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Table of Contents Faculty, Staff and Industrial Advisory Board Members List Page 2 Faculty and Staff Spotlights Student Spotlights

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Industrial Advisory Board Member Spotlight

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What’s Going on in IE&M

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SAS Health & Life Science Blog

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Alumni Spotlight

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Industrial Assessment Center

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Research Grants, Research Articles and Awards

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Dr. Sunderesh S. Heragu School Head

Dr. Manjunath Kamath Graduate Program Director

Dr. David B. Pratt

Undergraduate Program Director

Industrial Engineering & Management Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 1 February 2014





A Message from the School Head I hope you enjoyed reading the first edition of Cowboy Connections sent last Fall. There is a lot to share in this newsletter. We are in the midst of developing a strategic plan. I have outlined the goals we have for IEM in the areas of education, research and outreach. Please share your comments on the goals by email - sunderesh.heragu@okstate. edu. IEM is also undergoing major renovation. Five faculty offices have already been refurbished, a few more will be updated this Spring and a state-ofthe-art conference room and student study area will be completed by the end of the summer. Dr. Paul Tikalsky, Dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, has begun implementing other renovation plans throughout the College. Engineering North itself will receive significant funding for replacement of the elevators and remodeling the lobby and corridors. Plans are underway for an undergraduate research lab building that will house laboratories in various disciplines in a new building – location and design to be finalized in the next few months. Last Fall, we graduated 10 Bachelors, 20 Masters and 2 PhD students. Thirty-one students were recently admitted to the IEM professional school. Our faculty, staff and students continue to receive University-wide and national awards. A senior design project team placed first in the Institute of Industrial Engineer’s (IIE’s) South-Central Regional conference in Fayetteville, AR. The IIE student chapter President-Elect’s paper was selected as winner of the 2014 student paper competition by the IIE Process Industry division. Congratulations Erin Lee and Ian Giese. IEM also hosted a faculty, staff, student, employer and alumni recognition night last fall in November to celebrate the achievements and recognize outstanding nominees in each category. Pictures of awardees are included on page 5. We hope to continue this practice each year on the Thursday prior to Thanksgiving. This will be the School’s way of saying ‘thank you’ to all our constituents. 2013 and 2014 continue to be transition years. Dr. Zhenyu (James) Kong moved to Virginia Tech and Dr. Satish Bukkapatnam moved to Texas A&M. We wish them the most success in their new positions and hope to collaborate with them and the two Universities. One staff and two faculty searches are underway and I will update you about that in the next newsletter. I have been spending a good part of my time meeting with alumni. Of course, with thousands of alumni all over the country and the world, this will be an on-going activity. If the organization you are working for has several IEM alumni, we would love to visit and share with you the exciting changes taking place in IEM at OSU.

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Camille DeYong

Katelyn Kelly



Dr. Camille DeYong is no stranger to Oklahoma State. She earned her undergraduate degree in mathematics education, and master’s and doctorate degrees in industrial engineering and management. DeYong taught high school math for three years before starting at the Hertz Data Center as the first fulltime IE. Now, starting her 20th year here at Oklahoma State, she serves as the director of the MSETM program. “I like seeing the ‘light bulb’ go on when a student is able to conquer a difficult concept,” she said. “None of us were born knowing how to do calculus, or probability/statistics. It takes hard work and practice. Seeing that pay off for a student is very rewarding.” DeYong served as: an examiner for the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award for seven years, and led two MBNQA site visit teams; and the faculty coordinator for ASSET (Aging Systems Sustainment and Enabling Technologies), where she found OSU faculty to complete the research the Defense Logistics Agency requested. She has also received several teaching awards, which she said is humbling given the caliber of teachers in IE&M.

“I have the best job on earth. I get up every day and look forward to coming to work. I get to work with smart, caring people and hopefully, make a difference in students’ lives. I love my job.”

