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AUGUST 30, 2012

Vanderheiden named Human Factors and Ergonomics Society fellow

Industrial and Systems Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Professor Gregg Vanderheiden was elected a fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Recognizing outstanding achievement, superior professional performance, exceptional contributions, or personal service to the society, fellow status is one of the society’s highest honors. Vanderheiden will formally accept the election at the society’s annual meeting in October.

AUGUST 30, 2012

Article on quick response manufacturing wins national award

A 2011 about a Center for Quick Response Manufacturing success story has won a national editorial award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). "Need a light--now?" originally ran in the October 2011 issue of The Fabricator and details how Milwaukee-based Phoenix Products implemented the QRM strategy to improve its manufacturing process.

AUGUST 30, 2012

New leadership for Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Frank Pfefferkorn is the new director of the 25-year-old Manufacturing Systems Engineering program. Pfefferkorn succeeds Industrial and Systems Engineering Associate Professor Ananth Krishnamurthy.

AUGUST 30, 2012

Student IIE chapter stands out for participation

The UW-Madison student chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers has won the silver award in the institute’s annual recognition of student chapters. The award recognizes the chapter's improvements, progress and overall achievements in 2011-2012.

AUGUST 20, 2012

Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor Ben-Tzion “Bentzi” Karsh dies

Ben-Tzion “Bentzi” Karsh, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of industrial and systems engineering who also earned three degrees from UW- Madison, died August 18, 2012, after an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 40 years old.

Karsh first arrived at UW-Madison in 1989 as an undergraduate, where he majored in psychology and only touched on engineering in an elective course in industrial engineering. But it was that class that set his future: “It had sort of shown me the light,” he said in a profile written in 2001. “I was so interested in it, and that’s why I decided to pursue a master’s and PhD in industrial engineering.”

He earned master's and PhD degrees in industrial engineering in 1996 and 1999, respectively, from UW-Madison. He spent his postdoctoral fellowship studying how quality improvement programs affect nursing home patient care and employee job satisfaction, and designing better tools and technologies for small-scale farmers. He joined UW-Madison as an assistant professor in 2000. Karsh earned tenure in 2007 at the age of 35, and became a full professor earlier in 2012.

Karsh’s research focused on reducing medical errors, a leading cause of death particularly among children and the elderly, and optimizing human interaction with technology in healthcare settings. Known as one of the leading thinkers in applying human factors to healthcare systems, he was invited to lecture about medical errors and related topics worldwide, and his papers are routinely cited as some of the best in the world.

He also was a passionate teacher and mentor, taking students to hospitals to meet healthcare providers and patients. He was among the first engineering professors to videotape his lectures and he taught summer and online courses for healthcare professionals. Under Karsh's guidance, more than half a dozen students earned their PhD; he once said that of all his accolades, he was most proud of the PhD students who earned awards and fellowships under his mentorship.

Karsh and his wife, Arielle, have two children, Nadav (3 years old), and Emmanuelle (19 months). In lieu of flowers, the family has established college trusts for Emmanuelle and Nadav through EdVest. To contribute, contact either the family, or Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor and Chair Vicki Bier.

A funeral service was held August 20.

MAY 2, 2012

High honors for widely-cited Linderoth paper

A paper written by Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor Jeff Linderoth was selected as one of the best papers in the 20-year history of the Association for Computing Machinery's International Symposium on High-Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing. The 2000 paper, "An enabling framework for master-worker applications on the computational grid," has been cited nearly 250 times, according to Google Scholar.

MAY 1, 2012

Grants and graduate support for Wiegmann, Shi

Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor Doug Wiegmann, along with doctoral student Chris Johnson, received a $50,000 technology transfer grant from the UW Graduate School Innovation and Economic Development Research (IEDR) Program. The grant will provide financial support to further develop and commercialize aviation weather simulation technology they have developed in the flight simulator laboratory.

Through IEDR, Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor Leyuan Shi also received $50,000 to support her research and a research assistant.

MARCH 26, 2012

Carayon named co-editor-in-chief

Professor Pascale Carayon has agreed to serve as co-editor-in-chief with John Wilson and Ken Parsons from the UK for Applied Ergonomics, an influential journal in the field of human factors and ergonomics.

MARCH 22, 2012

Gustafson joins NIH study section

The Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health Study Section of the NIH Center for Scientific Review has invited Prof. David H. Gustafson to serve a four-year term as a member beginning July 1, 2012. For this important national biomedical research effort, study sections review grant applications, make recommendations on applications to an NIH national advisory council or board, and survey the status of research in their fields.

