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TABLE of S T N E CONT Letter from the Chair.....................................Page 4 Goodbye, Professor Ludwig..........................Page 6 5th Annual Big Data Symposium...................Page 8 EMMP Continues Excellence.......................Page 10 New Leader at OR/MS Tomorrow................Page 12 Ph.D. Recognized for Machine Learning......Page 14 AMP21 Returns to Dearborn ......................Page 15 Data Science has Strong Start......................Page 16 IISE Student Chapter Updates......................Page 18 IISE Chapter Helps Community.....................Page 20 Wujun Si Heads to Wichita...........................Page 21 Dr. Aguwa Leads Plant Tour...........................Page 22 Si Wins Ralph H. Kummler Award.................Page 23 Dr. Yang Named IISE Fellow...........................Page 24 DFF Tool Advances Healthcare......................Page 25 GTA Wins Excellence Award..........................Page 26 Design Day Updates.......................................Page 28 COE Hall of Fame...........................................Page 30 Lear Open Innovation Challenge...................Page 33 NSF Grant Helps Engineering Commuters....Page 34 Ebeid Scholarship goes to ISE Student..........Page 35
T HANKS F O R RE A D IN G!
HERE IS W HAT W Eâ€™ VE BEEN W O RK IN G O N: 3
Hello & Welcome Greetings students, colleagues, faculty, alumni, and friends! The Industrial & Systems Engineering Department has had a very busy winter semester, and we have a lot of great success stories to share with you in this edition of the ISE Newsletter. From multiple students being recognized for their accomplishments, to our IISE student chapter hosting successful programs, we are so proud of what ISE as a whole has accomplished in the winter 2018 and early spring semesters. Something to note: We have moved our Graduate Research Symposium from it's usual early spring timeframe to later in the year, so please look out for those upcoming dates, we would love for you to join us! Please enjoy reading all about what has been happening in ISE this year, and we look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event! Sincerely,
Leslie Monplaisir Chair Industrial & Systems Engineering Department Wayne State University
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Professor Herbert Gustav Ludwig
GOOD BYE TO A LE GAC Y Professor Ludwig taught in Wayne State’s Industrial and Systems Engineering department for 29 years.
HE VILLAGES, Florida — Herbert Gustav Ludwig passed away on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at Cornerstone Hospice in The Villages, Florida.
enjoyed camping, canoeing and golf. He was an avid skier from high school until age 87. He and Bev owned a home in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and taught their grandchildren a love of the sport.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, on May 4, 1922, he grew up in Royal Oak. Herb volunteered for the U.S. Army Air Forces, serving three and a half years as a fighter pilot during World War ll, flying both P 38’s and P 51’s in the Pacific. After the War, he and Beverly married on December 27, 1947, completing his degree in Mechanical Engineering from UMichigan in 1948. Herb earned his PE from the State of Michigan in 1953, and his MS in Industrial Engineering from Wayne State University (WSU), Detroit, in 1956. From 1957-59, Herb and his family lived in São Paulo, Brazil, organizing the Industrial Engineering Program for the University of São Paulo. Returning to Michigan, he taught Industrial and Mechanical Engineering at WSU for 29 years. He was well known as an Expert Witness for attorneys in Michigan and neighboring states. Herb
He and Bev traveled the world with Road Scholar programs, going on over 40 trips. A life member of the Caberfae Ski Club, he also held memberships in the Elks and American Legion. He served as a Scout Master in the Farmington Hills, Michigan. Herb is survived by his wife of 70 years, Beverly; his three children: daughter, Shelly Maifarth of Littleton, Colorado; son, Gunnar (JoAnne) Ludwig of Tucson, Arizona; son, Steven (Donna) Ludwig of Petoskey, Michigan; and six grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, suggested donations — The Villages Hospice House, 601 Casa Bella, The Villages, FL 32162 or the Boy Scouts of America (www. scouting.org).