Katelyn Kelly joined the department in September 2013 as a work-study student. During her time here, she has created invitations and fliers, and both editions of this newsletter. She is a multimedia journalism senior, and graduates in May. Her greatest accomplishment, to date, was getting to create a wedding issue for The Oklahoman during her internship in the summer of 2013, she said. Kelly hopes to use the skills she has acquired here, in a future career. When she is not studying or working, Kelly enjoys random adventures with her sorority sisters and spending time with her four little sisters. “I would like to thank the IE&M staff and faculty for the opportunities I have been given and being so welcoming.”

IE&M Faculty and Staff Dr. Balabhaskar Balasundaram

Dr. Jennifer Glenn

Dr. Tieming Liu

Associate Professor

Adjunct Associate Professor

Senior Financial Assistant

Professor & Department Head

Sr. Administrative Support Specialist

Associate Professor

Undergraduate Program Director

Graduate Program Director

Adjunct Associate Professor

Work-study Student

Adjunct Associate Professor


Sr. Administrative Support Assistant to the Graduate Program Director

Laura Brown

Mindy Bumgarner Dr. J. Cecil

Associate Professor

Dr. Terry Collins Associate Professor

Dr. Camille DeYong Associate Professor

Dr. Sunderesh Heragu Dr. Ricki G. Ingalls

Dr. Manjunath Kamath Katelyn Kelly

Dr. William J. Kolarik

Associate Professor

Dr. John W. Nazemetz Associate Professor

Dr. David Pratt

Dr. Paul E. Rossler Dr. Leva Swim

Cassidy Young

Industrial Advisory Board Warren Blackmon

Michelin North America

Kristin Case

Andrea Nightingale

Subodh Chitre

Cara Noltensmeyer

Owner, CaseConsults Deloitte Consulting

Dan Crawford

Power Costs, Inc.


Jeff McKnight

SCIFIT Systems, Inc. ConocoPhillips Devon Energy

David Reed

Webco Industries

Katie Speakes Lockheed Martin

Matt Turner


Matthew Williams

Raytheon Missle Systems




Darnell Bortz

Bharath Narayanan



Growing up on a farm in Kansas, Darnell Bortz has some strong ties to his home state. But he decided to stray from the path his siblings chose and came to Oklahoma State to “burn his own trail.” Bortz is a member of Alpha Pi Mu, an athlete on the wrestling team and president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). He was recently named to the 2014 Academic AllBig 12 Wrestling Team’s first-team. Bortz was intrigued by the way IE’s analyze the small details but still think broad enough to see the big. Over the summer, he began his first role in a rotational program at Koch Fertilizer in Wichita, Kansas. Bortz will graduate this May with a double degree in Industrial Engineering & Management and Agricultural Economics. “In the long run, I probably won’t remember the equations, the terms or the proper way to cite a paper. What I will remember is the approach to solve a problem and the people who painstakingly taught me that approach.”

“One’s learning alone is indestructible and outstanding wealth, nothing else possesses this special value.” Bharath Narayanan hopes to take what he learns here and take it with him to India to make a difference in the way logistics are used. By December 2014 he will be one step closer to this goal, having earned his Master of Science with an emphasis in Enterprise Systems and Supply Chains. After passing a competitive national entrance examination, he was admitted into the National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar - one of the top technical institutes in India - where he received his undergraduate degree. Narayanan is involved in two research projects and working on his thesis. “The best part about OSU is learning new things everyday. It makes me more self-confident about my technical abilities and at the same time makes me humbled due to the realization that there are practically infinite things more to learn.”

Juan Ma

Kristin Case



“At the center of your being, you know the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.” Juan Ma took an unconventional path to getting her Ph.D. In 2010, she was admitted directly into the program after she received her bachelor’s degree. She is jointly advised by Dr. Kamath and Dr. Balasundaram. She is working on completing her dissertation on the field of network optimization and plans to defend it in December. Ma hopes to use her doctorate by applying her knowledge and techniques in resilient network design in real problems. She has received numerous scholarships and awards during the past two years, including: the Hanel Storage Systems Honor Scholarship, the second place co-recipient of the Automation Contest on Traffic Signal Management and the ISERC Best Paper Award in 2013 from the Operations Research Division. Ma is working on mathmatical optimization with an emphasis on the design of resiliant logistics distribution and supply chain networks under uncertainty. She likes this area because the work is innovative and has the potential of being applied in real-world projects.