MARCH 14, 2012

Professor Shi appointed editor for T-ASE

Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor Leyuan Shi recently was appointed editor for Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, a publication of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

MARCH 13, 2012

UW ISyE Graduate Program Ranked #7 in US

U.S. News and World Report has ranked University of Wisconsin-Madison seventh among industrial engineering graduate programs. Click Here for More

JANUARY 13, 2012

Wright, Nowak And Figueiredo Earn Best Paper Award

The IEEE Signal Processing Society will award McFarland-Bascom Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Robert D. Nowak, Industrial Engineering and Computer Science Professor Stephen J. Wright and Instituto Superior Técnico Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Mário A.T. Figueiredo with a best paper award for their 2009 paper, “Sparse reconstruction by separable approximation.” They will receive the award at the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing at the end of March.

JANUARY 12, 2012

Robinson Wins Kimball Medal

Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor Emeritus Stephen Robinson received the 2011 George E. Kimball Medal from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). Robinson was cited for his many contributions to the field of operations research and the management sciences and his distinguished service to INFORMS. In addition to research, he has been heavily involved in professional and public service. He served two terms as treasurer and secretary of INFORMS, and had extensive publications experience as associate editor of Operations Research, Mathematics of Operations Research and as member of the combined publications committee, among others.


DECEMBER 16, 2011

European commission funds cloud computing initiative begun at UW

A coalition of the UW-Madison Trace R&D Center and 30 partners, including Microsoft, Mozilla, and universities and research organizations, has received $13 million from the European Commission to research and develop cloud computing in support of the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) originally proposed by Trace Center Director, Industrial and Systems Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Professor Gregg Vanderheiden. The goal of GPII is to provide on-demand, personalized information and communication technology interfaces allowing people with disability, literacy and age-related barriers to fully participate in technical society. In addition, Vanderheiden’s team has created a Switzerland-based non-profit association called Raising the Floor – International, which will serve as the coordinating organization for worldwide efforts to develop GPII.

DECEMBER 16, 2011

Alagoz named associate editor for two industry publications

Industrial and Systems Engineering Associate Professor Oguzhan Alagoz recently agreed to serve as an associate editor for both Operations Research, a publication of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, and IIE Transactions, a publication of the Institute of Industrial Engineers.

DECEMBER 16, 2011

ISyE renews Alpha Pi

The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering recently revitalized its chapter of Alpha Pi Mu, a national honor society dedicated to honoring outstanding industrial engineering students. The department recognized new student members at its November 28 scholarship reception.

DECEMBER 5, 2011

Grant funds effort to improve patient OR to ICU transitions

The U.S. Department of Defense recently awarded Industrial and Systems Engineering Associate Professor Doug Wiegmann and colleagues from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center an additional $1.2 million to complete the second phase of their project to design the operating room of the future. This new phase will explore ways to improve patients’ transition from the operating room to the postoperative intensive care unit.

NOVEMBER 3, 2011

Professor Suri featured in APICS Magazine

The Sept/Oct 2011 issue of APICS Magazine, published by the Association for Operations Management, contained a one-page profile of Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor Rajan Suri's contributions to manufacturing competitiveness and manufacturing education. The profile included mentions of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Center for Quick Response Manufacturing. Read Here

OCTOBER 26, 2011

Professor Carayon earns Distinguished Service Award

Professor Pascale Carayon has earned the 2012 Triennial Distinguished Service Award from the International Ergonomics Association. The award recognizes “outstanding contributions to the promotion, development and advancement of the IEA.” The award will be presented on February 12, 2012.

OCTOBER 4, 2011

Student films win awards at ACM conference on ubiquitous computing

Two student teams won awards at the 13th ACM International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, held September 17-21, in Beijing, China. The students created the films as projects in ISyE 691, Human-computer Interaction, led by Industrial and Systems Engineering Assistant Professor Enid Montague. The winning films were “Touch Live Connect,” for Best Narration, by Chelsea Wanta, Asim Kadav, Kyung Lee, and Nai wen Claire Yu, and “WiscFit”, for Best Lo-fi Prototyping, by Daniel Nicolalde, John Capista, Elizabeth Konkol, and Mitchelle Lyle.

SEPTEMBER 15, 2011

Prof. Bier quoted about infrastructure protection

An article on quoted Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor Vicki Bier regarding her work on critical infrastructure protection. Bier’s analysis showed that while expenditures reduced risk at most facilities, the cost-effectiveness of the security improvements varied widely. Sites where security risks were easily fixed were the most cost-effective investments. Read the article at

SEPTEMBER 15, 2011

Influential paper by Prof. Karsh selected best paper

A paper written by Industrial and Systems Engineering Associate Professor Ben-Tzion Karsh was cited as a “Best Paper Selection in Human Factors and Organizational Issues” by the International Medical Informatics Association. The paper, “Health Information Technology: Fallacies and Sober Realities,” was coauthored by Matthew B. Weinger, Patricia A. Abbott, and Robert L. Wears and published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association in October 2010. It has been influential in the establishment of a newly funded research program at the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, which focuses on understanding clinical information needs and healthcare decision making processes. Since publication, the paper has been downloaded more than 1,500 times.

