News Archive

July 24th, 2014

New Computer Lab


New Computer Lab Designed to Meet Needs of Group Projects, Individual Students


For most ISE students, the department’s student lounge and computer lab are their homes away from home as they spend increasingly more time at Baker Systems.

Fortunately, the lounge underwent a much-needed renovation in 2012, while the computer lab awaited its turn. Last fall, ISE Department Chair Phil Smith tasked the OSU student chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers to develop a plan to re-create the lab space.


Led by IIE Director of Recruitment Rehgan Avon, a team of students, including Philip Wilson, Bret Mayer, Matt Foster, Joseph Francis and Jack Shroder, tailored a plan designed to achieve the following goals: 

  • Split the lab into group and individual rooms,
  • Modernize the space,
  • Increase seating and study areas,
  • Increase natural lighting and control temperatures, and
  • Add color and eye appeal to a currently utilitarian room.


Avon says they received about 90 responses to an email sent to the ISE student body requesting suggestions. The lab is currently divided into separate rooms and rather than knock down a wall, the students decided that having two rooms could work in their favor. ISE majors tend to collaborate on group projects, she says, so it was decided that one room should be tailored to their needs while a separate “quiet” room could accommodate students working on individual projects.


The next phase is to determine a budget for the updates with plans to renovate the space during the summer.


“We want to make sure every student feels comfortable in our building; Baker is our building,” Avon says. She says she appreciates the opportunity to utilize the project management skills she has learned at Ohio State, as well as the opportunity to leave an imprint on the university.


Illustration shows the suggested redesign of the ISE computer lab space. A group study lab is on the left, while individual stations are located in the “quiet” lab room at right.

July 1st, 2014

Conejo Joins ISE


Conejo Brings International Perspective on Electric Energy Systems

Antonio J. Conejo will join the Integrated Systems Engineering faculty spring semester where he will specialize in operations research and electric energy systems. He previously was a professor at the University of Castilla-La Mancha in central Spain and created a PhD program focused on operations research and electric energy systems.


He received his master’s of science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. Conejo is an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Fellow.


At Ohio State, he will teach courses in optimization, stochastic optimization, electric energy system analysis and electric energy systems economics. He said he is looking forward to contributing “to the education of our undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in energy systems and decision-making tools, and helping to find better solutions to the challenging problems regarding a sustainable and clean supply of electric energy in Ohio and elsewhere.”

March 5th, 2014

Data Analytics


Data Analytics Courses Give ISE Students, Businesses an Advantage

To maintain their competitive edge, businesses are increasingly turning to big data analytics to predict trends and inform business decisions. The demand for the skill set prompted The Ohio State University Department of Integrated Systems Engineering to introduce an undergraduate Data Analytics and Optimization Track.


Judging by the response, students understand that the critical tools necessary for managing, visualizing and extracting useful information from big data will make them more marketable in their careers.


“We’ve received really great feedback from the students when they find out it’s being offered,” says Kristen Arra, coordinator of academic advising. “We’re giving them an opportunity to gain expertise in an area that’s really hot right now and they appreciate that.”


The Department can accommodate 10 students in the track each semester and received twice as many applications. Previously, students interested in data analytics signed up for computer science courses to gain experience. “Now, they have a formalized plan and course list to ensure competence in data analytics,” Arra says.