February 28-29, 2012
U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Initiative Dialogue on Next Generation Supply Networks and Logistics

March 21, 2012
2012 Conference on Health and Humanitarian Logistics: Creating Sustainable Health and Humanitarian Systems

March 19, 2012
2012 National Logistics and Distribution Conference


February 16, 2012
Optimal Design of Prostate Cancer Screening Policies

March 6, 2012
Physician Workload and Hospital Reimbursement: Overworked Servers Generate Lower Income

April 3, 2012
Cancer Patient Scheduling

Executive Masters in International Logistics & Supply Chain Management:

Class of 2012 Residence IV:
February 19 - March 2, 2012

Class of 2012 Residence V:
May 13-25, 2012

Executive Education:

February 28-March 1, 2012
Inventory Planning and Management

March 9, 2012
FREE Webinar: Cold Chain Assessment and Audit

March 15, 2012
FREE Webinar: Becoming a Lean Supply Chain Professional

March 13-15, 2012
Building the Lean Supply Chain Problem Solver

April 3-5, 2012
Engineering the Warehouse

April 10-12, 2012
Building the Lean Supply Chain Professional

April 11-13, 2012
Cold Chain Assessment and Audit

May 9-11, 2012
Tactical Decision Making in Public Health and Humanitarian Response

May 15-17, 2012
Building the Lean Supply Chain Leader

May 22-24, 2012
Strategies for Successful Postharvest Handling of Fresh Produce

June 26-29, 2012
Demand-Driven Supply Chain Strategy

August 14-17, 2012
Strategic Planning of Supply Chain Facilities

August 21-23, 2012
Lean Warehousing

August 28-30, 2012
Cold Chain Integration





School Chair:

Jane Ammons, Ph.D., P.E.
School Chair

Associate Chairs:

Paul Kvam, Ph.D.
Associate Chair for Graduate Studies and Professor

Chen Zhou, Ph.D.
Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor

Harvey Donaldson
Associate Chair for Industry and International Programs


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February 2012


School/Program News:

For an inside look at the world of ISyE, you can now find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.

The EMIL-SCS class of 2012 completed their third residence traveling through Latin America. Read More about what they learned as they traveled to Panama, Peru, and Brazil. Visit the newly launched EMIL-SCS Facebook page for the latest news and information about the program and their alumni.

John Kang, IE 2011, and his father Chang W. Kang, PhD recently shared a unique Senior Design experience. >> Read More

The Fall 2011 Georgia Tech Supply Chain Executive Forum offered senior supply chain executives new and innovative ideas to enhance profitability and growth within their companies. >> Read More

For the first time, Caterpillar, Inc. facilitated their supply chain simulation game for IE freshman, giving them a chance to see how what they learn in ISyE can be beneficial for improving the efficiency in production systems. >> Read More

The Georgia Tech Health & Humanitarian Logistics Center now offers a new Humanitarian Logistics Professional Certificate Program. >> Read More

The Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistics Institute now offers a Cold Chain Management Certificate Program comprised of four courses to help guide you through the Cold Chain Management process. >> Read More


Faculty and Research News:

Ben Wang was named the Eugene C. Gwaltney Jr. Chair in Manufacturing Systems in the College of Engineering, effective January 1, 2012. >> Read More

Bill Cook was elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineers for his theoretical and computational contributions to discrete optimization. Cook also released his new book In Pursuit of the Traveling Salesman: Mathematics at the Limits of Computation, which examines the origin and history of the traveling salesman problem.

Santanu Dey received the prestigious NSF Career Award for his work on non-traditional cutting-plane algorithms for mixed-integer programs. >> Read More

Ming Yuan has been awarded the Coca-Cola Junior Professorship, given to outstanding faculty to support teaching and research efforts. >> Read More

Turgay Ayer received first place for the Doing Good with Good OR Competition, second place in the Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society Student Paper Competition, and was chosen as a finalist for the Decision Analysis Society Student Paper Competition at the 2011 INFORMS Annual Meeting. >> Read More

Julie Swann was invited to speak at the 2012 American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting in Vancouver February 16-20. Swann was also recently honored with the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 Award.

Sigrun Andradottir was presented with the Harold W. Kuhn Award for her paper “Adaptive Random Search for Continuous Simulation Optimization,” co-authored with Andrei Prudius, MS OR 2004, PhD IE 2007, who was the co-recipient of the award. >> Read More

Systems engineers in ISyE are using computer models to help resource-poor nations improve allocation of limited health care resources.>> Read More

(Modern Materials Handling Magazine) Don Ratliff presented a keynote address at Modex in February, illustrating the global relationships between logistics and trade. >> Read More

Jaymie Forrest, managing director of SCL, was selected as a finalist for the Supply Chain Professional of the Year award, and was also selected by the Supply & Demand Chain Executive as one of the 2012 Practitioner Pros to Know. >> Read More

Systems engineers at Georgia Tech helped to improve flow of visitors for the Georgia Aquarium’s new AT&T Dolphin Tales exhibit. >> Read More

Pinar Keskinocak has been working with the CDC on immunization improvements. >> Read More

(YouTube) In preparation for March Madness, Joel Sokol discusses how LRMC has predicted the outcomes of NCAA tournament games more accurately than other competing ranking systems. Watch video.

