Congratulations to IMSE Graduates

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Congratulations to Feng Liu, Ying Chen, Ukesh Chawal, Dishita Mehtalia, Gazi md daud Iqbal, and all of our IMSE graduates!

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The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) has released a new video: “O.R. & Analytics: Saving Lives, Saving Money, Solving Problems.”

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USA Science & Engineering Festival

UT Arlington graduate students Shirish Rao and Hadis Anahideh from Industrial Engineering, Hoda Rahimi from Civil Engineering, and Takuma Mitani from Architecture were awarded a People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Phase I grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Pictured below are Takuma, Hoda, Hadis, and Shirish.

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This student competition grant provided funding to showcase their research using decision analytics in green building design at the EPA’s 14th Annual National Sustainable Design Expo.   The UT Arlington student team and IMSE faculty mentor Victoria Chen participated in the expo, which was held April 7-8 at the 2018 USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, DC.

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Their exhibit, entitled Better Buildings for Sustainability, included hands-on activities, software demonstrations, and Takuma’s own balsa wood building model.


About 500 kids and adults kept them busy at their booth.  Kids were challenged to build a stable structure with toothpicks and mini-marshmallows, and the best structures were kept on display at the booth.


Dishita Mehtalia Awarded COSMOS Scholarship

The Center on Stochastic Modeling, Optimization, & Statistics (COSMOS) awarded Ms. Dishita Mehtalia the 2018 COSMOS Scholarship. Dishita will be graduating this semester with a Masters in IE. She has been assisting IMSE Professor Victoria Chen and IMSE Ph.D. students Khan Haque and Li Zhang on research on prediction-led policing. Their work uses 911 call data from the Arlington, TX Police Department, and Dishita has spent countless hours processing and analyzing these data for building crime rate prediction models to be used within a discrete-event simulation studying dynamic policing strategies. At the IMSE Awards Banquet below, Dishita is in the center surrounded by COSMOS faculty (from left to right) Bill Corley, Shouyi Wang, Aera LeBoulluec, Victoria Chen, Jay Rosenberger, and Chen Kan.


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Dr. Bryan Mesmer to Present Seminar

Bryan Mesmer from the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Engineering Management at the University of Alabama in Huntsville will present at the Seminar on Friday April 27 at 1:15pm in Room 105 of Nedderman Hall. Dr. Mesmer’s presentation title, abstract, and biographical sketch are below.

Title: Reimagining Systems Engineering Through Preferences and the Arts
Author: Bryan Mesmer
Location: Nedderman Hall (NH) Room 105
Date: Friday, April 27
Time: 1:15pm – 2:15pm


Abstract: This seminar will discuss the pursuit of creative and novel research in the foundations of systems engineering to enable a reimagining of systems engineering. A reimagining is needed due to the growing challenges in costs, schedules, etc. that systems engineering is facing as systems become ever more complex. Specifically two research topics will be discussed: decision making in systems engineering and the art of systems engineering. Decision making is researched in order to reduce inconsistencies in systems engineering by advancing the state of observing, communicating, and representing preferences. Inconsistencies in decision making typically lead to designs that are non-optimal due to stakeholders disagreeing on what is best. Utility and game theories are the primary tools used in this research. The arts are researched to identify approaches that could aid in understanding and performing systems engineering and to infuse those artistic approaches into systems engineering. The arts research that will be discussed in this seminar are gaming, storytelling, and theatre. In particular, the need for a surrogate of complex systems due to the high costs, long durations, and limited accessibility of common complex systems will be discussed, with theatre proposed as a surrogate. The findings of the research demonstrate that systems engineering can be improved, but a fundamental transformation of systems engineering may need to occur for those improvements to be fully realized.

Biography: Dr. Bryan Mesmer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Engineering Management at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Dr. Mesmer was previously a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Iowa State University. He completed his Ph.D. in August 2012 at the State University of New York at Buffalo in Mechanical Engineering. Also at the University at Buffalo, he completed his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (2010) and a dual B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (2007). His research has focused on improving the systems engineering process, particularly for large-scale complex systems. He uses his background in decision analysis, multidisciplinary design analysis and optimization, system/subsystem modeling, design theory, and value-based design to perform research on topics including: interactions in systems and design; incorporation of end-user models and simulations in design; preference representation and communication; the arts in systems engineering; and integration of new system and design processes in government and industry practice. He is currently the University Lead of the NASA Systems Engineering Research Consortium, leading efforts on the development of systems engineering principles and the integration of modelling techniques.



Scott Wiederhold to Present Seminar

UTA IMSE alumnus Scott Wiederhold from American Airlines will present at the IMSE Seminar on Monday April 23 at 1:15pm in Room 105 of Nedderman Hall. Mr. Wiederhold’s presentation title, abstract, and biographical sketch are below.

0Title: From Mainframes to Machine Learning: Advanced Analytics at American Airlines
Author: Scott Wiederhold
Location: Nedderman Hall (NH) Room 105
Date: Monday, April 23
Time: 1:15pm – 2:15pm

Abstract: Every day at American Airlines over 6,500 flights depart carrying over 500,000 passengers. Planning for every single flight starts almost a year in advance, and requires the input of multiple departments. The Operations Research Team at American Airlines plays a critical role in the models, systems, and analytics that departments across the airline rely on to do their jobs on a daily basis. This talk gives insight into the entire flight and passenger journey – from building a schedule, pricing and selling tickets, airport layouts, and post-travel items. We’ll also discuss how the Operations Research team supports departments across the airline, and how a new team dedicated to Machine Learning and Data Science is advancing the thinking of Artificial Intelligence across the organization.

Biographical sketch: Scott Wiederhold has been with American Airlines for over 17 years. He manages a new team of OR Consultants responsible for workforce analytics and Human Resources. Prior to working in Operations Research he held positions in Airports, Maintenance, Operations Centers, and Headquarters. Scott received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego, and his MS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.


-Posted by Jay Rosenberger