February 2019  Newsletter
Message from the Division President

Dear fellow QCRE members,
Happy New Year! Wish you a happy and prosperous 2019.
Reflecting on the year past, 2018 was a productive year for QCRE. Few highlights include a record high participation in the QCRE Track at the 2018 IISE Annual Conference, successful launch of the QCRE Data Challenge Competition for the first time, continued success of engaging the broader QCRE community with various activities and new initiatives, and new collaborative events organized jointly with other divisions at IISE. On behalf of the QCRE board of directors, I would like to congratulate everyone for such a successful 2018, and thank you for your continued support to our division.
Looking ahead to 2019, it is an exciting time to be a member of QCRE and get involved while the planning of activities for the new year is well underway! The QCRE board will continue to organize the QCRE track at the 2019 IISE Annual Conference, which will be held in Orlando, FL during May 18-21. The division is also sponsoring two best paper awards: The Best Student Paper Award and The Best Track Paper Award. Additionally, the QCRE division is hosting the QCRE DATA Challenge Competition for the first time, and you will find more details on how to participate the competition in the newsletter. I invite everyone to stay connected with us at IISE Connect and our Facebook page, and get involved with the division's new initiatives or ongoing activities, as we strive for continued excellence and promote our QCRE division as a premier community for researchers and practitioners in the field quality and reliability.
Don't hesitate, reach out and get involved. Your inputs, contributions, and participation in our year-round activities are critical to the division's success. Please feel free to contact me (pingfeng@illinois.edu) if you are interested in organizing new activities or serving on division committees .
Pingfeng Wang, Ph.D.,
IISE QCRE Division President
Call for Nominations for QCRE Board of Directors and President-Elect

The QCRE Nominating Committee is making a call for nominations for  four directors (two-year terms),
one student member (two-year term) and  the position of president-elect (three-year term and must be a current or past board member). All nominees must be current QCRE members of IISE.

The new term will begin on June 1. Board members are expected to be an active participant in monthly board conference calls and to participate in various initiatives, some of which are led by committees working in partnership with the full board.

Board members are also expected to attend the IISE Annual Conference and to participate in the Town Hall meeting held during the annual conference.  
To submit a nomination, complete the Nomination form and send to  Kathy Gamboa by March 4th, 2019.

Please contact Dr. Kamran Paynabar  if you have any questions about the positions and responsibilities. Please consider giving back to your profession through a QCRE leadership position.
Reminder: QCRE Data Challenge Competition 2019

This year, our division is pleased to introduce the QCRE Data Challenge for the first time, a data modeling competition that is open to all IISE members. This year's Data Challenge problem is sponsored by ProcessMiner Inc. and the topic is "Rare Event Classification in Multivariate Time Series". There will be a special session for Data Challenge finalists in the 2019 IISE Annual Conference (May 18-21, 2019). The winner will be awarded with a cash prize of $1,000. A full description of the problem background and dataset, details on how to access the data and how to participate in this competition are available through the division's Facebook page and IISE Connect (in QCRE Library folder). 
Submission deadline is March 4th, 2019 and the finalists will be announced on April 1st, 2019. Please contact Dr. Chitta Ranjan and Dr. Ramin Moghaddass if you have any questions.
William A.J. Golomski Best Paper Award Winners

The annual Golomski best paper award is sponsored by IISE through the QCRE Division, to recognize the best paper submitted to the annual Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS) by a member of IISE. In 2018 RAMS conference, there were many highly competitive papers submitted. A panel of judges rated the paper below as the best among those submitted to win the 2018 A.J. Golomski Best Paper Award.  A presentation for the award took place at RAMS on Wednesday, Jan 30.

"Selective Maintenance Optimization for Multi-state Systems Operating in Dynamic Environments"
Ameneh Forouzandeh Shahraki and Om Prakash Yadav
North Dakota State University

From left to right: Geoffrey Okogbaa (IISE RAMS Board of Directors rep), Om Prakash Yadav (Golomski Award co-author), Ameneh Forouzandeh Shahraki (Golomski Award co-author), Ed Pohl (IISE RAMS Board of Directors rep), Trevor Craney (IISE QCRE Division President-Elect).

The IISE Annual Conference & Expo 2019 will take place May 18-21, 2019, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, Florida. The QCRE Division of the Institute of the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers (IISE) will be sponsoring the QCRE Track at the 2019 IISE Annual Conference and Expo.
Member Spotlight 

In each issue of the QCRE newsletter, we will feature one outstanding QCRE member who has demonstrated excellence in QCRE related fields. This member can be from academia, industry or a student. Will you be the next member highlighted?
QCRE Member Spotlight - 
Mr. Chenang Liu

In this issue of QCRE newsletter, we feature our outstanding student member, Mr. Chenang Liu, who is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech. He is serving as a student board member of QCRE division board of directors. His research is focused on advanced data analytics, statistical modeling, and machine learning with applications in online quality assurance for advanced manufacturing. His research has received the 2017 IISE QCRE Best Paper Award, the 2017 INFORMS QSR Best Paper Award, the 2018 IISE QCRE Best Student Paper Award Finalist, and the 2018 INFORMS Best Poster Award.
What are your experiences with QCRE division at IISE?
I became a student member of QCRE since 2016 and I actively participated in the events organized by QCRE, such as the annual conference, webinars, and paper competitions. Now as a student board member, I also got opportunities to work with the board and serve the QCRE community.
How these experiences have helped you in preparing yourself for future career?
QCRE provides a great platform to share my research works and communicate with other research teams. It is also helpful to get valuable suggestions from other people in this community. In addition, through the service experience in QCRE, I became familiar with how to collaborate with fellow researchers.
What's your plan for future?
I will go to academia as a faculty member after graduation. In my future career, I would like to keep making contributions in our QCRE community.

Any suggestions to future fellow students?
I strongly suggest the future student members to actively participate in the QCRE community. Meanwhile, also fully utilize the resources and opportunities from IISE and QCRE, for example, IISE connect, webinars, conference and competitions.
Call for Entries to the Division's Quarterly Newsletter

The division is publishing its quarterly newsletters and hereby soliciting news entries. This is a great opportunity to showcase interesting yet impactful researches, professional practices and educational efforts within the division. The solicited story will go into the following blocks in the newsletter: Research on the News, Practical Applications, and Education and Outreach. It would be great if you could:
(1)  Prepare your story write-up within 300 words (write it in plain language for diverse audiences);
(2)  Provide a nice picture together with the story;
(3)  Provide a link (if possible) to a detail version of the story (hyperlink to your project public webpage, etc.).

Please email your materials to Dr. Qiang Zhou  oMr. Chenang Liu  and  your entry will appear in the next available division newsletter.
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