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WSU HOSTS 5TH ANNUAL BIG DATA AND BUSINESS ANALY TICS SYMPOSIUM
This past March leaders and innovators from the world of big data came together to discuss, collaborate, and create the future of analytics
ayne State University hosted its fifth annual Big Data and Business Analytics Symposium on March 22 and 23 at the WSU Student Center. More than 150 leading companies in health care, finance, information technology, energy, automotive, manufacturing, supply chain management and other fields united to discuss how big data strategies can drive business success.
share best practices and new ideas to traverse the rapidly expanding big data space. Wayne State University devotes significant resources to develop innovative solutions to big data challenges — as evidenced not only by the success of the symposium, but also by the establishment of the new Master of Science program in Data Science and Business Analytics, a collaboration between the College of Engineering and the Mike Ilitch School of Business.
The conference agenda was anchored by case studies from top practitioners and industry leaders, while also including keynote addresses from big data and analytics experts as well as tutorials, networking receptions, panel discussions and a startup expo. “While data is exploding all around us, the ability of business to leverage data from across the enterprise through advanced analytics for actionable insights is going to be the key to survival of firms within most of our legacy industries. This symposium offers rich case studies, keynote talks, and panel sessions to show us the path for digital transformation.” said Ratna Babu Chinnam, professor and co-director for the Big Data and Business Analytics Group at Wayne State University.
This year’s conference was preceded by a special event on March 21. Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson presented Data Explosion as part of a six-part symposia series featuring topics that reflect the institution's rich legacy of excellence in academics and research. The symposia are held in honor of Wayne State University's Sesquicentennial Celebration.
The symposium has grown substantially since Save the date for the sixth annual symposium its inception in 2014. This year, over 500 on March 21 and 22, 2019. Learn more about registrants and 160 companies gathered to the event at bigdata.wayne.edu/symposium. 8
Photo highlights from the fifth annual Big Data and Business Analytics Symposium
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EMMP PROGRAM CONTINUES EXCELLENCE, PREPARES FOR 2019
he EMMP program graduated 19 students from the Class of 2017 in December. The 2017 Leadership Projects were incredibly successful and showed significant value to Ford Motor Company.The EMMP program welcomed 16 new students into the class of 2020 this year.The program is getting an early start on the 2019 admissions, as they are already getting calls from students who wish to apply in December!
2017 Leadership Projects included: • Vehicle Architecture Variable Cost Model • High Voltage Battery & Climate Sizing SE Process • Electrified Vehicle Components Powertrain Strategy • Hybrid Vehicle Software Release Cadence Strategy
Dr. Chelst shows off his special Ford Motor Company tie for EMMP graduation.
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NE W E D ITO R FO R OR/MS TO M O RR O W Industrial engineering Ph.D. candidate named lead editor of OR/MS Tomorrow
ossein Badri, an industrial and system engineering Ph.D. student at Wayne State University, was selected as the lead editor of OR/MS Tomorrow for a two-year term. OR/MS Tomorrow is a student membership magazine for the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). OR/MS Tomorrow is a bi-annual publication that includes featured articles, student publications, relevant job listings, and chapter and member spotlights. Badri will supervise the overall production of the publication, liaise with INFORMS staff to produce and publicize each issue of the publication, and collaborate with the OR/MS Tomorrow staff to develop new topic ideas, stories, and interviews.
With over 12,500 members worldwide, INFORMS is the leading international association for professionals in operations research and analytics. INFORMS promotes the best practices and advances in these fields to improve operational processes, decision making, and outcomes through an array of publications, conferences, competitions, networking communities and professional development services. Hossein came to Wayne State in 2014 after completing his studies in Iran, where he received a masterâ€™s in industrial engineering from Shahed University. His research interests include Stochastic optimization, design of parallel approximation algorithms, and distributed systems.
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Milad Zafar Nezhad
PH.D. CANDIDATE RECOGNIZED FOR IEEE MACHINE LEARNING RESEARCH
ilad Zafar Nezhad, a PhD candidate in industrial and systems engineering wrote a paper titled, â€œA Supervised Bi-Clustering Approach for Precision Medicineâ€? that was chosen as a Best Poster Award Top 3 Finalist in December 2017 at the International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications (ICMLA) in Cancun, Mexico. ICMLA is one of the top conferences in the field of Machine Learning and Big Data Analytics that brings together researchers and practitioners to present their latest achievements and innovations, with emphasis on original research and applications as well as novel algorithms and systems. Milad developed this project with industrial and systems engineering PhD student, Najibe Sadati; Kai Yang, professor of industrial and systems engineering; Dongxiao Zhu, professor of computer science department and Phillip Levy, professor of emergency medicine and clinical research innovation at Wayne State medical school. This poster selected from a pool of nearly 300 submissions in this conference.
