Industrial engineering faculty, students and former students recognized at conference

Faculty, students and a fewstudents from the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering raked in the honors at the Institute of Industrial Engineers Annual Research Conference held in Reno, Nev., in May.

Professor Sila Çetinkaya and he former student Xingchu Liu won the Scheduling and Logistics Best Paper award for “Designing Supply Contracts in Supplier vs. Buyer-driven Channels: The Impact of Leadership, Contract Flexibility and Information Symmetry.”

Associate Professor Yu Ding and Lecturer Eunshin Byon were awarded the Best Track Paper award in modeling and simulation for their paper, “Integrating Simulation and Optimization for Wind Farm Operations under Stochastic Conditions.”

Two undergraduate students were granted scholarships. The Dwight D. Gardner Scholarship was awarded to Haley Helweg, and the Harold and Inge Marcus Scholarship went to Kelsey Barnes.

Dean Liollio ’83, member of the Industrial and Systems Engineering Advisory Council, was named a Captain of Industry. This award is to honor individuals who have assumed positions of leadership in business, industry, or government and who continue to demonstrate leadership in a national or international context and identify the industrial engineering profession as a key reason for their success. Liollio is President of PAA Natural Gas Storage LLC.

Another former student, John Scott ’73, was a keynote speaker for the conference. Scott  is founder and president of Applied Systems and Technology Transfer, which is focused on commercialization of emerging technologies in the energy, manufacturing, and defense markets. He was formerly president and COO of Parsons Corp., one of the world’s largest engineering and construction companies.  Scott has been a leader in promoting collaboration between industry and academia. He serves on the advisory councils of both the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M.