SEPTEMBER 14, 2011

Funding announced for research on minimizing work disability in breast cancer survivors

The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research has selected a research proposal by Mary Sesto for $600,000 total funding for three years. The research in improving work ability among breast cancer survivors will evaluate the effectiveness of a patient-centered, web-based, decision-support tool to minimize work disability in breast-cancer survivors.

Work by Dr. Sesto and her colleagues has appeared in related news.

AUGUST 17, 2011

Wiegmann to serve as NASA advisor

Prof. Douglas A. Wiegmann has been invited by NASA headquarters in Washington, DC, to serve as an external expert adviser on human factors and mission safety associated with the next generation of space flight and exploration.

JULY 14, 2011

AMIA member recognized for outstanding contributions to nursing

AMIA and NIWG leadership are pleased to announce that AMIA member Patricia F. Brennan, RN, PhD, FAAN, has been selected to receive the Virginia K. Saba Nursing Informatics Leadership Award, one of two research awards presented by the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. The award will be presented at STTI’s 41st Biennial Convention, Oct. 29-Nov. 2, in Grapevine, Texas.

Dr. Brennan, University of Wisconsin School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin, served as AMIA President from 2000-2001. Current AMIA President & CEO Ted Shortliffe, recalls, “Patti is the first woman and the first nurse to lead AMIA during an important point in its development. As president, she served as the board chair and helped to strategically place informatics at the forefront of healthcare and AMIA as a thought leader in informatics.”

“Nurses and other health care professionals nominate colleagues for these awards as a way to recognize professional excellence and personal commitment to making a significant contribution,” said STTI President Karen H. Morin, DSN, RN, ANEF.

AMIA’s Nursing Informatics Working Group nominated Dr. Brennan on behalf of AMIA for this prestigious award. Please join us in offering Patti our warmest congratulations.

JULY 1, 2011

Quick-response manufacturing spreads to the Netherlands

A new Center for Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) has opened in the Netherlands and has helped a Belgian awnings and screens manufacturer, Harol, win a 2011 best practice in logistics award from the Belgium-based magazine Industry Technology and Management. The new center is based on the QRM strategy developed at the UW-Madison QRM Center, which was founded by Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor Emeritus Rajan Suri and is now directed by Associate Professor Ananth Krishnamurthy.

JULY 1, 2011

Students present healthcare posters

Three industrial and systems engineering PhD students presented posters at the 2011 Cleveland Clinic Health Care Quality Innovation Summit 2011, held in May in Cleveland, Ohio. Matt Austin presented a poster titled “An assessment of the validity of the Leapfrog hospital efficiency measure.” Ajay Jayakumar and Oscar Perez presented “Role of information systems in the flow of information from a hospital to skilled nursing facility.” Jayakumar also presented “Employing industrial engineering techniques to assess and improve nursing care in a high demand medical unit.”

JUNE 7, 2011

Gutierrez earns the 2011 Regents Academic Staff Excellence Award

Alfonso Gutierrez, director of the UW RFID Lab and director of research and education for the University of Wisconsin E-Business Consortium, has been selected to receive the 2011 Regents Academic Staff Excellence Award. This award is intended to recognize and reward outstanding academic staff members from among all the UW System institutions.

This year marks Alfonso’s 10-year anniversary with the UW E-Business Consortium. Over the past 10 years, Alfonso’s leadership of several innovative multidisciplinary university-industry partnerships has placed the College of Engineering and the campus in the international spotlight and garnered recognition for UW-Madison as a preeminent center for thought leadership in RFID and other emerging information technologies and their applications in various industries. His efforts have made a substantial impact on research, knowledge transfer and outreach to industry, and advanced the Wisconsin Idea. His personal mentoring and tutelage of dozens of students (ranging from high school to PhD students) has had a profound positive influence on their lives by enhancing their career-readiness and instilling in them a great level of self-confidence and a passion for lifelong learning. Alfonso has received numerous awards honoring his impactful contributions including an official Certificate of Commendation from Governor Jim Doyle in recognition of his role as an innovator and his contributions towards expanding innovation in Wisconsin and growing our state’s economy.

