I am very excited to announce that UCF’s Alpha Pi Mu Student Chapter won second place nationally in the 2013 outstanding student chapter award competition. Alpha Pi Mu is the Industrial Engineering Honor Society. The competition is based on the chapter’s activities in three categories. (1) Chapter and University Activities, (2) Betterment of the Field of Industrial Engineering, and (3) Betterment of the National Society. To get a better understanding of all the many chapter activities and events, please see UCF’s APM Outstanding Chapter Report 2013.
This award is a great way to showcase the group’s achievements and much credit is due to the 2012-2013 Alpha Pi Mu Officers for organizing so many great events. The officers (shown below) are Faculty Adviser: Jen Pazour, Vice President: Alex Pratt, President: Dunia Villaverde, Secretary: Megan Wetzel, and Treasurer: Josh Patzner. In addition, Dr. Bill Thompson deserves a lot of credit for reestablishing this organization and for providing endless support to ensure that the organization runs smoothly.
As the faculty adviser, I want to say thank you to all Alpha Pi Mu members, but especially the officers, for your dedicated and hard work to Alpha Pi Mu, for organizing so many great events, and for being such a great group of leaders to work with.
Check out this video created by a talented group of students in our Project Engineering Course explaining why selecting UCF’s College of Engineering and Computer Science is a great choice.
I got promoted in the video, but in real life I am still an Assistant Professor :-). Also, I am featured around the 1 minute and 6 minute mark. Benjamin Schepler, a recent UCF graduate, was the cinematographer and editor and did a great job with the video production. His contact information is bschepler (at) gmail (dot) com.
Now that I have been in my role as an assistant professor for (almost) two years, I have enough data points to say that such a career is rewarding and has impact. One of the many areas of impact arises during my interactions with current and future industrial engineering students. This past academic year, I’ve had a lot of fun participating in the following student activities:
1. I am the faculty adviser of UCF’s Alpha Pi Mu student chapter, which is the IE honor society. It is a great group of student leaders (I am pictured with the 2012-2013 officers above) who are passionate about their profession and in carrying out Alpha Pi Mu’s motto of “humble service to humanity is the goal of the true engineer.” During the 2012-2013 academic year, the UCF Alpha Pi Mu chapter participated in the following seven community service projects:
- Give Kids the World
- UCF Arboretum Service Project
- Halloween Treats with Coalition for the Homeless
- Lockheed Martin Day of Caring – Facility Improvements at the Coalition for the Homeless
- Dancing Against Cancer
- Oyster Mats
- Relay for Life
2. The University of Central Florida’s College of Engineering and Computer Science was host of an Engineering Camp called Camp Connect. The week-long event allowed various middle and high school students to learn about the different engineering degrees offered at the university. I helped with the Industrial Engineering day and was super impressed by the students’ questions and engagement. The camp illustrated IE concepts like statistics, facility design, quality, manufacturing, and engineering management through hands-on fun activities.
3. I mentored five undergraduate researchers in my lab this spring semester. The topics that were tackled by the students included Management of Underutilized Resources, Revenue Management in Services, Sustainable Supply Chains, and Recall Management. Valeria Saetta presented her work at UCF’s 2013 SURE showcase. Many of the students were participating in the EXCEL Undergraduate Research Experience.
The Transportation Science and Logistics Section of INFORMS is in pursuit of research papers that make substantial contributions to our field. The deadline for best paper submissions is July 1, 2013, with additional information available here. Below are some of the highlights on the application process.
A paper is eligible if it is written in English and if it has been published during the last three (3) years prior to the submission deadline. All topics related to the field of transportation science and logistics will be considered.
To submit a paper for the 2013 competition, one of the authors must send the paper, along with a short letter (maximum 2 pages) describing the merits of the paper (both in electronic PDF format) to Ann Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org before July 1, 2013.
As a member of the committee, I would like to encourage you to submit your top research paper. I am especially hoping for a great showing of Facility Logistics papers.