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Industrial and Management Systems Engineering

In this Issue:

Issue 3 — August 2015

• Industry consortium yields experiential learning and networking (p.4) • IMSE alumnus honored as an International Social Entrepreneur (p.6) • Analytics help senior citizens age-in-place (p.11)

Message from the IMSE Chair Dear Alumni, Friends, and Students, Demand for engineering, as a profession, is on the rise. Industrial engineering at USF is no exception with BSIE enrollment nearly doubling in the last four years. Job prospects for IE graduates at all levels are arguably better than ever. IEs are expanding their roles beyond traditional areas like manufacturing, quality, reliability, work design and human factors to data science (analytics) driven fields of decision making like logistics, information services, banking and finance, insurance and risk analysis, and healthcare. Ongoing resurgence of advanced manufacturing in the U.S. is renewing another established playing field for the IEs. The market trends are forcing us to re-examine how we train industrial engineers. As statistics (data science) emerges as one of the ‘sexiest’ and among the most in-demand disciplines, we have reason to rejoice! IEs have the most training and knowledge of statistics among all trained engineers, while also possessing critical data science skills like optimization and simulation. However, we can’t be complacent. There are many areas where IEs must improve such as computer programming, database applications, and areas of statistics, including logistic regression, cross validation and bootstrap, dimension reduction, classification, and machine learning. This understanding has guided our curriculum changes starting fall 2013 at all program levels (BSIE, MSIE, and Ph.D). We continue to strengthen our focus on innovation and entrepreneurship among our students. This effort was recently supported through a major endowment gift by one of our MSIE alumni (read the story on page 6). Our Ph.D. graduates continue to excel in the academic job market with recent placements including UMass Amherst and Texas Tech.

August 2015

Faculty research successes include an NSF CAREER award for Dr. Hui Yang. I would be remiss if I did not mention how excited we are about our fall 2015 cohort of new faculty: Dr. Changhyun Kwon (a 2014 NSF CAREER awardee) and Dr. Mingyang Li.

Finally, please allow me to remind you about how much academic entities


(like IMSE at USF) depend on giving by alumni and friends. I will reiterate, it is not how much you give, but what matters most is that you give. I wish you the best of success and happiness in your profession and family.

Most sincerely,

To donate to the IMSE Annual Fund, please go to the following website address:

Tapas K. Das



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Dean Robert H. Bishop hosted the Engineering Excellence Awards Dinner and 50th anniversary celebration at The Tampa Club on April 18, 2015. Ten distinguished entrepreneurial alumni, including Kumar Ramachandran (MSIE, 1987) were honored. Dean Bishop also recognized retired College of Engineering Dean Glenn Burdick at the event for contributions to USF, the profession, and to society. Next year’s event will be April 16, 2016, at the Westin Tampa Harbour Island.

Welcome New Faculty!

Dr. Changhyun Kwon

Dr. Changhyun Kwon joins us from the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, where he was recently tenured and promoted to associate professor in Industrial & Systems Engineering. Dr. Kwon brings a new research direction to our department by way of his interests and work in transportation systems analysis and service operations problems. He received an NSF CAREER award in 2014 for his proposal “Advancing Routing Methods in Hazardous Materials Transportation.” An accomplished researcher, his current focus is on robust risk management models to mitigate the uncertain risk of hazmat accidents and to avoid catastrophic consequences. His research has been supported by various organizations, including the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Canadian Embassy. In 2008, he received a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University where he also earned his M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research in 2005. Originally from Korea, Dr. Kwon earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering from KAIST in South Korea in 2000. He is joined at USF by his wife, Joo Yeon Woo, an accomplished artist who is now also an associate professor in the School of Art and Art History, and will be teaching Studio Art. Professor Woo has had numerous international exhibits and is world renowned for her creative print exhibits such as “Traveler’s Cup.” ( We extend our warmest USF welcome to Dr. Kwon and his family.

