Father’s Day Tribute to Ph.D. Student

In honor of Father’s Day, our department would like to honor Sam Okate, who is a father pursuing his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering at UT Arlington.

Sam Okate with son
Sam Okate with son //Photo Provided

“I have lived in Arlington my whole life, so my choice for graduate school was not hard.  When I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, I knew I wanted to pursue a Master’s degree in Engineering at University of Texas at Arlington.

At this same time of starting my Master’s degree, my son was born into the world.  Once I completed my Master’s degree, I was apprehensive to move forward with the doctoral degree for the sake of spending time with my new bundle of joy because I knew the responsibility of juggling work, school, and my son would be great.

After consulting with the UTA IMSE faculty, they made me feel really comfortable and gave me priceless advice that enabled me to make the decision to continue on with my educational pursuits.

Sam Okate with son championship
Sam Okate with son // Photo provided

I am very thankful that I am able to follow my goals and dreams, and that UTA gave me the avenue to do so.”

–Written by Sam Okate, Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering Candidate

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New Office Ushers in New Era

Our office is ushering in a new era with a freshly renovated office.

So much has changed about the Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering Department in the last few years, including a new Department Chair (click here to read more about Dr. Paul Componation), dramatically increased enrollment and graduation numbers, and now a new, modern office.

IMSE Renovation Before
IMSE Office Before //Photo by Cassandra Toney

Julie Estill, IMSE Senior Office Assistant said the main purpose of the renovation is to benefit the students because of the drastic student population increase.  She said the office’s new look matches the influx of new faculty and staff and processes that will be put into place.

IMSE Department renovation
IMSE Office During Renovation //Photo by Cassandra Toney

The main office and the conference room got a whole new look, including replacing the old brown carpet with new, crisp blue carpet and  painting the walls white, which gives the office a very fresh, clean feel.

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IMSE Office After Renovation //Photo by Cassandra Toney

Additionally, we replaced the long, fluorescent bulbs with stylish, square, eco-friendly LED lights, which really brighten the space.

Office Final Renovation
Settling in to new office // Photo by: Cassandra Toney

Last but not least, all the old desks, chairs and couches were replaced by new, high-quality furniture to accommodate the high-traffic office.

New Office Waiting area
New Office Waiting area // Photo by: Cassandra Toney

As Julie Estill said, “It will be different and everyday is a new adventure.”

Dean’s List Spring 2015

The Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering Department would like to congratulate our students on the Spring 2015 College of Engineering Dean’s List.

The following students are Industrial Engineering students who have at least 3.75 cumulative GPA and at least 45 cumulative credit hours (with 24 credits earned at UTA)

Angelo Decena-Guzman

Sujan Devkota

Khanh Ngoc Thuy Do

Stephen J Halcomb

Neda Langroodi

Miguel Andrew Rios

Dylan M Slick

Hashini Ishara Wanniarachchi

To see the entire list, visit the College of Engineering’s website: http://www.uta.edu/engineering/current-students/deans-list/

Fall 2015 GTA Applications Available

The IMSE department offers a limited number of very competitive graduate teaching and research assistantships. These positions are offered to students with a good academic background and very good GRE verbal and quantitative scores.

Fall 2015 applications are now available, and must be completed online by Friday, June 26 at 5:00 PM. Current GTAs should not reapply.  However, IMSE graduate students who have submitted a paper application or emailed a faculty member are asked to reapply online. All selected GTAs must be on campus at least one week before classes begin.

Official offers will be made by early August.

To apply, fill out this form (UTA netid and password are required): https://www.uta.edu/php-lib/machform/view.php?id=1808#main_body

For more information, visit our website: http://www.uta.edu/ie/financial-aid/graduate-student-funding.php#GTA

To see the list of Spring 2015 GTAs, read our post here.

Want to know what former IMSE GTAs are like?  Read about Ukesh Chawal and Maysaa Hamdan.

Senior Lecturer Position Opening

Due to our exponential growth in the last few years, the Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering Department at UT Arlington has openings for several senior lecturer positions.UT Arlington IMSE“Each position is a non-tenure track with 9-month academic year appointment and the possible opportunity of additional appointment during summers.  An earned doctoral degree in industrial engineering, engineering management, or systems engineering, or a closely related field is required. Successful candidates are expected to teach undergraduate and master’s-level courses in their respective disciplines.  To apply, please submit your cover letter, vita, and references on this form.  Review of the applications will begin June 22 and will continue until the positions are filled.

UT Arlington is a doctoral, research-extensive university with a current enrollment of over 48,000 students around the world, and is part of the University of Texas System.  The College of Engineering has more than 6,000 students and 25,000 alumni, the COE (uta.edu/engineering). The College offers ten baccalaureate, 14 masters, and nine Ph.D. programs.

The successful candidates will be required to complete an Employment Eligibility Verification form and provide documents to verify identity and eligibility to work in the U.S. UT Arlington is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The use of tobacco products is prohibited on UT Arlington properties. A criminal background check will be conducted on finalists.” (Source of information: http://www.uta.edu/engineering/about/faculty-search/senior-lecturer-imse.php)

Graduate Teaching Assistants: Job Well Done!

Graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) run the universities.

Without GTAs, most professors would be too swamped with grading exams and figuring out classroom details to focus on effective teaching and innovative research.

At the Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering Department, our GTAs work hard for their professors and departments while also attending their own classes and performing their own research.  In the process, they have valuable experience for the working world.

Here’s to you: Spring 2015 GTAs.  Our department couldn’t have done it without you!

Ashkan Aliabadi Farahani

Hadis Anahideh

Soma Balasubramanian

Zahra Banakar

Christoph Bollgen

Juan Castillo

Mustafa Ghotwala

Shalini Gupta

Maysaa M Hamdan-Abuhelou (click to see Ph.D. dedication)

Khan Md Ariful Haque

Vikas Hinge

Rahil Hosseini

Gazi Md Daud Iqbal

Xinglong Ju

Melvina Lobo

Joyita Mostafa

Ashok Nagamuthu Muniyandi

Alireza Noroziroshan

Nilabh Sunil Ohol

Sanjeev Pudasaini

Fahimeh Rahmanniyaychomachaei

Rui Shi

Chotiya Sukchotrat

Supannee Sukjaijaroenporn

Peng Wan

Qian Wu

Some of the following have worked as GTAs for many semesters and will continue to work as GTAs this summer and fall. Others will be graduating.

IMSE GTA Directory for Summer 2015: http://www.uta.edu/ie/faculty-staff/GTA-Directory.php