AMP21 RE TURNS TO DEARBORN
r. Chelst's Applied Mathematics Practices (AMP21) Program has been very successful this winter, with workshops completed from Chicago and Dearborn all the way to New Zealand!
he next round of workshops will be in Dearborn again on May 17-18th, 2018. The T first workshop will feature the recently updated book, "Mathematical Modeling with Probability." The second workshop will explore the newest book in the "When Will I Ever Use This?" series titled, "From Percentages to Algebra."
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DATA SCIEN CE A N D B US I N E SS ANALY TICS P R O G R AM O F F TO A STR O N G S TA R T
n Fall 2017, the Wayne State University (WSU) College of Engineering and the Mike Ilitch School of Business launched an innovative and interdisciplinary new masterâ€™s program in data science and business analytics (MSDSBA). This novel program provides students the opportunity to learn directly from top international authorities on
business intelligence, developers of cutting-edge analytics techniques in statistics and operations research, and world leaders in big data and high-performance computing. By blending the strengths of these nationally-ranked programs, graduates learn to integrate skills in a unique way that yields deep insights into data science and business analytics problems.
The program was developed in collaboration with a strong Industrial Advisory Board that continues to provide stewardship for the program’s success. Students must complete 30 credit hours:
to restaurants and food establishments facing health code violations and 2) gaining a deeper understanding of telemetry data, equipment meta-data, caution data and other contextual data to infer patterns that can be used to create more accurate models that will lead to • Interdisciplinary Core Courses (9 credits) providing predictive maintenance alerts prior coursework across business, computer science, to equipment failure. and industrial engineering The MSDSBA program has experienced good • Concentration Courses (9 credits) demand, receiving over 120 applications coursework to provide depth in analytics, during its first admissions cycle. Full-time business, or engineering and part-time students admitted to the program • Elective Courses (6 credits) - coursework to were vice presidents, directors, senior analysts, managers, and individuals with over 20+ years support individual career goals of work experience. Industries/companies • Practicum Course (6 credits) - students represented include General Electric, Ford, work with companies and organizations on real Beaumont, Comcast, Quicken Loans, Delphi, analytics problems. Ciber Global, ATCO Industries, Denzinga, App At the conclusion of the MSDSBA program, Dynamics, and Credibly. Countries represented students complete a data science and business include the United States, Canada, India, analytics practicum. Cross-disciplinary teams Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. The program work on a significant data science and business continues to experience an increase in interest analytics project that a company or organization and application for the upcoming admissions sponsors. In addition, the practicum experience cycle. provides a recruitment environment for The MSDSBA program continues to experience both the sponsor and the student. This year’s an increase in interest as well as application projects include 1) utilizing data and predictive and will graduate its first students after the analysis methods to identify factors that lead upcoming spring/summer semester.
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IISE ST UDENT CHAPTER E N J OYS CONFERENCE IN OHI O The Wayne State IISE chapter recently traveled to Ohio State University for the Great Lakes Regional IISE Conference on February 2-3, 2018.
Photo highlights from the 2018 IISE Great Lakes Regional Conference
ISE SENIOR WINS PAPER COMPETITION AT IISE GREAT LAKES REGIONAL CONFERENCE
ritsegbubemi (Bemi) Omatseye, is a recent graduate of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Wayne State University and was the 2017-2018 President of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, Wayne State University Chapter. Her project on “Predicting the Insurance Claims for Drivers Using Multi-layer Perceptron Algorithm” took first place in the technical paper competition at the IISE Great Lakes Regional Conference this winter. The aim of this project is to use machine learning algorithms to predict driver’s behavior based on historical data as to allow the company to further tailor their prices and make auto insurance coverage more accessible to drivers. To achieve this, Oritesgbubemi (Bemi) Omatseye different machine learning algorithms were utilized to analyze the given automobile insurance dataset. Python programming language was used for this project. The outcome of this project was a probability chart showing the likelihood that each driver in the database was going to make an insurance claim.
2018 Board of Directors for the IISE Wayne State Chapter
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IISE Secretary Tierra (Left) and President Bemi (right) purchasing water for residents of Flint, MI.
