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  1. 1. t’s not unusual for working engi- neers to enroll in master’s pro- grams to update or broaden their knowledge. But a master’s pro- gram in the Rutgers’ School of Engineering seems to be drawing more than the usual number of students who are spon- sored by their employers. This past year, 11 people from the Canadian Forces, Greece’s Hellenic Air Force, and Schlumberger, a worldwide oilfield services firm headquartered in Paris, chose to pursue graduate work in Rutgers’ Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE). Professor Susan Albin believes that attracting these students is evidence that her depart- ment has built a top-notch program in quali- ty and reliability engineering—the theory and practice of consistently manufacturing prod- ucts to specification, and then ensuring that those products perform as expected over their lifetime. “We’re not a large department, but we have extraordinary strength in this area, with a track record in education and research. Even compared to large departments, we are strong,” Albin said. Ken Clasper was one of five students that Schlumberger (pronounced shlum-ber- ZHAY) sent to Rutgers for the 18-month pro- gram. The 37-year-old Toronto native stud- ied engineering physics at Canada’s Queen’s University before heading to the oil fields of northern Alberta in 1998. Later he worked at drilling sites in Alaska, the Gulf of Mexico, and North Africa. Clasper, whose job involves deploying instruments into freshly drilled wells to measure geological conditions, recalls a time when his company brought in outside qual- ity consultants who didn’t know about the Rutgers’ Master’s Program Drawing Military and Industry Professionals SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING BUILT TOP-NOTCH PROGRAM IN QUALITY AND RELIABILITY By Carl Blesch I NO. 10, FALL 2011 DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING oil and gas industry. He tactfully character- ized those efforts as “less than fruitful.” “The five of us are trying to subvert that dynamic,” said Clasper, “Rutgers is giving us the expertise to understand quality princi- ples and figure out which programs can apply to our industry.” Not bad for a univer- sity that had no such expertise a little more than two decades ago. Around that time, for- eign firms in industries from automobiles to electronics were grabbing market share away from American firms with smartly designed, highly reliable products. “A group of people from Bell Labs, RCA Labs, and other New Jersey industries came to Rutgers and said that quality and reliability were becoming very important. They need- ed people trained in this,” said Albin, an expert in manufacturing process quality con- trol who helped organize the offering. “So it was really moti- vated externally, but I have to say, we took the opportunity.” Albin’s department teamed with the Department of Statistics on the New Brunswick campus to offer programs with separate specialties but signifi- cant overlap. The next task was to build a critical mass of facul- ty in the discipline. Today, there are five industrial and systems engineering professors with wide-ranging expertise who are in demand as consultants to the aircraft, automotive, energy and health care industries as well as the military. Elsayed A. Elsayed, a professor with expertise in reliability who also helped build the Rutgers program, understands Clasper’s distaste for “flavor of the day” and “one size fits all” programs peddled by some consultants. “It’s really fundamental knowledge we try to emphasize here—the mathematical and engineering tools,” he said. “When they fin- ish, I don’t care what industry they’re in, the students will be qualified as quality and reli- ability engineers.” Livonia Mitchell, also of Schlumberger, said the fundamentals she learned at Rutgers will help her make and maintain tools that gather geological informa- tion as wells are drilled. “I’ve gone from supply chain to manufacturing to process engineering, where it’s all about improving how we build the tools,” Mitchell said. “Now, the company wants me to go into the field to see how the tools are used and how we can improve their reliability.” While Schlumberger and the Hellenic Air Force are new to Rutgers, the Canadian Forces have sent officers here for more than 10 years. Completing their studies this spring were Navy Lieutenant Scott Koshman and Air Quality and reliability engineering graduates, from left, Livonia Mitchell and Ken Clasper of Schlumberger, and Air Force Capt. Isaac Goldberg and Navy Lt. Scott Koshman of the Canadian Forces. CarlBlesch continued on page 6