A simple question in 2010 led to Kristin Case joining IAB. But that is just one more thing she can add to her impressive resume. Case is an independent consultant who focuses on designing, implementing and improving quality systems that are typically compliant with ISO 9001. Case, who has degrees in engineering, math and finance, said having an education in these areas gave her a set of analytical tools that can be applied to a variety of problems and opportunities. She served on ASQ’s Board of Directors and the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program as an examiner and team leader; has six ASQ certificates, earned the Six Sigma Master Black Belt and was awarded the “2012 Speaker of the Year” at the International Conference on ISO 9000.

“I wear jeans to work. I get to work with everyone from the CEO to the hands-on technician, across almost all departments within a company which allows me multiple perspectives into work systems. I am continually learning new things (new industries, new technologies, new processes).”



HONORS AND AWARDS IIE Graduate Wins at Regional Conference

IIE President-Elect Takes First in Student Paper Competition

Erin Lee placed first in the Undergraduate Student Paper Competition held during the 2014 IIE South Central Regional Conference, at the University of Arkansas. Erin wrote and Pictured with Erin are the IIE officers and faculpresented the ty advisor who attended the conference. Kaitlin Kliewer, Kaitlin Krause, Erin Lee, Ann Meister, paper based Dr. Baski Balasundaram and Ian Giese. on her senior design project with Steven Miklosko and Amy Zeckser, titled "Process Improvement in Stillwater Medical Center's Same Day Surgery Department." IE&M student teams have won the regional competition in 2009, 2010, 2012 and placed second in 2013. The regional winners went on to win at the international competition in 2010 and 2012, as well as third place in 2009.

Ian Giese’s paper was selected as the winner of the 2014 Student Paper Competition organized by the IIE Process Industry Division. Ian entered the paper based on his summer internship work at Michelin’s Ardmore, Oklahoma plant titled “Michelin Recyclable Material Planning Tool.” Ian will be receiving his award at the 2014 IIE Annual Meeting in Montreal, Canada during May 31-June 3, 2014. Ian is the current Vice-President and President-Elect of the OSU IIE student chapter.

Oklahoma State IE&M Alumnus Recognized for Accomplishments

IEM Students Recently Admitted to Professional School

Hans Demmel, IE&M alumnus, has been named the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus for the Kate Gleason College of Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). This award recognizes professional accomplishments and the manner in which they positively reflect on RIT. This year, RIT honored 10 distinguished alumni, who stood out among the numerous accomplished graduates. Demmel works at Raytheon Missile Systems as the senior systems engineer. He is working on program strategy development in advanced missiles systems.


The following students have recently been admitted to the Professional School of Industrial Engineering and Management. These students have successfully completed the pre-engineering requirements. Andie Allen Saeed Alshahrani Bryce Banhan Mason Faulkner Jeff Fitzsimmons Blake Fulton Kevin Gasperino Ian Giese Natasha Hagen Carter Hanophy Brianna Harris Caleb Jette Kaitlin Kliewer David Koesno Kaitlin Krause Ann Meister

Rohit Mishra Bailey Nett Jeramy O’Berry Ryan Osmus Jack Pan Savannah Parsons Morgan Reiner Andrew Rillo Nader Shaker Nicole Simmons Patricia Tandra Tom Thomas Ryan Tjakrakartadinata Coree West Karlee Williams



Dinner & Awards Night 2013 On Nov. 21, 2013, the IE&M department held the first Dinner and Awards Night. The night was full of stories, catching up with old friends and good food. Eight awards were given to students, faculty, staff, alumni and a company. Awards were given based on performance and support for the program. The alumni award was given to Donald and Cathey Humphreys, who were unable to attend. Dr. John Nazemetz presented Darnell Bortz the 2013 IEM Undergraduate Student Award.

The 2013 IEM Undergraduate Student Award was also awarded to Emily Greer by Dr. David Pratt. Dr. Satish Bukkapatnam presented Sarang Baviskar the 2013 IEM Master’s Student Award.

