I made the move this summer to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and am excited to be part of the Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) Department.
Some initial observations I have had:
- I’ve found a nice home in the Industrial and Systems Engineering department, which has research expertise in supply chains, cognitive and social networks, and infrastructure resiliency. My research in modeling of supply chains and logistics systems is valued, and I am certain I will learn a lot from my colleagues. It’s also a good sign that a large portion of the faculty’s favorite food is pizza.
- I appreciate Rensselaer’s joint emphasis on research and teaching, and connect with the ideas of The New Polytechnic, which “supports promising areas of interdisciplinary research and learning, and which uses the most advanced tools and technologies to unite a diversity of perspectives.”
- I just finished the first week of class and have been impressed with the students’ enthusiasm for the subject – Supply Chain Design. Still left to figure out is how to write on a chalk board without the “squeaky” sound.
- Jennifer really is a popular name. There are two new Jennifer faculty members on campus, another Jennifer organized our orientation, yet another Jennifer handled my paperwork in HR, and yet another Jennifer helped me submit my first NSF funded proposal.
- We are proud to be Troybots. Luke and I are living in downtown Troy near the Hudson River in a building from the late 1800’s that has been renovated into lofts. We are loving our new place and community. Troy is super walkable with lots of independent restaurants and shops and has really cool architecture. I even get my dream of walking to work – it is just up 20 flights of stairs.