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Senior Design Team Success! posted 04/21/2014
The Spring 2014 semester had ten Senior Design teams working on real world industrial engineering projects for industry partners, such as Siemens, Publix, Florida Hospital, and Northrop Grumman. Each team consisted of approximately six students and this semester College of Business students worked hand-in-hand with Industrial Engineering students to solve a variety of project deliverables for the first time.

The Brunswick Corporation project is just one example of a great success this semester. The project came from an IEMS alumnus, Erik Bon Fleur, Continuous Improvement Leader for Boston Whaler a division of Brunswick Corporation. After satisfying all requirements for redesigning the processing flows of multiple boat model construction at the Edgewater Plant, Erik treated the team to a private boat ride on one of their $250,000 products! Pictured is Erik Bon Fleur with the Brunswick senior design team Ryan Smith, Rainey Booker, Ashley Miller, Ryan Cwick , and Zach Stites.


Student earns highest honor posted 03/17/2014
The Industrial Engineering & Management Systems department is proud to announce & celebrate: Ms. Rana Riad a recipient of the 2014 Order of Pegasus Award! "Order of Pegasus is the most prestigious and significant award a student can attain at the University of Central Florida. Order of Pegasus recognizes exemplary performance by UCF bachelor's degree students in the areas of academic achievement, outstanding university involvement, leadership, and community service."

Ms. Rana Riad is currently a student in the Industrial Engineering BS to MS program, the Burnett Honors College and a participant in the Lead Scholars Program. Rana serves on the President's Leadership Council as Vice Chair. Through her selflessness and commitment to serve and help others, Rana has donated countless hours of community service, volunteering for the Children's Miracle Network, Children's Home Society, and Central Florida elementary school programs. In addition, the IEMS department selected Rana as their nominee for the 2014 Founder's Day Award. Letters of recommendation submitted on her behalf for the award have illustrated, "Her sense of responsibility, moral character, integrity, dedication, and eagerness to learn are very important" (Dr. Rabelo). "Her high levels of scholarship, research capability, communication skills, service and energy provide strong credentials for being highly successful in graduate school" (Dr. Thompson). "Rana has truly demonstrated excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service..." (President Hitt).
Why UCF? A Documentary posted 10/22/2013
Christopher Nicholas, Benjamin Schepler, Mauricio Rodriguez, David Larrea, Christopher Ulrich, Lindsey Grinels, and Michael Lopez, students in Dr. Rabelo's Project Engineering (EIN 5140) class produced a documentary promoting the engineering program at UCF. Their film titled Why UCF? A Documentary won first place in the Project Engineering graduate course for best overall film in the summer 2013 semester.

The film featured three faculty members from the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems, Dr. Jennifer Pazour, Dr. Robert Hoekstra and Dr. William Thompson. They were among the narrators who offered insight into the various engineering programs in the College of Engineering and Computer Science.


Dr. Mansooreh Mollaghasemi inspires potential STEM students posted 10/22/2013
Why UCF? A Documentary Christopher Nicholas, Benjamin Schepler, Mauricio Rodriguez, David Larrea, Christopher Ulrich, Lindsey Grinels, and Michael Lopez, students in Dr. Rabelo's Project Engineering (EIN 5140) class produced a documentary promoting the engineering program at UCF. Their film titled Why UCF? A Documentary won first place in the Project Engineering graduate course for best overall film in the summer 2013 semester.

The film featured three faculty members from the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems, Dr. Jennifer Pazour, Dr. Robert Hoekstra and Dr. William Thompson. They were among the narrators who offered insight into the various engineering programs in the College of Engineering and Computer Science.
Central Florida Alpha Phi Mu wins 2nd Place posted 10/22/2013
Alpha Pi Mu's Student Chapter at UCF won 2nd place in the National 2013 Outstanding Chapter Award! Special credit goes to the 2013 officers: President: Dunia Villaverde, Vice President: Alex Pratt, Treasurer: Josh Patzner, and Secretary: Megan Wetzel and of course their faculty advisor, Dr. Jennifer Pazour. Alpha Pi Mu gives recognition to students in Industrial Engineering who have shown exceptional academic interests and abilities, leadership, ethicality, sociability, and widespread interest. Alpha Pi Mu encourages participation in activities which may be beneficial to the profession of Industrial Engineering.