The 2013 IEM Doctoral Student Award presented to Akkarapol Sa-ngasoongsong. Laura Lee Brown received the 2013 IEM Staff Award. Her sister, Cindy Willis, was there to present it to her.

The 2013 IEM Faculty Award went to Dr. Baski Balasundaram, presented by Dr. Sunderesh Heragu. Dr. William Kolarik presented Raytheon Missile the 2013 IEM Employer Award. Matt Williams accepted the award on its behalf.

A special thanks to Mindy Bumgarner, Cassidy Young and Katelyn Kelly for organizing the event!



WHAT’S GOING ON IN IE&M IEM Students for a Day On January 29, eighth graders from Ponca City, Okla., visited the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. The students learned about Industrial Engineering and Management, Biosystems Engineering, and Chemical Engineering. They visited the virtual reality lab and the unit operations lab. At the end of the day, the students enjoyed ice cream made with liquid nitrogen.

Alpha Pi Mu Adds New Initiates and Pledges This past fall, the OSU chapter of Alpha Pi Mu initiated fifteen new members. The new initiates are: Sarang Baviskar, The Fall 2013 Alpha Pi Mu initiates. Sam Cannon, Avilon Dias, Abhishek Doshi, Eric Gilbert, Devin Hedgepeth, Nilesh Kanor, Miresha McClendon, Erica Poe, Morgan Reiner, Dhinesh Selvaraj, Nicole Simmons, Surender Singireddy and Rajesh Velu. Congratulations to these new initiates! On March 25, Nicholas Halpern, Kaitlin Kliewer, Andrea Lewis, Ann Meister, Hao “Jack” Pan, and Weikao Wu, will become initiated members of Alpha Pi Mu.

Congratulations Graduates

OSU held its fall commencement ceremonies on December 13 and 14. We would like to congratulate the following IE&M students for their hard-work and dedication to finish their degree. These students received either: Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management (BSIE), Master of Science (MS), Master of Science in Engineering Technology Management (MSETM), or Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD). Ibrahim Al Shukaili (BSIE) Ahmed Alannsary (BSIE) Mansour Alyami (BSIE) Mina Azhar (MS) Thomas Box (MS) Stephen Burns (MS) Changqing Cheng (PhD) Bradley Coleman (MSETM) Daniel Feller (MS) Adam Fields (BSIE) Alberto Gallardo (BSIE) Alex Haar (BSIE) Amy Huntsman (MS) Evaristo Lopez Joseph (MS) Christopher Mahan (MSETM) Barrett Meysembourg (MSETM) Mahmoud Mistarihi (PhD) 6

Randy Mueller (MSETM) Vatsal Pandey (MS) Abhishek Patel (MS) Timothy Pendergrass (MSETM) Justin Perry (BSIE) Jeremy Peters (MSETM) Danielle Prieto (MS) Roger Rabe (MSETM) Dale Ratheal (BSIE) Banafsheh Samareh Abolhasan (MS) Trenton Sandberg (MSETM) James Sullivan (BSIE) Sean Thomas (MSETM) Chad Thompson (MSETM) Michelle Timm (MSETM) Zeyu Wu (BSIE)