  2. 2. DEPARTMENT NEWS 2 RUTGERS ISE news • Fall 2011 Dear alumni, colleagues, fellow ISEs and students, Greetings to the alumni and friends of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey! This newsletter brings you exciting news about our department activities and high- lights of some of our ISE faculty and stu- dents accomplishments during the fiscal year 2010–2011. Strengths in research and scholarships have always been the defining marks of the ISE faculty at Rutgers. The department is doing great. Our faculty continues to produce high qual- ity research and scholarly publications, and be recognized in their research profession. Of particular recognitions bestowed on among the ISE faculty this past year include: three faculty members named IIE Fellows, one faculty elected ASME Fellow, recipient of 2011 Thomas Alva Edison Award, and recip- ient of the Fulbright Scholar Award. We congratulate Dr. Myong K. Jeong for being promot- ed to Associate Professor with tenure in July who joined Rutgers in 2008. The ISE also welcomed two new faculty members: Dr. Kang Li in January 2011 and Dr. Honggang Wang in July 2011. We also would like to congratulate our distinguish alumni Dr. Nozer Singpurwalla (M.S. ’64), who has accomplished so much, for winning the 2011 Alumni Achievement in Academia Award by the Rutgers School of Engineering. I am very excited as we are heading to another exciting and productive year. We thank you, our alumni and friends for your generous support of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering over the years. We truly appreciate your contributions to the depart- ment. I encourage you to visit our website at—and please consider visiting us if you happen to be in the area. Hoang Pham C H A I R M A N ‘ S M E S S A G E Dr. Tayfur Altiok, invited panelist, 5th DHS Annual Science Conference, Panel on “Balancing Commerce and Security”, March 30–April 1, 2011, Washington D.C. Dr. Tayfur Altiok served on the Advisory Board of the Conference on Hurricane and Homeland Security in Texas and the Gulf Coast Region, Texas Hurricane Center and The University of Houston, August, 2010. Dr. Elsayed A. Elsayed has been appointed member of the editorial board, International Journal of Metrology and Quality Engineering Dr. Elsayed A. Elsayed, Member of the Panel on Theory and Applications of Reliability Growth Modeling to Defense Systems, Committee on National Statistics, National Research Council of National Academic, National Academy of Science, March 2011–June 2012. Dr. Elsayed A. Elsayed has been appointed as Academic Liaison of the American Society for Quality. Dr. M. K. Jeong, Council Member, INFORMS Data Mining Cluster. Dr. Kang Li, the finalist for the New Investigator Recognition Award, 57th Annual Meeting of Orthopaedic Research Society, January 2011. Dr. Tugrul Özel served as co-guest editor of the Special Issue on “Manufacturing Processes and Systems”, International Journal of Mechatronics and Manufacturing Systems (Volume 3 – Issue 5/6, 2010). Dr. Tugrul Özel, invited panelist, National Science Foundation, Division of Engineering, CMMI, “Machines & Equipment,” October 28, 2010. Dr. Tugrul Özel received a National Science Foundation Summer Fellowship “Principles of and Advances in Laser Micro/Nano Manufacturing Processes,” Evanston, Illinois, June 2010. Keynote and Plenary Addresses at International Conferences Dr. Tayfur Altiok, Featured Speaker, ”Risk Analysis for Maritime Transportation in Ports and Waterways,” IERC, May 21–25, 2011, Reno, Nevada. Dr. Tayfur Altiok, Keynote Speaker, “Continuous Material Flow Networks: Application to Bulk Ports,” Conference on Stochastic Models in Manufacturing and Service Operations, May 28–June 2, 2011, Kusadasi, Turkey. Dr. Tayfur Altiok, Keynote Speaker, “Risk Analysis and Simulation Modeling,” Summer Simulation Conference, June 27–30, 2011, The Hague, Netherlands. Dr. Elsayed A. Elsayed, Plenary Speaker, “Reliability Economics and Challenges in Global Competition,” Qualita 2011, March 22–25, 2011, Angers, France. Dr. Elsayed A. Elsayed, Keynote Speaker, “Basics and Foundations of Reliability Engineering Education,” The 1st International Education Forum on Reliability and Systems Engineering, IEFRSE’2010, October 15–16, 2010, Beijing, China. Dr. Hoang Pham, Keynote Speaker, “Challenges and Perspectives in Reliability Engineering,” International Conference on Reliability, Infocom Technology and Optimization, ICRITO’2010, November 1–3, 2010, Delhi, India. Dr. Hoang Pham, Keynote Speaker, “Perspectives and Challenges in Reliability,” The 1st International Education Forum on Reliability and Systems Engineering, IEFRSE’2010, October 15–16, 2010, Beijing, China. Dr. Hoang Pham, Commencement Speaker, The HCMC International University’s Third Anniversary Commencement, October 12, 2010, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Patents and Licenses Dr. E. A. Elsayed and Dr. B. B. Basily, Technology For Continuous Folding of Sheet Materials into a Honeycomb-Like Configuration, Patent 7,758,487, July 20, 2010. Dr. Tugrul Özel, Invention Disclosure RU 2011-161, “Polymer-Based Micro-Needle Array Design and Fabrication for Drug Delivery”, June 2011. Dr. Hoang Pham
