Oklahoma State University
Head's Farewell Message
Dear members of the IEM family,

I am writing to let you know that I will be taking the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs position in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at Oklahoma State University, effective July 1st. 

I have served in my role as Head of the School of Industrial Engineering and Management since August 2013 for nine years and would like to take this opportunity to look back and note the several major accomplishments we have achieved together, in large part due to your enthusiasm, involvement, and participation.

  • Rankings: We have significantly improved our rankings in the public graduate programs in industrial/manufacturing systems category from the low 30's in 2013 to the low 20’s. We were ranked #22 last year. Our online MS ETM program is ranked #12 among public universities and #17 overall!
  • Enrollment and Degrees granted: We have significantly increased enrollment in the undergraduate program from 125 in 2012 to a peak of 209 in 2019. Our numbers have since dropped to a low of 148. However, the number of degrees granted has increased from about 25 to an average of 45 in the past three years.
  • For a list of the other accomplishments, click here.
IEM faculty member Dr. Juan S. Borrero, assistant professor in the School of Industrial Engineering and Management, received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the amount of $500,000. This grant supports research that will investigate theoretical and computational approaches to commit or defer problems with decision-making hierarchies.

Dr. Borrero also secured a grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research titled "Exact Optimization Approaches for Surveillance and Defense Operations with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles under Uncertainty" worth $419,000.
Click below for the most recent Grants and Publications
Steve Kiester will receive the IISE Fellow award. The IISE Fellow award at the Annual IISE Conference in Seattle on May 23rd. This award recognizes outstanding leaders of the profession who have made significant, nationally recognized contributions to industrial and systems engineering. A fellow is the highest classification of IISE membership.
Dr. Sunderesh Heragu will receive the Fred C. Crane Distinguished Service Award at the Annual IISE Conference in Seattle on May 23rd. This is one of three top awards and the top service award given by IISE recognizing an individual’s contributions to the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers that have been rendered through long and arduous service at the institute level.
Ian Giese will receive the Outstanding Early Career in Business/Industry Award, which recognizes individuals in business/industry who have made significant engineering contributions in the application, design, research or development of IE methods. The award recognizes individuals who have shown outstanding characteristics in leadership, professionalism and potential in the field.
Student Awards
Emma Wilson received the MHEFI Conveyor & Sortation Systems Honor Scholarship as well as the Myrtle & Earl Walker scholarship from SME.
Sam Koscelny received several awards - the James Barany Student Award for Excellence, IEM Outstanding Senior award, the Bailey Family Memorial Scholarship, and others.
Keaton Carter received the MHEFI Material Handling Education Foundation Scholarship.
Akash Deep will be receiving his Ph.D. from the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He obtained his B.Tech degree in Pro- duction and Industrial Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India. He also has a M.S. in Statistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research broadly belongs to the realm of industrial data analytics, focusing specifically on methods for predictive analytics for intelligent maintenance, data-driven operations planning for production systems, and monitoring and anomaly detection of service processes. 
Paritosh Ramanan is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. He
got his Ph.D. in Computational Science and Engineering with a Minor in Operational Research from the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia in 2020. His research pertains to decentralized optimization, federated machine learning and analytics with a focus on computational performance, privacy and security in the context of distributed paradigms such as high-performance computing and blockchain.
Srikanthan Ramesh completed his Ph.D. in Industrial and Mechanical Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York. His research focuses on droplet- and extrusion-based additive manufacturing techniques including material development, process modeling, and inter-disciplinary mechanical and biomedical applications. His research interests include bio-additive manufacturing (bio-AM), tissue engineering, biomaterials, surface engineering of biomaterials, and process monitoring in bio-AM.
Niloufar Daemi is a PhD student from Iran who joined OSU in Fall 2018. She was the president of the INFORMS student chapter at OSU in 2020. Before coming to OSU, Niloufar earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering in Iran and after working as an industrial engineer for two years, her passion to learn led her to travel to the United States to start her PhD.

Currently, Niloufar is an intern working with Operations Research team at BNSF Railway company in Fort Worth, TX. She plans to graduate in Fall 2022 and work as an Operation Research analyst where she can propose and lead optimization projects.
Zach Roberts has served on the Industrial Advisory Board since 2019. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with an Industrial Engineering & Management degree in 2013 and has worked for J.B. Hunt Transport since. As a Logistics Engineer Zach helped develop and enhance many of the metrics that are used to manage and monitor performance in the company’s Intermodal division. Zach is currently working in Northwest Arkansas as the Director of the Temperature Controlled Intermodal division at J.B. Hunt. He has a strong desire to help students get ready for their careers and looks forward to volunteering as a Sr Design mentor each year. Outside of work and the IAB Zach loves spending time mountain biking, golfing and hanging out with his wife, Mallori, and daughter, Hadley.
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