The Right Time for a Vaccine By Dr. Goutam Chakraborty

What if scientists could not only identify the right strains for the yearly flu vaccine quickly, but also help marketers know when to advertise the vaccine’s availability? That was one of the questions posed to college students as part of the SAS Analytics and Data Mining Shootout. The answer from our award-winning Oklahoma State University team provides critical lessons to epidemiologists, supply chain specialists and marketing experts. What the students showed conclusively is that vaccine development, manufacturing and marketing shouldn’t be conducted in isolation. Predictive modeling that looks at all the variables of the deadly illness, and past efforts to prevent it through vaccination, offers cost-effective lessons in tackling the problem. I always encourage my data mining students to enter the Shootout. The most recent year’s topic was to address four research problems together: • Which virus to include in the flu vaccine. • Which promotion program to apply. • What amount of vaccine to produce. • How best to predict influenza’s impact. Students were given data sets from four states that included details on the number of people infected by influenza, hospitalizations and deaths – along with details on marketing plans (including costs). I quickly recognized that this wasn’t a pure statistical or epidemiological exercise. It couldn’t be modeled in isolation. Business considerations (like when the vaccine is available) play a key role, so I assembled competition groups that included students with different skill sets. Dissecting the problem Industrial engineering major Juan Ma led the effort of a team consisting of data mining students from business school and engineering school at OSU. The team answered each posed question. Using Southern Hemisphere flu statistics and a disease impact model, they chose the most virulent strains currently circulating. To choose the promotion plan, the students used data that showed the percent increase in vaccination (the lift rate) for each of the promotion plans offered. In building the model, they assigned three of their model states the plan that gave the largest notable gains for the smallest cost. With one state, lift rates improved so little with the cheapest plan that it made more sense to go with the more expensive marketing plan. “By choosing a model that carefully looks at when to distribute the vaccine and how to market it, you can reduce the impact of these viruses in the coming flu season,’’ Juan says. “When we looked at the literature no one had really tested this type of prevention model.’’ Then the group looked at production costs and delivery schedules and discovered something that real-world flu fighters could learn from: It is ineffective to spend money marketing the vaccine until enough is available to meet demand. Taking this a step further, once the supply is high, “it made sense to start promotions at the week where there is a drop in the number of inoculations.’’ Juan noted. The group also looked at which model was best at predicting when the flu would hit a given state, allowing the marketers and vaccine distributors the chance to get in front of the outbreak by a few weeks. The students’ work is theoretical but the judges saw its potential – that analytics can be used to look at the whole problem, rather than public health officials looking at the issue from the more piecemeal that is common today. Dr. Chakraborty is a Professor of Marketing in the Spears School of Business at OSU. He teaches a variety of courses, including data mining & CRM applications. Juan Ma is a doctoral candidate in the School of Industrial Engineering & Management.




Donald Humphreys

A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Donald Humphreys earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management from Oklahoma State University in 1971. He served in the U.S. Army from 1972-1974. He then obtained an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania before joining Exxon Chemical Company in 1976. After several assignments in Houston, Baton Rouge and Baytown, he transferred to Exxon Corporation in New York as senior financial advisor in the Controller’s Department. In 1988, he moved to Exxon Company, International as financial reporting manager and later served as assistant general auditor. Two years later, Humphreys became upstream controller of Exxon Company, U.S.A. In 1993, he moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as financial director of the Exxon Companies in Malaysia. Humphreys became an assistant treasurer of Exxon Corporation in January 1997 and in July was elected vice president and controller in July 1997. With the merger with Mobil in 1999, Humphreys was named vice president and controller of ExxonMobil Corporation. In July 2004, he was named vice president and treasurer of ExxonMobil Corporation. He was elected senior vice president and treasurer and also joined the Corporation’s Management Committee effective January 25, 2006. He served the Corporation as principal financial officer from 2004 until his retirement in January 2013. Humphreys was elected as an Independent Director of Rosneft, Russia’s largest oil company in 2013. He also serves as a Director of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas. Humphreys has previously served as a Director on the boards of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, Junior Achievement and the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council. In addition, Humphreys has served as a Trustee of the Oklahoma State University Foundation and is a Life Member of the OSU Alumni Association. He is an OSU Distinguished Alumnus and a member of the Halls of Fame for OSU Alumni, the Spears School of Business and the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. He and his wife, Cathey, were named Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Fellows in 2010. In 2011, he delivered the Fall Commencement Address and was awarded a Doctorate of Human Letters by the regents of OSU. The Humphreys’ share a passion for the benefits of higher education and international studies. They have endowed scholarships, programs and chairs at OSU, OU, Wharton and the University of Tulsa. The Humphreys’ have three daughters and two grandsons who all live in Dallas. They enjoy traveling around the country and the world to see new sights and enjoy new experiences.


