Member Spotlight | Shuchisnigdha Deb and Sushil Poudel

The sixth annual SEMS Student Paper Competition recognized highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students from IISE with diverse academic experiences. This year's first place winner was a paper written by Shuchisnigdha Deb, Brandon Warner, Sushil Poudel and Suyogya Bhandari from Mississippi State University. In this member spotlight, we speak to Shuchi and Sushil. You can read their winning paper here.

For the author, the paper was something they had not expected while doing their research. They found it as interesting work in which they were all involved. With their analysis of the survey results, they knew that they had a publishable paper. They were excited about it and very happy the quality of their work was worthy of this recognition, i.e. winning the first place prize in the student paper competition. Daren Maynard (DM), from Member Spotlight, had a few questions for Suchi (SD) and Sushil (SP). Their answers are given below.

DM: What is your academic history from undergraduate to the highest attained post-graduate certification?
SD: I have completed up to my master's degree.
SP: I completed my undergraduate work on industrial and systems engineering and minor in mathematics from Mississippi State University in Spring 2013. I am a third-year Ph.D. student in industrial and systems engineering at the same university.

DM: How will you describe your professional self in a few sentences?
SD: I am research-focused and want to see myself in academia.
SP: I describe myself as a learner, a hard worker, passionate and a visionary. I am a person who loves to share knowledge and am always ready to lead.

DM: What is your current role?
SD: I am a Ph.D. student.
SP: My current role is to conduct research on transportation and supply chain along with teaching courses in systems engineering and analysis.

DM: How long have you been in this role?
SD: I have been in the role for one-and-a-half years.
SP: I have been in a research role for three years and this is my first semester teaching a course.

DM: What is your professional practice and/or research focus?
SD: Human factors in healthcare and transportation research.
SP: My research focus on my dissertation is supply chain optimization and algorithm development.

DM: Why did you get into that area of professional practice and/or research focus?
SD: I am from a developing country with a large population. People need to fight for a work position there, and workplace comfort or safety have been ignored so far. Therefore, in order to ensure the safety of my people, I always wanted to work in human factors. Healthcare was my primary preference, however, having been influenced by many emerging technologies I became interested in transportation research.
SP: Transportation, supply chain problem and critical problem solving were areas that interested me during my undergraduate year, which later became my passion and brought me into this research area.

DM: What is your involvement in the SEMS and IISE?
SD: I had conference papers in the ISERC conferences for 2013, 2014 and 2016, and I won the third prize in the FlexSim Student Simulation Competition from SHS this year.
SP: I am a member of SEMS and IISE currently. I served in an officer position on the IISE Student Chapter at Missouri State. I was the liaison officer between the Engineering Student Council and IISE and was responsible for organizing events during Engineers Week to compete on behalf of the IISE chapter.

DM: How long have you been involved with SEMS and IISE?
SD: I was a member of IISE in 2014 and then in 2016. I was not involved with SEMS earlier.
SP: I have been involved for five years.

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