Özlem Ergun, who is also a visiting associate professor at Harvard, took the work she has done at the Georgia Tech Center for Health and Humanitarian Logistics to a group of Harvard students who were participating in the IACS Computational Challenge. >> Read More

Paul Kvam was appointed the new Associate Chair for Graduate Studies in ISyE on December 1, 2011. >> Read More

Gary Parker retired from Georgia Tech after forty years of dedicated service. >> Read More

(YouTube) Leon McGinnis recently retired, but will be working in ISyE part time on research and projects with his students. Watch this video as McGinnis discusses the power of simulation in production and manufacturing engineering.

(YouTube) Craig Tovey explained the column geometry of the simplex method to a class of ISyE students. Watch the video.

(OnEarth Magazine) Valerie Thomas was interviewed for an article in OnEarth Magazine, “It’s Just Your Trash Talking,” where she discussed her Smart Trash concept. >> Read More

Kwok Tsui accepted a position at the City University of Hong Kong where he will serve as Head of the Systems Engineering and Engineering Management and Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering department, and Chair Professor of Industrial Engineering. >> Read More

(Food Logistics) Nick Pacitti authored the January/February 2012 edition of the Cool Insights column, titled "Cold Chain Technology is More Than Temperature Monitoring."


Student Awards and Spotlights:

Daniel Dadush, an algorithms, combinatorics, and optimization PhD student based in ISyE, won the 2011 INFORMS Optimization Society Student Paper Prize. >> Read More

Shan Ba and Chia-Jung Chang, two ISyE PhD students, placed first in the 2011 Quality, Statistics, and Reliability Section of INFORMS. >> Read More

Two groups of ISyE students advised by Julie Swann were awarded first place at the 22nd Annual Science Applications International Corporation Student Paper Competition. >> Read More

A team of ISyE undergraduate students who worked on a project sponsored by Railcar Management won first place in the fall 2011 Senior Design Competition.  The team continues to receive high honors, recently being featured in The New York Times, as well as winning first place at the 2012 IIE Southeast Regional Conference Paper Competition.

Jose Sarmiento, an undergraduate student in ISyE, shared his thoughts on leadership in a recent student spotlight. >> Read More

Michael Ehmann, an undergraduate student in ISyE, gained experience as an entrepreneur after opening his own SAT/ACT tutoring business. >> Read More

Breona Jenkins, an undergraduate student in ISyE, is among the top of her class for academic achievement and leadership. >> Read More

Connor Perkett, a President’s Scholar at Georgia Tech and undergraduate student in ISyE, shared his thoughts and interests in a student spotlight. >> Read More

Luyi Gui, a PhD student in ISyE, received the Blanchard Award in honor of the late Ray Anderson, which will further her research in sustainability. >> Read More


Alumni Spotlights, Awards, and News:

Bill George, IE 1964, Honorary PhD 2008, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for his accomplishments in applying engineering principles in manufacturing to advance health care. George recently shared his thoughts on authentic leadership in an interview with ISyE. 

Kristin Goin, MS HS 2008, has been selected as IIE’s representative for the New Faces of Engineering 2012. >> Read More

Bill Harber, IE 1990, was named vice president of corporate marketing for Miami-based Carnival Corporation & plc, the world’s largest cruise vacation group. In this capacity, Harber is responsible for working across the company’s ten cruise brands on marketing and profit improvement initiatives, as well as identifying guest source markets and operational models for growth.

Holly Anne Hoenes MD, ISyE 2000, and Kevin Wayne Larrick were married December 10, 2011. Hoenes completed her pediatric neurology training at Cincinnati Children's Hospital and is practicing in Forsyth, Georgia.

Ran Jin, PhD IE 2011, accepted a position as an assistant professor at the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech. >> Read More

Erin (King) Kennedy, IE 2003, IE 2004, gave birth to a baby boy, James Franklin, on January 26, 2012. Kennedy resides in Prince Frederick, Maryland.

G. Fred Milburn, IE 1979, retired from the U.S. Marine Corps as a Colonel after 31 years of service, and accepted a position as the Strategic Plans Director for Cyber Command in Ft Meade, Maryland. In addition, he became a co-founder of ESP Solutions, a business planning and execution consulting business in November 2011.

Sherri Ramson, IE 2011, and Eric Ramson,IE 2011, a brother and sister duo from South Florida, graduated from ISyE, making their dream of earning a college degree a reality after being in the workforce for ten years. >> Read More

Jessica Heier Stamm, PhD IE 2010, won the 2011 INFORMS Transportation and Logistics Society Dissertation Prize.>> Read More

Evan Toporek, 1993 IE, is the CEO, partner, and member of the Board of Directors for Alternative Apparel, a leading lifestyle apparel brand that specializes in casual clothing for young men and women. >> Read More

Richard E. “Rick” Zalesky Jr., also known as “Zaz”, CE 1978, and Charlene Oxford Zalesky, HS 1977, made an estate commitment for Health and Humanitarian Logistics which will help improve disaster relief efforts. >> Read More



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