IISE STUDENTS CONTINUE TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY! By Gail Evans-Hoze
ission is an integral component of Wayne State University’s student chapter of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) existence. Each semester IISE engages in community service; they continued this commitment in winter 2018. When the cry from Wayne State’s Black Student Union and Organization of Black Alumni came to support the water crisis in Flint, we quickly and proudly answered the call. The students, faculty and staff of the ISE department donated 55 cases of water (or 1,320 bottles) to the residents of Flint, Michigan. This effort was critical since the State of Michigan decided to cease free water for Flint’s residents. According to IISE president, Oritesgbubemi (Bemi) Omatseye, it was important to participate in this drive because it is all about the children. She wanted to ensure children do not drink contaminated water that may cause learning deficiencies or other developmental issues. Albeit she believes this is just a small gesture, but a very significant one in making sure they won’t have to. So hats off to those who made it possible, but special kudos to Bemi and IISE Secretary Tiarra Cody for shopping, lifting and loading all 55 cases. It’s always a great time to be an IE! 20
W U J U N SI ACC E P TS T E N U R E T R AC K P O S I T I O N AT W I C H I TA STATE U N I V E R S I T Y
ISE Ph.D. candidate Wujun Si is moving to another "WSU" this fall as he has accepted
the official offer of a tenure-track assistant professor from the Department of Industrial, Systems, and Manufacturing Engineering at Wichita State University. Wujun has been consistently delivering outstanding research work and accomplishments. During his PhD study, Wujun has produced 8 articles (among which 6 are published) as the first author in top IE journals. He is the awardee of multiple best paper awards from the Industrial and Systems Engineering Research annual conference and the INFORMS annual conference.
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D R. AG U WA TA K E S S T U D E N TS O N G M P L A N T TO U R As part of his course curriculum, Dr. Aguwa treated students to a plant tour at the Romulus GM PowerTrain Plant located at 6880 Ecorse Road in Romulus on 4/10/2018.
I S E P H.D. C A N D I DAT E W I N S R A L P H H. K U M M L E R AWA R D
r. Wujun Si (ISE) was a 201718 recipient of the Ralph H. Kummler Award for Distinguished Achievement in Graduate Student Research. Wujun Si (ISE) is a Ph.D. candidate and has performed outstanding research, under the tutelage of Professors Qingyu Yang and Xin Wu, on the "Statistical Reliability Analysis by considering Materials Physical Properties". He has a 4.0 GPA and published 6 first author journal papers in prestigious IE journals, and 2 more journal papers under revision. Wujun received the Best Student Paper Award in the Quality Control and Reliability Engineering (QCRE) track of ISERC (Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference) in 2016,
and was selected as one of the four finalists of the Best Refereed Paper Competition in the Quality, Statistics and Reliability (QSR) division of INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) in 2017. As Professor Yang indicated Wujun is "the first one to efficiently extract microstructure and micro-damage information of advanced high strength steels and incorporate them into product reliability analysis and optimal maintenance, which fundamentally improves the accuracy of failure and reliability prediction and significantly reduces the maintenance cost.â€? Wujun will start as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial, Systems, and Manufacturing Engineering at Wichita State University in Fall 2018.
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DR. YAN G AWARD ED I I S E FE L LOW SH I P
Dr. Yang receiving his fellowship
ai Yang, professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Wayne State University, has been awarded as a fellow of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE). This award recognizes outstanding leaders in the profession who have made significant, nationally and internationally recognized contributions to industrial and systems engineering. A fellow is the highest classification of IISE membership. Only about 500 members of IISE have reached fellow status in the organizationâ€™s 69-year history.
as well as health care systems engineering. His research teams over the years played key roles in developing quality monitoring and control software implemented in more than 16 assembly plants for General Motors and Chrysler. In 2009, Yang was one of the founding proposal writers of the VA Center of Applied Systems Engineering, the largest U.S. health care systems engineering group.
He currently serves as the director of the Healthcare System Engineering Group at Wayne State University, which since 2009 has Yangâ€™s research has greatly impacted the been awarded more than $6.2 million for its fields of quality and reliability engineering, research projects.