  3. 3. 3 RUTGERS ISE news • Fall 2011 RESEARCH NEWS Faculty Named IIE Fellows Dr. Tayfur Altiok, Dr. Jim Luxhøj and Dr. Hoang Pham from the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rutgers University were named Fellows of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. The IIE Fellow Award rec- ognizes outstanding leaders in the profession who have made significant, nationally recog- nized contributions to industrial engineering. Dr. Tayfur Altiok is a Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Director of the Laboratory for Port Security at Rutgers University. He served as the Chair of ISE, Rutgers University from 2001 to 2007. Dr. Altiok’s research and teaching activities include queueing theory, performance analy- sis, risk analysis and simulation modeling with applications to homeland security, marine ports logistics, safety and security, production lines and supply chain logistics. Dr. James T. Luxhøj is Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rutgers University. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Virginia Tech. His research in aviation safety risk analysis has been funded by both the FAA and NASA. He is also a three-time recip- ient of the Rutgers Engineering Governing Council’s Excellence in Teaching Awards. Dr. Luxhøj has long-served as the IIE Faculty Advisor at Rutgers University. Dr. Hoang Pham is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rutgers University. The author or coauthor of five books and more than 110 journal articles, and the editor of 8 books, he studies software reliability, system reliability modeling, and maintenance modeling. He is a Fellow of the IEEE. Jeong Promoted Dr. Myong Jeong was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in July 2011. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2004. Before joining Rutgers in 2008, Dr. Jeong was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Information Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His research interests include data mining, health monitoring, quality and relia- bility engineering, stochastic processes, and sensor data analysis. He received the Freund International scholarship and the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award in 2002 and in 2007, respectively. Elsayed named ASME Fellow and Senior Fulbright Scholar Dr. E. A. Elsayed is Professor of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Rutgers University, and was named Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He served as the Chair of ISE, Rutgers University from 1983 to 2001. His research interests are in the areas of qual- ity and reliability engineering and Production Planning and Control. He is a co-author of Quality Engineering in Production Systems, McGraw Hill Book Company, 1989. He is also the author of Reliability Engineering, Addison-Wesley, 1996. These two books received the 1990 and 1997 IIE Joint Publishers Book-of-the-Year Award respec- tively. He has received many awards and honors and was the keynote speaker of many international conferences. He is a Fellow of IIE. Dr. Elsayed was also named a Senior Fulbright Scholar to conduct research on reli- ability and quality engineering in oil and gas industry in Qatar during the Fall semester 2011. Dr. Elsayed (with co-inventors B. Basily and D. Kling) has also been awarded The 2011 Thomas Alva Edison Award in Manufacturing for US Patent 7,115,089 B2 by The Research and Development Council of New Jersey. This award recognizes the inno- vation and impact of the application of the patent. rofessor Kang Li has been working on evidence-based musculoskele- tal injury treatment and prevention with his collaborators in the med- ical schools at UMDNJ and University of Pittsburgh. Evidence-based med- icine is a widely accepted clinical decision making approach, which seeks to evaluate the strength of evidences of the risks and benefits of different treatment strategies so that the best available evidence gained from scientific research studies can be applied to clinical decision making