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Dr. Wilbert E. Wilhelm and Dr. Yu Ding.
Dr. Wilbert E. Wilhelm was the editor-in-chief of the IISE Transactions Journal from 1993-96, and Dr. Yu Ding is serving as editor-in-chief from 2021-24. | Image: Texas A&M Engineering
Two faculty members in the Wm Michael Barnes ’64 Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University can now say they have held the position of editor-in-chief for the IISE Transactions Journal, the flagship journal of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE).
 
Dr. Wilbert E. Wilhelm, professor emeritus in industrial and systems engineering, was the editor-in-chief of the IISE Transactions Journal from 1993-96, and Dr. Yu Ding, Mike and Sugar Barnes Professor of industrial and systems engineering, is serving as the editor-in-chief from 2021-24.
 
“I enjoyed this assignment and appreciated the opportunity to hold this position. The editor-in-chief who preceded me, Al Soyster, had taken a most useful step of defining four focused issues, each of which was to publish articles in a focused area of interest. The four focused Issues also allowed us to increase paper submissions, thus enhancing quality,” Wilhelm said. “We also were able to publish special issues, each on a particular timely topic to generate interest in the journal.”
 
Wilhelm’s research interests were devising new optimization methods, notably related to integer programming, and applying them in scheduling, biofuel supply chain design, assembly system design and health care systems.
 
“Being able to pick up the baton from Dr. Wilhelm means a great deal to me. This appointment also presents a wonderful opportunity for me to give back to my profession and society, in which I have worked for 20 years,” Ding said. “My goal is to sustain and strengthen the position of IISE Transactions as the flagship journal, promoting methodological and interdisciplinary research and pushing the knowledge boundaries of the ISE (industrial and systems engineering) field.”
 
Ding is an accomplished and leading researcher in data and quality science and has applied his methodology to important engineering applications, most noteworthy in wind energy systems and manufacturing/materials informatics. His research work was recognized by receiving the 2018 Texas A&M Engineering Research Impact Award, the 2019 IISE Technical Innovation Award and the 2020 Texas A&M’s Association of Former Students University Level Distinguished Achievement Award in research.