D F F TOOL A DVA NCES H E A LT H C ARE E NGINEE RING I N WAYNE CO UNT Y
Behind the scenes of the collaboration with the WSU Healthcare Engineering Group and Wayne County
ncreasing the quality of healthcare services and reduction of associated costs through implementation of new management techniques and use of advanced technology is the focus of healthcare system management. Innovation and implementation of advanced methods of operations research in healthcare system management is the motivation behind Wayne State University’s Healthcare System Engineering efforts. With setting the goal for implementation of advanced operational methods and systematic improvement in healthcare systems, Wayne County department of Health, Veterans and Community Wellness started its cooperation with Wayne State University healthcare system engineering group in summer of 2016. In the first year this cooperation led to a set of improved processes in Wayne County wellness department including formalizing and documenting process maps for different wellness services, analyzing patient flow and prediction of No-Show in appointments. In the second year of cooperation, in September 2017 the Wayne State University (WSU) team was tasked to analyze current contracting procedures and prepar-
ing a set of solutions and suggestions to improve the process. This effort led to recognition of inefficiencies in the freeze form process as one of the leading causes of delay, uncertainty and waste in the contracting process. After obtaining necessary approvals from county management and considering different implementation platforms and close cooperation with Wayne County Department of Information Technology, Digital Freeze Form (DFF) in JAGGAER Total Contract Management (TCM) platform was switched on. This tool increases speed and efficiency of county’s executive office while decreasing associated costs and preserving county’s statutory and charter obligations. After successful implementation of DFF in Health, Veterans and Community Wellness department which resulted in doubling the processing speed and decreasing variability in the process, Wayne County management decide to adapt the same process county wide. The success of this project is due to incorporation of agile development technique in conjunction with advance data analytics, lean systems engineering and appropriate change management strategy.
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I S Eâ€™S O WN E. EMMA NUEL E T U R E COG N I ZED FOR GR A DUATE T EAC HI NG EXCEL L E NC E
h.D. Student and Graduate Teaching Assistent, E. Emmanuel Etu, recently received the 2018 Garrett T. Heberlein Endowed Award for Excellence in Teaching for Graduate Students.
the desire to foster lifelong learning. As a mentor, Mr. Etu's students and faculty advisors note especially his empathy, excellent communication skills, and drive to find ways to deliver instruction to students to help them succeed in demanding courses. He has already mentored students toward awards and recognition of their own. his emphases on critical thinking, problem-solving, and excellent writing combine to exchange his students to enter engineering fields as strong innovators and collaborators able to tackle real-world problems.
Mr. Etu has been a teaching assistant for courses such as IE 4260 Principles of Quality Control and IE 6220 Value Engineering for the last two years in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. His work has been so remarkable that students selected him for the College of Engineering Teaching Assistant Award in recognition of his contributions to undergraduate courses, including special tutorial sessions to complement lectures and ensure that students fully understand the material. Mr. Etu's pedagogy is informed by clarity, availability, and
Because of his concern in developing the best in his students, and his drive to find innovative ways to best reach them and encourage their successes, he is highly deserving of this award.
E. Emmanuel Etu receiving his award
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CO LLEG E O F E N GI N E E RI N G EXH IB ITS ST U DE N T I N N O VAT I ON S W IT H A NN UAL DE S I GN DAY
The winning Design Day team
he Wayne State University College of Engineering hosted its fourth annual Student Design and Innovation Day, which showcased 79 unique student projects covering a wide range of applications and engineering disciplines.
under the guidance of Professor Golam Newaz has come away with the top prize. “We decided that engineering a retrofit electrification system for a manual wheelchair would be a good challenge that could have a substantial positive impact due to the lack of reasonably priced, high quality, easy to install systems on the market,” said Toth.
Sponsored by the James and Patricia Anderson Engineering Ventures Institute, Student Design and Innovation Day demonstrates students’ solutions to engineering challenges as well as commercial and social needs. The event offers up to $1,000 in cash prizes to the best projects, and reflects the mission of the Anderson Institute to foster entrepreneurism through investment in marketable technologies.
“Offering a low-cost affordable motorized wheelchair option opens a pathway for improved mobility to those who cannot afford the current market options,” added Charles. “We don't believe someone should be restricted to limited mobility due to financial limitations.”