smoothly. Although this approach has been used in many healthcare specialties, it is not well adopted in muscu- loskeletal injury treatment. Many current treatment guidelines lack explic- it evidence-based recommendation for treat- ing various musculoskeletal injuries and disor- ders. One of the major obstacles is the diffi- culty of accurate characterization of the conse- quences after injuries and treatments. Dr. Li is applying the fluoroscopic image-guided method, which is able to estimate the bone kinematics with sub-millimeter accuracy, to study both upper and lower extremity injuries and associated treatment strategies. Such a high accuracy could advance the understand- ing of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries by identifying the subtle but important injury/treatment induced changes. One of Dr. Li’s working problems is to evaluate the clini- cal outcomes of two rehabilitation protocols for elbow instability with an image-guided motion capture system. Dr. Li’s research has been supported by the Charles and Johanna Busch Memorial Fund and NIH NIAMS. Visit for more information on Dr.Li’s research. Image-guided Evaluation of Musculoskeletal Disorder and Surgery FACULTY ACHIEVEMENTSISE Welcomes New Faculty he Industrial and Systems Engineering Department welcomed two new fac- ulties: Dr. Kang Li and Dr. Honggang Wang who joined us in January 2011 in July 2011, respectively. Dr. Kang Li received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (Precision Instruments and Mechanology) from Tsinghua University, China, in 1999, and completed a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Mississippi State University in 2004. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Industrial engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009. His research interests are in the areas of healthcare engi- neering, occupational biomechanics, orthopaedic biomechanics, rehabilitation engineering, and human factors/ergonomics. Dr. Li has published more than ten journal arti- cles and 20 conference papers. His work has been funded by NIH NIAMS and the Charles and Johanna Busch Memorial Fund. He is a finalist for the New Investigator Recognition Award (NIRA) by the Orthopaedic Research Society (2011) and a co-recipient of the 2011 O’Donoghue Sports Injury Research Award. Dr. Honggang Wang received his B.S. in Power Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, in 1996, an M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering from University of Missouri-Rolla, in 2004, and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University in 2009. He has worked as a Postdoc Scholar in Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University for two years before joining Rutgers in 2011. Dr. Wang's research and teaching interests lie in system uncertainty modeling and analysis, stochastic optimization, opera- tions research, and their applications in ener- gy production, supply chains, and manufactur- ing systems. P T
  4. 4. 4 RUTGERS ISE news • Fall 2011 ALUMNI CORNER Dr. Nozer Singpurwalla, M.S. ’64 Dr. Nozer Singpurwalla (M.S. ’64) is a profes- sor at the George Washington University and is recognized worldwide as a leader in relia- bility engineering, enhancing our safety and wellbeing in countless ways. He has extend- ed and unified reliability in areas beyond classical engineering sci- ences to biology, the environment, medicine, economics, national security and public poli- cy. Along with over thirty honors in his field, Dr. Singpurwalla’s work has been recognized by the United States Depart- ment of Defense which awarded him its Wilks Award for signal contributions to life testing which resulted in substantial savings in the number of nuclear missiles and warheads tested in the European theater; by the Los Alamos National Laboratory where he chaired two Division Review Committees; and, by the United States Food and Drug Administration where he was asked to serve on the Committee for Pharmaceutical Science. Dr. Singpurwalla has consulted to leading organizations such as the United States Post Office, Lockheed Aircraft, the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Department of Health and Human Service, the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Ford Motor Company, and Communs Engine Company. He has also been an expert witness in a number of important cases. Professor Singpurwalla has authored and co-authored over 200 publica- tions in reliability that define and expand the statistical and mathematical science base of the subject. He has received numerous awards, including the Fellowship in The American Association for