In the award notification letter, Regent Charles Pruitt, president of the Board of Regents, and Regent John Drew, chair of the Academic Staff Excellence Awards Committee, state that, “The award pays tribute to your impressive dedication as a leader and contributor of critical research support at UW-Madison and signifies the high regard with which you are held by your colleagues, your institution, the UW System, and the Board of Regents. We applaud your professionalism, impressive accomplishments, and outstanding devotion to the quality of research and education in the University of Wisconsin System.”

JUNE 1, 2011

Zimmerman featured in news about medications in nursing homes

May 9 the CBS Evening News featured Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor David Zimmerman in a story about unnecessary use of antipsychotic medications to treat dementia patients in nursing homes. Watch the video at and read the related article at

APRIL 22, 2011

Natalie Abts and Molly Snellman receive AAUW fellowships

The American Association of University Women has awarded $18,000 Selected Professions Fellowships to two graduate students advised by Prof. Ben-Tzion Karsh, Natalie Abts and Molly Snellman, to support their research. The fellowships were awarded to only 22 masters students in the U.S.

APRIL 10, 2011

Veeramani chosen for ASEE award

Robert A. Ratner Undergraduate Chair and Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering Raj Veeramani has received the 2011 Isador T. Davis Award from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). The award, which comes with a $1,000 honorarium, recognizes Veeramani for promoting excellence in engineering education through industry involvement and improving diversity in ASEE. Veeramani will receive the award at the ASEE annual conference, June 26-29, in Vancouver, Canada.

APRIL 7, 2011

Jonathan Welburn receives NSF fellowship

ISyE graduate student Jonathan Welburn has been selected to receive a 2011 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program Fellowship. The selection was based on outstanding abilities and accomplishments, as well as potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the U.S. science and engineering enterprise.

MARCH 31, 2011

Mavis (Chen) Wang wins award at Homeland Security Summit

Mavis (Chen) Wang, an ISyE student advised by Prof. Vicki Bier, won an award for her white paper entitled "Optimal Defensive Resource Allocations in the Face of Uncertain Terrorist Preferences with Emphasis on Transportation," at the 5th Annual University Programs Summit held by the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, DC, March 30-April 1, 2011.

MARCH 31, 2011

Wright named SIAM fellow

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) has named Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor Stephen Wright a SIAM fellow for outstanding contributions to applied mathematics and computational science through research in the field and service to the larger community.

The 2011 Class of Fellows comprises individuals from wide-ranging areas who were nominated by the SIAM community and will be recognized in July at the 7th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM 2011) in Vancouver, British Columbia.

A complete list of the 2011 Class of Fellows is available on the SIAM website.

MARCH 9, 2011
Moving beyond lean: Quick response manufacturing

MARCH 8, 2011

Alagoz earns Outstanding Young IE in Education Award

The Institute of Industrial Engineers will present the Outstanding Young IE in Education Award to Oguzhan Alagoz at the annual IIE meeting in May. The award "recognizes individuals in academia who have demonstrated outstanding characteristics in leadership, professionalism, and potential in industrial engineering. The award recognizes engineering contributions in application, design, research, or development of IE methods."

MARCH 1, 2011

UWEBC presents to Chinese delegation

Chancellor Biddy Martin invited representatives from the UW E-business Consortium to make a presentation about its successful university and industry collaborations to a visiting delegation from the Beijing Sports University in China. The delegation was on campus as part of the ongoing cultural exchange between the two universities. Robert A. Ratner Undergraduate Chair and Professor Raj Veeramani, the consortium's founder and executive director, says the invitation to present on February 17 was great encouragement for the entire group.

FEBRUARY 15, 2011

PhD student Elise Wu wins award for paper

Industrial and systems engineering PhD student Elise Wu won a second-place award in the Society for Health Systems graduate student paper competition. Wu will be presenting her paper, titled "Cost-effectiveness of laparoscopic mini-gastric, laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, and laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass for morbid obesity," the week of February 21 at the Society of Health Systems conference in Orlando, Florida.


DECEMBER 22, 2010
University simulator is meant to find what drives us to distraction

DECEMBER 15, 2010

Professor Shi named IEEE fellow

Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor Leyuan Shi has been named an IEEE fellow, one of the most prestigious IEEE honors. Given to a select group of recipients after a rigorous evaluation procedure, the grade of fellow recognizes significant research contributions. Shi was recognized for contributions to nested partitions optimization methodology.

Also named were Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Luke Mawst and Milton J. and A. Maude Shoemaker Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering Tom Kuech. Mawst was recognized for contributions to semiconductor lasers, and Kuech was recognized for contributions to electronic materials growth for epitaxial devices.