Taking first place honors was a four-member team of mechanical engineering students — Hana Bagomaan, Russell Charles, Anthony Bertucci, and John Toth — that designed a kit intended to convert a manual wheelchair into a power wheelchair at a significantly lower cost than existing technology but with equivalent functionality. It marks the second year in a row that a mechanical engineering team
Other top projects included an economic and environmentally-friendly method of extracting rare earth elements, an optimized coronary artery bypass technique using Adipose-derived stem cells, and a real-time weather data platform for use in remote locations. 28
The Anderson Institute introduced two new prizes this year. The best app award, given to the top functional mobile software application, went to Car Pool, which helps users coordinate ride sharing. An award for the best three-minute video presentation went to a group that developed a predictive model to replicate underwater artifact locations using artificial intelligence and virtual reality.
Development of Sorption Technology for Extracting Rare Earth Elements from Coal Fly Ash
Another new feature at Design Day was a pitch competition, for which 22 projects were selected as finalists. Students were invited to give an oral presentation for a panel of judges that included successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, senior managers from various companies, and Wayne State business and engineering faculty. Presenters were graded on technical quality, commercialization potential, and overall presentation quality.
Third place (tie): Developing Vascular Graft from Adipose-derived Stem Cells
“The judges were impressed by both the breadth and the depths of the topics presented,” said Sorin Draghici, director of the Anderson Institute and associate dean for innovation and entrepreneurship. “The winning teams are eligible for coaching from senior Anderson Institute mentors, as well as funding for the purposes of perfecting their technology and starting a company.”
Portable Weather Stations
Toth and Charles both acknowledged that working with the Anderson Institute bolstered the viability of their project. “Design Day served as a platform to expose our work to instructors, students, and professionals,” said Charles. “We received great feedback from people at the event to improve further iterations of the design.” Summary of top projects: First place: eDrive Wheelchair Conversion Kit A kit that can convert a manual wheelchair into a power wheelchair at a significantly lower cost than existing technology but with equivalent functionality. Students: Hana Bagomaan, Russell Charles, Anthony Bertucci, John Toth, Advisor: Golam Newaz Second place:
An economic and environmentally-friendly method of extracting REEs from coal and its by-products for high-tech applications critical to the U.S. economy. Student: Bilal Syed Advisor: Timothy Dittrich
A method to optimize coronary artery bypass grafting by differentiating Adipose-derived stem cells into fibroblasts through the addition of plateletderived growth factor (PDGF) into the culture media. Student: Ashley Apil, Advisor: Mai Lam A platform to provide the military and others realtime weather data in remote locations. Students: Brandon Jackson, Brian Atiyeh, Trevor Malarkey, Jeswanth Kodali, Advisors: Khayyam Hashmi, Sam Bryfczynski Best app: Car Pool A mobile app that matches users with similar commutes to coordinate ride sharing, compensate drivers and process payments. Students: Muamer Besic, Evan Clifford, Omer Khan, Matthew Prigorac, Advisors: Khayyam Hashmi, Sam Bryfczynski Best video: Underwater Artifact Location Using Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality A predictive model that replicates ancient Lake Huron landscapes and inhabitants to map experiences of hunters to assist archaeologists in their field work. Students: Thomas Palazzolo, Samuel Dustin Stanley, Paul Janiczek, Angela Allen, Olubukola Akintoroye, Bailey Walker, Advisor: Robert Reynolds
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COLLEGE OF E NGINEE RING W ELCOMES N E W H ALL OF FAME MEM BERS FOR 2018
he Wayne State University College of Engineering will honor 11 prominent alumni at its Hall of Fame awards dinner on Friday, April 20, at the NextEnergy Center in Detroit.
National Semiconductor and Fairchild Imaging. Xiao holds a bachelor’s in semiconductor physics from Sichuan University in Chengdu, China, and a master’s in electrical engineering from Wayne State University.
Deming Xiao, M.S. '89, and Krish Panu, B.S. '81, M.B.A. '84, compose the Hall of Fame class of 2018 and will bring membership to 144 honorees since the Hall of Fame’s inception in 1983.
Panu has more than two decades of business strategy, engineering and operational experience having built successful technology businesses that have created multibillion dollar markets. He founded @Road in 1998 and grew it into a worldwide leader in mobile resource management solutions before merging the company with Trimble Navigation for nearly half a billion dollars. Today, Panu is the cofounder and managing director of PointGuard Ventures, a private equity and venture capital firm based in Menlo Park, California. He holds a bachelor’s in electrical engineering and master’s of business administration from Wayne State.
