
Call for papers: Researchers, developers and practitioners are invited to submit up to a 500 word abstract by March 31, 2016. Select papers will be eligible for publication in the ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. 
Call for partners: Interested in contributing to the success of the symposium through ideas, sponsorship or collaboration? Please contact us.
For more information and updates, visit the symposium website.
Recap:  Transportation Research Board 2016
January 10 - 14, 2016
Washington, D.C.

The ISTL, alongside the UB led TransInfo University Transportation Center, hosted a reception on Monday evening for attendees of the TRB 95th annual meeting.  In addition to hosting the reception, many of the ISTL's faculty took active roles in the conference. Well over a dozen papers were presented and our researchers chaired several sessions and committee  meetings.
ISTL researchers and University at Buffalo's Community for Global Health Equity focus on Uganda's pharmaceutical supply chain

ISTL core faculty, Professors Jurriann De Jong and Rajan Batta, who are also faculty members of the  University at Buffalo's Community for Global Health Equity (CGHE) 
submitted a proposal in February related to the pharmaceutical drug supply chain in Uganda. The project seeks to address the critical need to reduce drug stock-outs in low-income countries, in particular in rural Uganda. The objective is to develop a methodology for improving the last-mile supply chain and the corresponding implementation plan for executing the supply-chain management operations, in a manner that addresses the inequity in this supply chain. The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) has also been involved in this project.
Featured researcher

Dr. Jamie Kang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at University at Buffalo, the State University of New York (SUNY Buffalo). She earned her Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from University of California Irvine in 2013. Her research interests include applied operations research, transportation planning and modeling, autonomous vehicles, travel behavior, disaster operations management, and sustainable transportation. Her research activities are supported by the NSF, Region 2 University Transportation Center, Transportation Informatics University Transportation Center, and the Korea Transport Institute.
Featured awards, honors and activities

Dr. Natalie Simpson, ISTL core faculty, was the winner of several best paper awards:
Winner, Best Paper Award in Management Track: T. Pettit, N. Simpson, P. Hancock, H. Clark, T. Hayden and J. Pierce. "Exploring Operational Resilience in the Context of Military Aviation: Finding the Right Mode at the Right Time." Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the American Society of Business and Social Sciences, Las Vegas, NV, February 2016.
Winner, Best Paper Award in Application of Theory: N. Simpson and J. Minas. "Simulating the Salient Properties of Decision Making in Emergency Response." Proceedings of the 2016 NEDSI Annual Conference, Alexandria, VA, April 2016.
ISTL core faculty Dr. Wen Dong, along with PhD students Zhenhua Zhang, Andrew Bartlett and Louis Tang, all from the University at Buffalo's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences discussed current transportation research taking place at UB during the ITE NY Upstate Section Annual Meeting.

Dr. Qing He The Stephen Still Assistant Professor in Transportation Engineering and Logistics,
Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering and Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering was featured in numerous media outlets for his research into social media applications for transportation events has gained regional and national media attention. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, in addition to the Weather Channel and WKBW Buffalo hosting him on their broadcasts. Buffalo Niagara 360 (BN360) also honored Dr. He as their December Spotlight Professional for his research. Links to all of Dr. He's appearances and articles are available here.
ISTL faculty Dr. Chunming Qiao, Professor and Chair of Computer Science and Engineering at the University at Buffalo, received the 2015 Distinguished Technical Achievement Award from IEEE's Communications Society (ComSoc) Communications Switching and Routing (CSR) Technical Committee.
Thank you to our funding sponsor

ISTL is funded by the E-fund at the University at Buffalo. The fund invests in high-impact, high-return strategic initiatives responsive to NY SUNY 2020 and UB priorities and seeks to support innovative university initiatives that accelerate UB's efforts to be recognized as one of the leading public research universities in the nation.