DECEMBER 15, 2010

Hy-Vee partners with ISyE faculty

Hy-Vee Inc. awarded a $220,481 grant to Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor Raj Veeramani and Associate Professor Ananth Krishnamurthy for a research project on automation and optimization of distribution center operations.

The project will establish an evaluation framework and analytical models to gain fundamental insights into the effects automation can have on the performance of distribution operations at the center level, as well as effects on the entire distribution network.

Hy-Vee is a corporate partner of the UW School of Human Ecology Center for Retailing Excellence, with which Veeramani and Krishnamurthy are affiliated as leaders in the center's retail supply chain optimization area.

Also named were Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Luke Mawst and Milton J. and A. Maude Shoemaker Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering Tom Kuech. Mawst was recognized for contributions to semiconductor lasers, and Kuech was recognized for contributions to electronic materials growth for epitaxial devices.

DECEMBER 15, 2010

Quality center highlighted as a success story

In November, the Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement (CQPI), directed by Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor Pascale Carayon, was recognized in a report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The report, titled Using Health IT: Eight Quality Improvement Stories, highlighted projects funded by the AHRQ in 2009 that demonstrate successful outcomes for health IT applications. CQPI researchers were highlighted for their computerized provider order entry (CPOE) project conducted at Geisinger Health System, which received more than $1.4 million in funding from AHRQ. Carayon's team examined the effects of implementing CPOE in four intensive care units.

Programs like CPOE have been shown to reduce errors in prescribing, administering or dispensing medication. These errors lead to 7,000 deaths each year. Read the report at

DECEMBER 15, 2010

PhD student receives INFORMS scholarship

Industrial and systems engineering PhD student Turgay Ayer received the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Bonder Scholarship for applied operations research in health services. Ayer received the INFORMS scholarship for the potential of his research to make a significant contribution to his field, as well as the quality of his preparation for a program of applied operations research in health care. The scholarship provides $5,000 in funding and travel grants.

DECEMBER 3, 2010

Human factors research project cited as a success story

The project “Using human factors research to increase the success of a health information technology implementation” by Pascale Carayon and the Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement is cited in a recent report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

This project, supported by a Transforming Quality Through Success of a Health Health IT Value grant, successfully used human factors research to increase the success of a computerized provider order entry system.

NOVEMBER 30, 2010

Suri inducted to Manufacturing Hall of Fame 2010

NOVEMBER 29, 2010

Hy-Vee, Inc., awards grant to Veeramani and Krishnamurthy

Hy-Vee, Inc. has awarded a $220,481 grant to Industrial & Systems Engineering Professors Raj Veeramani and Ananth Krishnamurthy for a research project on automation and optimization of distibution center (DC) operations.

Recent advances in DC automation systems are enabling fundamentally new approaches to DC operations in the retail industry, especially the ways in which products are put-away, picked and packed for delivery to stores, that can result in enhanced flexibility and optimized performance of the entire distribution network. The goal of this project is to develop an evaluation framework and analytical models to gain fundamental insights into the impact that automation can have on the performance of distribution operations at an individual DC level, as well as the distribution network as a whole.

Hy-Vee, Inc. is a corporate partner of the UW School of Human Ecology’s Center for Retailing Excellence with which Professors Veeramani and Krishnamurthy are affiliated, leading the Center’s research thrust area in retail supply chain optimization. With sales of more than $6.9 billion and more than 231 retail stores across eight Midwestern states, Hy-Vee ranks among the top 30 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States.

These campus collaborations are critical to our department's ability to achieve our goal of re-inventing manufacturing!

NOVEMBER 29, 2010

Shi selected IEEE Fellow

The IEEE Fellow Committee has selected Leyuan Shi as IEEE Fellow effective January 1, 2011, “for contributions to nested partitions optimization methodology.”

NOVEMBER 18, 2010

Ayer receives INFORMS Bonder Scholarship

Turgay Ayer, a PhD student of Oguzhan Alagoz, has received the INFORMS Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Health Services (among 26 submissions) for his proposed research program’s potential for making a significant contribution to the field of applied OR in health care systems as well as the quality of preparation to undertake a program of applied operations research in the field of health care. More information about this award is available at

NOVEMBER 11, 2010

New simulator puts UW-Madison on the map for driving research

NOVEMBER 1, 2010

Operating room of the future receives DOD funding

Industrial and Systems Engineering Associate Professor Doug Wiegmann, in collaboration with researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, has been awarded a two-year $2.1-million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense for a project to design the operating room of the future. The project will involve studying trauma surgery teams and simulation-based scenarios to design and evaluate interventions for improving team performance and surgical outcomes. The project is renewable for an additional four years for a total of $6.3 million over six years.

