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ISyE NEWS :The Industrial & Systems Engineering Department Newsletter

FALL / WINTER 2010-11

Featured articles

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

Google executive addresses Wisconsin industry at E-business conference

Chancellor Martin visits ISyE department

Major grant aims at breaking the habit of implicit bias

Leading the effort to change personal health records

2010-11 ISyE Scholarhips

Students revive Human Factors & Ergonomics Society chapter

Alumnus receives National Institutes of Health award of merit

with Thomas Yen

Regular Features

Message from the Chair

Department News

Focus on New Faculty:
Jingshan Li


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The Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events at the University of Southern California has been re-funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the next five years with a $15.3 million grant. Professor Vicki Bier is the theme leader for the “Management of risks from intelligent, adaptive adversaries” project. Additionally, Bier is performing research on target-oriented utility theory to produce a method to help risk analysts and decision-makers predict and account for terrorist reactions to proposed risk-mitigation strategies. Bier also is studying how to use the probabilistic inversion method to mathe-matically rank attacker objectives, which could help quantify uncertainty about what attributes are important to terrorists—even if those attributes are unknown to defenders.

Alfonso Gutierrez, director of the UW RFID Laboratory and director of research and education at the UW E-Business Consortium, has been elected an active member of AIDC100, an international organization of automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) professionals who have contributed significantly to the growth and advancement of the industry. Only 100 people worldwide are recognized as AIDC100 active members. Gutierrez was recognized for his leadership in the UW RFID Lab, which has garnered international recognition, and for significantly advancing the knowledge and application of AIDC technologies in various industries via innovative, multidisciplinary university-industry partnerships and research projects.

Associate Professor Ben-Tzion Karsh represented 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 was held Dec. 13-16 in Irvine, California.

Hy-Vee Inc. has awarded a $220,481 grant to Associate Professor Ananth Krishnamurthy and Professor Raj Veeramani 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 impact that automation can have on the performance of distribution operations at the center level and the entire distribution network.

In August, Professor John Lee was featured on the Wisconsin Radio Network. Lee spoke at a national distracted driving summit in September, addressing the consequences and trends of distracted driving. Read more and hear the interview at

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

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.

Professor Emeritus Rajan Suri, the founding director of the Center for Quick Response Manufacturing, was inducted into the 2010 IndustryWeek Manufacturing Hall of Fame. The hall of fame recognizes the top 10 individuals who embody the best of U.S. manufacturing. Suri is part of a lineup of industrial superstars who have had a considerable impact on manufacturing worldwide. Suri joins Michael Dell, founder of Dell Computer, and Rich Teerlink, the past chairman and CEO of Harley Davidson. Previous inductees include Apple’s Steve Jobs and Lee Iacocca, the former president of Chrysler who served during the company’s revival in the 1980s. Learn more at

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.

Professor Gregg Vanderheiden, who directs the Trace Research and Development Center, was quoted recently in national newspapers on assistive technology advances and opportunities. The New York Times and Chicago Tribune included comments from Vanderheiden in articles about how Apple iPads are used by children with disabilities. Read the Times article at and the Tribune article at

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.

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