Industrial Engineering Students and Professors Recognized at National Conference

Industrial engineering students and faculty received various accolades at the Institute for Industrial and Systems Engineers’ national conference, held May 21-24 in Seattle.

Sandra Eksioglu, Hefley Professor of Logistics and Entrepreneurship, was awarded the title of Fellow of the institute. This honor recognizes outstanding leaders of the profession who have made significant and nationally recognized contributions to industrial and systems engineering. A Fellow is the highest classification of members of the institute.





From left to right: Eileen Van Aken, Bopaya Bidanda, Sandra Eskioglu and Amanda Mewborn.

A member since 2004, Eksioglu has served the organization in many roles, ranging from co-chairing individual tracks to serving in a three-year rotation as president-elect, president, and past president of the Operations Research Division. In 2016, she and her colleagues created the Energy Systems Division, where she served as a board member for two years. She continued to support the division by co-chairing the Energy Systems component and chairing the student paper competition. In 2018, she chaired the institute’s Pritsker Doctoral Prize Committee.

Eksioglu is also a member of the American Society for Engineering Education and the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.




Eileen Van Aken, Harry Pierson, Hieu Bui, Bopaya Bdianda and Amanda Mewborn

From left to right: Eileen Van Aken, Harry Pierson, Hieu Bui, Bopaya Bdianda and Amanda Mewborn.

Other conference awards include the Best Nomination Paper Award for PhD candidate Hieu Trung Bui with co-authors Harry Pierson, Sarah Nurre Pinkley and Kelly Sullivan. The award recognizes outstanding research papers published in IISE Transactions, the institute’s flagship journal. The title of Bui’s article was “Toolpath Planning for Multi-Gantry Additive Manufacturing”. Bui is advised by Eksioglu.

A team of MSc students including Rajon Paul Pantha, Dhiraj Pokhrel, and Matthew Walters, advised by Eksioglu, received the Logistics and Supply Chain Division Student Case Award for their study providing a solution to a problem focused on the “coastal maritime transport for automobile distribution”. It was an international competition open to any student team.

We had four doctoral students who participated in the doctoral colloquium and the 3-minute doctoral pitch competition: Neel Chanchad, Fan Bu, Maryam Alimohammadi and Maryam Kheirandish.

Junior Abby Harris received the UPS Scholarship for Female Students. Harris was nominated by the faculty of the Department of Industrial Engineering. Administrators examine the candidate’s academic ability, character, leadership, and potential service to the industrial engineering profession. Harris was chosen as one of only two recipients of this award for the 2022-23 academic year. In addition to her scholarship, Harris was one of three undergraduate students to participate in the undergraduate symposium. The others included Marshal Ray and Wesley Tate.

Spencer Loper was one of 12 finalists selected to enter the IISE Capstone competition. Loper served as project manager for his synthesis team, which included team members Henry Ward, John Santine, Luke Rafie and Cody Parrish. Their project, “Data Synthesis and Visualization for Near Real-Time Analysis of Final Mile Delivery Routes,” for consulting firm Latrobe LLC received the Impact Award at the 2022 Capstone Symposium at the U of A.

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