New this year, the College of Engineering will also recognize distinguished engineers or computer scientists from each of its eight departments. The event will coincide for the first time with the college’s annual Student Design and Innovation Day, presented by the James and Patricia Anderson Engineering Ventures Institute. Xiao joined Monolithic Power Systems (MPS) in 2001 and has served in various executive positions including senior vice president of operations and president of Asia operations. Xiao is in charge of worldwide manufacturing and supply chains, corporate technology developments, product and testing engineering, quality, reliability, and corporate IT. Since Xiao joined MPS, the company has scaled from a startup to reach a valuation of nearly $5 billion as one of the fastest-growing companies in analog semiconductors. Xiao’s prior experience includes numerous engineering and management positions with Supertex Inc., 30
The distinguished engineers and computer scientists include:
Annette Irwin, M.S. ’93, Ph.D. ’94 Technical Fellow, General Motors Global Safety Center
Chemical Engineering and Material Science Keith Donaldson, B.S. ’85 President, Engineered Materials Inc.
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Palencia Mobley, M.S. ’04
Frank Kunick, B.S. ’99, M.S. ’09
Deputy Director and Chief Engineer, Detroit Senior Manager, Test Laboratory Operations Water and Sewerage Department Dept., Nissan Technical Center North America
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Frank Riviera, B.S. ’86
Mark Dolsen, M.S. ’90, Ph.D. ’17
Vice President of Product Development, Nexsys Technologies
President, TRQSS, Inc.
Electrical and Computer Engineering Anurag Kumar, M.S. ’87
Mechanical Engineering Kelley Clark, M.S. ‘95
Founder and CEO, iTexico
Global Vehicle Integration Manager, Ford Motor Company
Vandana Kumar, M.S. ’89
Program Director, Ecosystem, IBM
Developer For more information, visit: go.wayne.edu/ halloffame2018. 31
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Participants in the Lear Open Innovation Challenge
STU DENTS EXCEL AT LEAR OPEN INNOVATION CHALLENGE
ixteen Wayne State University students recently participated in the Lear Open Innovation Challenge, collaborating with peers from the University of Michigan to compete for prizes and summer internship opportunities. In total, 57 students competed on 12 teams. All students were trained before the competition by University of Michigan professor and founder of the Innovatrium Institute for Innovation Jeff DeGraff and Wayne State professors Jim Fish and Ethan Eagle. “The coaches’ job is to help the team members take their original individual ideas and create a group idea. It can be uncomfortable letting go of ideas that you want to pursue, but when the group comes together they create this ‘idea 2.0,’ taking everyone’s input and skills and creating something unique and engaging. This can be a challenging process and the coaches are there to guide the teams and help them,” said Eagle, team coach and Wayne State professor of engineering. Each team was tasked with proposing improvements to Lear's business. They did this by leveraging capability in global supply chain, advancing materials and processes in seat manufacturing, and advancing sensors and power distribution through e-systems. Business students also presented how new marketing strategies and business models could improve Lear.
Lear X-Prize winner and a Wayne State civil engineering student. The panel selected five winning teams and coaches selected five winning individuals. Each team member was given one role: artist, athlete, sage or engineer. Eagle said team coaches looked for students who went above and beyond in their particular role. While picking individual winners, Eagle chose team members who understood their role on their teams and contributed effectively. Senior mechanical engineering student Nicole Goldi was on the first-place team, winning a summer internship opportunity with Lear. Other Wayne State student winners include biomedical engineering majors Emma Mann and Caroline Landes; mechanical engineering majors Jingyi Su, John “Jack” Pierick and Akshaya Poojari; industrial design major Evan Damron; industrial and systems engineering major Iyinoluwa Omishope; computer science and environmental engineering Ph.D. candidate Javad Rosterei; and industrial and systems engineering Ph.D. candidate Elham Taghizadeh.