Alpha Pi Mu (APM) had a very busy year with many fund raising and service activities including APM Polo Shirts, Give Kids the World, UCF Arboretum Service Project, Dessert for Dinner, Halloween Treats with Coalition for the Homeless, Lockheed Martin Day of Caring, California Pizza Kitchen Fundraiser, Dancing Against Cancer, Oyster Mats, Relay for Life, and the Yogurtopia Fundraiser impacting hundreds of people in the community.
Alumnus Lieutenant Colonel Greg Fortier takes Command posted 10/22/2013
IEMS Distinguished Alumnus, Lieutenant Colonel Greg Fortier took over as the 45th Commander of the United States Naval Test Pilot School on October 18, 2013. IEMS instructor, Mark Calabrese, attended the ceremony as a guest at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland.

LTC Fortier holds Bachelors of Science in Operations Research from the United States Military Academy and a Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida.

In January of this year, LTC Fortier received the Non-Enterprise Black Belt Project Team Award at the Army's Lean Six Sigma Excellence Awards Program at the Pentagon for his work at Redstone Test Center. He earned his Lean Six Sigma black belt after the Army Test and Evaluation commander at Redstone Test Center mandated all of his subordinate commanders be black belt certified. LTC Fortier's numerous military awards include the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and many more.

SVAD PREMIERE & EXHIBITION 2013 posted 04/23/2013
Anastasia Angelopoulou and Konstantinos Mykoniatis, IEMS PhD students, participated in the SVAD PREMIERE & EXHIBITION 2013 with the project 'UCF Smart Mailbox.' Their project won the Best of Show Award.

Award Description: "The School of Visual Arts & Design of the University of Central Florida proudly recognizes "UCF Smart Mailbox" which won the Best of Show Award at the 2013 SVAD Graduate Exhibition on April 22, 2013. Projects were selected by the faculty among the hundreds carried out by undergraduate and graduates in Academic year 2012-2013. Your work shows what is possible when creative ideas and technological know-how come together."
 
 
Tatiana Viecco receives 2013 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship posted 03/30/2013
Tatiana Viecco was selected to receive a 2013 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship. She was selected based on her outstanding abilities and accomplishments, as well as her potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise. NSF received over 13,000 applications for the 2013 competition, and made only 2,000 award offers. Tatiana will be graduating from UCF this Spring.
Dr. Christopher Geiger named IIE Student Chapter Outstanding Faculty Advisor posted 03/29/2013
Congratulations Dr. Christopher Geiger, on being named IIE Student Chapter Outstanding Faculty Advisor Southeast Region in 2013! This award recognizes advisors that have demonstrated substantial contributions to the chapter by supporting officers and student activities through excellence as a teacher, advisor, and mentor. Thank you for your service and dedication to your students, chapters, and IIE.
IEMS Ranked No. 35 Industrial Engineering Grad Program by
U.S. News for 2014
posted 03/28/2013

The Industrial Engineering graduate program has earned a top-40 ranking in the U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools guide.

The program placed No. 35 in the nation in rankings for Best Grad Schools, up 13 spots from last year.

The program rankings are available online here, and in the Best Graduate Schools 2014 guidebook.

UCF's Industrial Engineering graduate program is designed to educate and prepare individuals interested in optimizing complex processes or systems in industry with emphasis on mathematics and quantitative methods. Students specialize in areas such as operations research, systems engineering, modeling and simulation, engineering management, quality engineering, and human factors and ergonomics.

"I am very glad that our sustained efforts to improve the quality of our M.S., M.S.I.E. and Ph.D. programs, and the introduction of our Master of Science in Engineering Management program, are paying off, especially since most programs in the top 30 have been there a long time," said Waldemar Karwowski, chair, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems.

More than 1,200 programs are reviewed nationwide for the magazine's annual graduate school guide. Scores are based on expert opinions about programs and statistical indicators that reflect the quality of faculty, researchers and students at each institution.

Dr. Jennifer Pazour wins prestigious 2013 Young Investigator Award from ONR posted 03/28/2013

Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Pazour who was awarded the prestigious 2013 Young Investigator Award from ONR. The receipt of this award is an outstanding recognition as one of the top up and coming young faculty in the nation. This is among only 16 awards made nationwide awarded to young faculty members who show exceptional promise for doing creative research.

“I am honored to be awarded a 2013 Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research,” expounded Dr. Pazour. “I am excited to begin my research on the development of models for sea-based logistic delivery systems with imperfect information.”

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UCF IIE Student Chapter Technical Paper Wins 1st Place at 2013 IIE Southeast Regional Conference  

Congratulations to IEMS undergraduate students Stefan Calle, Geoffrey Cox, Brandon Finley, Jose Sang, Patricia Truax, and Colton Younger! The students’ technical paper won 1st place in the Undergraduate Student Technical Paper Competition held at the 2013 IIE Southeast Regional Conference hosted by the University of Miami IIE Chapter in Coral Gables, FL Feb 28-Mar 3. The students’ paper, which was presented by Stefan, was entitled “Utilizing Lean Principles to Improve the Screen Printing Process at ScreenWorks USA”, and the paper competed with five other papers from universities within the region.