Dr. Mingyang Li Dr. Mingyang Li and his wife have transitioned from a cactus-laden, arid terrain to our warm, moist Florida climate to join us this fall. Dr. Li received his Ph.D. in Systems & Industrial Engineering from the University of Arizona in May 2015, where his key work in Bayesian data analytics captured our attention. His keen interest in system informatics allowed him to develop tools that have a wide range of applications in quality, healthcare, homeland security, and energy, to name a few. Specifically, Mingyang develops and applies statistical methodologies and tools such as Bayesian statistics, data mining and computational intelligence techniques, to tackle multi-level problems in modeling, prediction, design, monitoring, control, and scheduling in a data-rich environment. In addition to actively pursuing his research, Dr. Li is teaching our Engineering Analytics I course this fall. He also holds an M.S. degree in statistics from the University of Arizona (2013), an M.S. degree in mechanical & industrial engineering from the University of Iowa (2010), and a B.Sc. degree (2008) in Control Science & Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China. We most cordially welcome Dr. Li and his family.


Industry Consortium Creates Experiential Learning Opportunities By Jessica VanderVelde

USF engineering intern Tyler Combs, IMSE Consortium Director Dr. Kingsley Reeves, and intern Mark Bissey, focus on Safety and Continuous Improvement at Johnson Controls during summer 2015.



tudents in the Industrial and Management Systems Engineering Department are doing great things with experiential learning. They’re solving very challenging, practical problems in the real-world for major companies including Tampa Electric, The Mosaic Company, Raytheon, and Raymond James.

This past spring, a group of students enrolled in the Operations Research for Managers course with Associate Professor Dr. Michael Weng improved how Mosaic transports its phosphate fertilizer product on barges on the Mississippi River. Mosaic’s new scheduling system is projected to save the company about $3 million a year.

Through the Industry Consortium for IMSE, (icIMSE) student teams are paired with faculty to work on projects commissioned by partner companies. The groups work on their projects as part of one of their classes — and they’re making a real difference.

Companies make a $10,000 yearly donation to the icIMSE (USF Foundation) to form a partnership and to have their project made the focus of a team of students for one semester. Three to five students and at least one faculty member team up for each project to address a

pressing issue facing the company. The students involved are usually a mix of undergraduate and graduate levels and may be from several different engineering disciplines. Existing and potential partners of icIMSE come together each spring on the USF campus for the annual consortium meeting where they get to hear student presentations of the selected projects and network. “It’s a great value,” said consortium director, Associate Professor Dr. Kingsley Reeves, “and with students from industrial engineering combined with other fields of engineering as well, the experience is just like the actual workplace in an engineering company

with multidisciplinary teams.” The consortium is in its third year, and more companies are joining each year as the reputation and benefits of icIMSE grow. They are eager to have students work with USF faculty on their engineering projects. Partnership via icIMSE offers great opportunities for the companies to showcase their business to the students and also to know the upcoming graduates for their hiring needs. Reeves said, past projects have already led to several of our students receiving internships and job offers with the consortium partner companies. Dr. Reeves previously worked at the Ford Motor Company in Detroit, where he learned that in the real world, technical skills aren’t the only assets required of engineers. “Depending on the context, success can depend, by as much as 80 percent, on interpersonal skills,” he offered. “There are personalities and bureaucracy in any company. It’s much more complex than textbook problems because you can identify the problem — but when you get a solution, you

need people to buy into it.” “The students get that competitive advantage through these projects, which are like mini-internships or coop experiences. And it is exciting for the students to see their ideas being accepted by a company, knowing they are going to result in real improvements,” Reeves stated. Dr. Reeves led the spring 2015 semester project for Johnson Controls. For that project, students in Reeves’ Advanced Lean Six Sigma course did value-stream mapping of Johnson Controls’ batterycharging process. The group found waste and inefficiency in the as-is process, and they created a vision for the future-state. At the end, the students had a list of suggestions they presented to Johnson Controls to improve the process, saving time, manpower and cost. JCI subsequently turned these suggestions into internal implementation projects so that they could realize the benefits envisioned by the students.

