Posted February 19, 2013 | Atlanta, GA
Mallory Soldner, a Ph.D. student in the Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering, has been selected as the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) representative for the 2013 New Faces of Engineering, a program that honors promising young engineers who are contributing greatly to society, thus promoting the image of engineering globally.
Soldner, along with the other honorees, will be profiled in a special section of USA Today during National Engineers Week, February 17-23, as well as in various IIE publications including the IIE website, member magazine, and member e-newsletter. Soldner will also be profiled on the National Engineers Week website at www.eweek.org.
Since 2009, Soldner has served as a research assistant for the Georgia Tech Center for Health & Humanitarian Logistics (HHL) where she works to develop innovative applications of operations research techniques to practical health and humanitarian topics. Her work with HHL led Soldner to become involved in collaboration efforts with the United Nations World Food Programme as a research affiliate in 2010, a relationship that is creating a foundation for continued collaboration with the World Food Programme and Georgia Tech. Soldner spent this past summer in Rome, Italy where she was given the lead on developing business requirements and designing the dashboards for the World Food Programme’s Supply Chain Key Performance Indicator project. The dashboards are set to be launched worldwide in 2013.
In addition to her accomplishments with HHL and the World Food Programme, Soldner has also been active on several fronts of campus leadership through her involvement with the Georgia Tech College of Engineering Graduate Student Advisory Council (COE GSAC) and the ISyE Graduate Student Advisory Council (ISyE GSAC). As a member of the ISyE GSAC, Soldner organized the Academic Job Panel in April 2012 where she invited professors and former students to discuss career placement and the interviewing process with current ISyE Ph.D. students. In addition to organizing the job panel, she coordinated prospective graduate student visits, and organized a weekly tea which brought together Ph.D. students and faculty members within ISyE. As a member of the COE GSAC, Soldner attends bimonthly lunch meetings with the Dean of Engineering and other student representatives to help ensure that the College’s policies and initiatives are meeting student needs.
Some of Soldner’s past leadership roles include Session Co-Chair for the Health and Humanitarian Applications of Revenue Management during the 2010 INFORMS Annual Meeting, President of the MIT INFORMS Student Chapter, Captain of the Virginia Tech Women’s Soccer Team, and Corresponding Secretary and SGA representative for Alpha Pi Mu (Industrial Engineering Honor Society).
Soldner was a finalist in the 2011 INFORMS Case Study Competition and has been a recipient of the Georgia Tech President’s Fellowship since fall 2009. She has also been the past recipient of the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, the ACC Postgraduate Scholarship, a Finalist for Virginia Tech Undergraduate Woman of the Year, the Casey National Merit Scholarship, and a three-time winner of the ACC Top Six for Service Award, to name a few.
Industrial and Systems Engineering