Monthly Archives: April 2016

Students Honored

It’s fun to work with talented and curious individuals.  A number of current and former lab members have been recently recognized and I wanted to share the good news.

First, please join me in congratulating Seyed Shahab Mofidi, who recently won two nationally-competitive scholarships.  He is this year’s recipient of:

  • The Institute of Industrial and System Engineer (IISE) E. J. Sierleja Memorial Fellowship for the next academic year; and
  • The Tompkins International Honor Scholarship for the 2016/2017 academic year from the Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc.
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Jen Pazour, Shahab Mofidi, and Debjit Roy after Shahab’s research presentation at INFORMS.  We are jointly working on research on two-stage decisions with multiple products – applications include omni-channel fulfillment and military logistics.

Seyed Shahab Mofidi is a second year Ph.D student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Shahab’s research is on applying operations research modeling techniques in innovative ways to practical problems related to supply chain systems. Currently, he is conducting research under the supervision of Professor Jennifer A. Pazour on developing solution approaches that determine optimal multi-product inventory policies for systems with two-stage procurement decisions with cost fluctuations. His work advocates that a combination of proactive and reactive processes are warranted in omni-channel supply chains that need to respond to both in-store and online shoppers from a brick-and-mortar store. He was honored to win several awards during his PhD program including a 2015 University of Central Florida LEARN Graduate Research Mentor scholarship and a Lee Wood Scholarship for the 2015/2016 academic year from the Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. Shahab holds two degrees in Industrial Engineering (a B.S. from Mazandaran University of Science and Technology, and a M.S. from Sharif University of Technology) and has four years of experience working as an industrial engineering in industry.

Next, Mohamed Awwad, who graduated in Fall 2015 and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the College of Innovation and Technology, Florida Polytechnic University was awarded the 2016 Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching Award from UCF’s College of Engineering and Computer Science.  He was nominated by the Industrial Engineering and Management Systems department.

Finally, Patrick Reilly, who finished his MS thesis in Spring 2015 was featured in the Orlando Sentinel for his work in the Engineering Science Technology magnet program at Edgewater High School.  Quotes and pictures from the article show that Patrick is doing a great job encouraging the next generation of diverse problem solvers.

“A car race in Patrick Reilly’s class at Edgewater High School doesn’t call for motors, gasoline or checkered flags. Mousetraps, rubber bands, and weight and pulley systems do the trick.”

Edgewater’s engineering program often includes hands-on activities that help students better grasp concepts they’ve learned in class, Reilly said. Junior Jocivan Cabrera, an aspiring structural engineer, said he likes that variety.  “You’re not stuck doing one thing,” he said. “There is so much you can do.”