Controls, which has a location near USF in Tampa. Dr. Reeves spent three days a week at Johnson Controls during the summer, working with the continuous improvement team as a follow-on to a project started by his student team. “It’s a win-win-win for faculty, students, and the project host,” he declared. “The faculty receive a project and company host; the students tackle the problem with the skills and knowledge from their coursework; and the companies benefit from the presence of additional skilled engineering personnel. It also creates ongoing relationships for everyone involved. Perhaps in the future, it could even lead to opportunities for academic research.” “The learning that occurs in a formal classroom setting is different than, yet complimentary to, the learning that occurs as a practicing engineer,” Reeves emphasized, “and this is one more way we can prepare our students for success when they graduate.”

That project allowed Dr. Reeves to develop a relationship with Johnson

Left: IMSE students share ideas and network with TECO President, Gordon Gillette.

Right: Raytheon project team presents recommendations to consortium at icIMSE annual meeting.


Ramachandran: An Outstanding Alumni and a Leading Social Entrepreneur From left: Meena, Kumar and Janani Ramachandran.


ince leaving USF’s Industrial and Management Systems Engineering department in 1987 with a master’s degree, Kumar Ramachandran has started several successful companies and led the expansion of applied materials into India. Kumar was recently honored as one of its outstanding alumni at the 50th year celebration of USF’s College of Engineering. These days, Ramachandran is working on social improvement in his home country. He’s on the board of governors for the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), helping make important decisions for the institute. His goal is to bring more applied opportunities to the students, such as internships. He also started a women’s entrepreneurial forum to help Indian women coming from rural areas realize they can start companies and develop products. “I am trying to motivate students,” he said. “I ask “Do you like Uber? Then do something better than Uber.’” Recently, he launched Gram Suchana Solutions, which is a social entrepreneurship initiative focused on empowering rural India through technology. And while Ramachandran has


lots of experience starting companies in India, the idea for this particular project was inspired by his daughter, Janani, who recently graduated from Stanford University and is passionate about progressive activism. It was also partly inspired by a fractured toe. That’s because Ramachandran, who had injured himself, found himself lying in bed. He had sold his company, Vignani Technologies, in 2011 and was working only part-time with the IIIT. He began contemplating a new project and thought of rural India and the huge difference between, for example, women in India’s major cities and women in rural areas. “There’s a huge difference when you look at the urban-rural divide,” he said thoughtfully. Through Gram Suchana Solutions, Ramachandran is working to help empower farmers and carpet-makers in rural areas and give them the tools — through an online marketplace — to make more money on their product. He also hopes to create a social network for rural India to promote social change. “My daughter says, ‘Why don’t you call yourself a social engineer?’” he quipped with a smile.

Ramachandran recently visited USF’s College of Engineering for the first time in years. He met other graduates who became entrepreneurs and he thinks that together, they can work with the college on real-world issues, perhaps in Latin America, he mused.

pondered about turning to religion. But it did not take long for him to find in his crosshairs the word ‘education.’ Giving back to his alma mater became his mantra and soon he found himself on the phone with the College of Engineering at USF.

For now, he is based in Bengaluru, India, which is the center of India’s technology industry. It’s the right place to be, he commented, not only because India is his home country, but also because it is a growing country with huge potential.

Kumar and his wife, Meena, decided to make a major gift to the Industrial and Management Systems Engineering Dept. to establish an endowment to promote innovation and entrepreneurship among all industrial engineering students. Endowment supported activities will include design of product and services, prototyping, patenting and licensing, venture formation, seeking venture capital, and attending conferences and competitions.

“It’s a great place to be, to really build something,” he declared. “From a capitalist angle, it’s a great place to build something, faster and better, and from a social angle, there’s a lot to contribute. Opportunities are plentiful if you want to build a large company, and there’s also a lot of opportunity to do good.”