How has the IEM degree helped you? The degree helped me form a solid foundation in logical thinking and problem solving. It also helped me with a good understanding of detailed process management. We were able to apply process management to many activities within ExxonMobil Corporation, which allowed us to reduce our costs significantly and instill a culture of continuous performance improvement. What aspects of your affiliation with OSU (while you were a student) or your faculty interactions stand out? I especially enjoyed my classes with Dr. Jim Shamblin and Dr. Hamed K. Eldin in the IEM school. Aside from academics, I was able to form lifelong friendships with my fraternity brothers at Sigma Nu. What has motivated you to stay engaged with OSU years after you have graduated? We moved so often over the years that I was not really able to reconnect with OSU until we settled in Dallas in 1997. Then we began to re-engage at OSU. When Burns Hargis (one of my fraternity brothers) became president of the university, and when we got to know Boone Pickens our philanthropic engagement was inspired. Luckily, we were able to give back to OSU in the Engineering School and through our passion for International Studies. What do you think the future holds for current IEM students? The future is bright for talented IEM students. My advice is to work as hard as you can on whatever tasks are assigned to you.


Give your supervisor input on your career aspirations and take advantage of any opportunity that is presented to you. What are some highlights of your career? One of the most significant highlights of my career was being on the management team to put together the Exxon and Mobil merger. I was able to be involved on the deal itself and then on the transition team for the new combined company. We worked incredibly hard to make it successful. I think it was a textbook execution of all our detailed planning work, and the merger was extremely successful. Why is international exposure important for today’s engineers? How would they benefit from availing of study abroad opportunities? Cathey and I truly believe in the benefits of study abroad. Our three daughters went to an international school when we lived in Malaysia and each of them had study abroad experiences in college. Those experiences helped inform and enhance their personal development. We think future engineers and all students would benefit from spending at least a semester studying abroad. It will increase their self-confidence, introduce them to different cultures, enhance their perspective on the world and let them see how other people view our country. We believe this very strongly. We have endowed chairs in each of the colleges to focus on this area and have provided direct scholarship support for study abroad. There have been 100 Humphreys Scholars up to this point, and we are hoping to have many more.


INDUSTRIAL ASSESSMENT CENTER The Oklahoma Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) focuses on energy, water, waste and productivity issues in a plant to make it more efficient and productive. One-half of the IAC mission is to work with clients on saving energy and money; the other half is to train future energy engineers. Once many of the student employees graduate, they secure professional employment in the energy conservation field, as well as credentials for professional engineer (PE) and AEE certified energy manager (CEM) status. Dr. Wayne Turner, IE&M emeritus, founded this program, which has provided services for more than three decades. Today, Dr. William Kolarik directs the center. Currently, it is funded by a $1.5 million, five-year competitive contract with the U.S. Department of Energy. The University of Arkansas and Wichita State University serve as affiliates of the IAC. Some of the qualifications and expectations for clients include: • Small or medium-sized manufacturer (SIC code 2,000 3,999) • Energy usage above $100,000 per year • Expectation: recommendations for saving in excess of 10 percent of the total energy bill. The IAC program allows students to work with industrial clients, including on-site assessment and reporting, under an engineering faculty member’s supervision. There are numerous steps to the assessment process, including: preliminary information supplied by the client, safety requirements, security clearances, an initial plant visit, identifying ways to be more energy efficient, analyzing possible waste prevention opportunities, and the closing meeting where the team presents its findings for the day. After the plant visit, the IAC team spends time researching, evaluating and developing the recommendations. If additional information is needed, the team will get in touch with plant personnel and request additional information. The cost-effective assessment recommendations (ARs) are combined in a final assessment report that is sent to the client and to the US Department of Energy’s technical field manager, the Center for Advanced Energy Systems (CAES) at Rutgers University in New Jersey. The report quantifies current energy and waste management costs and recommends specific opportunities for energy conservation, waste prevention and productivity improvement. About one year after the assessment, the client is contacted to determine the extent to which the recommendations have been implemented. IAC staff will also ask questions to understand how well the content of the report has met the needs of the client. In addition, any use of the recommendations by sister plants or other business contacts will be noted for their benefits to overall energy savings. Past assessment follow-up surveys indicate that about 50 percent of all recommendations are implemented successfully at the plants visited by the IAC team.