NOVEMBER 1, 2010

Karsh will represent Wisconsin at NAE symposium

Industrial and Systems Engineering Associate Professor Ben-Tzion Karsh will represent Wisconsin at the second Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium, hosted by the National Academy of Engineering. Karsh is one of 53 engineering educators selected to participate in the symposium, which brings together early-career faculty members who are developing and implementing innovative educational approaches in a variety of engineering disciplines. The symposium will be held Dec. 13-16 in Irvine, California.

OCTOBER 15, 2010

Bier a leader at California terrorism risk center

Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor Vicki Bier was quoted in an article by the Center for Public Integrity regarding Homeland Security risk analysis. The article states that the Department of Homeland Security is using the wrong mathematic approach to assess the risk of terrorist attacks. Read the story at

OCTOBER 15, 2010

Students revive UW Human Factors and Ergonomics Society chapter

A group of industrial and systems engineering students revived the UW-Madison chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society this past year. Their work garnered a silver-level chapter award from the national Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. The students received the award at the society's annual meeting, held September 28, in San Francisco, California.

OCTOBER 13, 2010
Major grant aims at breaking the habit of implicit bias

OCTOBER 11, 2010

Work on computational optimization cited in UW Foundation news

The Summer 2010 Digest newsletter published by UW Foundation cited work by Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor James Luedtke on computational optimization for decision makers in "Better decisions, better outcomes" (page 4). A related article appears in the Summer 2010 issue of ISyE News.

SEPTEMBER 17, 2010

Chancellor Martin meets faculty, tours labs, and visits with students

Chancellor Biddy Martin  meets faculty members, tours labs, and visits students to learn more about the department.

Chancellor Biddy Martin (third from left) meets with students.

AUGUST 29, 2010

Flashing stop signs get attention

Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor John Lee was quoted in a Kansas City Star article about flashing stop signs installed in Kansas City, Missouri. His comments were re-published by USA Today in an article titled Sign of the times: “Stop” gets flashy to attract attention.

AUGUST 14, 2010

NSF funding boosts packaging and printing industry partnership

Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor Raj Veeramani and Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Marc Anderson have received a one-year, $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to supplement more than $600,000 in existing funding for their Partnership for Innovation in Wisconsin’s Packaging and Printing Industry grant. The additional funding will support a collaborative project with Seneca Foods to develop and apply inorganic thin-film nanoporous oxides as benign coatings in the food canning industry. The coatings would replace current organic coatings, such as bisphenol-A, that pose health and environmental concerns. Anderson will study the fundamental interfacial chemistry associated with applying coatings, while Veeramani will develop evaluation frameworks and models to quantify the environmental, economic and social effects of using inorganic coatings. Since can manufacturers ship approximately 30 billion cans of food annually, this research could help make the case for the can-manufacturing industry to accept and adopt inorganic coatings.

AUGUST 14, 2010

Montague presents in Brazil

Industrial and Systems Engineering Assistant Professor Enid Montague presented a keynote speech and workshop at the Brazilian Ergonomics Congress and the Latin American Ergonomics Congress, held August 2-6 in Rio de Janeiro. Montague discussed trust as a mechanism for macroergonomic sustainability.

AUGUST 14, 2010

ISyE graduate student wins poster award

Industrial and systems engineering PhD student Joy Rodriguez, advised by ISyE Associate Professor Ben-Tzion Karsh, won second place honorable mention in the student poster competition at the first Healthcare Systems Engineering Research and Education Leadership Workshop, held at the University of Arkansas. Rodriguez presented "ICU nursing contributions to medication management and the role of health information technology" at the National Science Foundations sponsored-workshop, held in May.

JUNE 15, 2010

Partnership with UW-Madison Center for Quick Response Manufacturing

Over the past five years, Milwaukee-based special-purpose lighting equipment manufacturer Phoenix Products and the UW-Madison Center for Quick Response Manufacturing have established an ongoing partnership with significant results. Overall, the company has cut overtime costs by 75 percent and witnessed a 46-percent increase in inventory turns and a 27-percent increase in revenue per plant hours. Industrial and Systems Engineering Associate Professor Ananth Krishnamurthy, who directs the center, says the partnership is a win-win. “Our industry partners help us understand important issues faced by Wisconsin manufacturers in today’s competitive market, and together we work toward finding new solutions to these tough problems and implementing them.” Read more about the partnership at

MAY 28, 2010
Partnering with UW-Madison QRM center gives Phoenix Products a bright future

MAY 15, 2010

Graduate Engineering Research Scholars program reports six NSF fellows in last three years

Three students in the Graduate Engineering Research Scholars program are recent recipients of the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, bringing the total number of GERS NSF fellows to six in the last three years. The recent recipients are Arrielle Opotowsky, advised by Materials Science and Engineering Professor Max Lagally, Shannon Roberts, advised by Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor John Lee, and Quyen Tran, advised by Biomedical Engineering Assistant Professor Brenda Ogle. The coveted fellowship recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in the U.S. and abroad. Each student receives a three-year annual stipend of $30,000 along with a $10,500 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees, a one-time $1,000 international travel allowance and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S., or foreign institution of graduate education. As the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the GRFP has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers. The reputation of the GRFP follows recipients and often helps them become life-long leaders that contribute significantly to both scientific innovation and teaching.