Endowment for Innovation and Entrepreneurship When Kumar retired, or at least he thought he did, after selling companies he founded, Vignani Technologies Pvt Ltd. (2005-2014) and Vignani Solutions (2009-2010), he

During a reception honoring their commitment, Kumar said “USF is where I had my first job and I learned to take responsibility and received my first-ever pay check.” He also shared memories of his school days at USF. “It is heartwarming to see how united and committed Meena and Kumar Ramachandran are in their sincere desire to give back” said Dr. Das, professor and chair, and also a classmate of Kumar.

From Left: USF President Judy Genshaft, Kumar Ramachandran, and Dean Robert H. Bishop.


Dongping Du Accepts Faculty Position at Texas Tech as an Assistant Professor With a number of peer-reviewed publications, awards, and an i-phone app to her credit, our 2015 PhD Graduate, Dongping Du, had offers from

multi-scale cardiac electrical signaling. Her dissertation research developed physical-statistical models of cardiovascular systems for investigating unknown

several universities, but chose Texas

mechanisms in spatiotemporal disease

Tech to begin her career in academia.

processes and improved the understanding

Dongping made numerous presentations

of disease-altered cardiac electrical

as a doctoral student under the tutelage

dynamics. She recently won second place

of her advisor Dr. Hui Yang, and

in the IIE Mobile App Competition for

received awards such as the IBM Best

her Mobile and E-Network Smart Health

Student Paper competition at the 32nd

Care (MESH) technology work on which she

Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.

also had a feature article in the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics. Dongping came to USF in Spring 2012 after completing both her bachelor

Dongping’s research area is in the highly sought after

and master of science in electrical engineering from China

intersection of industrial engineering and healthcare biology,

University of Mining and Technology in Beijing. We wish

and focuses on computational models of cardiovascular

her the very best in her pursuit to become an outstanding

systems for investigating how altered glycosylation impacts

professor and researcher.

IMSE Wins the “Innovations in Curriculum Award” at IIE Annual Conference, May 2015 With the proliferation of sensors and e-commerce, big data (i.e., data collected with high velocity, volume, and veracity) has become a treasure-trove that holds the keys to better product and system designs, low cost production, efficient distribution, higher customer satisfaction, and higher profits. We are reliving the era of Gold Rush, where ‘information’ hidden in the clutter of data is analogous to gold nuggets hidden in rocks. The science of seeking information is commonly referred to as analytics or data science.

Tapas Das with Jim Moore, IIE President.

Under the leadership of Dr. Tapas K. Das, IMSE faculty undertook a major curriculum innovation task and developed a new four-course sequence in analytics and incorporated it in the BSIE core. The process had to overcome many challenges including: deciphering IEs role in analytics,


determining new skills needed to serve in the role, how to deliver the knowledge through new courses to impart the skill set, how to make room in the current curriculum to insert the new courses while maintaining state and ABET requirements, keeping the constituents apprised, seeking support from approving authorities at the university and state levels, and finally, operationalize the change. The new analytics enhanced curriculum went into effect in Fall 2013.

Dr. Das was nominated for the IIE’s Innovations in Curriculum Award of 2015 and was selected a finalist. He was then invited to make a presentation about the curriculum innovation to a panel of judges at the IIE conference at Nashville. He was declared the winner for 2015 at the Awards and Honors Banquet. Per Dr. Das, it was an award for the team: IMSE Faculty and Staff.

Chaitra Gopalappa (Ph.D. 2010) Joins University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA Chaitra Gopalappa, who completed her doctoral work

for improving maternal and child health, and the

in 2010 under the supervision of Dr. Tapas K. Das,

prevention of communicable and non-communicable

joined UMass in Fall 2014 as an Assistant Professor and

diseases. Futures Institute works with governmental

Honors Faculty in the Department of Mechanical and

and NGO aid organizations including CDC, WHO,

Industrial Engineering. Her focus on

UNICEF, and UNAIDS. Chaitra worked

the application of mathematical

within the Center for Modeling

modeling to public health, and

and Analyses on two main disease

her desire to see the translation

areas, HIV and cancer. Her work

of model-based analyses to

included modeling the cost-

policy decisions at the highest

effectiveness of alternative guidelines

levels, led her to join the U.S.