For more information on the IAC, contact Dr. William Kolarik at



RESEARCH GRANTS S. Bukkapatnam*, R. Komanduri and Z. Kong, Characterization and Real-Time Defect Mitigation in Chemical/Mechanical Polishing of Microelectronic Wafers Using Decision Theory and MultiSensor Fusion, National Science Foundation, July 2010 - June 2014, $454,000. S. Bukkapatnam*, R. Singh and Z. Kong, Atomistic Dynamics of Acoustic Emission (AE) Generation in Ultra-Precision Machining (UPM) for Incipient Anomaly Detection, National Science Foundation, June 2013 - May 2016, $200,000. S. Butenko*, V. Boginski and B. Balasundaram, Clique Relaxations in Biological and Social Network Analysis: Foundations and Algorithms, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, July 2012 – June 2015, $452,942. J. Cecil, EAGER: US IGNITE: Web-architectures for Extensible, Adaptable and Scalable Manufacturing, National Science Foundation, Sept. 2012 - Aug. 2014, $50,000. J. Cecil, Collaborative Research: US IGNITE: EAGER: Exploring Ultrafast Networks for Training Surgeons Using Virtual Reality Based Environments, National Science Foundation, Oct. 2012 - Sept. 2014, $150,000. D. Chandler*, J. Cecil, Augmented Reality for Research, Education and Outreach, Oklahoma State Universi-

ty, Aug. 2012 - Aug. 2014 S.S. Heragu*, M. Kamath and C. DeYong, Real-time Decision Support System for Healthcare and Public Health Protection, University of Louisville Research Foundation, Inc., for US Department of Homeland Security, Aug. 2013 - June 2014, $480,002. S.S. Heragu*, B. Balsundaram, M. Kamath and T. Liu, “RFID Technology Center at the University of Louisville,” Defense Logistics Agency, Jan. 1, 2014 - March 28, 2014. W. Kolarik, Industrial Assessment Center Program, U.S. Department of Energy, 2011-2016, $1,500,000. Z. Kong*, S. Bukkapatnam and R. Komanduri, Recurrent Nested Dirichlet Process for Real-Time Defect Detection in Copper Chemical Mechanical Planarization Process, National Science Foundation, July 2010 - June 2014, $310,000. T. Liu, S. Bukkapatnam Y. Hong, N. Wang and H. Yu, Black Ice Detection and Road Closure and Warning Control System for Oklahoma, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Oct. 2012 - Sept. 2014, $230,544. J. Nazemetz, Motorcycle Crash Causation Study, United States Department of Transportation-Federal Highway Administration, April 2012 - March 2015, $2,514,868.

AWARDS B. Balasundaram, First place co-recipient, 2013 President’s Cup for Creative Interdisciplinarity, member of iCREST Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (team leader Dr. Rakesh Kaundal), Oklahoma State University, Dec. 2013 B. Balasundaram, Recipient, 2013 OSU Award of Excellence for Advisement, Oklahoma State University, Dec. 2013 B. Balasundaram, Co-Recipient of the 2013 ISERC Best Paper Award (Operations Research Track from the IIE Operations Research Division), May 2013. J. Cecil, Member of Second place Team award, OSU President’s Cup for Creative Interdisciplinarity for Program in Space Engineering and Architecture, 2013 J. Cecil, Riata Faculty Fellow, OSU, 2012 and 2013. M. Kamath, Recipient, Regents Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, Oklahoma State University, 2013 M. Kamath, Recipient, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Teaching Excellence Award, College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, Oklahoma State University, 2013


INFORMS OSU Chapter, Recipient, Magna Cum Laude Award, Oct. 2013 T. Liu, Recipient, Merrick Foundation Teaching Award, Oklahoma State University, 2013

A trust was recently established on behalf of an alumnus, who donated $106,000 in scholarships to the School of Industrial Engineering and Management. The students and faculty greatly appreciate this gift and it will go a long way in supporting students for years to come.