APRIL 29, 2010
College to honor faculty, staff in May 4 celebration

MARCH 11, 2010
Alliance brings e-business best practices to Wisconsin manufacturers

FEBRUARY 16, 2010
Not-so-riskybusiness: New computational models will offer decision support

JANUARY 12, 2010

Mitchelle Lyle, an undergraduate student in the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory in Industrial and Systems Engineering, competed in the Technical Research Exhibition Competition at the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Fall Regional Conference. Ms. Lyle won first place for the oral presentation component and second for the poster presentation component, showcasing research she conducted as a participant of the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience. The title of her paper is “The relationship between user trust in websites and usability,” which will be included in the NSBE national convention technical proceedings.

JANUARY 6, 2010

Valdez receives Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality dissertation grant

Rupa Valdez, a health systems engineering student of Professor Patricia Brennan, has received a dissertation grant from AHRQ. This competitive award is presented to just 15 doctoral student nationally. This highly respected award from a national review panel provides support for stipend and research. Valdez’s work seeks to reduce racial and ethnic healthcare disparities through new, culturally-responsive approaches to the design of health information technologies.


OCTOBER 29, 2009
Tailored care: Breast cancer screening models earns Alagoz CAREER award

OCTOBER 27, 2009
Private-public collaboration will enhance patient safety during blood collection and transfusion

OCTOBER 9, 2009
Leading the effort to change personal health records

JUNE 8, 2009

Erenay wins best PhD scientific poster award at IERC

Safa Erenay, a PhD student of Professor Oguzhan Alagoz, has won the best Ph.D. scientific poster award in the Ph.D. Colloquium at the Industrial Engineering Research Conference (IERC) 2009 in Miami, FL, June 1, 2009. Safa won the best poster award among a total of 40 submissions for his dissertation research entitled “Optimal Screening Policy for Colorectal Cancer Prevention &Surveillance.”

MAY 29, 2009
In tough times, printing company uses UW-Madison-developed methods to recover

APRIL 16, 2009

Shi paper selected for IEEE T-ASE Best Paper Award

The paper “Hybrid Nested Partitions and Mathematical Programming Approach and Its Applications,” by Liang Pi, Yunpeng Pan, and Leyuan Shi has been selected by the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering Editor in Chief Prof. Viswanadham and the T-ASE Editorial Board as the recipient of the IEEE T-ASE Best Paper Award. The paper appeared in the October 2008 issue. [Access from UW-Madison]

JANUARY 20, 2009
Pilot decision-making study takes wing


OCTOBER 9, 2008
UW E-Business Consortium celebrates ten years of serving Wisconsin companies

OCTOBER 1, 2008
Record career fair connects thousands of UW-Madison engineering students with recruiters

SEPTEMBER 25, 2008
Dynamic new faculty members can make a mark on research, education

AUGUST 27, 2008
Madison XO laptop project brings innovative tool to local children

Chhatwal wins student paper competition award

AUGUST 22, 2008
Jagpreet Chhatwal, PhD candidate in Industrial & Systems Engineer Department won the 2008 Student Paper Competition Award given by Decision Analysis Society (DAS) of INFORMS for his paper, “Optimal breast biopsy decision-making based on mammographic features and demographic factors.” This work was done under the supervision of Prof. Oguzhan Alagoz (primary advisor) and Dr. Elizabeth Burnside (clinical advisor), who are also the co-authors of this paper.

The Student Paper Competition Award is given annually to the best decision analysis paper by a student author, as judged by a panel of the Decision Analysis Society of INFORMS. The award is accompanied by a plaque and a $500 honorarium. The winner will also be invited to briefly present his or her paper at the Fall INFORMS meeting in Washington, DC, October 12-15, 2008.

More information about the DAS can be found at

JUNE 20, 2008

Karsh and Holden receive award for “Best Paper” in Human Factors for 2008

Ben-Tzion Karsh, Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Richard Holden, M.S., a Ph.D. student of Dr. Karsh, recently received a “Best Paper” award in Human Factors for 2008 by the International Medical Informatics Association for their paper “Holden, R. J. and Karsh, B. (2007). A review of medical error reporting system design considerations and a proposed cross-level research framework. Human Factors, 49(2), 257-276.” Best paper awards have been given out by the International Medical Informatics Association each year since 1992.