for when to start treatment for

Centers for Disease Control and

persons with HIV-infection in South

Prevention (CDC), in Atlanta,

Africa and Zambia; impact and

GA upon doctoral completion,

economic analysis of alternative

despite receiving several tenure

recommendations for the prevention

track offers. As a Steven M.

of mother-to-child transmission

Teutsch Prevention Effectiveness

of HIV in South Africa, Zambia,

Post-doctoral Fellow at CDC,

Kenya, and Vietnam; estimation

she worked with the Modeling and

of the number of AIDS orphans for

Economics team to provide model-based analyses of

resource-needs estimates; and developing models for

strategies to inform the U.S. national HIV-prevention

the estimation of the global burden of cancer. Her


work at CDC and Futures Institute resulted in many publications in journals including AIDS, PLoS One,

In 2012, Chaitra joined Futures Institute, in

STD, Lancet Global Health, JAIDS, and DHS Analytical

Glastonbury, CT, a non-profit organization involved


in the analysis of strategies for resource allocation

Industrial and Management Systems Engineering Department Announces

2015 Recipient of NSF CAREER Award Sensor-based Modeling and Control of Nonlinear Dynamics in Complex Systems for Quality Improvements in Manufacturing and Healthcare Dr. Hui Yang


Audra Banazsak

Outstanding BSIE Graduate A

udra Banaszak always knew she wanted to work in healthcare, and when she discovered industrial engineering, everything just “clicked,” she said. She joined the Industrial and Management Systems Engineering department as an undergraduate in 2012, and learned about industrial engineering’s applications to the healthcare field. Through the department’s accelerated graduate program, she took classes toward both her bachelor’s in IE (BSIE) and an MS in engineering management at the same time. Banaszak also gained realworld experience at two healthcare organizations with internships at HCA and Tampa General Hospital. “I think I was destined to end up at USF,” she said. “I don’t think I’d be where I am today without the relationships that I’ve built with some of the professors there.” Banaszak graduated in May with the


Industrial Engineers and Tau Beta improve the productivity of the people By Jessica VanderVelde Pi, as well as Phi Sigma Pi National who transport patients between rooms. Honor Fraternity, and volunteered While at HCA, she also was able to frequently in Relay for Life and the help decrease the amount of time it Pediatric Cancer Foundation’s 5K races. takes to move someone with a serious Banaszak also conducted research as heart condition through the emergency an undergraduate, and she received room and into a catheterization lab, the College of Engineering’s Robert J. where his or her heart can be analyzed. Wimmert Memorial Scholarship. “It’s very rewarding working in Shortly after graduating in May healthcare,” Banaszak said. “You get a 2015, she launched her career at lot of interaction with people and it’s VHA Southeast as a “performance great seeing the results you have had on improvement consultant,” where she the patients.” travels to different hospitals in the VHA alliance, implementing programs to Banaszak hopes other women will improve efficiency. be inspired like she was to work in industrial engineering in the healthcare “With healthcare reform being done by field. During her studies, she conducted the government, it’s crucial for hospitals research with Dr. Grisselle Centeno, to improve and to lower costs,” an associate professor in the IMSE Banaszak stated. department, on a National Science Foundation grant to start a program Two of Banaszak’s sisters are nurses, but aimed at increasing diversity in she didn’t want to take the traditional engineering and getting more females science-based caregiver approach. into the field. Industrial engineering appealed to her because she could work with people to “STEM is the big thing now, but in

prestigious BSIE Outstanding Graduate Award, given to one exemplary senior each semester based on academic performance, community service, leadership, and work experience.

improve hospitals’ efficiency, cut costs, and help patients all at the same time.

She was active in the Institute of

Tampa General Hospital, she worked to

Her favorite part of the job is seeing the positive results of her work on the patients themselves. For example, at

engineering, we don’t see many women,” Banaszak said. “A lot of women don’t know what’s out there – what’s even possible. I like being a part of the effort that helps them learn about those possibilities.”