With this win, the UCF Chapter represents the Southeast Region at the 2013 IIE Annual Conference & Expo in Puerto Rico May 18-22. This is the second consecutive year that the UCF IIE Student Chapter will represent the Southeast Region at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo. Last year, the 2012 1st place winner could not attend the IIE Annual Conference & Expo in Orlando, FL. So, the UCF Chapter, who garnered 2nd place at the Regional Conference hosted at Auburn University, represented the Southeast Region and presented at the Annual Conference.

Dr. Luis Rabelo - Distinguished Engineering Educator Award posted 04/12/2012
Dr. Luis Rabelo was awarded the Distinguished Engineering Educator Award at the nation’s largest annual National Engineers Week Honors & Awards Banquet by the Engineers’ Council. Dr. Rabelo received the award “In recognition of his scientific achievements, his outstanding contribution to student engineering activities, his service as a role model to his students and for being a national leader in modeling and simulation education.” The 57th Honors and Awards Banquet was held Saturday, February 25, 2012 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, California where this year’s national theme was "7,000,000,000 People. Seven Billion Dreams. Engineers Turn Dreams Into Reality."
 
IIE UCF Student Chapter Receives Gold!  

Congratulations to the UCF IIE Student Chapter for winning a Gold Award in the 2011-2012 IIE International Student Chapter Recognition Program! The IIE University Chapter International Recognition Program recognizes student chapters that make significant improvements and progress in supporting the industrial engineering profession and individuals interested in and involved with improving quality and productivity.

Dr. Christopher Geiger has served as the Faculty Advisor since Fall 2007.

Dr. Haitham Bahaitham - 2011-2012 University Award for the Outstanding Dissertation
posted 04/12/2012
Dr. Haitham Bahaitham was selected to receive the 2011-2012 University Award for the Outstanding Dissertation. His dissertation titled “A Framework for Quantifying Sustainability of Lean Implementation in Healthcare Organizations” was recognized for exemplary research in the field of Industrial Engineering.
Dr. Bahaitham received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering in 2011. His major advisor was Dr. Ahmad Elshennawy, associate chair in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems. “I was tremendously blessed with my advisor’s guidance...” he explains when asked about his dissertation experience.
Dr. Bahaitham has one paper accepted for the 2012 ISERC (Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference), Orlando, Florida, May 19 – 23, 2012, while another paper “Assessing Sustainability of Lean Implementation in Healthcare: A Case Study Using the Lean Sustainability Assessment Framework (LSAF)” was recently accepted for presentation at the 2012 International Conference on Industry, Engineering, and Management Systems, Cocoa Beach, FL, March 25-28, 2012. The paper will also be submitted for publication the conference journal: Journal of Management and Engineering Integration.
Dr. Bahaitham will be honored at the Graduate Awards Breakfast on Friday, April 13, 2012.
Dr. Christopher D. Geiger Receives the CECS 2012 Award for Excellence in Professional Service posted 03/11/2012
Congratulations to Dr. Christopher D. Geiger, as he is one of two recipients of the 2012 Award for Excellence in Professional Service for the College of Engineering and Computer Science. This award recognizes faculty members within the College who have demonstrated a record of excellence in service to the University and to their profession. Dr. Geiger will be honored along with the other student and faculty recipients of excellence awards at the UCF Founder’s Day Convocation on April 4, 2012.
UCF IIE Student Chapter Technical Paper Honored at 2012 IIE Southeast Regional Conference posted 03/11/2012
Congratulations to IEMS undergraduate students Jessica Cleveland, Taniqua Gillyard, Lindsey Grinels, Paul Murno and James Reid! The students’ technical paper was recognized with a 2nd place award in the Undergraduate Student Technical Paper Competition held at the 2012 IIE Southeast Regional Conference hosted by the Auburn University IIE Chapter in Auburn, AL Feb 16-19. The students’ paper, which was entitled “Improving a Hospital Trayline through the Application of Lean Techniques”, competed with five other papers from 11 of the 15 Southeast region university chapters in attendance. This 2012 award continues the Chapter’s strong track record in the regional competition – a track record that began in 2008, continued in 2009, resumed in 2011 and now repeated in 2012. Dr. Christopher Geiger has served as the UCF IIE Student Chapter Faculty Advisor since Fall 2007.