the Advancement of Science, The American Statistical Association, The Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and numerous Visiting Professorships including Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University, Oxford University, VPI and State University, and the Santa Fe Institute—to name just a few. Professor Singpurwalla holds an M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Rutgers and a Doctor of Philosophy from New York University. Tong Fang, Ph.D. 2000 Tong Fang is a Program Manager of Visual and Solid Modeling at Siemens Corporate Research, Princeton, New Jersey. Dr. Tong Fang received his Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Rutgers University in 2000. He holds a B.S. in Electronic Engineering from Hefei University of Technology, China. He also holds M.S. in Management from University of Science & Technology of China, and M.S. in Computer Engineering and M.S. in Industrial Engineering both from Rutgers University. At Siemens Corporate Research, he leads Visual & Solid Modeling R&D Program and Real Time Systems and Optimization Competence Group to conduct research and development in the fields of computer vision, industrial and medical image processing, pat- tern recognition, 3D geometric modeling and visualization. Under his leadership, his group has made significant contribution on Siemens medical imaging devices including Ultrasound, MRI, CT and X-ray by developing advanced technologies to improve image quality for better clinical diagnosis. In addi- tion, he built the 3D Geometric Modeling technology field at Siemens and devel- oped the world’s first automated 3D model- ing system for Siemens hearing aid digital man- ufacturing. He has suc- cessfully introduced 3D geometric modeling technologies to person- alized implant design and surgical pre-opera- tive planning applica- tions. He has 25 patents awarded, more than 50 papers published and more than 50 patents pending. Currently, he also serves as President of Chinese Association for Science & Technology, USA, the largest non-profit 501(c)(3) Chinese-American professional organization in US with 12 local chapters and over 8,000 scientists and engineers. ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT IN ACADEMIA “Being a graduate student at the department of industrial & systems engineering at Rutgers is the most rewarding experience in my life. Fitting into IE department at Rutgers is easy; the department offers a lot of help to the inter- national students, and I was made to feel wel- come from my first day at Rutgers. The profes- sors in the IE department at Rutgers are won- derful. They are so knowledgeable and pas- sionate about what they teach. They not only care for your academic performance, but also devote tremendous consideration for your career, future, social life, family, and more. These people truly want to build healthy and meaningful relationships with their students. By the time I left Rutgers, they were not only my advisors and committee members, but also my friends and family.” Zhe Liang is now an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering & Management at Peking University, China. —Zhe Liang, Ph.D. ‘11 (now at Peking University, China) “Studying Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rutgers was a unique experience for me. The courses taught me a great deal of working in groups to reach a project goal, something I feel will be a great asset when I join the work- force. Working with the ISE professors and my fellow classmates, I learned very quickly how to break down a project into components to work on, make a timeline to reach goals in a sensible manner, and figure out the best approach out of many to handle complex tasks. These abilities, combined with the vari- ety of material I learned as an IE student, make me feel I am well placed to enter any sort of market segment and apply the unique skills gained at Rutgers to any task.” —Kevin Tang, BS ’11 (now at Stanford University Graduate School) “Choosing Industrial and Systems Engineering as my undergraduate major, was one of the wisest decisions I have ever made. The ISE cur- riculum here at Rutgers really developed me into a better and more professional person. The vast amount of group projects that I have gone through with my peers, allowed me to have a great deal to talk about with my inter- view with Verizon Communications. It was because of all the concepts, projects, and dif- ferent experiences that I attained throughout my time in the ISE department, that I was able to obtain that job with Verizon. The professors in the ISE department are just amazing, they are not your ‘typical’ professors, they genuine- ly care for their students and will always do their best to make time for them. Even the TA's of the ISE department are amazing, they too were always willing to help out the students as well. Rutgers ISE is definitely one of the best ways to help launch one's career and future. It got me to where I am today and I am very grateful for that!” —Chris Lui, BS ’11 (now at Verizon Communications) Let’s Hear from Our Recent Graduates