Sensor Data Analytics helps Seniors “Age in Place” By Jessica VanderVelde


s baby boomers enter into their golden years, most don’t want to move into an assisted living facility. It’s a perceived loss of freedom and independence. They would rather stay in their homes surrounded by their favorite comforts and memories. But that requires extra monitoring for health, safety and peace of mind. Research by IMSE associate professors Dr. Ali Yalcin and Dr. Carla VandeWeerd, will help the elderly “age in place,” in their own homes. They’ve partnered with AlwaysNear, a company that is developing a sensory system that can be placed throughout a person’s house. The sensors are a lot like home security and automation devices, detecting movement, touch, proximity and more. They can monitor things like light level, and toilet and refrigerator use. The sensor data is translated into meaningful information and transmitted to a care manager, who monitors the information via computer. The care manager will notice problems because “we’re creatures of habit,” Vandeweerd said. For example, most of us tend to have the same sleeping patterns, the same bathroom habits, and follow the same paths in our home from the sofa to the refrigerator. The sensor system is designed to notice when changes in normal patterns occur and to generate notifications for seniors, caregivers and professional care managers so that intervention can begin early. If a senior is taking longer to walk from their chair to the Carla VandeWeerd fridge for example, a care manager can send out an occupational or physical therapist to conduct an assessment and engage in programs designed to improve mobility if needed; or if a senior has had a spike in bathroom use, a care manager can follow up to see if they might be at risk for a UTI before a small problem requiring

Student researchers Efe Yetisener, Julie Hammett, Chad Radwan, Ngozi Agu and Garrick Aden-Buie are instrumental in the AlwaysNear work at The Villages. oral anti-biotics becomes a bigger problem like a kidney infection that requires hospitalization. Such early-intervention care should save clients and their insurance companies money. That’s something the researchers plan to track because if they can present data that shows cost savings, insurance companies might be willing to pay for the AlwaysNear system, Vandeweerd said.

Ali Yalcin

Dr. Yalcin and his team of student researchers are testing the AlwaysNear system in The Villages, near Ocala, FL. In addition to helping the elderly maintain their independence, they hope it gives their children and other caregivers peace of mind – and saves money.


For now, the company estimates that the system will be available in 2016 and will likely cost between $100 and $150 a month. Yalcin and Vandeweerd credit a lot of their research success to the students from the colleges of engineering, public health and arts and sciences (Dept. of Anthropology, in particular) who contribute to data collection and analysis. The students wrote protocols, recruited test subjects, participated in meetings and conference calls with AlwaysNear, and came up with new ideas. Industrial engineering undergraduate student Efe Yetisener figured out a reliable way to measure toilet usage through a water sensor placed in the bowl that measures water levels. IMSE PhD student Garrick Aden-Buie helped develop a notification framework for the system, which will allow the care manager to receive automatic alerts when the system notices changes from the normal.

“This is a problem that needs a solution,” he said. “And this work has an immediate impact. It’s exciting because you get to see the benefits of the research.”

For Dr. Yalcin, working with the students and pursuing a real-world issue has been the most rewarding aspect of this research.

Recent BSIE/MSEM Graduate off to Texas A&M for Doctoral Studies Fall 2014 IMSE Outstanding Graduate, Julie Hammett, earned her BSIE in August 2014 and continued on to earn her MS in engineering management. After an internship with HCA her junior year, she became a teaching assistant for the newly-developed Engineering Leadership course. This past spring, she was a research assistant for Drs. VandeWeerd and Yalcin for the AlwaysNear proactive health management project. Her work included identifying sensor technology for the smart home and testing the efficacy of the devices in the living lab for a wide range of elder care requirements. She will attend Texas A&M in the fall to pursue a Ph.D. in industrial engineering. 12

Recent Selected Publications of IMSE Faculty

(*Indicates IMSE PhD students /graduates)

*Rico, F. A., Centeno. G., *Kuznia, L., Steven, E.A., Torres-Roca,

Yang, H., and Kundakcioglu, E., “Healthcare intelligence: turning

Radiosensivity to Preoperative Radiochemotherapy”, Internation-

p54-68, 2014, DOI: 10.1109/MIS.2014.45

J.F., “Supervised Learning Methods for the Prediction of Tumor

al Journal of Radiation Oncology• Biology• Physics” Volume 90, Issue 1, Pages S823