RESEARCH ARTICLES S. Butenko, O. Yezerska, and B. Balasundaram. Variable objective search. Journal of Heuristics, Special Issue on Unconstrained Quadratic Binary Optimization, 19(4):697-709, 2013. X. Cai, S.S. Heragu and Y. Liu “Modeling and Evaluating the AVS/RS with Tier-to-Tier Vehicles Using Semi-Open Queuing Network,” to appear in IIE Transactions, 2014. M. Carvalho, A. Sorokin, V. Boginski, and B. Balasundaram, Topology Design for On-Demand Dual-Path Routing in Wireless Networks. Optimization Letters, Special Issue on Dynamics of Information Systems, 7(4):695-707, 2013. J. Cecil, D. Chandler, Cyber Physical Systems and Technologies for Next Generation e-Learning Activities, in press, Innovations 2014, W. Aung et al. (eds), iNEER, Potomac, MD, USA J. Cecil, D. Chandler, M. Mwavita, Virtual Environments in Engineering Education, accepted for publication, International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning. J. Cecil, J. Jones, VREM: An Advanced Virtual Environment for Micro Assembly, accepted for publication, International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology. J. Cecil, M. Pirela-Cruz, Virtual Environment for Micro Surgery, accepted for publication, International Journal of Virtual Reality. B. Ekren S.S. Heragu, A. Krishnamurthy and C.J. Malmborg, “Matrix-Geometric Solution for Semi Open Queuing Network Model of Autonomous Vehicle Storage and Retrieval System,” to appear in Computers and Industrial Engineering, 2014. A. Gupta, G.W. Evans and S.S. Heragu, “Simulation and Optimization Modeling for Drive-Through Mass Vaccination – A Generalized Approach,” to appear in Simulation Modeling Practice and Theory,2014. A. Gupta and S.S. Heragu, “CONWIP: Closed or Semi Open Queuing Network?,” to appear in International Journal of Operational Research, 2014. F. Mahdavi Pajouh, B. Balasundaram, and O. Prokopyev, On characterization of maximal independent sets via quadratic optimization, Journal of Heuristics, Special Issue on Unconstrained Quadratic Binary Optimization, 19(4):629-644, 2013. F. Mahdavi Pajouh, Z. Miao and B. Balasundaram. A branch-and-bound approach for maximum quasicliques. To appear in Annals of Operations Research, DOI 10.1007/s10479-012-1242-y. F. Mahdavi Pajouh, D. Xing, Y. Zhou, S. Hariharan, B. Balasundaram, T. Liu, and R. Sharda. A specialty steel bar company uses analytics to determine available-to-promise dates. Interfaces, 43(6):503 517, 2013. Z. Miao, B. Balasundaram and E. L. Pasiliao. An exact

algorithm for the maximum probabilistic clique problem. To appear in Journal of Combinatorial Optimization. DOI: 10.1007/s10878-013-9699-4 M. Onal, W. van den Heuvel and T. Liu, A Note on “The Economic Lot Sizing Problem with Inventory Bounds”, European Journal of Operational Research, 223 (1), 290–294, 2012. D. Roy, A. Krishnamurthy, S.S. Heragu, and C.J. Malmborg, “Blocking Effects in Warehouse Systems with Autonomous Vehicles,” to appear in IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, 2014. K. Satyam, A. Krishnamurthy, and M. Kamath, “Solving general multi-class closed queuing networks using parametric decomposition,” Computers and Operations Research, 40, pp. 1777 - 1789, 2014 S. Srivathsan and M. Kamath, “Modeling production-inventory systems,” in A.B. Badiru, editor, Second Edition of the Handbook of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Taylor and Francis, Boca Raton, USA, forthcoming, 2013 S. Trukhanov, C. Balasubramaniam, B. Balasundaram, and S. Butenko. Algorithms for detecting optimal hereditary structures in graphs, with application to clique relaxations. Computational Optimization and Applications, 56(1):113-130, 2013. U.R. Tuzkaya, S.S. Heragu, G.W. Evans and M.L. Johnson (2011), Designing a Large-Scale Emergency Network – A Case Study for Kentucky,” to appear in European Journal of Industrial Engineering, 2014.



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Keep up with all the news and activities of the Industrial Engineering and Management School of Oklahoma State University.