  5. 5. 6 RUTGERS ISE news • Fall 2011 This newsletter is published for alumni, faculty, staff, and friends, by the Department of Industrial and Systems Engin- eering of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ 08854 For questions or suggestions, please contact: Helen F. Pirrello, MSW. Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 96 Frelinghuysen Rd. CoRE Bldg., R201 Piscataway, NJ 08854 Phone: 732/445-3654 FAX: 732/445-5467 Email: NonprofitOrg. U.S.Postage PAID PermitNo.157 NewBrunswick,NJ 08901 SchoolofEngineering DepartmentofIndustrialandSystemsEngineering 96FrelinghuysenRoad Piscataway,NJ08854-8058 MILITARY AND INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS continued from page 1 Force Captain Isaac Goldberg. In his naval assignment, Koshman managed technicians who maintain ship- board weapons, sensors, and communications systems on Canadian patrol frigates. He will use his Rutgers knowledge to implement preventive maintenance practices on newly designed and refurbished ships. The Hellenic Air Force graduated its first two officers from the program at the end of the fall semester. Captain Stasinos Karampatsos, a production control manager at an aircraft overhaul facility, credited Rutgers with teaching him to think more scientifically. He has applied lessons in database optimization from one of his first Rutgers courses to a project he began upon returning to Greece in February. “You learn useful things that can be immediately applied to your work,” said another program graduate, George Papanikolaou. “I found efficient ways to make the procedures within the Hellenic Air Force better.” While the students value Rutgers’ expert instruction, Albin sees it as a two-way street. “The students enrich our classes with their experience. It’s quite a respon- sibility to be the teachers of such people,” she said, recalling an earlier Canadian Forces student who supervised 150 aircraft maintenance workers before he enrolled at Rutgers. Ph.D. Youngseon Jeong Zhe Liang MinJae Park Christina Schroepfer Young Yada Zhu M.S. Kenneth Clasper Amir Ghafoori Isaac Goldberg Halil Gultekin Stasinos Karampatsos Pooyan Kazemian Scott Koshman Niloufar Mirhosseini Livonia Mitchell Dean Moakler Michael Morton Sui Ouyang Georgios Papanikolaou Hooman Parvardeh Richie Patel Georgiy Presnyakov Thanongsak Thepsonthi Askhat Turlybayev Shaun Wolski Amir Zahiredin Rezvani B.S. Davy Andrew Carl Barreau Wadner Brizeus Blake Cignarella Andrew Dickler John Dotoli Stephen Dudek Alyssa Gentz Damaus Harper Michael Holenstein Robert Kosaka Warren Lam Jen-Chieh Lee Chris Lui Stephen Miano Asa Roper Zachary Shands Kevin Tang GRADUATING INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERS
  6. 6. Fall 2011 • RUTGERS ISE news 5 AWARDS The Outstanding Senior, Junior and Sophomore Awards are given to students who have demonstrated exceptional per- formance in senior year, junior year and sophomore year, respectively. This year the department is proud to present the Outstanding Senior Award to Kevin J. Tang, the Outstanding Junior Award jointly to Allanah G. Miller and Sean B. Sklios, and the Outstanding Sophomore Award to Tarun V. Jada. The Alfred A. Kuebler Award was estab- lished in memory of Prof. Kuebler, who pro- vided the inspirational force for the establish- ment of industrial engineering at Rutgers. The annual award, provided by a fund that was established by Mrs. Eleanor Kuebler, is given to a student with high academic stand- ing and involvement in a sports activity. Allanah G. Miller and Nelson Yeung were jointly the recipients this year. The Robert & Carole Michna Award is given to a full-time undergraduate student with the initial award being made to a rising sophomore. A. Governale and S. Posada were the joint recipients of this scholarship in the amounts of $4,000 and $3,000, respectively. The 2010 Roy Chen Award is given to Avinash Arora. The Outstanding Graduate Student Award is given to a graduate student who is has demonstrated exceptional performance in research. Zhe Liang was the recipient of the award this year. ISE juniors win Institute of Industrial Engineers’ Scholarships Allanah Miller (ISE junior) received