*Feijoo, F. and Das, T. K. 2015 Emissions control via carbon

policies and microgrid generation: A bilevel model and Pareto

analysis. Energy (Accepted) DOI 10.1016/ *Rocha, P., Das, T. K., *Nanduri, V., and Botterud, A. 2015. Impact of CO2 cap-and-trade programs on restructured power markets

with generation capacity investments. Electric Power and Energy Systems, 71 (2015) 195-208.

*Abdollahian, M. and Das, T. K. 2015. A MDP model for breast

and ovarian cancer intervention strategies for BRCA1/2 mutation

carriers. IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, v. 19, no. 2, March 2015, DOI 10.1109/JBHI.2014.2319246

*Martinez, D. L. and Das, T. K. 2014. Design of non-pharmaceuti-

cal intervention strategies for pandemic influenza outbreaks. BMC Public Health 2014, 14: 1328, doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-1328. *Onal, S., Lai-Yuen, S., Bao, P., Weitzenfeld, A., and Hart, S., “Automated Localization of Multiple Pelvic

Bone Structures on MRI”, Accepted for publication in IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, 2015.

*Onal, S., Lai-Yuen, S., Bao, P., Weitzenfeld, A., Hogue, D., and Hart, S., “Quantitative Assessment of New MRI-based Mea-

surements to Differentiate Low and High Stages of Pelvic Organ

Prolapse using Support Vector Machines”, International Urogynecology Journal, 26(5), 2015, pp. 707-713

*Cimenler, O., Reeves, K. A., and Skvoretz, J., “A regression

analysis of researchers’ social network metrics on their citation

performance in a college of engineering”, Journal of Infometrics 8(3), 2014, pp. 667-82

*Aden-Buie, G., Kaw, A., Yalcin, A., On comparing final examination formats in a STEM course, International Journal of Engineering Education (Accepted)

*Rico, F., Yalcin, A., Eikman, E.E., Technology Integration Performance Assessment Using Lean Principles in Healthcare, American Journal of Medical Quality, May/June 2014

Cheng, C., Sa-ngasoongsong A., Beyca, O., Le, T., Yang

,H., Kong, Z., Bukkapatnam, S. T. S., “Time series forecasting for nonlinear and nonstationary processes: a review and

data into knowledge,” IEEE Intelligent Systems, Vol. 29, No. 3,

Yang, H., and *Chen, Y., “Heterogeneous recurrence monitoring and control of nonlinear stochastic processes,” Chaos, Vol. 24, No. 1, p013138, 2014, DOI: 10.1063/1.4869306

*Puertas, M., Zayas-Castro, J. L., Fabri, P. J., “Statistical and

prognostic analysis of dynamic changes of platelet count in ICU

patients” Physiological Measurement, Vol. 36, No. 5 (May 2015) *Garcia, A., and Zayas Castro, J.L., “Interventions as an alternative to penalties in preventable readmissions,” Journal of Hospital Administration, Vol 4, No 3, April 2015.

*Rico, F., *Liu, Y., *Martinez, D.A., Huang, S., Zayas-Castro,

J.L., and Fabri, P.J., “Preventable Readmission Risk Factors for

Patients with Chronic Conditions”. Journal for Healthcare Quality, 2015.

*Liu, Y., Zayas-Castro, J.L., Fabri, P.J., Huang, S., “Learning

high-dimensional networks with nonlinear interactions by a novel tree-embedded graphical model,” Pattern Recognition Letters, Volume 49, pages 207-213, 2014.

Hartney, M., *Liu, Y., Velanovich, V., Fabri, P. J., Marcet, J., Grieco, M., Huang, S., Zayas-Castro, J. L., “Bounceback branch-

points: Using conditional inference trees to analyse readmissions,” Journal of Surgery Vol. 156, Issue 4, October 2014.

