Industrial Engineering Students Recognized with Departmental Awards
The Department of Industrial Engineering recognizes students each spring at the annual Industrial Engineering Student Awards Banquet. This year, the event returned to the pre-pandemic format with faculty, students, staff and alumni gathering in downtown Fayetteville on April 27.
The department presented its most prestigious awards and the Arkansas Academy of Industrial Engineering awarded over $224,500 in scholarships to 62 deserving students.
The Outstanding Senior and Outstanding Graduate Student awards are intended to recognize the best undergraduate and graduate student in industrial engineering. Winners are selected by faculty vote based on excellence in academic performance, leadership, service, collegiality, ethics, and dedication. The Graduate Research Award is also selected by faculty vote and recognizes the graduate student who has made the most valuable contribution to the department’s research efforts in 2021.
The Outstanding Graduate Student Honor for 2022 went to Mohammadmahdi Hajiha. Together with his advisor, Xiao Liu, Hajiha has conducted research on Bayesian statistics with applications in various fields including predictive analytics, statistical learning, and machine learning. He published his research in the Journal of Quality Technologyhas an article undergoing second-round review with the Journal of Systems Reliability and Safety Engineering and author of a book chapter in the Smart Energy Systems Handbook. He completed an operational research internship at FedEx Freight, within the network optimization team. He was also active on campus, serving as an officer of the Iranian Student Association.
The 2021 Graduate Research Prize has been awarded to Maryam Kheirandish. Kheirandish has conducted research on medical decision making. She has developed a historical modeling method and machine learning algorithms for the prediction of tuberculosis treatment outcomes. In 2021, she publishes this book in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association and presented it at the INFORMS annual meeting. Her adviser, Shengfan Zhang, praises her performance as a data manager for several collaborative research projects, where she designs data collection forms and trains international team members on data-related issues. .
The Outstanding Senior Award is intended to recognize the most outstanding undergraduate industrial engineering student graduating in fall 2021 or graduating in spring or summer 2022.
Coleman Warren was recognized this year as the 2022 Outstanding Senior in Industrial Engineering. Warren has represented the core values of this award at the highest level throughout his time on campus. Witness his selection as our ArcBest Outstanding Freshman in 2019, a great start to his college career. But his accolades don’t stop there. He served our department as a senior project manager and as an officer in our student chapter of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering. He served our college as a first-year engineering peer mentor. He served the entire student body of the university as President of the Associated Student Government. He started an ice cream company, Simple + Sweet Creamery, which focuses on ending child hunger in northwest Arkansas. To date, Simple + Sweet has donated over 35,000 meals through the NWA Food Bank. Somehow, in addition, he managed to maintain a 4.0 GPA and complete an honors undergraduate thesis. In 2021 he received a Truman Fellowship and in 2022 he was named a Rhodes Scholar, making him the only undergraduate in U of A history to receive both prestigious awards.
Coleman was also recently selected as a 2022 Outstanding Senior Student for the College of Engineering.
Graduates with Distinction
Seniors who have completed an honors thesis have been recognized this year as an additional feature. The following students completed an honors thesis:
- Brandon Jerome: Analyzing Northwest Arkansas Highway Network Vulnerabilities Using Mathematical Optimizationadvised by Kelly Sullivan.
- Coleman Warren: A spatiotemporal analysis of pantry accessibility in Washington County, Arkansasadvised by Ashlea Milburn.
- Luke Weiner: Comparing Actively Managed Mutual Fund Categories to Index Funds Using Linear Regression and Portfolio Optimizationadvised by Greg Parnell.
- Luke Welch: Implementation of the CMS+ sports ranking algorithm in a JavaFx environmentadvised by Richard Cassady.
Industry Sponsored Awards
Every year the ArcBest Corporation sponsors the Outstanding Freshman Award. This award is given to a first-year engineering student who has declared industrial engineering as their major and who is selected by the faculty and staff of the University First-year engineering program.
The ArcBest Outstanding Freshman 2022 award goes to Daniel Terry.
corporate sponsor Oil conveyors presents the annual Hytrol Challenge Award, given annually to the top team in a Transportation Logistics or Facilities Logistics course competition. This year, the competition concerns a group project as an introduction to transport logistics.
The team of Emma Reger and austin woods are the Hytrol Challenge Award recipients for 2021. Regier and Wood achieved the highest average score on three projects in INEG 4633: Transportation Logistics in Fall 2021. The three projects related to contract optimization LTL pricing, locating facilities in a supply chain network, and designing vehicle routes to meet over 250 delivery requests.