the IIE’s Benjamin Willard Niebel Scholarship in the amount of $600. ISE students received scholarships from the Material Handling Education Foundation The Material Handling Education Foundation Scholarship Program promotes the study of material handling and the exposure of stu- dents to the material handling industry. Allanah Miller (ISE junior), Tomas Rodriguez (ISE junior) and Jeet Dattani (ISE junior) are recipients of Material Handling Education Foundation Scholarships in the amount of $3,000, $1,500 and $1,500, respectively. ISE seniors win Excellence Awards from Material Handling Society of New Jersey The Material Handling Society of New Jersey (MHSNJ) Award of Excellence is presented to a group project that has used theoretical knowledge in the design and construction of a successful working model. This year’s award is presented to Jeet R. Dattani, Robert C. Goodacre, Jeffrey D. Meltzer, and Tomas C. Rodriguez. ISE student win the Regional IIE Technical Paper Competition Michael Holenstein, Kevin Tang and Avinash Danashekar won the IIE Region 1 Student Technical Paper Competition held at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in March. Their technical paper is based in the senior design project “Water Hazard Golf Ball Collector”. The objective of this project was to design a fully automated golf ball collector that improves upon the designs and capabil- ities of collectors available on the market today. Institute of Industrial Engineers Gold Award Rutgers IIE Chapter #841 was the recipient of a 2011 Chapter Recognition Gold Award! The award was earned under the leadership of Tomas Rodriguez as student president, under the direction of Dr. Jim Luxhøj as fac- ulty advisor. This is the sixth consecutive year that the Rutgers Chapter has earned the IIE Gold Award. STUDENT NEWS FACULTY NEWS RESEARCH Dr. Thomas O. Boucher, “Non Destructive Test Method for Residual Gas, Phase 1,” Defense Logistics Agency, Phase 1 funding to Center for Advanced Food Technology, (Co-PI), $65,284. Dr. Thomas O. Boucher, “Railroad Platform Gap Air Pillow, Transportation Coordinating Committee/Federal Transportation Admin- istration (TCC/FTA), $49,976. Dr. Elsayed A. Elsayed, “Optimum Condition Based Maintenance Schedules,” National Priorities Research Program (NPRP), Qatar, $919,869 (E. A. Elsayed, Lead PI, K. N. Al-Khalifa, Co-Lead PI of Qatar University and PI A. S. Hamouda Co-PI David Coit), Rutgers share is $289,017. Dr. Elsayed A. Elsayed, “Investigation and Monitoring of Aircraft Data Link Communication and Aircraft Altimetry and Altitude Measuring Systems,” FAA, $268,742. Dr. M. K. Jeong, “Analysis of the Market Trends of Mobile Communications Industry Using Data Mining Approach,” Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), Sole-PI, $12,000. Dr. M. K. Jeong, “Development of Automated Spatial Defect Patterns Classifications on Semiconductor Wafers,” PI, Samsung Electronics, Inc., $45,000. Dr. Kang Li, “Dynamic Evaluation of Rehabilitation Protocols for Elbow Instability,” Charles and Johanna Busch Memorial Fund, $35,000. Dr. Tugrul Özel, “Predictive Modeling and Optimization of Machining Induced Surface Integrity with Applications in Titanium and Nickel-Based Alloyed End Products,” National Science Foundation, $388,345, Sole PI. Dr. Tugrul Özel, “EAGER: Pulsed Laser Assisted Exfoliation of Single Crystalline SiC Thin Layers for Cost Effective Micro-Device Fabrication,” National Science Foundation, $130,000, (with Co-PI G. Celler). AWARDS Dr. Kang Li is a recipient of the 2011 O’Donoghue Sports Injury Research Award, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (with Kanu Goyal, Scott Tashman, Albert Lin, Xudong Zhang, Christopher Harner), January 2011. Dr. Jim Luxhøj is the recipient of the 2010–2011 Rutgers Engineering Governing Council’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Tugrul Özel is the recipient of the Most Cited Articles 2005–2010 Award by The Journal of Materials Processing Technology, Elsevier, September 2010. Dr. Hoang Pham has been awarded the International Leadership Award by the Computer Society of India “For International Leadership and Pioneering Research in Software Reliability Engineering,” at the International Conference on Reliability, Infocom Technology and Optimization (ICRITO 2010), Delhi, November, 2010. BOOKS Dr. Tugrul Özel (coauthor: M. Koc) edited Micro-Manufacturing: Design and Manu- facturing of Micro-Products (John Wiley & Sons, 2011). Dr. Hoang Pham coauthored Software Reliability Assessment with OR Applications (Springer, 2011). Dr. Hoang Pham edited Safety and Risk Modeling and Its Applications (Springer, 2011).