*Cure, L., Zayas-Castro, J. L., Fabri, P.J. “Challenges and opportunities in the analysis of risk in healthcare”, IIE Transaction on Healthcare Systems Engineering, Vol. 4, Issue 2, 2014.

Xie, X., Nachabe, M., & Zeng, B. (2014). Optimal scheduling of

automatic flushing devices in water distribution system. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management.

*An, Y and Zeng, B. (2015). Exploring the modeling capacity of

two-stage robust optimization: Variants of robust unit commitment model. Power Systems, IEEE Transactions on, 30(1), 109-122.

*An, Y., Zhang, Y., & Zeng, B. (2015). The reliable hub-and-spoke design problem: Models and algorithms. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, 77, 103-122.

Li, Z., Shahidehpour, M., Wu, W., Zeng, B., Zhang, B., Zheng,

W., Decentralized Multi-Area Robust Generation Unit and Tie-Line Scheduling with Uncertain Wind Energy, (accepted) IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, 2015.

comparative study,” IIE Transactions, accepted, 2014, DOI: 10.1080/0740817X.2014.999180


2015 IMSE Doctoral Graduates

Physical-Statistical Modeling and Optimization of Cardiovascular System Major Advisor: Dr. Hui Yang

Spatiotemporal Sensing and Informatics for Complex Systems Monitoring, Fault Identification and Root Cause Diagnostics

Dongping Du

Major Advisor: Dr. Hui Yang

Gang Liu

Reliable Power System Protection and Operations Major Advisor: Dr. Bo Zeng

Analysis of Carbon Policies for Electricity Networks with High Penetration of Green Generation Major Advisor: Dr. Tapas K. Das

Wei Yuan

Felipe Feijoo

Achieving Reliable Generation & Delivery of Energy Through Robust Optimization

Informing Policy, Design and

Major Advisor: Dr. Bo Zeng

Deployment of Health

Anna Danandeh is a Distinguished Ambassador for the IMSE Department.

Information Technology Major Advisor: Dr. Jose Zayas-Castro Diego Martinez-Cea

Anna Danandeh

Data-driven decision making for BRCA1/2 mutation carriers Major Advisor: Dr. Tapas K. Das

Patient Populations, Clinical Associations, and System Efficiency in Healthcare Delivery Systems

Mehrnaz Abdollahian


Major Advisor: Dr. Zayas-Castro

Yazhou Liu

IMSE Student Awards Yun Chen 1st Place Best Student Paper Award Computer and Information Systems “Sparse Particle Filtering for Modeling Space-Time Dynamics in Stochastic Sensor Network” IIE Annual Conference May 2015, Nashville, Tennesee

Dongping Du 1st Place in CIEADH Doctoral Colloquium poster competition IIE Annual Conference 2014, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Felipe Feijoo Poster Award winner. 2014 College of Engineering Research Week Poster titled “Impact of Community Microgrids on Smart Grids under Carbon Emissions Control”.

Gang Liu 1st Place Best Student Paper Award Computer and Information Systems “Self-organized Recurrence Networks” IIE Annual Conference 2014, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Alireza Ghalebani With colleague Anna Danandeh, won on 3rd Place out of 50 teams The 6th Fintech Business Plan Competition, 2014 USF at the College of Business, for their “Renewable energy Investment and Operational decision Model (RIOM)”.

INFORMS - Four years of Consecutive Summa Cum Laude Award The INFORMS student chapter at USF (INFORMS@USF) started its journey to the medal stand in 2009 with a Cum Laude award and then a Magna Cum Laude in 2010. Thereafter, for the years 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, INFORMS@USF has stayed locked in the Summa Cum Laude position. The chapter holds many distinguishing activities including Del and Beth Kimbler Lecture Series, training workshops for undergraduates on software like R, MATLAB, CPLEX, and SAS, research journal club, community engagement through organizations like Metropolitan Ministries, and international potluck fundraiser. Above all, INFORMS@USF fosters an environment of nurturing and camaraderie among all students.


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