MAY 22, 2008
College honors faculty and staff

Latest ISyE newsletter published

FEBRUARY 27, 2008
RFID technology explored to improve safety, quality of the nation's blood supply

FEBRUARY 15, 2008
Two UW-Madison engineers elected to national academy


OCTOBER 19, 2007
Built to last: New Mechanical Engineering Building ready for generations of innovation

JANUARY 15, 2007
ISyE rated number one in scholarly productivity
Academic Analytics rated the UW-Madison Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering number one in its newly released 2005 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index. The Index ranks 7,294 doctoral programs in 104 disciplines at 354 institutions. Productivity for each faculty member was measured in grant dollars, publications, journal citations, and honors and awards received. The aggregated z-score for the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering placed it in the top 1.5 percent of productive departments. UW-Madison also was rated third in nuclear engineering. Read more at

The University of Wisconsin-Madison chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers to host the IIE Regional Conference in 2010


DECEMBER 27, 2006
Graduate certificate in patient safety introduced

DECEMBER 19, 2006
UW-Madison professor leads national effort to improve medical records

JULY 20, 2006
New program to advance personal h ealth care through technology

MAY 11, 2006
Five faculty win National Science Foundation CAREER Awards

MARCH 22, 2006
Cancer patients get emotional benefits from participating in online support groups

JANUARY 26, 2006
Study examines use of online breast cancer support groups

JANUARY 20, 2006
Take-home lessons: Classroom projects translate into immediate workplace gains


DECEMBER 6, 2005
Study finds organizations can affect physician job satisfaction

FALL 2005
Fall 2005 newsletter, Institute of Industrial Engineers Chapter #884 (PDF)

SEPTEMBER 12, 2005
New faculty boast diverse skills

AUGUST 22, 2005
Despite gains, women still face bias in science careers

MAY 16, 2005
College of Engineering faculty/staff awards

APRIL 18, 2005
Engineering students take top honors in business plan competition

APRIL 18, 2005
UW-Madison professor aids effort to develop standard healthcare assessments

MARCH 21, 2005
UW-Madison workgroup helps state companies tap the power of RFID

MARCH 7, 2005
Time is money

JANUARY 3, 2005
New IE name reflects broader focus


MAY 31, 2004
Accessibility technologies help vets use WWII Memorial info kiosks

MARCH 15, 2004
Taking care of care workers

FEBRUARY 2, 2004
Is bar-coding the best medicine?


NOVEMBER 24, 2003
Research team works to protect critical infrastructure

NOVEMBER 17, 2003
E-Business Institute helps industries enhance business strategies

OCTOBER 27, 2003
Trace Center awarded five-year, $5 million grant to improve access to information technologies

SEPTEMBER 15, 2003
Open communicaton: Shared code could facilitate health-care information transfer

New faculty join college

JULY 14, 2003
Consortium helps credit unions map e-commerce strategy

JUNE 25, 2003
UW-Madison receives $10 million for cancer communications research

MAY 5, 2003
Engineering students win two places in the G. Steven Burrill Technology Business Plan Competition

MARCH 24, 2003
Sanders, Palecek, Shusta and Ceglarek win NSF CAREER awards

MARCH 3, 2003
Alliance brings e-business technologies to Wisconsin manufacturers

JANUARY 27, 2003
UW manufacturing solution synchronizes Rockwell work flow

JANUART 13, 2003
Paths to Recovery

JANUARY 6, 2003
Learning from Medical Mistakes


Seventeen new faculty join college

MARCH 11, 2002
Trace Center assists firm in making accessible door entry

FEBRUARY 18, 2002
Madison quality indicators keep nursing care on track

JANUARY 28, 2002
Students play vital role in state e-business initiatives


OCTOBER 29, 2001
Employee "work memory" affects rotation scheduling

OCTOBER 8, 2001
Professor studies nuclear safety in deregulated landscape

SEPTEMBER 17, 2001
New faculty members set to make teaching, research impact

Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin visits engineering campus

MAY 7, 2001
Virtual house calls: In-home computer-based system optimizes patient care

JULY 23, 2001
Industrial engineering team helps improve output at Springs Window Fashions

JULY 16, 2001
Exploring the options

APRIL 30, 2001
"One of the most successful Expos in recent memory"

FEBRUARY 5, 2001
Advance makes voting machines easier to use

FALL-WINTER 2001-2002
Faculty Profile: Ben-Tzion Karsh

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