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April 2017    |    Volume: 49    |    Number: 4

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Operations Research

OR Division Members,

As we begin summer, your OR Division Board hopes that many of you enjoyed the IIE Annual Conference, which was held in Anaheim California this year.

Please take a few minutes to look over some of the recent activities and achievements of our members. Our annual teaching and best paper awards are attracting many outstanding nominations and submissions. Our second Undergraduate Student Research Dissemination Award has resulted in an exciting competition! We would like to thank the 2016 Operations Research Track co-chairs: John Fowler, Shrikant Jarugumilli, Nipa Phojanamongkolkij, Chase Rainwater and Christina Rinaudo.

New board members

We are very fortunate that so many are willing to serve the division as board members. Three new members will be joining the board this year: Scott Grasman, Katie McConky, and Christina Rinaudo. Scott will serve as vice president/president-elect. Katie and Christina are the new incoming directors. Many thanks to Lihui Bai, Maria Mayorga, and Nipa Phojanamongkolkij, our outgoing members of the board, for their service to the division. Click here for a complete listing of the Operations Research Division Board.

Scott Grasman

Katie McConkey

Christina Rinaudo

Award for Excellence in Teaching of Operations Research 2016

Congratulations Dr. Murat Kurt and Dr. Thomas Sharkey 

Kurt 1 Dr. Murat Kurt, currently with Merck & Co. and recently of the University of Buffalo, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, was recognized for the manner in which he inspires students in IE 373: Introduction to Operations Research: Deterministic Models, and the manner in which that inspiration impacts students. The word "enthusiasm" was present in nearly every student endorsement. Dr. Kurt develops relationships with his students so that they want to be successful, and then gives them to tools to be successful. One of the student supporters wrote: "Professor Kurt truly cares about his students and is excited to disseminate his knowledge of Operations Research in any way possible. He's not just a lecturer, he’s an inspiration." Dr. Kurt's nominator, Dr. Mark Karwan, noted that Dr. Kurt motivates the students in this course to become involved in undergraduate research and excels at mentoring undergraduate and graduate students – "injecting them with motivation!"

Sharkey Dr. Thomas Sharkey of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, is recognized for implementing an effective blended learning environment for ISYE 4600: Operations Research Methods. Dr. John Wen indicates that the environment that Dr. Sharkey has developed is "one that the student love, has been demonstrated to increase student achievement, and is a model for how other courses … could be effectively enhanced." While skeptics may be concerned that the use of online video tutorials and virtual office hours may reduce student engagement, Ms. Lauren Croft wrote that Dr. Sharkey "creates an interactive and enthusiastic learning environment," indicating that the online material really made a difference in helping her learn the material and that, "Professor Sharkey went the extra mile and made the course enjoyable and is the reason why I decided to pursue research."

Operations Research Track Best Paper Award 2016

"A Separation Method for the Multi-Objective Set Covering Problem"
By Hadi Farhangi, Dinçer Konur, Cihan H. Dagli

Farhangi  Konur  Dagli 

Hadi Farhangi is a third-year Ph.D. student in systems engineering at the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He holds a M.S. degree in systems engineering (2010) from Sharif University of Technology and B.S. degree in industrial engineering (2007) from Iran University of Science and Technology. Throughout his doctoral studies, Hadi has been conducting research in multi-objective combinatorial optimization problems and its applications in System of Systems (SoS) architecting. Particularly, his work has been in the analyses of multi-objective mixed-integer linear/nonlinear programming, SoS architecting with flexibility, robustness, and performance improvements. He is a student member of IISE and INFORMS.

Dinçer Konur is an assistant professor at the Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Department at the Missouri University of Science and Technology since August 2012. He holds a Ph.D. (2011) and a M.S. (2009) degrees in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Florida and a B.S. degree in industrial engineering (2007) from Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey. He has worked as a post-doctorate research fellow at the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute at the University of Memphis from 2011-2012. His research interests include operations research and game theory and their applications in the fields of supply chain management, distribution and logistics, transportation, and system of systems architecting. Specifically, he conducted research in environmental integrated inventory control and transportation, competitive facility location games, multi-objective combinatorial System of Systems architecting problems, truck scheduling and rail inspection scheduling. His research has been funded by U.S. Department of Defense through its Systems Engineering Research Center, U.S. Department of Transportation through University Transportation Centers, Missouri Department of Transportation and University of Missouri System. He is a faculty member of IISE, INFORMS and POMS.

Cihan H. Dagli is a fellow of INCOSE and IISE; member of IEEE and NDIA. He is professor of engineering management and systems engineering, and affiliated professor of electrical and computer engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He is the area editor for intelligent systems of the International Journal of General Systems. His research interests are in the areas of systems architecting and engineering, System of Systems, smart engineering system design and computational intelligence. Dr. Dagli is the founder and director of the Missouri S&T’s System Engineering graduate program. He is the director of Smart Engineering Systems Laboratory and a senior investigator in DoD Systems Engineering Research Center-URAC. He has published more than 400 papers in refereed journals and proceedings, 29 edited books and cited 2638 times based on Google Scholar. He has consulted with various companies and international organizations including The Boeing Company, AT&T, John Deere, Motorola, U.S. Army, UNIDO and OECD.

Operations Research Undergraduate Research Dissemination Award Results 2016

First Place
Benjamin Rachunok
"UAVs Provide Life-Saving Medical Care"
North Carolina State University
Second Place
José Batista Abikarram
"Machine Coordination for Minimizing Instantaneous Peak Electricity Demand"
Rochester Institute of Technology
Third Place
Richard Alaimo, William Cole, Justin Ervin, Hanna Tannous and Kevin Wong
"Optimization of Used Nuclear Fuel Shipments"
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte


In the last year, the Operations Research Division sponsored two webinars. You can still enjoy these and other past webinars by navigating to Training, Webinars, Webinar Archive, Operations or going there directly from here.

About the Operations Research Division

Members apply mathematics and sophisticated computer programs to solve engineering problems. Some members work in areas such as forecasting, statistical analysis and simulation. Operations Research News, an email newsletter sent periodically to all members, includes articles on simulation developments and applications and statistical process control as well as other points of interest.

Operations Research Division mission

The mission of the division shall be to support its members by fostering networks, offering programs and maintaining resources that represent their core competencies and/or areas of specialized practice.

Operations Research Division goals

These five goals are essential to addressing IISE's mission:

  1. Develop, maintain and disseminate a body of technical knowledge.
  2. Provide a forum for technical networking.
  3. Be perceived as the voice of the technical specialty.
  4. Collaborate with IISE to support the mission of the Institute, provide member value and promote the discipline.
  5. Work with the NLC to establish a set of metrics that track society and division activities.

Operations Research Division Board 2016-2017


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