“These teams are hungry for their next challenges. I heard from a participant this year that her team is still in contact and still focused on their ideas and looking for more ways to work together. The Lear Open Innovation Challenge does a great job of bringing together these educated and The team projects were judged by a distinguished panel competitive students who want to find creative ways to including Gary Witus, Wayne State University Industrial solve real world problems,” Eagle said. Engineering Professor, and Salim Marouf, last year’s
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N SF G R A NT H E L P S EN G IN EER I NG CO M M U TE R S
team of Wayne State University faculty was awarded $1 million from the National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) initiative for a new program called ACCESS: Achieving Commuter Engagement and Success. ACCESS aims to increase the retention and six-year graduation rates of targeted students while also providing insight to factors that affect how commuters engage with the campus community. By funding 84 scholarships over the next five years, ACCESS will support students who show high potential for success in STEM disciplines and wish to pursue a bachelor’s in engineering at Wayne State yet face unique challenges as commuter students with lowincome socioeconomic status.
the DTE Foundation to revamp EOS, a program that provides educational and mentoring support to first- and second-year engineering students. Ford Motor Company established an endowed scholarship to support economically challenged engineering students, and Wayne State faculty have implemented evidence-based teaching In addition to financial support, the program innovations for basic engineering, engineering includes summer engineering boot camps; technology and computer science through a mentoring from peers, faculty and working number of NSF-funded S-STEP awards. engineers; and experiential learning through “Our students are extremely hardworking and internships and co-ops. dedicated to the pursuit of their engineering “This project really has the heart of Wayne State degrees,” said Potoff. “We are equally dedicated in it, and it builds on the best of what our faculty in our efforts to provide our students with the and staff across campus are doing to promote highest quality experience both inside and the success of our students,” said Jeffrey Potoff, outside the classroom.” principal investigator on the ACCESS project Co-principal investigators on ACCESS and associate dean for academic and student include Michelle Jacobs, assistant professor of affairs in the Wayne State University College of sociology; Marcis Jansons, associate professor Engineering. of mechanical engineering and director of early ACCESS is one of several initiatives the engineering programs; and Mohsen Ayoobi, College of Engineering has established over assistant professor of engineering technology. the last few years to bolster student success. In The grant number for this National Science 2015, the college received $1.2 million from Foundation award is 1742486.
EB E ID SC HOLARSHIP SUPPOR TS DIV ERSE STUDENTS IN BUS INESS AND ENGINEERING
reaming about their futures with a little less financial weight on their shoulders, eight students from the Wayne State University College of Engineering and Mike Ilitch School of Business are sharing $12,000 in awards from the Russell J. Ebeid Closing the Gap Scholarship, created by the late alumnus Russell J. Ebeid, M. Engin. ’68.
business owner and graduate of Western International High School. “(This award) keeps me moving in the right direction.”
The scholarships, which are renewable according to university criteria, were announced during an annual dinner hosted by ACCESS and attended by awardees, who include fellow Ilitch School student Ashley Bland The Ebeid Family Fund Scholarship housed at the of Romulus and College of Engineering students Laith Center for Arab American Philanthropy, an ACCESS Somo of Madison Heights and Reema Sweidan of Institution, offers $2,500 awards for qualifying Arab Warren. American, African American or Latino students enrolled Scholarships were renewed for Ilitch School students in business or engineering at WSU. Trina Abdulnour of Novi and Andrea Steckle of Ilitch School student Jesse Cryor Jr. of Warren, just Southfield, and College of Engineering students Jovan finished his first year of classes after transferring from Morgan and Mayasa Shaawat of Detroit. Macomb Community College. He was able to transfer To qualify, applicants also had to have a cumulative GPA of 85 credits earned at MCC to WSU, thanks to articulation 3.0 or higher and include two letters of recommendation, agreements between the two schools and the MACRAO an essay outlining career aspirations and personal goals, Transfer Agreement, designed by the Michigan and a list of involvement in organizations and/or student Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission chapters of professional organizations. Officers to facilitate the transfer of general education requirements between Michigan institutions. The Office of International Programs leads Wayne State’s global engagement by creating opportunities that The Ebeid Scholarship will help offset Cryor’s tuition foster international education and research, facilitate fees for the 2018-19 academic year, allowing him to the exchange of individuals and ideas that promote accelerate plans of earning a bachelor's degree in global global competencies and citizenship, and provide supply chain management. resources that support the expansion of the “It is the first scholarship I have received and I’m honored university’s global agenda. Follow us on Twitter and thrilled to have been chosen,” says Cryor, a Detroit @WayneOIP.
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